Jharkhand ended the third and penultimate day at 288 for five in 76 overs and, with an overall lead of 315, is all but sure of three points.
Change of heart for Ishant Sharma: Set to join Delhi Ranji squad in Guwahati, Yash Dhull likely to open
Veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma will not be available for the tough showdown as he will be in five-day mandatory quarantine.
The teams went big on current India players and largely based their decision on the form players from overseas with more focus on fast bowlers, not caring about reputations.
Transition Starts: After Wriddhiman, Test pacer Ishant out of reckoning; Rahane-Pujara on borrowed time
It is understood that even Pujara and Rahane, who are playing Ranji Trophy, will have to score more than just a stray century to be in reckoning as their bad patch has been a prolonged one.
U-19 winning skipper Yash Dhull named in Delhi Ranji squad, Ishant makes himself unavailable for selection
Since he could not play the domestic red-ball tournament at U-19 level due to his white ball commitments with the Indian team, Dhull will get taste of red cherry at the much tougher first-class level.
The signs were ominous even before the Indians departed with now former Test skipper Virat Kohli's much-publicised acrimony with top BCCI officials.
If they execute their plans to perfection, India’s fast bowlers could add Johannesburg to the list of overseas cities where they have won a Test in last one year
Hamstring niggles are believed to be the most painful as it tends to hamper movement and batting becomes an issue with restricted feet movement.
India vs New Zealand 2nd test: Kohli opts to bat first after winning toss; Jayant Yadav, Siraj make it to playing XI
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav, playing his first test in nearly five years, came in place of Ravindra Jadeja, out with right forearm niggle.
Tom Latham will lead the side in place of Williamson, who has been dealing with the tendon injury since it first emerged in the New Zealand home summer.
33-year-old Ishant had a forgettable tour of England and even in the opening Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, he went wicket-less.
While the focus was on skipper Ajinkya Rahane on the opening day, it was Ishant and comeback man Jayant Yadav who bowled in the nets for a considerable amount of time on Tuesday.
India vs England fourth Test: Ravichandran Ashwin must play at The Oval in place of Ishant Sharma, says Nasser Hussain
A number of former players have advocated for Ashwin's inclusion in the playing XI as he is yet to play in India's five-Test series.
The hosts finished the second day on 423/8 with Craig Overton (24*) and Ollie Robinson (0*) at the crease. Except for Ishant, all other Indian bowlers were able to pick at least a wicket.
Malan, playing his first Test in three years, hit a splendid 70 and added 139 runs for the third wicket with skipper Joe Root as England reached 423 for 8 at stumps on day two.