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India started Day Four with a mammoth lead of 298-run under their belt with skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. England would have hoped for quick wickets to stop India from going past 400-run mark. Stuart Broad became a thorn in India’s run making chain. Broad nabbed up as many as 2-wickets in his 9 over long spell, to end up with figures of 4 for 33 . India kept on losing wickets as Adil Rashid perfectly foil to Broad getting 4-wickets of his own. India were bundled out 204, as the umpired signaled for a delayed lunch. Jayant Yadav remained not-out on 27*. England were set a target of 405 runs with a Day and an half remaining for the visitors’ to chase. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

India’s final wicket stand between Jayant and Shami added crucial 42 runs. Shami showed why he is a name to recon with the bat hitting Rashid for two massive sixes; one towards long-on and other towards mid-on. Jayant continued to impressive everyone with the bat, playing a short cameo for 27 runs. Moeen Ali was lucky bowler to grab the final wicket of Shami, who was beaten for pace, and edged the ball to keeper’ for a 22-ball 19.

Rashid added fourth into this bag of wickets after Umesh Yadav went for a duck. Umesh played a fuller-ball on the wrong line and ended up providing a simple catch to the keeper’.

Rashid continued picking wickets as Jadeja after a successful slog sweep earlier, tried to do it again and perished. Jadeja swings his bat and manages to find the mid-wicket fielder. The ball doesn’t turn much and finds the bottom end of the bat.

Kohli’s innings final came to an end after a super-flying Ben Stokes caught a rocketing catch at slips, Rashid bowls a well flighted delivery to which Kohli goes for a booming drive, which caught the soft edge and into the hands of Stokes. Kohli made a 109-ball 81, that included 8 four’s.

Broad could have had his fifth wicket in the form of Kohli. Kohli batting on 74, when he played down the wrong line to a ball which was angling down the leg-side. DRS suggested the decision could have gone the bowlers way, as the ball was seen clipping the leg-stump.

Saha did not add much to the scorecard, getting out for just 2 runs. Rashid picked his first wicket of the day as Saha played the wrong shot against a googly, which on second look showed the ball might have just clipped the stumps on the way up. Ravindra Jadeja came into bat, survived first-ball getting an inside-edge past the stumps.

Broad finally got his man, Ashwin for 7. Ashwin gave a simple edge to wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow, the ball was again on the probing channel around the off-stump line. With this Broad also picked up his fourth wicket in the innings. New batsmen Wriddhiman Saha came into the middle.

Broad was again into action, almost nabbing the wicket of Ashwin for 6. On-field umpire Rod Tucker adjudged Ashwin out leg-before, to which replays clearly suggested an thick inside-edge. Broad even with an injury bowled his heart out,

After the fall of Rahane’s wicket India’s number one all-rounder came out bat in Ravichandran Ashwin, along side skipper Kohli. Ashwin instantaneously showed why he is the best, as he smacked Adil Rashid a boundary towards the bowlers end to get off the mark. From the other end Broad, continued to instill problems to the Indian batsmen.

Rahane’s stay in the middle came to an end, as Broad snatched him playing away from his body. Rahane after leaving everything away from the body, gave into his urge and knocked the ball to a simple catch towards Cook standing in first slip. Rahane added 26 runs in a 77 run stand with Kohli.

Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli continued their onslaught against the English pair of James Anderson and Broad. Rahane in particular looked more settled than last evening, where he was beaten more times than he struck the ball.

England were ready under pressure with a few over throws going for boundary, in the first innings it was Cook’s throw to which Stokes missed, while in this it was the other way around. Day Four for England started with a ginger looking Stuart Broad opening the bowling against a well set Virat Kohli. Broad looked slow and bleak, mind you he has been ruled out of third Test at Mohali.

Brief scores:

India 455 (Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Virat Kohli 167; James Anderson 3 for 62, Moeen Ali 3 for 98) and 204 all-out ( Virat Kohli 81, Ajinkya Rahane 26; Stuart Broad 4 for 33) lead England 255 all-out (Joe Root 53, Ben Stokes 77 , Jonathan Bairstow 53; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 67) by 404 runs.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, currently tripping on #BlackMirror and #TheFlashS03, enjoying his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing cricket once every few hours, and also venturing into table-tennis. He can be followed on Twitter @capturethecatch)