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Youngsters show calm nerves to lead India to series win against England in Ranchi

Rohit Sharma and his Team India beat England by 5 wickets during the fourth Test at Ranchi to seal the series during the India vs England 2024 series on Monday.

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Ben Stokes and all the brouhaha around Baz-Ball was halted when Team India won the 4th Test in Ranchi. The margin of win was five wickets as the home team took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series. 

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The stars of the show once again were youngsters Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel. The two players added an unbeaten 72 runs for the 6th wicket after England bowlers made the chase trick. 

At one stage India was at 120/5 having lost Ravindra Jadeja and Sarfaraz Khan off successive balls. Shoaib Bashir was yet again breathing fire with the ball as the game came to life post-lunch on the 4th day. 



Key Moments – 

-    Rohit Sharma scores valuable fifty

-    England make a strong comeback

-    Shoaib Bashir does the trick again

-    Shubman Gill scores match-winning half-century

-    Dhruv Jurel helps India win 

Rohit Sharma scores a crucial half-century 

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Team India started the 4th day of the fourth Test in Ranchi at 40/0 from 8 overs. The earliest highlight of the day was Rohit Sharma’s nonchalant six against James Anderson. India’s skipper batted well to register yet another crucial half-century in Test cricket. 

England bowlers make impressive comeback – 

Yashasvi Jaiswal was the first wicket to fall when he was caught by James Anderson off Joe Root for 37. The openers had added 84 runs for the opening wicket in just under 18 overs. The next to go was Indian skipper Rohit Sharma caught by Foakes to give Hartley his opening wicket. Rajat Patidar continued his woeful form when he was out for a duck caught by Ollie Pope off Shoaib Bashir. 

Shoaib Bashir does the trick again – 

England youngster Shoaib Bashir picked up five wickets in the first innings. The tall bowler was in the thick of the action during the 2nd dig as well. India went into lunch with Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja batting. Things changed once the players came out to bat. Ravindra Jadeja was caught by Bairstow to give Bashir his second wicket. At the next ball, Sarfaraz Khan was caught by Pope and India was in huge trouble. 

Shubman Gill comes good with the bat – 

With wickets falling at the other end, the pressure was getting to the home team. Shubman Gill showed why he is regarded as one of the best batters. The 24-year-old curbed his instincts and played within himself. With the required runs under 20, Gill went down the ground and smacked two sixes. The youngster found an able ally in Dhruv Jurel as they put their heads down during a tricky period. 

Dhruv Jurel helps India win – 

Team India wouldn’t have won the Test match hadn’t it been for 22-year-old Dhruv Jurel. After his heroic 90 in the first innings, Team India needed the youngster to come good again. The 22-year-old was unbeaten on 39 off 77 balls as he saw India go through in style. It will be a moment to remember for Dhruv Jurel and his family, who have seen lots of struggle. Once the match ended, Rahul Dravid could be seen hugging the youngster in an endearing moment.  

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