Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne firmly believes that all three results are possible heading into the final day of the fourth Test between England and India at The Oval. Set a target of 368, the hosts got off to a good start courtesy of a 77-run unbroken stand between Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns. With 291 runs still to get and The Oval pitch too not showing any signs of slowing down, England should fancy their chances of pulling off a daunting target.
Meanwhile, India would be hoping to start things on a bright note by picking up some early wickets. Hence Warne feels that anything could happen on the fifth day of the Test match.
"All 3 results alive at the oval today. If I was Eng this is how I would go about it. 1st session risk-free cricket & aim for 70 runs (bonus anymore).2nd a bit more aggressive 90 runs & last session when bowlers tiring & wickets in hand 130 runs or can India take 10 wkts or a draw."
Warne is currently doing commentary during the Test series. Speaking about the match, a late cameo by all-rounder Shardul Thakur allowed India to finish on a commanding 466, thereby setting a target of 368 to win.
All-rounder Chris Woakes sounded optimistic about England chasing the target on Day 5.
“We felt like it was a good enough wicket to be able to chase any score. To go all the way and chase down that score would be an incredible effort. It would be a great, great chase. But our openers have done a great job and put us in a good position to start on the final day. To get another 291 on a day-five pitch always sounds like a tough task but, we’ve got to keep reminding ourselves that the pitch is still good for batting, and we can do it if we bat well all the way down,” said Woakes during a virtual press conference.”