The scars from this defeat will take a long time to heal. England were hammered by an innings-and-25 runs, their batting pitiful as they once again fell short against top-quality bowlers.
Dismissed for 135, England lost inside three days with India winning the series 3-1, their spinners utterly dominant. Once superiority was established, India never loosened their grip, winning three Tests by huge margins, scrambling English minds, resulting in odd selections and batsmen who could not forget failures.
All 10 England wickets fell to Axar Patel (5 for 48) and Ravi Ashwin (5 for 47) as they were bowled out in 56 overs. This was not a fair fist fight, callow batsmen not good enough against spinners masterful on their own pitches. Dan Lawrence made his second fifty to at least burnish his reputation but the rest were soon trudging back up the 98 steps to the dressing room, exhausted by the unrelenting nature of Test cricket and worried about their futures.
Jonny Bairstow’s Test career may well be over after a first-baller, a third duck in four innings. He now averages 27.18 as a specialist batsman and 20.04 overall since 2019. At 31 he is not over the hill but to play again he needs England to rethink their decision to move on from him as keeper. Runs here would have helped but he has not recovered his form since going home after playing solidly in Sri Lanka. He should be remembered as the last batsman to be rotated.
Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope arrived in Asia with high reputations, singled out as batsmen who could play 100 Tests.
But both looked frantic against the turning ball and were unable to find a method to survive long enough to give themselves a chance. That can happen to young players on their first tour to India, the English system not designed to produce batsmen for Asian conditions. The worry is they did not learn as the winter wore on.
Pope has averaged 23 in 10 Tests since his good tour to South Africa, while Crawley made more than double in one innings against Pakistan (267) last summer than this entire winter. A wrist injury did not help but he never came up with a gameplan against spin other than to play his shots, and an average of 12.75 was a crash back down to earth. He was dismissed six times out of seven by Patel, never once looking comfortable against the pace he put on the ball.
Root’s 218 was the only England century in India but he faded on trickier surfaces, averaging 21 in the rest of the series, his colleagues unable to plug the gap. Ben Stokes was silenced first by Ashwin and then cut down by Patel. England’s top three were flimsy, scoring 340 runs at an average of 14 and Root was at the crease by the 5th, 8th, 1st and 7th overs of his last four innings.
After making 578 in the first Test England were bowled out for 164, 134, 81, 112, 205 and 135, failing to make a fifty partnership since the first innings of the series, a run of 74 stands. The memory of them pondering over a declaration in Chennai belongs to a parallel universe.
Root has never landed a big series win as captain and England consistently come up short against better teams. They were thumped in India four years ago (before Root was captain), lost the Ashes in Australia, beaten twice by New Zealand and would have lost the 2019 Ashes had Stokes not pulled off the Headingley miracle.
They never gave themselves a chance in India. Selection left Root without ever having his best team. They won the first Test but even then Lawrence was a makeshift No 3, Bairstow having gone home in form.
There are many reasons for rotation - Covid, IPL deals, building for the Twenty20 World Cup - but essentially England chose to rest now with an eye on Australia later this year, when the top order know their jobs could be on the line.
The fact Eoin Morgan will have a full-strength team for the T20s hints at a strong one-day captain getting the team he wants, Root having to make do.
Now he goes home reflecting on a heavy defeat that could not be blamed on the surface. England never recovered from batting poorly after winning the toss. India were not flattered by the result, although this Test proved they did not have to rely on under-prepared dirt tracks to win.
Patel and Ashwin were utterly dominant. Patel’s pace and accuracy worth 27 wickets at 10.59 in his debut series and Ashwin bamboozled England finishing with 31 wickets at 14, the best of his stellar career.
India’s only disappointment was Washington Sundar left stranded on 96 as Stokes’ hard work was rewarded with four for 89, but a total of 365 and a 160 lead left England playing for pride, the momentum unstoppable.
Crawley, freaked by a big-turning off-break from Ashwin, played for turn and nicked a straight ball to slip; such a familiar story.
Bairstow lamely paddled his first ball from Ashwin to leg slip, the equivalent in India to playing a big yahoo first ball to an outswinger on a green pitch back home.
Dom Sibley looked to use his feet and was unlucky to be caught sweeping by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant via a rebound off the pads of short leg.
Stokes played a tired sweep to leg slip, this most committed of cricketers unusually tentative, a sign of his sheer exhaustion carrying the attack with James Anderson.
Pope hit Ashwin down the ground for six, jumping out of his crease in a bid to be proactive. He tried to reverse sweep Ashwin in the same over, his trust in defence non-existent. He was stumped charging Patel, failing to smother the ball and beaten by turn.
Root’s judgement of length was so secure but faltered, partly due to the brilliance of Ashwin’s variations. He went back and was hit in front, out lbw for 30 to a flatter, quicker ball.
Lawrence picked his shots, played with some composure amid the carnage and should have earned his place for the start of the summer. But it all felt inevitable as wickets fell at the other end, Bess out for two as his nightmare match continued. Lawrence was last man to go, bowled trying to slog Ashwin. An apt finale.
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Thoughts, England fans?
Is this a disaster for Ashes preparation or do the conditions and the rotation policy mean that the result and performance will have little bearing towards what might happen later in the year?
Let us know in the comments.
A couple of (depressing) Opta tid-bits
Difficult to disagree with one of our cricket professors, here
India reach the World Test Championship final
That victory sets up a showdown with New Zealand in, potentially, mid-June.
WICKET! Lawrence b Ashwin 50
All done. Another five-fer for Ashwin. Lawrence is clean bowled through the gate as he went to marmelise Ashwin down the ground.
India win by an innings and 25 runs.
WICKET! Leach c Rahane b Ashwin 2
That one carried alright, another decent grab from Rahane at first slip, and now there is one wicket between India and victory.
Leach could be a gonner here. Soft signal is out but it's being reviewed as there's some doubt over whether it carried.
It's a simple outside-edge off Ashwin that's taken by Rahane at first slip.
OVER 54: ENG 134/8 (Leach 2* Lawrence 50*)
Fifty for Lawrence - the second in his career - and it's a very impressive innings (so far) in the face of adversity. He brings it up with a slashed single through cover.
Nearly disastrous for England next ball as Leach clips one up for short-leg, but it just evades the fielder.
Leach pinches a quick single on the leg-side to end the over.
OVER 53: ENG 132/8 (Leach 1* Lawrence 49*)
Leach survives the rest of the over, but that will inject a smidgen of energy into the Indian team, just as this England pair were starting to settle.
Leach survives - a good review as he did not hit it, the ball flicked his back leg before finding its way into Pant's gloves.
Leach has been given out, nicking behind to Pant. We are going upstairs...
It came after an absolute pip to begin the over which was full and straight but the spin comprehensively outfoxed Leach. the next ball, he's "caught behind" although I'm not sure he's hit this.
OVER 52: ENG 132/8 (Leach 1* Lawrence 49*)
A bowling change for India, as Washington Sundar returns, replacing Axar Patel.
Two, let's call them, "looseners" from Sundar to open, down the leg side, before Lawrence reads the spin wisely, darting across to the leg side to drive for two through cover.
And that's drinks, with Lawrence one away from his 50.
OVER 51: ENG 130/8 (Leach 1* Lawrence 47*)
Slight pause at the crease from Ashwin and it's a tame long hop that follows, which Lawrence clubs away for four behind square.
A Lawrence single through mid-wicket ends the over, and England trail by just 30 now.
OVER 50: ENG 125/8 (Leach 1* Lawrence 42*)
Lawrence pinches another single through the leg-side, before Leach gives it the big heave-ho. But he doesn't catch it fully, and it squirts away down to fine leg for a single. It's Leach off the mark, at least.
Another single for Lawrence; England have stymied India's momentum slightly here. Leach has brought a calmness - let's see how long it lasts...
OVER 49: ENG 122/8 (Leach 0* Lawrence 40*)
England scamper through for a leg-bye, giving Ashwin five balls at Leach.
Leach watches it keenly, however, blocking a couple and leaving a couple. Only one delivery, with some cutting off-spin, gets past the bat.
OVER 48: ENG 121/8 (Leach 0* Lawrence 40*)
Lawrence drills a fuller Axar delivery straight down cover's throat, but it was a bump ball.
Here we go! A sloppy, wide delivery is dispatched by Lawrence for four through cover, and he follows up by thumping Axar back down the ground for back-to-back boundaries.
Lawrence nabs a single off the final ball, too, as he approaches 50.
OVER 47: ENG 112/8 (Leach 0* Lawrence 31*)
Lawrence nabs a single off Ashwin, jabbing down the ground.
Then a total jaffa to Leach; drift away from the left-hander and snorting snip into him, and it's far too good for Leach, in truth, as it sails past the outside edge.
Leach survives, nonetheless. England are still 48 behind.
OVER 46: ENG 111/8 (Leach 0* Lawrence 30*)
A nervy introduction for Leach, as his first ball slides past the bat as he came forward to defend.
He sees out the rest of the over, however. What England would give for a second Headingley instalment from Leach.
WICKET! Bess c Pant b Axar 2
Well that didn't last long.
Bess tries the slog-sweep - again - but all he can do is fnd the under-edge, which Pant takes comfortably behind.
That's a five-fer for Axar Patel.
OVER 45: ENG 111/7 (Bess 2* Lawrence 30*)
Ashwin returns with some rip and earns a maiden.
Positively, however, Lawrence got his bat to most of the deliveries and looked fairly assured.
Stating the obvious...
... but proving it unequivocally. England's top order has failed.
OVER 44: ENG 111/7 (Bess 2* Lawrence 30*)
Bess is the new man in. He has taken some serious flak for his performance with the ball, but if he could do something obscenely special here then all would be forgiven.
After a swiping swing-and-miss, he gets off the mark with a lofty scoop through point for two.
WICKET! Foakes c Rahane b Axar 13
Thanks Jake - and a real baptism of fire for me, too.
A delightful delivery from Axar as it drifts away and turns into the right-hander, and it finds Foakes' outside edge which is gobbled up - just - by Rahane at first slip.
The third umpire had to get involved to see if it had carried - but there was little doubt on the replay.
OVER 43: ENG 109/6 (Foakes 13* Lawrence 30*)
Ashwin is now getting the ball to talk, too. He turns one into the pads of Foakes, the ball almost rolling back onto his stumps. He then flicks one of his hip for a single, deciding against the second.
Lawrence dances down the track, pushing the ball to mid on. No run.
I now hand you over to Charles Richardson to see you through the rest of the day.
OVER 42: ENG 108/6 (Foakes 12* Lawrence 30*)
Patel is now back into the attack, double end change with Sundar given one over to allow it to happen. He produces an absolute gem, beating Lawrence all ends up. He then edges the next ball, it goes wide of slip and Lawrence collects two. Another play and miss. This is an outstanding over. Turn and bounce from every ball.
Lawrence does well to survive.
OVER 41: ENG 106/6 (Foakes 12* Lawrence 28*)
It is a change of ends for Ashwin. Foakes clips him away for a single to start the over. The wicketkeeper has very clam demeanour at the crease. Lawrences rocks onto the back foot, languidly clipping away another single.
OVER 40: ENG 104/6 (Foakes 11* Lawrence 27*)
Sundar is into the attack. Five successive singles start the over as England go past 100! A dot ball ends the over.
OVER 39: ENG 99/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 25*)
Lawrence rocks back and cuts Patel away. He is unable to beat backward point, however. Play and miss. That was the quicker one and Lawrence was not expecting it. Hard to overstate how impressive Patel has been this series. Maiden.
OVER 38: ENG 99/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 25*)
These two are playing nicely, manipulating the field nicely. Lawrence takes another single and Foakes plays out the over.
OVER 37: ENG 98/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 24*)
Patel continues. Lawrence works a one, he is looking good so far. One from the over.
OVER 36: ENG 97/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 23*)
Ashwin is back. He starts around the wicket, Lawrence padding him away. Lawrence then takes one, Foakes doing the same.
OVER 35: ENG 96/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 22*)
Patel starts from the other end after tea. Lawrence plays guardedly, grinding out four dot balls before taking a single. A play and miss from Foakes ends the over.
OVER 34: ENG 95/6 (Foakes 8* Lawrence 21*)
Sundar will start the session. Foakes flicks the ball away for a single. Lawrence gets a leading edge which earns him one. Foakes hands him back the strike. And a fourth single from the over concludes it.
A fair point?
TEA! England trail by 69
India have dominated this day from the start. England should be doing a lot better than 91-6.
Lawrence leaves a straight-ish ball. Huge appeal is turned down. India review. Was it sneaking down leg?
Correct, the ball was sliding down leg. NOT OUT!
OVER 33: ENG 91/6 (Foakes 6* Lawrence 19*)
Foakes pushes the ball back past Ashwin, taking a quick single. Lawrence punches through the offside for two. He has looked good so far, and in the first innings too.
OVER 32: ENG 88/6 (Foakes 5* Lawrence 17*)
Sundar is into the attack for the first time this innings. He slides one down leg, Pant takes the bails off but Foakes was back in his ground. Foakes flick the ball around the corner for one. Lawrence pulls off the front foot, the ball falls just short of the fielder on the boundary, dipping underneath him for four.
OVER 31: ENG 83/6 (Foakes 4* Lawrence 13*)
Foakes flicks three off his hip from Patel. Good running. Lawrence rocks onto the back foot, cutting away for two. Good over for England.
OVER 30: ENG 78/6 (Foakes 1* Lawrence 11*)
Ashwin is around the wicket to Lawrence. The Essex batsman rocks onto the back foot, edging an attempted cut shot all the way to the boundary.
He plays out the rest of the over. Neither Foakes or Lawrence are necessarily in England's strongest XI - some runs here would be handy.
OVER 29: ENG 74/6 (Foakes 1* Lawrence 7*)
Foakes plays out a maiden from Patel.
OVER 28: ENG 74/6 (Foakes 1* Lawrence 7*)
Ashwin continues. He gets one to turn and hit Lawrence on the pads, no chance of an lbw due to the bounce. Lawrence pushes a single out to long on. Foakes then gets off the mark from the final ball of the over.
OVER 27: ENG 72/6 (Foakes 0* Lawrence 6*)
Patel drops short and Lawrence cuts him away to the boundary. He then drops and runs into the leg side. Foakes plays out the over.
OVER 26: ENG 67/6 (Foakes 0* Lawrence 1*)
There is no excuse for England being 65/6 on this pitch. It is absolutely fine for batting, England just cannot deal with Ashwin and Patel. Foakes survives his first ball, blocking to midwicket. He then comes down the track, the ball turning into pad, earning England a leg bye.
Lawrence gets off the mark, turning one around the corner to keep the strike.
WICKET! Root lbw Ashwin 30
Ashwin slides the ball past Root's bat and he is given out lbw. Root immediately reviews. Was there bat involved? No, no bat... That is very much out.
Root played nicely, but departs.
OVER 25: ENG 65/5 (Root 30* Lawrence 0*)
Lawrence arrives at the crease. He blocks his first ball to conclude the over.
WICKET! Pope st. Pant b Patel 15
Pope comes down the track and misses it. Pant does amazingly well to gather the ball that bounced extremely high, whipping the bails off in time.
England's brief resistance ends...
OVER 25: ENG 65/4 (Root 30* Pope 15*)
Root pushes the ball into the offside from Patel, taking a quick single. These two run nicely together. Pope sweeps again, no run gained. He is playing a shot a ball right now. Superb ball from Patel, turn, bounce, play and miss.
OVER 24: ENG 64/4 (Root 29* Pope 15*)
Ashwin continues, now coming around the wicket to Pope. His first ball turns prodigiously down the leg side, running away for four byes. A similar ball follows, this time clipping the pad and running away for two leg byes.
A reverse sweep is missed once more. Entertaining contest developing between Ashwin and Pope.
OVER 23: ENG 58/4 (Root 29* Pope 15*)
Root drives Patel nicely for no run. He then rocks onto the back foot, taking an easy single. Pope attempts a sweep, top edging it for three over the head of Pant. Every run counts...
OVER 22: ENG 54/4 (Root 28* Pope 12*)
Pope pulls out the reverse sweep to Ashwin, he connects nicely but picks out backward point. Pope then dances down the track and plants the ball into the stands! That's more like it from Pope. He can hit a long ball.
England's 50 is up! Pope then sweeps well, once again finding a fielder in the ring. He reverts to a reverse sweep, playing and missing.
Fair to say Pope has decided not to die wondering this innings...
OVER 21: ENG 48/4 (Root 28* Pope 6*)
Patel replaces Siraj, back to spin from both ends. He generates some bounce and Root does well to play it down safely. Play and miss! Patel turns one past Root's bat, the ball missing the stumps by centimetres.
Good over from Patel.
OVER 20: ENG 48/4 (Root 28* Pope 6*)
Ashwin is back, a change of ends. Pope pinches a very quick single from the first ball of the over. Root hands the strike back to Pope. He gets an inside edge, the ball just evading Gill at short leg.
India are well on top, but Root is looking good and is still at the crease. Can someone stay with him?
OVER 19: ENG 46/4 (Root 27* Pope 5*)
Siraj strays leg side and Pope clips him for one. He does the same again, but this time Root clips for two. And his line is too straight once more, Root picking up another easy single.
Pope edges one along the ground the keep the strike.
OVER 18: ENG 41/4 (Root 24* Pope 3*)
Root creams a sweep for four in front of square from the first ball of Axar's over. Root pushes one into the off side, Kohli throws it back and the ball bounces up, hitting Root in an area he would not like to be hit. Root takes it well and Kohli apologises...
OVER 17: ENG 37/4 (Root 20* Pope 3*)
An odd change from Kohli. India's spinners are all over England, but Ashwin is out of the attack. Siraj is on, having bowled two overs at the start of the innings. Pope pushes his first ball for a single. Root plays four dot balls before pinching a single.
A good three matches to miss for Jos Buttler, perhaps
OVER 16: ENG 35/4 (Root 19* Pope 2*)
Patel continues, Root blocking the first two balls of the over. He then drives nicely for no run. Three dot balls follow.
OVER 15: ENG 35/4 (Root 19* Pope 2*)
Ashwin almost turns the ball between Pope's bat and pad, an inside edge just saving him. He then scampers a quick single. Ashwin drops short and Root pulls it away for one, pinching the strike.
OVER 14: ENG 33/4 (Root 18* Pope 1*)
Pope is at the crease, he has looked promising without getting a score this series. He blocks his first ball before flicking his second ball for a single. Root top edges another sweep of Patel, it lands safe again, bringing two runs to the England skipper.
WICKET! Stokes c Kohli b Patel 2
This is a dreadful dismissal. Stokes lap sweeps it straight to the man at leg slip. It was like he did not know Kohli was there... Stokes literally just chipped it into his hands. Bizarre.
England's collapse continues.
OVER 13: ENG 30/3 (Root 16* Stokes 2*)
Ashwin continues, Stokes blocks. He misses out on a short ball, picking out the fielder. Ashwin comes back well, drawing a play and miss. A quick single follows, Stokes will keep the strike.
OVER 12: ENG 29/3 (Root 16* Stokes 1*)
Stokes survives his first ball of the innings as Patel continues. He then gets off the mark, flicking a short ball away for single. Patel fires one in, Root keeps it out, following it up with a solid block.
One from the over.
OVER 11: ENG 28/3 (Root 16* Stokes 0*)
Ben Stokes joins his captain at the crease. This is THE PARTNERSHIP for England. Root rocks onto the back foot, punching Ashwin through cover for four. England's first boundary of the innings. He then drives the next ball through extra cover for another boundary. Classy batting.
Ashwin goes around the wicket for the final ball of the over. Root defends.
WICKET! Sibley c Pant b Patel 3
This is so unlucky! Sibley nails a sweep into Gill at short leg, it balloons into the air and is caught by Pant. A rare form of dismissal.
OVER 10: ENG 20/2 (Root 8* Sibley 3*)
Root works a single through mid-wicket of Patel.
Fair to say sending Bairstow home did not work out...
OVER 9: ENG 19/2 (Root 7* Sibley 3*)
Ashwin continues. He gets sharp turn, Sibley using his pad to block away. England are firmly on the back foot, with Ashwin already in a rhythm. Sibley works a single through the leg side. Root immediately hands him back the strike.
Play and miss from Sibley ends another threatening over.
OVER 8: ENG 17/2 (Root 6* Sibley 2*)
Patel fires in a quicker one which almost sneaks past Root's defences. He cuts the next ball away for no run. Root sweeps, he gets top edge but it lands safe, two runs accumulated. He got out in a very similar fashion to Patel earlier in the series.
Two from the over.
OVER 7: ENG 15/2 (Root 4* Sibley 2*)
Root sweeps Ashwin away for a single. Sibley then comes down the track, pushing one out to long on.
Change of angle, Ashwin now coming around the wicket. Root tries to flick a single but Gill makes a sharp stop at short leg. Ashwin drops a touch short and Root pulls it away for one, keeping the strike.
OVER 6: ENG 12/2 (Root 2* Sibley 1*)
Patel will continue from the other end. The first ball goes straight on, the second turns big. The third goes straight on, hitting Root in front. The decision is not out and India do not review! That looked very close! It would have stayed umpire's call, so nothing lost by India.
Root takes a quick single from the final ball of the over.
OVER 5: ENG 11/2 (Root 1* Sibley 1*)
England's captain will face the hat-trick ball. Five catchers around the bat. Root pushes it along the ground for one.
Superb stuff from Ashwin.
WICKET! Bairstow c Rohit b Ashwin 0
And he is gone first ball! He gets an inside edge that carries straight to Rohit at leg slip.
Ashwin is on a hat-trick!
OVER 5: ENG 10/1 (Bairstow 0* Sibley 1*)
Out strides Jonny Bairstow. He has struggled this series. It feels like a big innings for him.
WICKET! Crawley c Rahane b Ashwin 5
Crawley plays for turn which was not there, edging the ball straight to Rahane at first slip.
Excellent bowling change by Kohli.
OVER 5: ENG 10/0 (Crawley 5* Sibley 1*)
Change of bowling, India going to spin from both ends. Ashwin into the attack. He gets his second ball to turn big, beating everyone and running away for four byes.
OVER 4: ENG 6/0 (Crawley 5* Sibley 1*)
The players are back onto the pitch, here we go. It will be Patel to start for India. The first five balls of the session are blocked by Sibley, the last ball of the over left well alone.
Will this session bring resistance or a collapse?
England trail by 154, but the surface is not overly bowler-friendly and England have stacked their batting line-up.
Runs or wickets aplenty?
A word for Ben Stokes
4-89 from just under 28 overs. Heroic stuff, carrying the workload of a line-up a bowler down and with a spinner struggling. Stokes was threatening with the short stuff and cleaned up the tail in quick time.
Runs and wickets so far this Test - has he got a special innings in him today too?
According to the good people at CricViz...
England have a 3 per cent chance of winning this Test, with a draw sitting at 1 per cent.
It would be a miraculous turn around from this position.
LUNCH! ENG 6/0 (Crawley 5* Sibley 1*) - India lead by 154
Crawley and Sibley have ticked off the first job... India did not quite get it right on those three overs.
OVER 3: ENG 6/0 (Crawley 5* Sibley 1*)
Siraj starts full and straight, Crawley clips it for a quick single. Sibley then gets off the mark, flicking a very full ball for one. Crawley then works it through square leg for two.
Siraj makes a diving stop from the final ball of the session. He has stayed down.
England survive the mini session!
OVER 2: ENG 2/0 (Crawley 2* Sibley 0*)
It will be Patel to start from the other end, not Ishant. Crawley drives his first ball to mid-off for no run. A play and miss follows from a ball that turns just a fraction. Patel then drops a tad short, allowing Crawley to hand Sibley the strike for the first time in the innings.
The first ball slides on and hits his pads, sliding down. Not much of an appeal. Sibley then comes down the track, getting a leading edge for no run.
OVER 1: ENG 1/0 (Crawley 1* Sibley 0*)
The players are back out on the pitch. England have a 12 minute mini session to survive before lunch.
Siraj will bowl the first over. He gets some away shape and nice carry through to Pant. Crawley leaves the first two balls of England's final innings of the series well alone. He then clips ones nicely to midwicket for no run.
Crawley works a single out to deep square leg from the final ball of the over. England are off the mark.
England's bowling has not been the main issue this series...
England are in a lot of trouble...
But, if I'm being uber-positive from an England perspective, the pitch has played well this morning. There has been some turn but it has not been huge...
First aim; make India bat again.
END OF INNINGS: INDIA 365 ALL OUT - LEAD BY 160
A superb morning for India abruptly comes to an end after the run out allowed the tailenders to be cleaned up.
WICKET! Siraj b Stokes 0
Siraj only last three balls! Stokes is full and straight, hitting the top of off! Sundar is left stranded on 96*.
Good work from Stokes to wrap up the tail.
OVER 116: IND 365/9 (Sundar 96* Siraj 0*)
Siraj is in at No 11. Can he survive five balls to give Sundar a chance of getting his maiden Test hundred?
Play and miss! He wafts at a full ball outside off stump. Siraj got Ashwin to a hundred this series. Can he do it again?
WICKET! Ishant lbw Stokes 0
Ishant is gone first ball! Stokes is full and straight, that was plum. Could Sundar be left stranded?
OVER 115: IND 365/8 (Sundar 96* Ishant 0*)
Sundar is four away from a ton, with Ishant Sharma now at the crease with him.
WICKET! Patel run out (Bairstow) 43
Sundar hits the ball to mid-on. Patel sets off and is sent back. Bairstow delivers a good throw to Root who whips off the bails. A partnership of 106 finally broken.
OVER 114: IND 365/7 (Sundar 96* Patel 43*)
Root continues. A full-bunger is whipped away for one. Patel takes one to hand it back to Sundar who is approaching a maiden Test hundred.
OVER 113: IND 363/7 (Sundar 95* Patel 42*)
It is starting to look like the game is now, definitively, gone from England thanks to Pant yesterday and this partnership this morning.
Stokes continues, a bumper avoided. Patel plays the next one, taking a single. Sundar then clicks one nonchalantly away through midwicket for three, Bess making a diving stop on the boundary. Patel hands the strike back to him with a quick single. Sundar will keep the strike with yet another single.
OVER 112: IND 357/7 (Sundar 91* Patel 40*)
Root's over begins with a handsome drive for one by Sundar. Patel is lured into a big drive, play and miss, the turn and bounce running away for two byes. Patel then lofts a drive for two. India's lead is now over 150.
A powerful drive brings another run for Patel.
OVER 111: IND 351/7 (Sundar 90* Patel 37*)
England continue with short-ball theory from the other end, Patel avoiding another Stokes bumper. And repeat.
The third ball is pulled away for one. 350 up for India! Sundar pulls another short ball, getting a single via Pope at short leg. A glancing blow, fortunately. Sundar into the nineties for the first time in Test cricket.
OVER 110: IND 349/7 (Sundar 89* Patel 36*)
Sundar nails a drive out to the boundary rider off Root for one. Patel plays and misses as Root gets one to grip. And another. He then drops short and is pulled away for single.
Sundar play and misses to end a good over from Root. Plenty of turn now appearing...
OVER 109: IND 347/7 (Sundar 88* Patel 35*)
Another Sundar single starts Stokes' over. The allrounder then bangs one in, drawing an edge from Patel the flies through the vacant slip region for one. England have sit a field for short bowling. A bouncer indeed follows and Sundars hooks it away for a single.
Patel avoids a bouncer. And another.
India could not have been more on top during the first hour of the day. 50 runs added for no wickets.
OVER 108: IND 344/7 (Sundar 86* Patel 33*)
Another bowling change. Root on for Leach. All five England bowler's have now been used this morning, a sign of India's dominance. Root gets the first ball of his spell to turn big.
A quick single is taken by Patel. A short, wide pull is cut away by Sundar for one.
OVER 107: IND 342/7 (Sundar 85* Patel 33*)
Stokes attempts another yorker, this time it does hit the pads but there is a fine inside edge. Two runs. A sharp bouncer leaves Sundar on the floor as he gets out the way. Another bumper follows.
And another, the third being pulled away for two, taking him to his joint highest score in Test cricket.
A mixture of wickets and punishment for Leach so far this series...
OVER 106: IND 338/7 (Sundar 81* Patel 33*)
Sundar nails the ball to Root, no run. He then smashes the ball back at Leach, the ball bursting through his hands and running away for four.
Sundar will keep the strike.
OVER 105: IND 333/7 (Sundar 76* Patel 33*)
Ben Stokes is into the attack, replacing Anderson. Stokes has bowled well in this Test thus far. He starts with a yorker which is just dug out by Sundar. A bumper follows. A leading edge out to deep point gets Sundar off strike.
The ball clips the pad of Patel before being caught by Foakes. He appeals, but no one else is interested.
OVER 104: IND 332/7 (Sundar 75* Patel 33*)
Sundar takes one from the first ball of Leach's over. Patel plants the ball into the stands! A flat six over the head of Leach. Ominous for England, the spinners have been bullied this morning. He then takes one, good batting.
Sundar hands the strike back to Patel. Nine from the over.
OVER 103: IND 323/7 (Sundar 73* Patel 26*)
Anderson is into his 25th over of the innings. A leg bye hands the strike back to Patel. A big drive is attempted but Patel cannot make contact. Play and miss. Patel plays out the rest of the over watchfully.
OVER 102: IND 322/7 (Sundar 73* Patel 26*)
Leach begins his second over with a dot ball, not much turn as of yet. Sundar pushes a single out to long on.
Leach turns one past the inside edge of Patel and into his pad, sliding down leg, however.
OVER 101: IND 321/7 (Sundar 72* Patel 26*)
Anderson starts his over with a short ball that has Sundar hopping around. That was unconvincing. Anderson agrees, going short again but this time Sundar pulls it away for one. Patel is also greeted with a short ball. A play and miss from a full ball follows. Another bouncer concludes the over. More short stuff from Anderson...
Anderson has bowled well this morning, he has not been backed up from the other end.
OVER 100: IND 320/7 (Sundar 71* Patel 26*)
Bess has not started the day well and is pulled from the attack, replaced by Jack Leach.
Patel dances down the track and lofts the ball over mid-on who was half-way back to the rope. One bounce four. A couple of dot balls are followed by another boundary, this time a crisp back foot punch.
OVER 99: IND 312/7 (Sundar 71* Patel 18*)
Another dot ball starts Anderson's third over. He then over-pitches and is pushed for a quick single by Patel. A sharp bumper is just avoided by Sundar who is then struck by the next ball in an uncomfortable area.
After a small breather, Sundar flicks a single off his hip. Patel returns the favour, keeping the strike.
OVER 98: IND 309/7 (Sundar 70* Patel 16*)
A six starts Bess' second over of the day, taking India's lead to a hundred. What a shot from Sundar, straight back over the head of the bowler. A full toss follows, which is punched for four. England cannot afford to be leaking these runs.
Four dot balls conclude the over.
OVER 97: IND 299/7 (Sundar 60* Patel 16*)
Anderson continues. India's lead stands at 94. Patel follows Sundar's lead, leaving Anderson's tempters well alone. He edges the next ball but it goes straight down, bouncing a couple of times before reaching the slip cordon.
Another full ball follows before a surprise bumper is thrown in. Patel evades. Anderson slips in the in-swinger to end the over, it hits Patel's pads but was going well down.
Good start to the day by Anderson.
OVER 96: IND 299/7 (Sundar 60* Patel 16*)
Dom Bess will start from the other end. Joe Root is backing him. Bess starts well, with Patel's inside edge saving him from a lbw appeal. His second ball is a touch short and is punched back past him for four. It was uppish and just beat the bowler.
Patel then pushes a single into the offside.
OVER 95: IND 294/7 (Sundar 60* Patel 11*)
The players have made their way out onto the pitch and it will be James Anderson to start to Sundar. He is around the wicket to the left hander, generating a hint of drift away from the batsman who lets the first ball of the day go through to Ben Foakes.
Anderson is on the money immediately, Sundar not yet tempted into a shot. A play and miss from an absolute peach ends the over. Maiden to start.
England need three wickets in quick time
Given England's recent batting performances, a lead of 89 already feels quite daunting. If England are to have a chance in this game they cannot afford to let India extend their lead much beyond 100.
Huge first hour.
Good morning, it was a challenging day for Dom Bess yesterday
Former England bowler Steve Harmison claimed Dom Bess had been "chucked under the bus" after his struggles with the ball helped India turn the tide on day two of the fourth Test.
The game was finely balanced with the hosts 146 for six in response to 205, but a stunning 101 from Rishabh Pant and an unbeaten 60 from Washington Sundar changed things dramatically in the evening session.
India ended 89 ahead on 294 for seven, leaving England to rue an uneven attack which had been thinned out to make room for an extra batsman. Bess' form on his return to the side left them even more vulnerable, as he was trusted with just 15 overs and finished wicketless at a cost of 56.
His figures could have been worse given the lack of control he was able to exert, but the 23-year-old received a sympathetic hearing from Harmison, who questioned his treatment on the tour.
After taking 17 wickets at 22 each in the first three Tests of the winter, he was dropped for Moeen Ali, who was then asked to delay a planned rest period and remain with the squad. Had he agreed, Bess would probably not have taken the field in Ahmedabad.
"Dom Bess was chucked under the bus by the whole hullabaloo with Moeen Ali," Harmison told talkSPORT's Followin On podcast.
"The minute they asked Moeen Ali to stay was the minute Bess was going under that bus. That, for me, was a downward spiral for a young kid who has played very few Test matches.
"He sat and watched for the last two or three weeks and all he can think about is Moeen Ali staying - 'Everybody's wanting Moeen Ali'.
"That's culminated in the day's cricket that we've got today. I feel so sorry for the kid, I really do. I have so much sympathy with him, I've been in that place and I know where he's at.
"The selection hasn't helped him either. Not having an extra bowler has magnified it. That will put him under even more mental pressure.
"He'll feel even worse for not performing. It's such a dark and lonely place when you're out there. I hate to bring it up to magnify it, but that dressing room will be on egg shells about how to treat Dom Bess."
Spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel admitted things had not gone to plan on his return.
"He would have liked to bowl a lot better today and to have given a lot more to the group. It didn't work out for him," he said.
"If I'm being honest I think right now he'd be quite down and quite tired. But the beauty of this game, and I mean it, is there's another opportunity."