Despite Virat Kohli's fast approaching his century, and with Ravindra Jadeja batting with an aggressive intent at the other end, England managed to somewhat pull the momentum back in their favour at tea on Day 3 of the fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Saturday.
At the interval, India captain Kohli was unbeaten on 82, with Jadeja batting on 21 at the other end. The star of the session though, was Joe Root, who got two crucial wickets in a space of four deliveries to peg the hosts back after a dominant first session.
Having resumed from their score of 247/4 at lunch, Murali Vijay added 12 runs after having brought up his eighth Test century earlier in the day's play. England captain Alastair Cook decided to delay the second new ball, and persisted with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in tandem at the start of the session. The move did yield result in the form of Vijay's dismissal, after the set batsman served a return catch to Rashid off a low full-toss. The Tamil Nadu batsman had looked uncomfortable against the leg-spinner, and was eventually dismissed for the third time this series.
Karun Nair, who had suffered an unfortunate run-out after some miscommunication with his skipper in the previous game, failed to make the most of an opportunity yet again, as he was trapped LBW off Moeen's bowling to depart for 13. It took some brilliance on the part of the visitors in their decision to use to DRS that got them the fourth Indian wicket.
It was Root, however, who put the Englishmen in the driver's seat in the session, ensuring that they clawed right back into the game. Replacing Moeen at one end in the first bowling change of the session, Root struck right away, pitching slightly fuller to Parthiv Patel, with the latter getting cramped for room after committing himself to the drive, and ending up edging it to the keeper.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been in decent nick with the bat this series, did not last for long as he was caught by Keaton Jennings at short-leg. Though he tried consulting the umpires to check if the ball happened to touch Jennings' helmet, there wasn't much evidence to save from getting dismissed for a three-ball duck.
Kohli however, continued to anchor the Indian innings, bringing up his 15th Test 50 in addition to the milestone that he had brought up earlier in the day. He began to accelerate the Indian innings after Ashwin's dismissal, with Jadeja doing the same from the other end, including smashing a six over midwicket. At the interval, India needed another 52 runs to draw level with England's first innings score, with four wickets remaining in their innings.
Updated Date: Dec 10, 2016 14:30:52 IST