India were batting on 62 for the loss of one wicket at tea, after dismissing England for 400 on Day two of their must-win fourth Test in Mumbai on Friday. Murali Vijay was batting on 31 while Cheteshwar Pujara was on seven. Moeen Ali took the wicket of opener KL Rahul for 24.
England's first innings featured two half-centuries as well as a century from debutant Keaton Jennings, which took them to 400, their best score in the last four innings in this series. Jos Buttler, who scored a steady 76, was the last batsman to fall shortly after lunch. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja claimed six and four wickets respectively, ensuring that all the English batsmen fell to spin.
The Buttler-Jake Ball resistance for England came to an end when Ashwin had him caught behind of a bouncy, sharply turning delivery. The lower-order batsman scored a crucial 31 off 60. Soon after, Buttler fell to Jadeja, who induced a shot to disturb Buttler's stumps. James Anderson remained unbeaten on a duck.
The Indian innings began with both openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul looking steady, with the returning Rahul playing a flurry of shots and scoring four boundaries. However, he was bowled off Moeen Ali on 24, leaving India at 39/1. Vijay on the other end, played a more sedate innings of 31 from 73, and was steady with Cheteshwar Pujara for company.
With 400 on board, the visitors would have gained a significant mental edge, and will be looking to make more inroads in the Indian batting. However, the pitch in Mumbai looks good for batting and India have the batting strength to make a sizable score.
Updated Date: Dec 09, 2016 14:28:44 IST