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India vs England 4th Test Day 4: Ashwin, Jadeja strike, IND near series win

Virat Kohli’s magnificent 235 and Jayant Yadav’s 104 helped India to a mammoth 631. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets each as India require just four wickets for a series win. Relive all highlights of day 4 of India vs England Test in Wankhede here.

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2016 17:14 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
India vs England

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets each as England were reduced to 182/6 on day 4 of the Wankhede Test.(BCCI)

Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav shattered records as India piled up 631. Kohli notched up his third double ton and ended up on 235, the highest individual score by an Indian in Tests against England. Jayant smashed his maiden century and shared a record 241-run stand with the Indian skipper. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets each. Relive all highlights of India vs England Wankhede Test here. (SCORECARD| NEWS)

16:51 hrs IST: After the end of the day’s play, Jayant Yadav said, “Whenever you’re batting with Virat, things feel easier. When they were bowling short, he told me to pull, my instinct is to leave the ball. If you can contribute with the bat, any skill, you should work on it. I pride my wicket.”

16:42 hrs IST: India have not put a foot wrong today. From Virat Kohli’s brilliant 235 to Jayant Yadav’s maiden century, from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s strikes, the hosts are firmly in the driver’s seat. For England, it is only a matter of time before they squander the series.

16:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin strikes and that is stumps. Jake Ball tried to defend a top-spinner but ended up getting the edge through to the keeper. At stumps, England are 182/6 and India need four wickets to clinch the series.

16:26 hrs IST: Ball survives but India might potentially bowl two more overs.

16:17 hrs IST: WICKET! What a body blow for England. Ashwin floats a tossed up delivery and Stokes attempts the reverse sweep, he ends up hitting it onto his boot and the catch is taken by Vijay, the third umpire is called in and the soft signal is out, replays show that the ball lobbed off the boot to slip.

Ben Stokes c Vijay b Ashwin 18, England 180/5 vs India

16:12 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow scores a wonderful fifty and England are somehow staying afloat.

16:03 hrs IST: R Ashwin appeals for a catch and umpire Oxenford gives it out. Bairstow is not amused and he immediately reviews. No bat involved at all and he is well outside the line. Cook is not amused as the umpire reverses the decision.

16:00 hrs IST: Stokes is showing plenty of positive intent as he smashes a four and a six off Jayant Yadav.

Joe Root departed for a magnificent 77 as Jayant Yadav took the wicket to put India on top. (BCCI)

15:53 hrs IST: Poor ball from Jayant. Short and wide delivery and Stokes muscles it past cover for a boundary. He gets going in style.

15:44 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow has been given out caught behind. He reviews the decision. Jadeja’s front foot is over the line. No-ball signalled. Anyway, Real Time Snicko does not detect an edge.

15:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Jayant gets the big wicket of Root and India have finally broken the partnership.

Full and flat delivery slanted in, Root does not go fully back and plays all around the delivery, he gets hit on the pad and umpire Erasmus raises the finger. Vital strike this for India.

Joe Root LBW Jayant Yadav 77, England 141/4 vs India (631)

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow shared a magnificent partnership to cut England’s deficit down. (BCCI)

15:31 hrs IST: England have brought the deficit down to under 100. Jayant and Ashwin are bowling a bit too short and that is allowing Root and Bairstow to capitalise.

15:25 hrs IST: Another appeal and this time it is for an LBW. Kohli is having a long chat with Jayant and the bowler convinces him to use the appeal. Pitching in line but missing leg stump. India lose a review.

15:24 hrs IST: Loud appeal for a catch but not given. Kohli and Pujara have a discussion and they chat with Jayant, in the end, they decide not to review. Good decision as there was no bat involved. England 123/3, trail by 108 runs.

15:22 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav is into the attack. He will be high on confidence after the century.

15:18 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Ashwin gets some extra bounce and the ball spins back in, Root stabs at it and the inside edge lobs off the pad but falls safely at vacant short leg. Next ball, there is a short leg and Root attempts something similar but it goes over the fielder.

15:13 hrs IST: Root is giving an exhibition in batting in these conditions. It has been a very busy knock.

Joe Root scored his 26th fifty as England tried to stay afloat at the Wankhede Test. (BCCI)

15:04 hrs IST: DROPPED! Difficult chance. Root attempts the reverse sweep and the ball hits the glove, Kohli at slip dives to his left but he fails to latch on to it.

15:02 hrs IST: The partnership between Bairstow and Root has neared 50. England will be aiming to stay afloat and negotiate this difficult passage of play.

14:59 hrs IST: Joe Root brings up his 26th fifty in style as he reverse sweeps Ashwin to the third man fence. On a difficult wicket, it has been a great knock. England 91/3, trail by 140 runs.

14:52 hrs IST: Third umpire called in for a stumping. Root was slightly unbalanced as he tries to leave a ball that kicks up from the deck. However, the batsman is safe.

Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets before Tea as England were left tottering. (BCCI)

14:45 hrs IST: Bairstow and Root are hanging in there. In fact, Root is closing in on his fifty.

14:36 hrs IST: Plenty of turn and rip from Ashwin and Jadeja. The England batsmen are absolutely clueless as they get some runs thanks to some byes.

14:32 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. Can England drag the Test into the final day? They are facing an uphill battle.

14:18 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha have been ruled out for the Chennai Test as they have not yet recovered from their injuries.

14:13 hrs IST: WICKET! What a catch from Murali Vijay at leg gully. Jadeja gets some extra bounce and it spins back in, Moeen glances it off the face of the bat to leg gully where Vijay holds on to a one-handed stunner. He is pumped up and at Tea, England are 49/3, trailing by 182 runs.

14:06 hrs IST: Loud appeal for a catch but not given. Ashwin spins this one in and Root looks to work it to mid wicket, the ball hits the pad and lobs up to Parthiv who takes the catch, India appeal but umpire does not give it, replays show no bat and it was sliding past leg stump, India lose a review.

14:01 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja strikes and the England skipper is gone. Even a review cannot save him.

Flatter delivery and it spins back in, Cook shuffles across and looks to work it to the leg side, misses it and gets hit on the pad, umpire Oxenford gives it out and the skipper reviews, replays show it is hitting leg stump.

Alastair Cook LBW Ravindra Jadeja 18, England 43/2 vs India 631

13:57 hrs IST: Just wide of leg slip! Jadeja fires into the pads and Cook looks to glance it to fine leg, the ball just goes past Vijay at leg slip for a boundary. Jadeja is causing big problems.

13:50 hrs IST: Jadeja is getting some vicious turn and bounce as Root gets beaten all ends up. At the other end, Ashwin has been introduced into the attack. There are puffs of dust coming out from the pitch.

13:42 hrs IST: Root and Cook have steadied the ship with a couple of boundaries. However, it might not be long once spin is introduced into the attack.

13:33 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar is getting some sharp inswing but Cook plays him well. England 12/1 vs India (631)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Keaton Jennings for 0 as India got off to a great start at the Wankhede. (BCCI)

13:30 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is getting some extra bounce but Root plays him well by getting on top of the bounce and dabbing it down to third man.

13:23 hrs IST: The pressure is right on Cook and Joe Root. One feels if these two depart cheaply, then the Test could be over today itself.

13:14 hrs IST: WICKET! After the century, a duck follows. This has been Keaton Jennings’ Test debut.

Full ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it bends back in late, Jennings plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the back pad, the umpire gives it out, he does not opt for the review, replays suggest it would have hit leg stump.

Keaton Jennings LBW Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0, England 1/1 vs India (631)

13:10 hrs IST: The players are out in the middle. Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook open the batting. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to begin proceedings.

13:01 hrs IST: WICKET! England’s agony ends. Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes for the slog sweep and holes out to deep mid wicket. India end on 631, a lead of 231.

12:55 hrs IST: Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav are looking for quick runs. India will be delighted if they push the lead past 250.

12:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Kohli finally falls and the Wankhede rises to applaud a masterful knock from one of the modern greats.

Full and wide delivery from Woakes, Kohli chases after it but finds the man at wide long on. Take a bow, Virat!

Virat Kohli c James Anderson b Chris Woakes 235, India 615/9 vs England.

12:42 hrs IST: Kohli has decided to cut loose. He blasts Woakes down the ground for his first six. In the process, he now has the highest individual score in Tests versus England, going past Vinod Kambli’s mark of 224 at this same venue in 1993.

Jayant Yadav became the first Indian number nine batsman to score a century in Tests. (BCCI)

12:35 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the record 241-run partnership is broken. Jayant is stumped as he tries to get some quick runs,. Rashid gets his fourth wicket but what a partnership this has been.

Jayant Yadav st Bairstow b Adil Rashid 104, India 605/8 vs England (400)

12:28 hrs IST: The 600 is up for India. England will be wondering that 400 was not even a par score. Kohli continues on his merry ways. India lead by 200.

12:23 hrs IST: Jai ho! Jayant Yadav! What a moment. He opens the bat face and guides a short delivery from Woakes to third man to bring up his maiden Test century. It is the first time an Indian number nine has scored a century in Tests. Special knock

12:14 hrs IST: Chris Woakes starts off proceedings and immediately, he hits Jayant on the helmet. The batsman is fine as he bats on. The lead is nearing 200.

Virat Kohli notched up his third double century in 2016 and shared a 200-plus stand with Jayant Yadav. (BCCI)

12:06 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. India will be aiming to pile on the misery while England will be hoping to take some quick wickets.

11:31 hrs IST: That is lunch and India have scored 128 runs in the session. It has been an exhibition in dominance, with Virat Kohli summing it up with his third double century. The partnership with Jayant Yadav has also crossed 200, with Jayant nearing a century. England look deflated and the situation is extremely bleak for them. At lunch, India are 579/9, lead England by 179 runs.

11:23 hrs IST: Kohli drives Woakes down the ground to get closer to his highest individual score. His highest currently is 211 against New Zealand which he achieved in Indore.

11:18 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav now has the highest individual score by a No.9 batsman in Tests for India. Can he go one better? India 570/7, lead by 170.

11:14 hrs IST: Glum faces in the Barmy Army. England are getting bulldozed by the Jayant Kohli combine and they cannot stop it

Virat Kohli notched up his third double century of 2016 as India dominated England at the Wankhede stadium. (BCCI)

11:05 hrs IST: After surviving some close calls, Kohli gets to his 200 with a whip through mid wicket. Third double century in his career, third in 2016 and all have come as captain. The run-machine is in full flow and England are facing their worst nightmare.

11:00 hrs IST: Adil Rashid is into the attack with one slip in place. Wankhede is reverberating with the chants of ‘Kohli, Kohli’. Takes you back to that era when ‘Sachin, Sachin’ dominated

10:53 hrs IST: The 150-run lead is up for India. Kohli is closing in on his 200 while Jayant Yadav’s average is touching 100.

10:50 hrs IST: Close call! Kohli drives a full ball back to Anderson and the bowler boots it up but lands in the vacant space on the off side. Next ball, the Indian skipper gets a boundary to third man to move closer to his double hundred

10:47 hrs IST: Kohli into the 190s. He gets James Anderson away to the third man fence. Milestones continue to pile up for Kohli.

Jayant Yadav gave Virat Kohli excellent company as India closed in on 550 versus England. (BCCI)

10:45 hrs IST: This partnership is motoring along and Jayant’s average is almost nearing 100. For a guy who bats at number nine, this is phenomenal. India 540/7, lead by 140.

10:36 hrs IST: England have been pummelled here. Jayant lofts Moeen over mid-on for another boundary. This is now a record-partnership for the eighth wicket in Tests for India. Brilliant.

10:27 hrs IST: Virat Kohli enters the 180s. England are unable to stop the boundaries and this is hurting them immensely. India are 528/7, lead by 128 runs.

10:21 hrs IST: Jayant is in awesome touch out there. Full ball from Anderson and he laces the drive past cover to bring up the 150-run partnership in style. Next ball, Anderson bowls a sharp rising delivery which Jayant fends it off nicely.

10:19 hrs IST: Jayant continues to bat aggressively. He dances down the track and lofts Moeen Ali to the long on fence. India 511/7, lead by 111 versus England.

Jayant Yadav notched up his second fifty in Tests as India extended their lead past 100 against England in Wankhede stadium. (BCCI)

10:10 hrs IST: Virat Kohli now has his highest individual score in Tests versus England, beating his previous best of 167* at Vizag.

10:08 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav now has his highest individual score in Tests. His previous highest was 55 in Mohali. Kohli brings up the 100-run lead by thumping a full toss on his pads to deep mid wicket.

10:00 hrs IST: Kohli and Jayant are scoring boundaries at will, India’s lead is nearing 100 and England have no answers. They already look deflated.

Jayant Yadav notched up his second fifty as he shared a 100-plus stand with Virat Kohli. (BCCI)

09:53 hrs IST: Moeen Ali is getting some sharp spin and he troubled Jayant Yadav. These are not good signs for England.

09:50 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav scores his second Test fifty. He IS  a proper batsman. His average has crossed 80. All this while batting at number nine. Brilliant.

09:43 hrs IST: Jayant edges closer to his second fifty. Rashid bowls this too full outside off and the batsman drives it past mid-off for a boundary. India 473/7.

09:39 hrs IST: The partnership between Jayant Yadav and Virat Kohli has gone past 100. Fantastic batting from these two.

09:36 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav gets going with two boundaries off Rashid. The plan is simple. Quick runs, get past 500 and build a lead anywhere between 100-150.

Virat Kohli notched up his fifth 150-plus score in Tests and his second in the series against England. (BCCI)

09:33 hrs IST: Simply brilliant from Kohli! Overpitched delivery from Ball and Kohli drills it down the ground for a boundary. Brings up his fifth 150-plus score in Tests. Amazingly, it is his fourth in 2016. India 455/7, lead by 55.

09:30 hrs IST: Jake Ball will open the bowling on day 4. One slip in place. Will he strike early like he did on day 3? England will be hoping that it is the big wicket of Virat Kohli.

09:27 hrs IST: All set for the start of day 4. The plan for India will be simple. Virat Kohli will be pushing himself to get another 200 and in the process, take India’s lead somewhere in the range of 100-150.

09:21 hrs IST: England are staring down the barrel and will need a monumental effort from the batsmen if they have to salvage this match. With the unpredictability of the Wankhede pitch increasing, it is not looking good for Alastair Cook’s men.

09:17 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the fourth day of the fourth Test between India and England from the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. It was the Virat Kohli show yesterday as he notched up one of his best hundreds. Thanks to his efforts, India have a 51-run lead and they will be aiming to extend the advantage.

Virat Kohli will be central to India’s batting today. He is three runs shy of 150 but his eye will be on at least a 100-run lead.

The Indian captain, who surpassed 4,000 Test runs on Saturday, guided his team to 451 for seven at the close for a lead of 51, riding on a 57-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket and an unbroken 87 with Jayant Yadav.

England had India on the ropes after picking up four quick wickets in the afternoon session on Saturday but let the hosts off the hook by failing to take opportunities