India couldn’t dominate the second session of play like they did the first, went to tea at 348 for the loss of six wickets on the third day of the fourth Test in Mumbai on Saturday. Captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 83 after opener Murali Vijay hit a stylish 136. Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 22 with Kohli.
While Virat Kohli and Co scored 101 runs in the session – the same number of runs as the first – they also lost four wickets in quick time and could not quite show the same attacking intent. The lack of partnerships meant that Kohli had to change his batting approach.
Kohli, who played far more freely on his way to his half-century – his 15th in Tests – he went on to a more sedate approach as he kept losing partners. The Indian captain was batting on 83 off 171, but the mantle of playing the attacking shots seems to have passed to his partner on crease at tea, Ravindra Jadeja, who was unbeaten on 22 off 28, an innings which has included two fours and a six.
The first wicket to fall for India was centurion Murali Vijay, as Adil Rashid broke the 116-run partnership with a caught-and-bowled dismissal. The ball came the bottom of the bat and went back to Rashid who latched on to it on his second attempt. This brought Karun Nair to the crease, and the youngster but couldn't do much other than scoring 13 runs, as he was out LBW to Moeen Ali. He was initially adjudged not out but a successful DRS review by Alastair Cook saw him walk back.
Parthiv Patel was next, and he looked to build on the innings with the captain, but an inspired spell by part-timer Joe Root saw two quick wickets fall. Root got Parthiv Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin in a space of four deliveries across overs to give England some cheer. Patel was induced to come forward, and got an outside edge that was pouched by Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. Ashwin on the other hand was caught at short leg by Keaton Jennings straight off the bat and after an umpire review, had to walk back. This spell from Root may just have brought the visitors back in the game, but it will all depend on the third session to see who can have the upper hand.
England, who must win at the Wankhede Stadium to keep the series alive, recorded 400 in their first innings.
Updated Date: Dec 10, 2016 14:32:14 IST