India will have to take nine wickets to win the second Test at Vizag. (Image: AP)
Shubman Gill believes that India still have a chance in the game and highlighted that the morning session at Day 4 will be crucial in determining the outcome of the Test.
Shubman Gill was in the spotlight after producing a stellar knock, marking his first century since his shift to the number 3 spot in the batting order. He managed to push India’s lead to 398 runs and Gill believes that India is in the game to win the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
Speaking to the media in the post-day press conference, Gill talked about the track where he mentioned, “Not an easy wicket to bat on, you have to apply yourself. The ball is turning, hopefully we can get the ball in the right areas tomorrow.”
Gill, however, backs his team to get the win and highlighted that the morning session will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the Test. He mentioned,” It’s about 70-30 at the moment, the morning session is a big one. We’ve seen some movement for the fast bowlers, I think if we get the ball in the right areas we’ll be okay.”
The hosts will be challenged by a resilient England side led by Ben Stokes. They managed to outplay India in the previous Test and could do the same tomorrow. With two days remaining, England have a good shot at extending their lead in the series having 332 runs to chase down.
Ashwin managed to get the first wicket just before stumps on Day 3 when he dismissed opener, Ben Duckett to put England on the back foot. But by the end of the day Zak Crawley and Rehan Ahmed managed to hold down the fort and finish the day with 67 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah will likely be handed the responsibility of getting the wickets while the spinners will be tasked with maintaining the regular flow of wickets as the ball gets older.
England on the other hand will be intent on getting the win and extending their lead in the series as they will be aiming to end the hosts’ long-standing streak of not suffering a series defeat in the longest format since 2012 which came under the leadership of Sir Alastair Cook.
Another major doubt was the availability of England’s ace batter, Joe Root who was forced off the field after picking up an injury to his finger while fielding at the slip cordon. Team-mate James Anderson had revealed that it was just a precautionary measure to not risk an external blow when fielding.
It was the young guns who took the game to the English side with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill contributing the big runs in the second Test under the absence of the ever-reliant Virat Kohli who had opted out of the first two Tests citing personal reasons.