Bairstow desperate to keep wickets in fourth Test

Bairstow desperate to keep wickets in fourth Test

Bairstow desperate to keep wickets in fourth Test

Over the past 15 years England have played only seven home five-Test series but six of them, including this magnificently enthralling, topsy-turvy delight, have been vibrant and alive, with all three results possible after three Tests bar the 2013 Ashes which was delightful in myriad other ways, majority because Alastair Cook's side were beating (and infuriating) Australia.

Root was lbw playing across an Ishant Sharma inswinger while Jonny Bairstow, promoted to number four despite a broken finger, poked at Bumrah to be caught behind. Moeen, who has made two centuries in 10 Tests against India and taken 29 wickets, is back after six Tests out and Sam Curran, who contributed so decisively with bat and ball at Edgbaston returns.

The ball hits Jennings at knee height before the wickets as the batsman was expecting another ball to leave him outside the off-stump.

He scored 42 in the first Test in Birmingham but thereafter, hasn't been able to score more than 20.

Having played at nearly every delivery India's seamers had sent down at Trent Bridge, Jennings looked to leave better but perished fourth ball when he offered no shot to an exceptional delivery from Bumrah that swung back in wickedly from leg stump to rap the England opener on the back leg in front of middle.

Kohli took over as Test captain from MS Dhoni in 2014 and before today, had captained India in 38 Tests.

Root was confident England could put last week´s thumping loss behind them as they went in search of a win that would give them an unassailable 3-1 led in a five-match series.

Hardik Pandya snaps Alastair Cook and the Indian team is elated.

Joe Root's side know a win will seal the series but India are in resurgent form having won the third Test comfortably at Trent Bridge. Pandya was expensive and Ashwin at times ineffective.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special: "Every single day of this series has had some fascinating periods". India off to a great start.

Ex-England spinner Phil Tufnell on TMS: "Early wickets are the key for England in the morning".

Alastair Cook has faced more than 26,000 balls now in Test cricket and batted for more than 608 hours. He is the seventh India bowler to reach 250 and only the third seamer.

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