Watch India vs England test match day 4 on 11 December 2016
4th Test: India vs England at Wankhede, Mumbai, Dec 8 – Dec 12, 2016
As if yesterday’s dominance was not enough by India, they doubled it today by showing their supremacy with both bat and ball.
Virat Kohli began the day with a straight drive down the ground to get to his 150. His hunger for runs didn’t seem to stop as he kept piling on the big scores, day after day, series after series. But when you want to play such a long innings, you need someone to support you at the other end. To Kohli’s credit, it was Jayant Yadav, who stood strong alongside the skipper and played a fabulous knock himself.
While one saw a defensive approach from Jayant yesterday, today he showed that he also knows how to play offensive cricket. He played some crisp shots and got himself to a well-deserved half-century – his second in the series. He didn’t stop there and along with Kohli, stretched the partnership past the 150-mark. It was also the highest partnership for India for the 8th wicket against England.
There was no respite, whatsoever, for the English bowlers as they kept toiling hard in the hot and humid conditions in search of a breakthrough. However, it wasn’t going to come anytime soon for them. What was going to follow was a third double ton from captain Kohli in the calendar year! It was indeed a fabulous achievement from the ‘run-machine’ from India, who joined the likes of the great Sir Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting and Brendon McCullum in equalling the feat of 3 double centuries in a year. He also became the third player after Bradman and Dravid to achieve it in three consecutive series.
At the end of the first session, the partnership had crossed the 200-run milestone and Jayant Yadav was sitting on the score of 92, 8 runs away from becoming the first Indian No. 9 to register a Test century. He did so after the Lunch break as he went to record his maiden hundred in Test match cricket. His excellent knock of 104 came to an end when he tried to play an extravagant shot, only to find himself stumped on the bowling of Adil Rashid.
As the lead went past 200, Virat Kohli tried to score the runs as quickly as possible and took the match further away from the visitors. In the process, he also surpassed MS Dhoni’s record of the highest Test score by an Indian captain. His score of 235 is now a new record and it is also the highest score by an Indian against England. India’s no. 10 and 11 added a few more runs to the total before the innings was folded on 631.
Not only the individual records were shattered by the Indians, but they were also able to record their second highest team total (631) vs. England.
With a massive lead of 231 to play with, the Indian bowlers started off aggressively and picked up the first wicket in the very first over. It was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who got the centurion, Keaton Jennings, plumbed in front for a duck. After that, it was the double strike from Jadeja that reduced the visitors down to 49/3.
In the last session, England tried to make a comeback with two of their best batsmen, Root and Bairstow, counter-attacking the Indian spinners and rebuilding the innings. There were a lot of half chances created by the Indian spin twins, but luckily for the English Men, they were able to survive all of them. The positive approach that Joe Root implied against them was such a pleasing sight for any England fan and/or spectator. Though the conditions were difficult to bat, he fought bravely and marched his way towards a 26th Test fifty.
The partnership between Root and Bairstow seemed to be going well for England and the visitors needed both of them to continue till the very end. From India’s point of view, they desperately needed a breakthrough and the same was provided by Jayant Yadav, who got the prize scalp of Root (77).
After Root’s dismissal, the onus was on the shoulders of Bairstow and Stokes to string another partnership and see their team through the close of the play. While the former continued his fine form and got to yet another half-century in the series, Stokes, on the other hand, found it difficult to handle the drift and turn from Ashwin and was eventually out to the office for 18.
Jake Ball came out as a night watchman and after surviving for a couple of overs, he too was dismissed by Ashwin in the last over of the day. Thus, England lost two wickets in the space of 4 overs and was reduced to 182/6. With only two specialized batsmen, in Bairstow and Buttler left, they have an uphill task tomorrow to save the match.