Can India seal the series deal with a game in hand? Can England take it to the series decider with a stunning performance? Will we see a rare draw in red-ball cricket? Everything to know as we bring you the live coverage of the Test match beginning at 8:30 AM IST and Local Time on Friday!
Confirmed XI of England: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Tom Hartley, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir
Probable XI of India: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar/Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar/Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
What, Where, and When?
India take on England in the fourth Test match of the five-match series at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday (February 23).
Match Time: 9:30 AM IST and Local Time
What happened in the 3rd Test match?
India and England both came to Rajkot on level terms at 1-1, with the visitors winning the series opener at Hyderabad, following which the host made a strong comeback, winning at Vizag.
On winning the toss, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma had no hesitation in batting first. India were put on the back foot with three early wickets, but experienced Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja soaked the pressure and rebuilt the innings with a supreme 200+ partnership, with both scoring respective centuries. Debutant Sarfaraz Khan didn't show any nerves and hit a sizzling half-century before a horrible call from Jadeja saw the Mumbaikar get run out in a moment of madness from the local boy. Handy contributions low down the order by Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaspirt Bumrah saw the home team reach 445 before being bundled out. For England, Mark Wood picked up four wickets, while Rehan Ahmed grabbed two scalps.
In reply, England went honkers and bonkers first up, with Ben Duckett smashing the Men in Blue left, right and centre in disdain. Duckett got good support from Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope and smashed a daddy hundred, taking the English side to stumps on day 2 on a high note. As said, cricket is a funny game, England suffered a massive collapse on the moving day and was skittled out for 319, handing the Rohit Sharma-led India a first-innings lead of 126 runs. For India, Mohammed Siraj bagged four wickets, while Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav took a couple of wickets.
It was India's time to control the Test match by batting out the opponents, and Yashasvi Jaiswal did exactly the same by bashing a magnificent hundred and getting an able partner in Shubman Gill, adding a 100+ partnership. However, Jaiswal complained about back spasms late in the day and was retired hurt. India lost Rajat Patidar cheaply and failed to make the most of the chances he got in the absence of star batters. Nightwatchman Kuldeep Yadav and Gill enjoyed each other's company and frustrated the visitors before the duo fell in quick succession on day four. Gill's stay ended on yet another 91 via an unfortunate run-out. Jaiswal came back, continuing his attacking approach, and crossed his second consecutive double hundred. He added a massive 150+ stand with the debutant Sarfaraz as the Mumbai pair kept tonking runs at will before Hitman declared on 430/4, giving England 557 to win.
None of England's batters except for Mark Wood, who had some fun with the bat, were able to withstand India's bowling and were knocked over for just 122 runs in 39.4 overs, courtesy of an outstanding five-wicket haul from Jadeja.
India's win by 434 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series was their biggest victory in terms of runs in their history of Tests.
Squad Updates of England:
-Jack Leach, as known, won't take any further part in the series. Leach was ruled out of the series after sustaining a knee injury following the first match.
-Ben Stokes, the England skipper, has resumed practice with the ball in the nets. Stokes has been playing as a pure batter in recent times due to concerns with his left knee. Whether he will bowl or not is a different question.
-There were questions regarding Jonny Bairstow's form, but Head Coach Brendon McCullum has sidelined any such thoughts from the team management's perspective.
-England have made two changes to their playing XI from the third Test. Rehan Ahmed and Mark Wood make way for Shoaib Bashir and Ollie Robinson. While Bashir made debut in the second Test at Vizag, Robinson is playing his first match in the series.
Squad Updates of India:
-Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the squad that will feature in the 4th Test match. The decision was taken by BCCI, keeping in mind the duration of the series and the amount of cricket Bumrah has played in recent times.
-Mukesh Kumar, who was released from the squad for the 3rd Test in Rajkot, has joined back in the squad for this Test.
-KL Rahul, who complained about his quadriceps after the first Test match in Hyderabad, has been ruled out from the fourth Test as well. The Karnataka batter missed the second and third match but he hasn't fully recovered yet. His participation in the fifth and final match of the series is subject to fitness.
-Virat Kohli will be out of the equation, as mentioned earlier in the series, due to personal reasons. Kohli has now disclosed the reason behind his absence via an Instagram post a few days back that revealed his wife, Anushka Sharma, had given birth to their second child, whom the pair have named Akaay was born on February 15.
-Shreyas Iyer continues to sit out due to back spasms.
-Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had concerns on his back on the third day of the previous Test match and was retired hurt before coming back on day four, scoring an unbeaten double hundred, is fit and ready to roar again.
-Ravichandran Ashwin, who breached 500 Test wickets on the second day of the third Test in Rajkot, flew to Chennai due to a family emergency following the second day's play. He missed the entire third day and two sessions on day four, returning to the field post-tea, courtesy of a chartered plane arranged by BCCI.
-Akash Deep is likely to make his Test debut, replacing Bumrah in the XI.
England Squad: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir, Ollie Robinson, Daniel Lawrence, Gus Atkinson
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep