Whatever chances England had of keeping the ongoing Test series against India alive seemed to have been nearly wiped out in the morning session of Day 4 of the fourth Test in Mumbai, with Virat Kohli slamming his third double-century, with Jayant Yadav going strong at the other end.
At lunch on the penultimate day of the Test, India tightened their grip on the opponents by extending their first innings lead to an impressive 179, reaching a score of 579 for the loss of seven wickets. Kohli, who has been the leading run-scorer in the ongoing series by a distance, brought up his third double-century, all of which have come in 2016, while all-rounder Jayant Yadav was unbeaten nine runs short of his maiden international century.
The duo have shared an unbroken stand worth 215, an Indian record for the eighth wicket — going past the 161-run stand that current Indian coach Anil Kumble had shared with former captain Mohammad Azharuddin against South Africa in Kolkata in 1996.
Unlike the occasional displays of caution on the third day, the duo showed the intent to gather quick runs from ball one. Cook opted to start the day's proceedings with Jake Ball and Adil Rashid, but no combination of his could find an answer to stop the two, who found boundaries with ease in almost every over.
The closest that the Englishmen got to breaking the stand was in the 162nd over when Kohli, batting on 191 then, drove straight to James Anderson's left boot, only for the ball to ricochet near the cover fielder. The only other time the scoring was slightly restricted was when Kohli was batting nervously on 199, with Rashid bowling down a tricky line that troubled the Indian Test skipper.
It did not take long however, for Kohli to eventually get to the milestone, leading to a massive roar from the Wankhede crowd. At the interval, Kohli already had crossed his highest Test score of 211 — scored against New Zealand in the final Test at Indore — by a run.
Jayant, on the other hand, played a flamboyant knock filled with exquisite strokes that belied his position in the batting order. Playing the perfect foil to Kohli, Jayant smashed 13 boundaries all over the ground, getting to his second half-century in as many Tests in 103 deliveries.
Earlier in the innings, Murali Vijay struck a lively 136 to end what had been two-game lean patch. Having lost the wicket of KL Rahul early in the innings, Vijay formed vital partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli to get the hosts back in the game.
England won the toss for the third time this series, and were bowled out for 400 after opting to bat first. Debutant Keaton Jennings top-scored for the Englishmen with an innings of 112.
Updated Date: Dec 11, 2016 11:51:58 IST