Pakistan's wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal believes Team India's fate on Day 5 in Nottingham will depend heavily on the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. Akmal pointed out that Team India captain and vice-captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out of shape so the start would be crucial for the guests on Sunday.
Team India will continue their innings at 52/1, with both Rohit and Pujara unbeaten at 12 each. You need 157 runs to win the first test on day 5 with nine wickets in hand.
In a preview of day 5 of the first test between Team India and England, Akmal said on his YouTube channel:
“Team India has a good chance of following the test and winning it. Much depends on the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. You have to hit as long as you can. Rohit and Pujara and both are currently hitting 12. This partnership is extremely important to Team India. Even if they add 40 or 50, it could be a winning partnership. "" Also, keep in mind that the batters to come are not in tip-top shape. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane haven't had any big runs lately. They are great players but right now they are just out of the rhythm. So I would repeat that a lot would depend on how Rohit and Pujara begin. Team India needs a partnership from them, "he added.
Akmal added that opener KL Rahul, who scored 84 points in the first innings, also looked dangerous on Saturday before getting a very good delivery from Stuart Broad. The Pakistani cricketer added:
“KL Rahul looked confident again, how he played his punches. He had 84 runs in the first innings so that definitely made a difference. He was unlucky when he got a brilliant delivery that was dismissed. "
Every Team India batter has to put a price on his wicket: Zaheer Khan
According to former Indian pacemaker Zaheer Khan, every Team India batter has to put a price on his wicket on the final day in Nottingham and beat it sensibly.
On Cricbuzz, Khan said that it is critically important for Team India to hit sensibly in order to pursue the goal. He said:
“I still think the goal should have been 25 fewer runs than the end result (209). In this chase, partnerships will be very crucial. I think India got off to a good start batsman needs to be reasonably priced his wicket and bat. If conditions aren't as cloudy as they were during India's first innings, I think it would be a slightly better scenario for Team India. "
On Day 4, England captain Joe Root scored a good century as the hosts hit 303 and Team India set a goal of 209.
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