England skipper Joe Root scored a brilliant hundred on Day 4 of the Nottingham Test against India. Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah however claimed five wickets to keep India ahead in the game. Root’s ton led England to 303, giving them a lead of 208. Needing 209 for victory, India finished Day 4 on 52 for 1. Stuart Broad dismissed India’s first-innings hero KL Rahul for 26. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
With less than two weeks to go for the World Test Championship Final, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the summit clash between the top two ranked sides. Senior players like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, who only play test match cricket, have compared the WTC Final to be an equivalent of a World Cup Final. No doubt players from both the sides will look to give their 100 percent when they take the field. For now, we’ll have a look at a few of the match ups that we can expect from the match -
Australia coach Justin Langer was all praise for the Indian bowlers for the manner in which they have kept Australian batsmen on the backfoot in the series so far. Even though India lost the first Test before coming back hard to clinch the second, their bowlers have been on the spot right through the two Tests. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were brilliant in the Boxing Day Test while debutant Mohammed Siraj provided him excellent support.
Jasprit Bumrah, the leader of India's pace bowling attack, has revealed that he prefers bowling with the Dukes ball manufactured in England in comparison to India's SG Test or Australia's Kookaburra. According to Bumrah, the assistance the Dukes ball offers gives the bowlers some much-needed confidence.