Deportes

India reduce England to 156/7 at lunch on Day 4

India reduce England to 156/7 at lunch on Day 4

Parthiv Patel contributed 67 not out from 54 balls with India unbeaten in their past 16 Tests.

Resuming the second session at 354/7, Jadeja and Jayant continued their good touch until the Saurashtra batsman was dismissed by leg-spinner Adil Rashid in the 124th over. It seemed Ashwin has been successfully able to play on Captain Cook's mind as he again tried in vain to indulge in a game of survival. His knock was studded with 11 boundaries and one six.

Hameed, showing no obvious signs of pain, was soon predictably tested by the short ball as Virat Kohli summoned Mohammad Shami. Since then India have won seven and drawn five matches.

After that Parthiv and captain, Virat Kohli guided their team home as India scripted a win by eight wickets. Two quick wickets for the Indian team. I had the confidence, but the ball came rather slow off the wicket and that's why I didn't get the required impact. Woakes and Rashid were dismissed at the same total of 195.

After Buttler's fall, injured opener Hameed finally came out to bat at no.8 and played a courageous innings, facing 88 deliveries, and putting on 45 runs for the seventh wicket with Root.

Ravichandran Ashwin got things underway by smashing Chris Woakes to the boundary and that was an omen of things to come for England as an aggressive rearguard action from India helped build a sizeable first innings lead. You need to get at least 400 on this kind of a pitch to win.

Root seemed intent on batting for time while Jos Buttler at the other end tried to counter-attack.

While India will now look to wrap up a series victory in Mumbai next week, England's immediate focus will be the fitness of Hameed, who batted at eight due to an injury sustained across this Test and the previous one. Ajinkya Rahane's form seems to be the only major cause of concern for the think tank.

Alastair Cook (12) and Root put on 27 runs for the first wicket. Still it will be hard to extricate England from the jaws of defeat.

Gareth Batty had gone wicketless in India's first inning and he failed to bother the scorers as nightwatchman, trapped leg-before by Ravindra Jadeja in the second over of the day. We have lost a few wickets, which isn't ideal. But he fell for a run-a-ball 18 trying to hit Jayant Yadav over mid-on, Jadeja taking a stooping catch at midwicket.

Bairstow's wicket belonged more to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, who took a brilliant low catch off Jayant, when the English right-hander went back into the crease only to end up nicking it behind.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled his first over of the fourth day a maiden one.

Pumped up, Ashwin, who along with Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav was also the hero with the bat, then foxed Moeen Ali into playing a false stroke.

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-88.