In­dia close in on vic­tory af­ter Kohli’s 3rd dou­ble ton

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In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli struck a sub­lime dou­ble cen­tury be­fore his bowlers picked up six Eng­land wick­ets to put the hosts on course for a se­ries-clinch­ing vic­tory in the fourth and penul­ti­mate test at the Wankhede Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Trail­ing 2-0 in the se­ries, Eng­land needed a win in Mum­bai to keep alive the se­ries but the tourists now re­quire some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary to even save the match fol­low­ing Kohli’s bat­ting mas­ter­class.

In­dia piled on 631 in their first in­nings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 runs over Eng­land, af­ter Kohli’s third dou­ble cen­tury of the year. The tour­ing side were 182 for six in their sec­ond in­nings at stumps, still trail­ing by 49. Jonny Bairstow was un­beaten on 50 with night­watch­man Jake Ball fall­ing for two in the last over be­fore the close.

Pace­man Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar dis­missed first-in­nings cen­tu­rion Keaton Jen­nings for a golden duck and left-arm spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja sent back Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave Eng­land tot­ter­ing at 49-3 at tea. Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk fifties dur­ing their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket be­fore the for­mer fell leg be­fore to off-spin­ner Jayant Ya­dav for 77.

The wick­ets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win to­wards the end fur­ther damp­ened Eng­land’s hopes of sav­ing the match.

Bairstow was given out by um­pire Bruce Ox­en­ford first on 32 and then on 37 but the Eng­land wick­et­keeper man­aged to over­turn the de­ci­sions both times on re­view. Ear­lier, the 28-year-old Kohli was out for a ca­reer-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the high­est for In­dia, with Ya­dav, who scored 104, his maiden test hun­dred. Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, and Ya­dav con­tin­ued to tor­ment the Eng­land bowlers who went wick­et­less in the first ses­sion af­ter In­dia re­sumed on 451 for seven. The right-handed bats­man has now scored a dou­ble hun­dred in all three se­ries In­dia have played in 2016 — in West Indies, against New Zealand and now against Eng­land. Kohli, who has al­ready scored 640 runs in the se­ries at an av­er­age of 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth de­liv­ery of the day to get past 150, sig­nalling an­other har­row­ing ses­sion for the Eng­land bowlers. Kohli, who hit 25 fours and a six in his knock, got past his 200 with a sin­gle to mid­wicket off leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid but his cel­e­bra­tion was quite muted com­pared to when he com­pleted his hun­dred on Saturday.

He raised both his hands while com­plet­ing the run and took off his hel­met be­fore ac­knowl­edg­ing the ap­plause from the size­able Sun­day crowd at the ground, over­look­ing the Ara­bian Sea. Kohli ac­cel­er­ated af­ter the fall of Ya­dav and was out caught at the cover bound­ary off Chris Woakes. Ya­dav, whose pre­vi­ous high­est score was 55, hit 15 bound­aries in his knock and looked in dis­com­fort only against a cou­ple of short de­liv­er­ies from the Eng­land fast bowlers. Rashid fin­ished with four wick­ets. —



MUM­BAI: Eng­land’s bats­man Joe Root, right, bats on the fourth day of the fourth cricket test match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land in Mum­bai, In­dia, yes­ter­day.

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