Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has refused to rule out an Indian fightback on Day five of the ongoing Test.
India’s hopes will be pinned on Bumrah on Day five (Courtesy: Reuters)
- England need 119 runs to win the fifth Test
- Manjrekar feels India can make comeback on Day five
- The former cricketer said that India will be hoping for a change in weather on the final day
Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has refused to rule out an Indian comeback on Day five of the ongoing Test against England at Edgbaston.
Having started the day on 125 runs for the loss of three wickets, India were bundled out for 245 runs to give the hosts a target of 378 runs to win the match and level the series 2-2.
The England innings got off to a strong start as Zak Crawley and Alex Lees put on an opening stand of 107 runs. Jasprit Bumrah then delivered two quick wickets for India in the form of Crawley and Ollie Pope. A mix between Joe Root and Lees gifted the visitors another breakthrough as they sensed a fightback.
However, Root and Jonny Bairstow seemed to have dashed those hopes as the pair put on 150 runs for the fourth wicket as England ended the day with 259 runs on the board. With seven wickets remaining, the hosts need just 119 runs to win the match on Day five.
Despite this, Manjrekar has refused to rule out a fightback from the Indian bowlers on Tuesday. The former cricketer took to Twitter after the day’s play and said that India have done this many times before and with two world class seamers in their ranks, a comeback is certainly on the cards.
Manjrekar also said that the visitors will also be hoping that the weather will change a bit tomorrow.
“Don’t rule out an India comeback. They have done it many times before. When you have two world class seamers it’s always a possibility. Just that India would want the weather to change a bit tomorrow,” said Manjrekar.
Don’t rule out an India comeback. They have done it many times before. When you have two world class seamers it’s always a possibility. Just that India would want the weather to change a bit tomorrow.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 4, 2022
Early wickets will be the order of the day if India stand a chance of making a comeback on Tuesday and all eyes will be on Bumrah and Shami to deliver the goods.