Watch India vs England 5th Test day 5 highlights today on 20-12-2016. Ind vs Eng cricket highlights. Yesterday was a historic day for India who scored 759, their highest-ever total, against anyone. At the same time, it was also the highest total against England by any team. Karun Nair became second Indian batsman, after Sehwag, to score a triple century in a Test match. Almost eight and half years ago, Virender Sehwag piled up 319 runs against South Africa. It was Nair’s third Test and he got his chance because two middle order batsmen were facing injuries. After Nair crossed the 300-runs figure, Kohli declared innings. England had to play for last 12 minutes with a deficit of 282.
This pitch is a nightmare for bowlers, fact that may act as consolation for the troubled souls of English team. However two factors favor India in the final day of this Test. First England will play under pressure of so many runs and a fear of defeat. Secondly, Indian spinners have the capacity to trouble the batsmen even at dead pitches. These two factors make today’s match quite interesting. A thrilling contest between bat and ball can be expected today.
England have it all to do on the last day of a sapping tour of the subcontinent. This is still a flat pitch, by the standard of Indian pitches, but R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowling on it with raucous voices clustered around the bat is an entirely different prospect to England’s spinners bowling with five fielders on the rope.
Ashwin and Jadeja did their bit with the bat as well, scoring 67 and 51 as the sixth- and seventh-wicket partnerships added 319 to India’s total. Post-tea, India clattered 177 runs in 25.4 overs. That’s 6.9 runs per over. Nair, on 195 at tea, scored his last 108 runs in 78 balls. If his triple-hundred wasn’t uniformly Sehwagian in tone, it certainly was now.