The fourth Test between England and India is delicately poised with the home team needing 291 runs to get with 10 wickets remaining on Day 5. Openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed have already wiped off 77 of the 368 needed to win and have given the team hope heading into the fifth day. Add to that, the pitch, which doesn’t have anything for the bowlers.
Vice-captain Moeen Ali was asked about the team’s plan on the fifth day and the all-rounder was quick to pick Jasprit Bumrah as the one bowler who could change the momentum of the game. Apart from taking the pacer’s name, Ali felt Ravindra Jadeja could have an impact on the fifth day.
“Jasprit Bumrah is one of those bowlers that can make anything happen but, Jadeja is the biggest threat on that wicket. It’s such a flat wicket but, we’re still going to have to play well. India always fight back strongly, and that’s something we’re going to have to be wary about,” Ali told Sky Sports.
Ali further opined that the England openers Burns and Hameed were disciplined for the first 15 overs and expects the duo to continue with the same momentum on Day 5.
“I thought the boys batted excellently. We knew if we get through the first 10 to 15 overs, the two guys who are in are very disciplined. They’ve done it before in the series when they put on an amazing partnership, so hopefully, they can do it again tomorrow,” he added.
The Oval pitch has not turned much and hence Ali is optimistic of England chasing 291 runs on the final day.