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Joe Root’s brilliant ton gives England hope but India have edge going into last day of first Test |  Cricket News

India end day four on 52-1 in chase of 209 to win first Test; England captain Joe Root scores his 21st Test century to keep hosts in the game; Jasprit Bumrah takes 5-64; Stuart Broad removes KL Rahul late on to boost England hopes; day five from 10.15am, Sunday on Sky Sports The Hundred

Last Updated: 07/08/21 7:09pm

Joe Root scored a fabulous century to give England a chance in the first Test against India

Joe Root kept England’s hopes of victory over India in the first Test alive with a superb 21st Test hundred on an absorbing day four at Trent Bridge.

The England captain’s first home century since 2018 held the hosts’ second innings together for much of the day before falling to the ever-impressive Jasprit Bumrah (5-64), who then made light work of the lower order.

After bowling England out for 303, India were left needing 209 to win the series opener and they made a positive start in the last hour of play, although Stuart Broad (1-18) dismissed KL Rahul (26) to set up a tantalising final day in Nottingham.

India will start it on 52-1, needing another 157 runs for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, while England require a further nine wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah was superb in taking 5-64 to leave India needing 209 for victory

Jasprit Bumrah was superb in taking 5-64 to leave India needing 209 for victory

More to follow…

Watch day five of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge from 10.15am, Sunday on Sky Sports The Hundred and Main Event.

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