Ravindra Jadeja delivered for his skipper Virat Kohli twice in the first session on Day 4, taking India closer to the victory    PTI (File Photo)
Ravindra Jadeja delivered for his skipper Virat Kohli twice in the first session on Day 4, taking India closer to the victory PTI (File Photo)

Indian spinners continued to torment English batsmen in the first session on Day Four of the third Test at Mohali. Their supremacy over their opponents has ensured that India are on the verge of winning the Test and going 2-0 up in the five-match series. Starting from 78 for 4, England lost three more wickets to spin on Day Four s morning as they reached 156 for 7 at lunch, leading India by just a mere 22 runs. Joe Root was the top-scorer for them with his knock of 78. At lunch, Haseeb Hameed and Chris Woakes were the unbeaten batsmen. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

England started the day on a bad note when Ravindra Jadeja got rid of night-watchman Gareth Batty on the second ball of his first over the day. The straighter ball hit Batty s pads before he got his bat on to it. It stayed low a bit and that perhaps did Batty in. It was a good wicket for India up front. Not that Batty was a major threat, with due respect to his batting skills, but because of the threat night-watchmen could usually become. There have been occasions when the night-watchmen have troubled the oppositions. Jason Gillespie s double ton against Bangladesh and Amit Mishra s 84 against England are good examples. Luckily for India, they did not have to go through it.

Batty was replaced by the swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler, who straightaway made his intent clear. He opened his account with a huge six off Jadeja s delivery over long-off on the seventh ball he faced, thus making it clear he was not there to hang around. The idea was simple, to get the monkey of the lead off the back as soon as possible. He hit one more boundary during his stay but before he could turn into a major threat and take the game away from India with his typical blitzkrieg, Jayant Yadav dismissed him for 18.

Buttler fell to a plan. He found the man in the deep on the on side perfectly and holed out to him while going for a wild slog. Jayant had just been introduced into the attack to induce a false shot from the aggressive batsman. And Buttler fell prey. This was a massive blow as England were still 27 runs behind at that point.

The next sight at the stadium was an inspiring one, when young opener Hammed walked out to bat at No.8. Batting this late perhaps for the first time in his short cricketing career because of an injured hand, the brave teenager won many a heart with his decision to help his side despite being in pain. It looked like he came out with the strategy of blocking anything and everything and giving company to Root for as long as possible. That way, he continued with his second-inning effort of Visakhapatnam, where he had scored 144-ball 25 before falling to a low-keeping ball.

Root and Hameed then gave a good account of England s fighting spirit. Barring a couple of chances Parthiv Patel once let go a stumping chance against Root in the 52nd over being bowled by Jadeja and later dropped Hameed off Ashwin s bowling in the 58th over they gave away nothing to the Indian bowlers. While Hameed showed rock solid defence, Root defended as well as ensured the runs kept coming. England also went ahead of the hosts in the process, going past the Indian lead of 134.

Just when it seemed the two will take England to lunch, Root was dismissed by Jadeja; actually Ajinkya Rahane. It was more of Rahane s wicket as he held on to a difficult one-handed catch towards his left. The reaction time was less as the ball came flying towards him and he did extremely well to pouch that one. Root could not believe that but had to return back after scoring a fighting 78.

Wokes then replaced him and was unbeaten alongside Hameed at lunch.

Brief scores:

England 283 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Buttler 43; Mohammed Shami 3 for 63, Jayant Yadav 2 for 49, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 59, Umesh Yadav 2 for 58) and 156 for 7 (Joe Root 78, Jonny Jos Buttler 18, Haseeb Hameed 13*; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 41, Jayant Yadav 2 for 21, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 39) lead India 417 (Ravindra Jadeja 90, Ravichandran Ashwin 72, Virat Kohli 62, Jayant Yadav 55, Cheteshwar Pujara 51, Parthiv Patel 42; Ben Stokes 5 for 73, Adil Rashid 4 for 118) by 22 runs.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)