England are well and truly on the defensive in the Mumbai Test against India, as Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav sent them on a leather hunt in the first session on Day 4 on Sunday.
England find themselves 179 runs behind at lunch on Day 4, as India made their way to 579/7. The huge crowd that had gathered at the Wankhede were treated to double century by Kohli, as the Indian captain went after the England bowlers with considerable disdain. Kohli is in the form of his life and brought up the highest score of his Test career. His double century was the third in three consecutive series,having scored 200s against the West Indies and New Zealand before this.
Jayant Yadav, at the other end, gave Kohli good company and is nearing his maiden Test ton. He started the day with a flurry of boundaries and is batting on 92.
India would now first look to cross 600, which will be a massive psychological barrier to cross. Their next objective would be to stretch their lead to around 250 and put England in, which will be an uphill task on a deteriorating pitch.
England couldn't do much in the first session on Sunday and would have to pull up their socks in the remainder of the day and limit the damage that the Indian batsmen can cause. They would desperately want to get Kohli's wicket as early as possible, and then put up a score big enough to pose a serious challenge to India in the fourth innings.
If England can give India a target of around 150 in the fourth innings, they can still make a feast out of the contest. But that is still a long way off. But first, England will have to find a way to deal with Kohli and Jayant in the post-lunch session.
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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2016 12:11:04 IST