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10.20am: Cleaned up
Anderson comes into the attack for his first over of the day, and Gill’s off stump has gone flying. Gill had just reached fifty, again looking a million dollars and timing the ball sweetly, but this one flies through him with the ball reversing. Anderson pitches on a fullish length outside off stump, and this shoots through low off the surface and sends the stump cartwheeling. Two for England within the first hour.
Gill looked just as elegant when he was bowled.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) February 9, 2021
10.10am: Gill attacks Bess
Shubman Gill has decided that Bess is the man to target today. He threads his first ball of the morning through mid-off for four, then swings him just out of reach of the man running round from deep midwicket in the same over. In Bess’ next, he skips down the pitch and nails a sweet six over mid-on.
I think this is a calculated decision from Gill, who is determined to through Bess off his length, but perhaps he doesn’t need to be overly aggressive against him: since his spell on the third afternoon, Bess has bowled one bad ball in most overs, so it is easy enough to take him for four or five runs while playing in a fairly restrained manner.
9.55am: Pujara goes
That’s a huge wicket for England and a blow to India’s hopes on the final day. Leach gets one to turn sharply again, spinning away from the bat with extra bounce as Pujara closes the face, looking to work him into the leg side. The ball takes the outside edge and lobs up to slip, where Stokes snaffles it. India lose Pujara within half an hour.
It was always likely to take a good ball from Leach. That was only the sixth time Pujara had been dismissed by a left-arm orthodox spinner in Tests, having faced 1898 balls from them. He’s still averaging 138.83 against SLA bowlers.
9.50am: Variable bounce
A mixed bag for Jack Leach this morning, with Shubman Gill getting his second ball of the day away to the boundary, but there have already been signs of turn and bounce from a fullish length. Gill did well to jam him bat down on a shooter, and another turned sharply away from the outside edge.
“We saw a lot of India’s fight and character in the tour of Australia just recently,” James Anderson said before the start. “We know that they’re not going to roll over easily. We’re going to have to put a lot of hard work in, and we might have to be clever at times with fields and the way we bowl. We’re in a good position but we know it’s going to be a day of hard work.”
“There was a good amount of turn and bounce yesterday,” Washington Sundar said. “Given the scenario we’d like to take one session at a time and stay positive. We’ve got a lot of depth so let’s stay positive.”
9.15am: All results possible
A reminder of the match situation ahead of the final day. England need to take nine wickets in 90 overs, after Jack Leach dismissed Rohit Sharma on the fourth evening. If they fail to do so, we’re heading for a draw – unless India can pull off another remarkable heist by scoring 381 fifth-day runs on a wearing Chepauk surface.
There was plenty of discussion yesterday about England’s go-slow after tea as they looked to set up a declaration, but George Dobell wrote that after they had dominated large swathes of the match, their caution was understandable. In the India camp, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were bullish about their chances of pulling off the win.
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98
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