India Eyes Victory as England Stumble to 194-6


Morning Session Woes for England’s Middle Order

In a dramatic turn of events on the fourth day of the second Test, India seized control by claiming five crucial wickets in the morning session, leaving England struggling at 194-6. The hosts are now well-positioned for a potential series-levelling victory on Monday.

Challenges for England’s Pursuit

Initially at 95-1 while chasing a target of 399, England’s middle order crumbled, with Jonny Bairstow departing for 26 just before lunch. England captain Ben Stokes is yet to score, with his team requiring 205 runs to secure a win when play resumes.

Key Moments in the Morning Session

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel set the tone by dismissing nightwatchman Rehan Ahmed, who contributed a brisk 23 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin further disrupted England’s plans, removing Ollie Pope and Joe Root from successive overs.

Aggression and Setbacks

Zak Crawley showcased his characteristic aggression with a resilient 73, but fell victim to a review after initially being adjudged not out. Bairstow, too, looked promising before succumbing to an lbw decision that he unsuccessfully reviewed.

As play resumes, England face an uphill battle and all eyes are on Captain Ben Stokes to steer his team out of the precarious situation.

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