England openers dominated proceedings in the last session as the visitors extended their lead to 163 runs at the end of Day 4 in the Rajkot Test. Earlier in the day, Ravichandran Ashwin scored a brilliant fifty as India finished their innings on 448.
16:51 hrs IST: It’s stumps on Day 4 of the Rajkot Test and England are 114 for no loss. Haseeb Hammed finished his maiden Test fifty, while skipper Alastair Cook is batting on 45.
16:42 hrs IST: 3 overs to go in the day’s play. England are 107 for no loss.
16:34 hrs IST: 100 comes up for England in the 33rd over. They extend their lead to 149 runs.
16:25 hrs IST: It’s a huge occasion for the debutant Haseeb Hameed as he completed his maiden fifty in 94 balls. (LIVE SCORE)
16:22 hrs IST: After 28 overs, England are 84 for no loss.
16:15 hrs IST: Haseeb Hameed is just two runs away from a fifty on his Test debut.
16:07 hrs IST: Haseeb Hameed is playing a matured knock on his debut and it is on his way to a fifty on debut.
15:58 hrs IST: 23 overs gone. England are 73 for no loss. (LIVE SCORE)
15:48 hrs IST: It seems like the match is heading towards a draw with England openers looking to play out the remaining overs of the day with caution.
15:41 hrs IST: 20 overs gone. England are batting on 70 for no loss. (LIVE SCORE)
15:33 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav reintroduced in the attack and he concedes just 2 runs in the over. England 67/0
15:25 hrs IST: The English openers are looking quite comfortable till now as the partnership reach 56 runs in 96 balls. (LIVE SCORE)
15:19 hrs IST: The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been able to generate turn in the second innings, but the wicket is still eluding them.
15:12 hrs IST: After 12 overs, England are 42 for no loss.
15:04 hrs IST: Good batting by the English openers as they reach 40/0 in 9.1 overs. (LIVE SCORE)
14:55 hrs IST: SIX! Haseeb Hameed hits it straight over the bowler’s head and into the stands. England 24/0
14:48 hrs IST: 4 overs gone. England are currently 14/0 with a lead of 63 runs over the hosts.
14:41 hrs IST:
The only other occasion Ravindra Jadeja opened the bowling in Tests:— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 12, 2016
11.5-4-21-5 v SAf at Mohali Nov 2015#IndvEng
14:36 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja is called to bowl the second over and he is getting a lot of turn with the new ball. (LIVE SCORE)
14:17 hrs IST: It was a good batting performance by the Indians, but they trail the visitors by 49 runs.
14:12 hrs IST: That’s the end of India’s 1st innings. Ashwin goes for the big one, but is caught in the deep for 70 as India are bowled out for 488.
14:08 hrs IST: 161 overs gone. India 488 for the loss of 9 wickets. (LIVE SCORE)
14:02 hrs IST: That’s huge from Mohammed Shami as the tail-ender hits Adil Rashid for a six over mid-wicket.
13:55 hrs IST: Ashwin plays an uppercut and the ball races over Bairstow’s gloves for a boundary. India 476/9
13:46 hrs IST: Fifty! Ravichandran Ashwin brings up his 7th Test half century in 110 balls. (LIVE SCORE)
13:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one for Adil Rashid as Umesh Yadav departs for 5. India 459/9
13:31 hrs IST: A good start for the new man Umesh Yadav as he hits the second ball of his innings for a boundary.
13:27 hrs IST: Another wicket for Adil Rashid as Jadeja was completely caught off-guard by the sudden bounce and he only managed to send the ball to short leg. India 449/8
13:18 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jadeja are batting quite cautiously and they continue to frustrate the English bowlers. (LIVE SCORE)
13:10 hrs IST: In other news, Rohit Sharma completed a successful surgery on his right upper quadriceps tendon at a hospital in London on Friday.
12:59 hrs IST: After 156 runs, India are 102 runs away from England’s 1st innings total.
12:53 hrs IST: In Hobart, South Africa ended the day at 171/5 against Australia. It was an amazing day of play with 15 wickets falling on Day 1 of the Test match,
12:48 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new man at the crease and the local boy will be looking to guide India to safety. (LIVE SCORE)
12:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali gets his first wicket of the game as Wriddhiman Saha is caught behind for 35.
12:39 hrs IST: The Ashwin-Saha partnership has already reached 58 and this will play a major role in getting India close to England’s 1st innings total.
12:32 hrs IST: 143 overs gone. India 419/3 for the loss of wickets.
12:26 hrs IST: Relive the action from the first session of Day 4 in the Rajkot Test.
12:20 hrs IST: Saha takes one on the helmet as the ball did not bounce as much as he anticipated.
12:13 hrs IST: The match resumes after lunch and it was a quiet over from Adil Rashid. (LIVE SCORE)
12:09 hrs IST: This will undoubtedly be the most crucial session of this match as India will looking to preserve wickets and add valuable runs to their total, whereas England will try to remove the Indian tail as quickly as possible.
11:53 hrs IST: The biggest talking point of the first session was undoubtedly the weird fashion in which Virat Kohli got dismissed!
11:34 hrs IST: It’s lunch on Day 4 of the Rajkot Test. India lost two quick wickets, but a steady partnership between Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha has taken them to 411/6 in 137 overs. (LIVE SCORE)
11:32 hrs IST: 50-run partnership between Ashwin and Saha comes up in 104 balls.
11:28 hrs IST: Moeen Ali bowls his first over of the day and the change in the pitch is quite evident. He was able to generate a lot of turn and he will be a key bowler for England in this series. (LIVE SCORE)
11:23 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin have steadied the Indian innings after the two quick wickets early in the day.
11:15 hrs IST:
11:10 hrs IST: SIX! A brilliant shot by Wriddhiman Saha clears the boundary easily. India 401/6
11:03 hrs IST: 130 overs gone. India 393 for the loss of 6 wickets. (LIVE SCORE)
10:55 hrs IST: The pitch is assisting the spinners and it will be a challenging task for the Indian batsman to play here on the last day (if the situation arises).
10:47 hrs IST: Ashwin connected well with the delivery, but Stuart Broad pulls off a brilliant diving save to save three runs for his team.
10:40 hrs IST: Adil Rashid has certainly been the best bowler for England today and the pitch is starting to provide a bit of turn to the spinners. (LIVE SCORE)
10:34 hrs IST:
Virat Kohli 2nd Indian captain to be hit-wicket after Lal Amarnath (at Madras, Jan 1949)#IndvEng— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 12, 2016
10:27 hrs IST: It was the first time that the Indian captain Virat Kohli was dismissed in that fashion!
10:22 hrs IST: That’s a bizzare way to get dismissed! Virat Kohli departs after getting hit-wicket on 40. The Indian skipper went on his back foot and while playing the shot, his leg dislodged the bails (LIVE SCORE)
10:17 hrs IST: It’s raining wickets at Hobart as South Africa have lost their three wicket. JP Duminy was dismissed by Mitchell Starc and it was the 13th wicket to fall today!
10:10 hrs IST: Zafar Ansari strikes early for England! Rahane missed his shot completely and the ball kept its line to hit the middle stump. India 349/5
10:07 hrs IST: Moeen Ali is introduced in the attack and straight away, he managed to take the edge of Rahane’s bat. Unfortunately, it flew past the first slip and went for a boundary.
10:02 hrs IST: A slow but steady start by the Indian batsmen as the hosts reach 339/4 after 115 overs. (LIVE SCORE)
09:57 hrs IST: Virat Kohli uses his wrists to flick the ball between the bowler and mid-off. The ball was in the air for some time, but it was just out of Stuart Broad’s reach.
09:50 hrs IST: The pitch has been a paradise for batsmen till now and it seems that it has not undergone much change. (LIVE SCORE)
09:43 hrs IST:
09:36 hrs IST: Good start for Virat Kohli as he gets the first boundary of the day on the last ball of Stuart Broad’s over. (LIVE SCORE)
09:30 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane walks out to bat alongside Virat Kohli, with Stuart Broad bowling the first over.
09:23 hrs IST: In Hobart, Australia faced a rude shock in their first innings as the Aussies were bowled out for 85. South Africa are currently batting on 35/0.
09:20 hrs IST: There have already been five centuries in this Test. Will Virat Kohli or Ajinkya Rahane add to the tally?
09:12 hrs IST: The pitch is still good to bat on. The batsmen can continue to play their strokes.
09:05 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the fourth day of the first Test between India and England from Rajkot. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay were the stars on day three and today, a lot is expected from the likes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to sustain the good work done by the top order.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will be India’s main batting pillars today. India are 218 runs adrift of England’s mammoth first innings total of 537 but have the depth to compete with the English bowlers.
England’s morale received a huge boost when they picked up two wickets in the last four balls of day 3. India will look to avoid such a collapse in a match where honours have been almost even.