Ali Martin at the Kia Oval
- Fourth Test, day four: India 191 & 466; England 77-0, need 291 more to win
- England’s attack given torrid time by India middle-order
As the shadows lengthened on the fourth evening, eventually engulfing the outfield at the Oval to end a day of glorious sunshine, England’s opening pair of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed made an encouraging start to what is a tilt at history.
A dispiriting performance in the field from Joe Root’s side had let India put 466 all out on the board just after tea and, with this, a target of 368 in four sessions had been set. It will be England’s all-time record run chase if achieved, surpassing the 359 that Ben Stokes raided against Australia at Headingley two years ago, and by reaching 77 for no loss by the close, thoughts of another miracle lingered.