|First Test, Chennai (day four)|
|England 578 (Root 218) & 178 (Root 40, Ashwin 6-61)|
|India 337 (Pant 91, Sundar 85, Bess 4-76) & 39-1|
|India need 381 to win|
England will need nine wickets on the final day to beat India after setting up their victory push on day four of the first Test in Chennai.
India closed on 39-1, requiring a record 420 to win or, more realistically, needing to bat out the final day for a draw.
India, who faced 13 overs, lost opener Rohit Sharma to Jack Leach.
Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara reached the close unbeaten on 15 and 12 respectively.
England were tentative in their attempt to set India a challenging target – posting 178 all out from 46.3 overs.
They initially batted positively – building on a 241-run first-innings lead secured earlier in the day – but their scoring rate dropped to a crawl after tea.
Rather than declare, they batted on, allowing overs to be lost from the game – overs which they…
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