Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel hold off England as India secure series victory with fourth Test win


The unbeaten 72-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Shubman Gill (52 not out) and Dhruv Jurel (39 not out) helped India beat England by five wickets in the fourth Test to win the series. India have taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

India were in spot of bother after they lost two wickets after post Lunch.

Resuming from their overnight score of 40 for 0, captain Rohit Sharma led India’s tricky chase with a fine half-century before England spinners slowed their progress and stage India were reeling at 120 for 5.

Post the lunch break, India lost two wickets in the first over. Bashir removed Jadeja and Sarfaraz off successive deliveries to bring England back on top of this Test match. Jadeja ended up chipping a low full toss straight to Jonny Bairstow at the short mid-wicket. Next ball, Bashir sent back Sarfaraz on a duck to left India reeling at 120 for 5.

But Shubman Gill and and Dhruv Jurel showed immense composure to see India through. Gill hit hist first boundary while facing his 120th ball, which was tonked down the ground for a six. He reached to his fifty with another six. On the other hand, nerveless Dhruv Jurel, in with his raw calmness kept the scoreboard ticking. The duo put on an unbeaten xx for the sixth wicket.

In the morning session, the young offie has removed Rajat Patidar, who looked like a walking wicket, without scoring.

Earlier, Joe Root provided the early breakthrough for England by removing Yashasvi Jaiswal. Rohit Sharma was deceived by a flighted delivery from Tom Hartley.

After the end of Day 3, England off-spinner was optimistic about visitors chance to level the series 2-2 in Ranchi.

“Yeah, look, we would have liked to have got one or two wickets in that last period, but me and Harts (Tom Hartley) know we got a job to the tomorrow,” he has told TNT at the close.

“Ten opportunities to take ten wickets, and on that wicket anything is possible.”

The youngster did walked the talk and almost took England home. He finished the match with eight wickets.