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After Virat Kohli’s double, Jayant Yadav’s historic ton demoralises England

Jayant Yadav reached his 100 off 195 balls and added 241 runs with skipper Virat Kohli, which is the highest eighth wicket partnership for India in Tests.

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2016 22:55 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Hindustan Times
India vs England,Mumbai,4th Test
Jayant Yadav celebrates his maiden ton in Mumbai on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Jayant Yadav underlined his potential as a all-rounder with his maiden hundred in only his third Test. To the delight of the Sunday crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, Yadav reached his 100 off 195 balls with 14 fours. (LIVE BLOG)

But the team man that he is, Yadav sacrificed his wicket soon after looking for quick runs. He was stumped off the bowling of Adil Rashid while trying to hit one over the covers. But by then Yadav had played his hand alongside skipper Virat Kohli to put India on a solid footing in the fourth Test.(SCORECARD)

The pair added 241 runs, which is the highest eighth wicket partnership for India in Tests.

Yadav was let off early on in his innings last evening when he was on 8. The India No 9 edged James Anderson straight to Joe Root at second slip. The hosts were only 11 runs ahead of England at that stage. At the end of the day, Yadav had helped his team stretch the advantage to 51, on Sunday morning he rubbed salt into the wounds by helping stretch the lead to 179 by lunch.

‘Not a lower-order batsman’

The Haryana all-rounder has a double hundred in first-class cricket, against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy. But, he is not a lower-order batsman, looking to add some quick runs. At the Wankhede, he played strokes all around the wicket. The extravagant cover drive off Anderson, to move to 64, even had master batsman Virat Kohli raising his hand in appreciation.

Kohli started the day with a front foot punch for four to complete his 150, but it was Yadav who stole the show by hitting a flurry of boundaries. In the first hour, India added 78 runs in 16 overs with 12 boundaries with eight of them coming off Yadav’s blade.

In the process, Kohli and Yadav bettered India’s all time eighth wicket record when they crossed 161. Mohammed Azharuddin and Anil Kumble, had set the earlier record of 161 runs in 1996 against South Africa, at Kolkata.

First Published: Dec 11, 2016 13:12 IST