Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow both scored brilliant half-centuries on the fourth evening to help the hosts recover after three wickets fell in the space of two runs after tea. Earlier, Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crowley (46) had given England’s innings a bang, both taking less than 20 overs to score a century, with Lees particularly impressive as the He scored fifty runs in 44 balls.
The Indian fans, silenced by the batting fireworks in the afternoon session, suddenly found their voice when Ollie Pope (0) was dismissed off Bumrah’s first ball after tea. After 2 overs, Alex was dismissed in a confusing run out due to a mistake by Root.
Earlier in the day, India resumed their second innings at 125-3, taking a 257-run lead. The day started well for India but England took four wickets in the first session, after the dismissal of Pujara and Pant, they could not stay at the crease for long. Che Teshwar Pujara (66), who batted so patiently last evening Thie, a harmless short, wide from Stuart Broad (2-58) slamming Lees into point on point.
Shreyas Iyer (19) came to the crease but looked uncomfortable against the short ball as he smashed the bumper of Matthew Potts (2-50) straight into midwicket James Anderson. Rishabh Pant (57) got a lifeline for 45 by Crowley off Broad but he could not take advantage of it. After scoring 57 runs, Jake Leach was caught by Joe Root while hitting a reverse hit.
Mohammed Shami (13) hit some boundaries, but he and Bumrah (7) were dismissed while hooking Ben Stokes (4-33). England captain Ravindra Jadeja (23) was soon dismissed to wrap up the innings while bowling. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow completed half-centuries off 71 and 75 balls respectively, with Bairstow striking particularly at the end of the day. batted. Their partnership with a scintillating six as they reached 150 at the stroke of stumps could prove crucial for England to secure a scintillating final day win and complete the series.