There were many chances created on the morning of Day Five © Getty Images
There were many chances created on the morning of Day Five © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Jul 21, 2014

England were almost dominating the session on Day Five. Joe Root smashed a half-century after England started the day on 105 for four. The pair completed their 100-run stand, but then Ishant Sharma came back off the last ball of the session to dismiss Moeen Ali with a short ball that climbed on him and was caught at short-leg. England go into lunch at 173 for five. Honours have been shared one would say.

Through the morning session, India asked questions. Ravindra Jadeja continued to bowl with MS Dhoni standing back and the edges kept falling away from the close in fielders. Root played and missed off the seam bowlers, but they kept showing patience and held on.

Root and Moeen looked assured with each passing minute. Some of the drives they played were the highlights of the session. Root smashed three fours off Ishant Sharma to get to his half-century. And England started feeling a lot better. India were nervous.

But, as has been seen in this Test match, momentum shifts in no time. A short ball hit Moeen on the wrists and lobbed up and was taken by the short-leg. India can feel better, but the game hangs in the balance with 146 runs required to win.

Brief scores:

India 295 (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4 for 60, Stuart Broad 2 for 79, Ben Stokes 2 for 40) and 342 (Murali Vijay 95, Cheteshwar Pujara 43, Ravindra Jadeja 68, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 52; Liam Plunkett 3 for 65, Ben Stokes 3 for 51, Moeen Ali 2 for 28) lead England 319 (Gary Ballance 110, Liam Plunkett 55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 for 82, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 46) and 173 for 4 (Alastair Cook 22, Garry Ballance 27, Joe Root 51*; Ishant Sharma 3 for 47) by 145 runs.

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