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Fans hope Pujara will shine when India and England resume play on day four – SABC News

Fans gathered at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Monday (July 04) to watch the fourth day of the Test match between England and India. India tightened their grip on the rearranged fifth Test against England with a total lead of 257 with seven wickets in hand despite Jonny Bairstow’s belligerent hundred on the third day of the competition at Edgbaston on Sunday (July 03).

The tourists reached 125-3 at stumps in their second innings with the rugged Cheteshwar Pujara (50) and the gutsy Rishabh Pant (30) in the middle.

“Pujara scored a half-century. India are currently leading by 250 runs. So, India is in a strong position to win the match. We are here to support India and I believe they will win here,” said fan Harsh Patel.

Earlier, an on-field spat with India’s Virat Kohli seemed to inflame Bairstow, who unleashed some breathtaking shots to rescue England.

Ben Stokes fell twice in the morning session but the England captain failed to capitalize on the reprieve and departed for 25.

India lead 2-1 in the series, which could not be completed last year after cases of COVID-19 in India’s camp ahead of the final match at Old Trafford.

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