England v India: Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed set up thrilling final day

Fourth LV= Insurance test, The Kia Oval (day 4 of five) India 191(Thakur 56, Woakes 4-55) and 466 (Rohit 7/7, Pujara 6), England 290 (Pope 81, Woakes 50), & 77-0, Hameed 43*, Burns 31*). England needs 291 runs more to win Scorecard
England made a promising start in their pursuit for a record 368 runs, leaving the fourth Test against India ready for an exciting conclusion at The Kia Oval.

England was facing the most successful chase in Test cricket when Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed led the way for the home team to 77-0 at day four.

Joe Root's side was able to reduce their target when England scored three runs for 16 runs, Virat Kohli scoring 44.

Shardul Thakur waited patiently for 60, and Rishabh Pan was equally careful in his 50. They shared a seventh wicket partnership of 100.

The tourists were bowled out by 466 on a calm pitch in their second innings.

History is against England. Only nine times have England won a Test in its history.

All four results are possible Monday morning as the wonderful series at 1-1 continues to deliver.

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For a thrilling finale, see-saw test

The Test has exceeded all expectations and another day of perfect late-summer sun has created a grandstand finale.

In reality, India remains favourites. England's best hope is the draw. The Oval saw optimism rise because Hameed and Burns performed on a pitch that is only getting better for bats.

England still has the Headingley heroics of Ben Stokes in their collective memory.

Their 2019 target was 359 runs, which they achieved in 125.4 innings. They need more runs, but likely to have fewer overs.

India and especially captain Kohli will be under pressure for a win after omitting Ravichandran Ashwin, a master off-spinner.

For the final day, the Oval has been sold out. It is a match that is perfectly poised. It could be a classic.

England's most successful Test run-chases at Home Opponent Score Venue: Australia 362-9 Headingley Australia 315-4 Headingley Australia 294-4 Old Trafford, 2008 New Zealand 284-6 Trent Bridge 2004, New Zealand 282-3 Lord's 2004

India is swept away by Thakur and Pant

India was at 270-3 overnight and Kohli seemed the most likely to bat England out.

However, he edged Moeen to slip shortly after Ravindra Jadeja had been pinned lbwby Chris Woakes. The tourists were 213 ahead, with only four wickets remaining.

Pant's cavalier attitude in this series had not brought much success, while Thakur scored the fastest Test half-century in this nation in the first innings. Yet, they both resisted their natural instincts to calmly extend India's advantage.

Pant didn't hit his first boundary until the 54th game. India attacked after Moeen lost a run-out opportunity with both men in middle of pitch, when Pant was on 37.

Thakur hit Ollie Robinson with long-on for six, and reached 50 before Root's off spin to slip.

Pant's 105 ball half-century was his slowest Tests score and he was furious when he returned catch to Moeen.

England was infuriated when Umesh Yadav reached 25. Jasprit Bumrah, again frustrating them with 24, attempted to extend the effort and increase their target.

England does it the hard way

England will be able to pull off an amazing win or draw after two days of hard work in the field.

They were lacking inspiration during the first part of Sunday morning. However, Woakes' introduction inspired them to strike twice in the same number of overs.

Woakes and Robinson were summoned time and again. Anderson and Robinson's work raises questions about their fitness for the fifth test. Anderson has only taken two second-innings wickets this summer. Craig Overton was often overlooked.

Moeen, an off-spinner, conceded more runs per over than Pant and he failed to run-out Pant. He had enough time to throw to Jonny Bairstow or run to the stumps. This is in addition to six missed catches England has made in this match.

The home top order had been on the field for so long that it was now vulnerable to the new ball. However, Hameed and Burns performed with confidence, positivity, and sound judgment.

Burns moved to 31 not out with authority, while Hameed slipped off his pads on the route to 43. The latter survived a tight review for lbw of Mohammed Siraj in penultimate over.

"England have given themselves the glimmer" - reaction

Michael Vaughan, former captain of England: "England will talk a lot about chasing it, but if you asked now, would you like the draw? I believe they would. I'm leaning towards drawing, then India, and then England. England has given themselves a glimmer.

Chris Woakes, England's all-rounder, said to TMS that there is enough time to score runs. We feel happier after that [the evening session] than we did at the beginning of our innings. It is a great pitch.