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England 182/6 at stumps, trailing India by 49 runs

England 182/6 at stumps, trailing India by 49 runs

Mumbai: (PTI) England were 182/6 in their second innings, trailing India by 49 runs at stumps on day four of the fourth Test here today.

England face a herculean task of the saving the game with their top-order crumbling in the 13.2 overs bowled before tea. The break was taken when Moeem Ali was dismissed by Jadeja with Joe Root unbeaten on 30 at the other end.

In response to England's 400 in the first innings, India were all out for 631 in the afternoon session with captain Virat Kohli scoring 235 off 340 balls, his third double hundred of the year.

The home team made England chase leather for more than 12 hours when replying to the visitors' first innings score of 400 before being dismissed for the third-highest score against the same opponents, 48 minutes after lunch, on day four at the Wankhede Stadium here.

England, pushed to the wall, were struggling to save the game and were tottering at tea with captain Alastair Cook (18), debutant fellow-opener Keaton Jennings (0) and Ali (0) being the batsmen dismissed. Cook's wicket was Jadeja's 100 scalp in Tests.

Root was at the crease after the visitors lost Moeen in the second ball of the last over before the break to Ravindra Jadeja, caught in the leg trap, after the left arm spinner had trapped Cook leg before.

Bhuveneshwar Kumar trapped Jennings leg before to start the procession.

Earlier Kohli, who batted for more than eight and a half hours from yesterday morning, struck one six and 25 fours in a monumental 340-ball essay to make the highest score by an Indian skipper and also his third double ton this year, in a five-month period, as well as career.

With Yadav, who became the first Indian batsman to hit a century at number nine by making a fine 204-ball 104 in 244 minutes with 15 hits to the fence, Kohli – who has been in imperious form in the series, also created a new national eighth wicket record partnership of 241 that came at near run a minute.

Their partnership of 241, that consumed 244 minutes and 352 balls, obliterated India's previous best for the wicket of 161 set by Mohammed Azhauddin and Anil Kumble, the current head coach, in 1996-97 against South Africa at Kolkata.

This also eclipsed the previous highest eighth-wicket partnership of 168 between the two countries standing in the name of England's Ray Illingworth and P Lever at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1971.

The partnership was finally broken at 605 after the duo had come close to bettering the century-old all-time best eighth-wicket of 243 between Australia's M J Hartigan and C Hill of Australia set in 1908 when Yadav was stumped charging at leggie Adil Rashid who later finished with 4 for 192 after a marathon stint of 55.3 overs.

Kohli who had already started chancing his arm in order to get quick runs, finally departed ten runs later when he holed out to deep extra cover fielder James Anderson to give Chris Woakes his only wicket of the innings.

He was congratulated by the England fielders after his marathon effort that has virtually won the series for his team ahead of the Chennai game.

The Indian first innings came to an end 16 runs later to leave England with a massive task of playing for a draw on a track on which the ball spun viciously on occasions.

The entire morning belonged to Kohli and Yadav as they put paid to the England hopes of restricting the home side's lead to the minimum with forthright batting in which Yadav, playing in only his third Test, was the early aggressor before Kohli got into his stride and ripped the bowling attack with strokes all around the wicket.

At the lunch break, Kohli was unconquered on 212 and Yadav, playing his third Test, was on 92 after the pair added 128 runs in just 29 overs, with the first hour yielding 78 in 16, to help the home side lead by 179 runs.

Yadav had been dropped on 8 yesterday and it proved extremely costly for the visitors.

Kohli, who had made double centuries earlier this year against the West Indies in July and New Zealand last month, and his comrade-in-arm were so merciless against the visiting bowlers that runs came in a cascade, a lot many of them through boundary hits.

They also ran the field rugged by turning ones into twos with alacrity.

Kohli reached the third double century of his career when he hit Rashid to deep mid-wicket for a single exactly one and a half hours after play commenced this morning.

The landmark took him seven and a half hours to complete and he had hit 23 fours in the 302 balls he faced when he achieved the feat.

Kohli's earlier double hundreds were 200 against the West Indies at North Sound in July and 211 that he made against New Zealand in the preceding series at Indore in October.

The Delhi stalwart looked in absolute control, unruffled by pace or spin and Yadav proved an ideal foil with his confident display.

When England batted Bhuvneshwar got rid of first innings debut centurion Keaton Jennings for a first-ball duck with an inswinger that caught the batsman in front.

Cook played across to Jadeja to be given out and the review by England also failed before the charged up left arm spinner got one to turn across the bat of Moeen to have him caught by Murali Vijay at backward short leg to end a great session for the hosts.


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