India vs England 2012: India declare first innings at 326 for nine on Day Four

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Nagpur: Dec 16, 2012

India declared their first innings at 326 for nine against England on the fourth day of the final Test match at Nagpur. England took a slender four-run lead.

Virat Kohli slammed a patient century while captain MS Dhoni missed it by just one run as the duo showed admirable tenacity under pressure to lead a remarkable Indian fightback which has restored the balance in the fourth and final cricket Test against England at Nagpur on Saturday.

Resuming at a precarious 87 for four in response to England’s first innings total of 330, Kohli (103) and Dhoni (99)played with great discipline and curbed their natural strokeplay on a slow track as the hosts reached 297 for eight at close on the third day which was dominated by the home team.

Ravichandran Ashwin was batting on seven when play was called off after Piyush Chawla‘s dismissal, with India still trailing by 33 runs.

The young Kohli, who has been woefully out of form in the series, notched up his third Test century while Dhoni also silenced his detractors as the pair added 198 runs for the fifth wicket to bring India back into the game.

Brief Scores: England 330 (Kevin Pietersen 73, Joe Root 73, Matt Prior 57, Graeme Swann 56; Piyush Chawla 4 for 69, Ishant Sharma 3 for 49) lead India 326 for 9 (Virat Kohli 103, MS Dhoni 99; James Anderson 4 for 81, Graeme Swann 3 for 76) by 4 runs

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