England were in a deep crisis at tea on Day 4 of the fourth Test against India in Mumbai, having conceded a first innings lead of 231 despite scoring a total of 400, and losing three wickets in their second essay.
England crawled to a score of 49 for the loss of three wickets at the end of the second session, with Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar inflicting early damage on the English batting order. They still trail the hosts by another 182 runs, with the possibility of an innings defeat looming over their head at the time of the interval.
The Indian batsmen may not have dominated like they did in the morning, but they caused enough damage to ensure that they stretched their lead to one that would be very difficult for their opponents to scale down on a deteriorating Day 4 pitch, if not impossible.
Among the key moments in the second session was Jayant Yadav, who was batting on 92 at lunch, getting to his maiden international century. The Haryana all-rounder, batting at No 9, pushed his case for a promotion in the batting order with a knock that was marked with class and a fine temperament.
Kohli not only went past his previous highest score of 211 in the Indore Test against New Zealand, but finished at 235 off 340 balls to register the highest individual score by an Indian captain, as well as by an Indian batsman against England.
Both batsmen perished while looking to go for the big shots. While Jayant was foxed by extra turn in an Adil Rashid delivery, that resulted in his stumping for 104, Kohli was caught by James Anderson at deep cover off Chris Woakes bowling, getting congratulated by his opponents and getting a rousing reception on his way back.
Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar stuck around to get a boundary or two, before the latter's dismissal signalled the end of the Indian innings.
Debutant Keaton Jennings, who scored an inspirational century in the first innings, was trapped LBW for a golden duck in the second ball of the English innings to mark a see-saw start to his international career. Skipper Alastair Cook, who has been having a mixed series so far, added 42 for the second wicket, and would have aim to preserve his wicket for a majority of the day, although his innings was cut short by a Jadeja delivery that rapped him on the front pad, and was too plumb for the DRS to save him.
Moeen Ali departed a few deliveries later when he edged a rising delivery down his leg side to Murali Vijay at the leg slip, setting off the alarm bells for the hosts.
Updated Date: Dec 11, 2016 14:28:54 IST