India struck thrice in the first session, but English lower-order managed to fight back to take the visitors to 385 for 8 at lunch on Day 2 of the fourth Test in Mumbai on Friday. Jos Buttler, batting on 64 and Jake Ball, 29, were on crease as they edged closer to the 400-mark in the first innings.
England were steadied by Buttler, who crossed the half-century mark, after they lost three wickets in the session. Ravichandran Ashwin scalped one, to complete yet another five-wicket haul, his 23rd, while Ravindra Jadeja got the other two.
The first to fall was Ben Stokes, who was caught in the slips by Virat Kohli off Ashwin. The umpire had initially adjudged it not out, but Kohli reviewed it successfully. Stokes was visibly unhappy as the third umpire overturned the decision after hearing a nick, as the batsman seemed convinced the sound was due to the bat hitting the ground, and not the ball. However, the Rajkot centurion had to walk back on 31 off 92.
The next to be dismissed was Chris Woakes, who scored 11 off 29. He was caught behind off Jadeja's bowling, as the ball spun sharp and the batsman edged it to the keeper Parthiv Patel. The left-arm spinner got Adil Rashid soon after, knocking his stumps with a straight one.
However, the pair of Buttler and Jake Ball have frustrated India after that with a partnership of 51. Buttler made the most of an umpiring reprieve, after a LBW review of Jadeja was turned down as umpire' call.
On Thursday, England ended the first at 288-5, with debutant Keaton Jennings top-scoring with a sublime 112 while Moeen Ali made a half century. For India, off-spinner Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets.
Updated Date: Dec 09, 2016 11:47:14 IST