Joe Root has the joint fifth cheapest five-fer in the entire history of Test cricket (full list here, thanks to Stephen Brown), this is anyone’s match/series, and the players take lunch/tea/whatever 20 minutes early needing to dust themselves down, cool themselves off, and work out how to score runs against these opponents on this wicket.
53rd over: India 144-9 (Bumrah 1, Ishant 9) A long delay between overs, and then Bumrah edges Leach’s first delivery high above Stokes, who flings out a hand, deflects it upwards, spins and dives backwards to complete the catch. It drops out of reach, which is a shame because that would have been an all-time great bit of fielding, one for the highlights reels and compilation DVDs, if such things still exist.
50th over: India 135-9 (Bumrah 0, Ishant 1) Ishant inside-edges his way to a single and India lead by 23. India started the day at 99-3 and in complete control; 80 minutes, six wickets and 36 runs later they’re in complete disarray.
49th over: India 134-8 (Ashwin 17, Ishant 0) England are bringing in the fielders when Ishant Sharma’s on strike, and moving them out again when Ashwin is. It seems a strange time to relax the pressure on any of the batters, but what do I know? A couple of leg-byes, and a mistimed edge along the ground for one.
47th over: India 126-8 (Ashwin 11, Ishant 0) “Could it be that Joe Root will have a bigger impact with the ball than with the bat in this Test?” wonders Em Jackson. “There’s still not much hope but I’d take a fool’s hope over no hope right now.” Don’t downplay this, there’s actual genuine rational hope here for England now, and it’ll last until their second-innings collapse really gets going in an hour or two.