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India vs England Live Score, 4th Test at Motera, Day1: India Look to Seal Series 3-1 & Qualify for WTC Final

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 4, 2021, 7:36 AM IST

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India vs England Live Score, Live Cricket Score, 4th Test at Motera Live Updates: Just a draw away from qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, India could be gambling a bit too much by dishing out a surface for the fourth and final Test against England that aids turn from the start. Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Test match.

PREVIEW: England were routed for their lowest aggregate in a Test match in India in the Day and Night Pink Ball Test at the splendid Narendra Modi Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad. A lot has been said about the demons in the pitch and India mis-using home advantage but the fact of the matter was that England had the call of the coin and could not capitalize and batted poorly in both innings. India made better use of challenging conditions and were victorious taking a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

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No one is quite yet sure what kind of pitch awaits the two teams for the last Test of the series. While some reports suggest it would assist spinners and would be similar to the wickets for the second Chennai Test and the third Test at Motera, there are other reports which indicate that the pitch might not be as challenging as the one in the previous Test – India just needs a draw to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June and would not want to risk a rank turner should the move backfire against their own batsmen.

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The return of the red cherry would also mean some relief for the batsmen. The Pink Ball does a lot more when new with the extra shine – it comes on faster after pitching and also swings more then the red one. But unless England can come up with a new counter-attacking strategy against the Indian spinners, the change in colour of the ball, from pink to red, may not necessarily change their luck and fortunes.

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The return of the red cherry would also mean some relief for the batsmen. The Pink Ball does a lot more when new with the extra shine – it comes on faster after pitching and also swings more then the red one. But unless England can come up with a new counter-attacking strategy against the Indian spinners, the change in colour of the ball, from pink to red, may not necessarily change their luck and fortunes.

First Published: March 4, 2021, 7:11 AM IST

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