Huge target of 368 runs: Chris Woakes said – picture is yet to come, we can beat India

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LondonThe England cricketer, who took a total of seven wickets in the fourth test match being played at The Oval, is confident of England’s victory in this match against India. Only twice in 141 years of Test cricket in England has the team achieved a target of more than 350. The team led by Joe Root would like to become the third team to achieve the target on the final day against India. India set a target of 368 runs for England to win. By the end of the fourth day’s play, England scored 77 runs in the second innings without losing a wicket. Woakes said, ‘This team has done special things in every format over the years. This is a time you want to be a part of. We want to do something special. “There is still a lot of hard work to do,” he said. You have to see what the team has done in the past and how capable we are as a team. Woakes said, ‘Everyone agrees that we can achieve the goal. There is no doubt about it. We think this pitch is perfect for any target. Getting the score here would be the best effort. Our openers have done a great job and we are in a good position at the start of the final day. Shardul Thakur (60) and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (50) on the back of brilliant batting, India scored 466 runs in the second innings against England on Sunday, giving England a target of 368 runs to win. At the end of the day’s play, England scored 77 runs in the second innings without losing a wicket and they still need 291 runs to win. Till the stumps, Rory Burns is present on the crease after scoring 31 runs in 108 balls with the help of two fours and Haseeb Hameed 42 runs in 85 balls with the help of six fours. After bowling out India in the second innings till the end of the day’s play, the England team started well and their opening pair remained intact till the end of the day’s play, while India’s bowlers remained empty handed.

(Note: With inputs from IANS)

[Attribution to NBT]

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