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  • 9:38 AM IST

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  • 5:09 PM IST

    You can follow our Facebook and YouTube live. I will be back tomorrow for the fifth day’s play. India sniffing a win already.

  • 4:53 PM IST
    One champion hails another.
  • 4:43 PM IST
    Agree with Vaughan.

  • 4:40 PM IST

    England have put up a good show in the final session but still this was another day dominated by India. Jayant Yadav says, “If you can contribute with the bat, any skill, you should work on it. I pride my wicket”

  • 4:33 PM IST

    Another wicket just at the stroke of stumps. Jake Ball, the nightwatchman, departs. A top-spinner from Ashwin, takes Ball’s inside edge and Parthiv makes no mistake. England are six down. STUMPS on Day 4.

    OUT! Jake Ball c Parthiv Patel b Ravichandran Ashwin 2 (18)
  • 4:22 PM IST
    LIVE – England 180/5 (44) | Jonny Bairstow 50* — GONE!!!! Stokes is gone as he is caught by Vijay off Ashwin. There was doubt initially, as the umpires went upstairs to confirm it, which was confirmed as a clean catch by Vijay, and the fifth wicket goes down for England, while they trail by 51 runs.

    OUT! Ben Stokes c Murali Vijay b Ravichandran Ashwin 18 (30)
  • 4:11 PM IST

    No harm done, as England could have been six wickets down, while it is the DRS, which has gone completely in favour of England as of now. They still trail by 55 runs, with five overs remaining in the day.

  • 4:04 PM IST
    It makes sense as Nasser Hussain says. Since India have no review left, it makes sense to give them out because England will anyways review them. It is about ensuring that you are on the safe side.
  • 4:03 PM IST
    Another bat-pad appeal 😀 .Umpire gives it again. Bairstow’s love for reviews continue. He reviews it and rightly so. There was no bat. It was in fact very far. Horror decision.
  • 3:59 PM IST
    It has been a stat-filled day. Root today completed 1,000 Test runs against India. His record stands: 1,008 runs at 72.

    Meanwhile, Ben Stokes is opening up. Smacks Jayant for a six over midwicket. Stokes knows about counterattacking and if he gets going, he can turn things in England’s favour.
  • 3:47 PM IST
    Jadeja zips past Bairstow’s bat. Loud appeal, umpire raises his finger. Bairstow reviews and guess what? It’s a no ball. He can’t be out. Even the ball did not take his bat. So Bairstow gets his review right.
  • 3:43 PM IST

    It has been Jayant Yadav’s day. He dismisses Joe Root. That’s hitting the stumps. Root does not move forward and is trapped. He knows it. Does not review. A fine knock from Root comes to an end. As my colleague Kaustubh says, “Jayant is a Giant Killer”. True, big wicket.

    OUT! Joe Root lbw b Jayant Yadav 77 (112)
  • 3:34 PM IST

    England have counterattacked well in this session. Runs coming thick and fast. This is a 89-run stand.

  • 3:26 PM IST

    It was close. Just missing the stumps. Root survives and India lose their reviews.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    India take their second review now.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Huge appeal for a bat-pad. Umpire says ‘no.’ A long discussion and they decide against the review. Root gets another boundary shortly.

  • 3:23 PM IST
    Jadeja should be proud of this.

  • 3:13 PM IST
    Root is playing the sweep shot to perfection and that’s the way ahead.
  • 3:08 PM IST

    Now how does one play that? The ball zips past Root’s edge. The next ball he sweeps hard for another boundary. Root is moving on pretty nicely.

  • 3:05 PM IST

    What was that? Bairstow looked for a reverse sweep and Kohli at first slip almost nabs it. Brilliant reflexes but the Indian captain is a human after all.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    A reverse sweep from Root helps him to his fifty. Brilliant knock. Counterattacking and playing with the bowlers’ mind. He is toying with the field. The fielder at extra cover was removed and Root placed one through the gap for another boundary.

  • 2:52 PM IST

    It’s turning square. This pitch will test Parthiv’s keeping. It seems Joe Root is batting on a different wicket as he has moved to 42.

  • 2:43 PM IST

    Jadeja is getting sharp turn. He is beating Bairstow almost every ball. Almost has him caught at cover. Just short of Rahul.

  • 2:37 PM IST

    Not good news for India 🙁

    Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha ruled out of Chennai Test.
  • 2:35 PM IST

    The ball is turning square. It missed the stump by a whisker as Bairstow looked to cut Ashwin. Parthiv misses and it’s bye-four. England battling for survival. India will miss Wriddhiman Saha’s keeping in this Test.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    33 overs to go in this session and it seems unlikely England will survive. Jadeja finishes another dangerous over.

  • 2:16 PM IST
    Record for Jadeja. Jadeja equals Ryan Harris, Jason Gillespie, Lance Gibbs as the second fastest. All of them got to the mark in 24th Test. Only Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have got it quicker.

  • 2:10 PM IST
    Moeen Ali flicks and finds Vijay at leg gully. It’s tea and we are witnessing an English collapse.

    OUT! Moeen Ali c Murali Vijay b Ravindra Jadeja 0 (3)
  • 2:07 PM IST

    There was no bat and there was huge turn missing the stumps too. Root survives and Ashwin does not get his first wicket. Root steps out to the next ball, meets it full and drives it to boundary.

19

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for the fourth day’s play in the fourth Test, between India and England at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will bring you the live cricket updates from the day’s play. England dominated Day One but India came back strong on Day Two and dominated Day Three as well, managing a lead of 51 at stumps. Responding to England’s first innings total of 400, India were 451 for 7 at stumps on Day Three with Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav batting on 147 and 30 respectively. Earlier, Murali Vijay scored a fine 136.

Vijay mixed caution with aggression and used his feet brilliantly against the England spinners, especially Moeen Ali. England started well on Day Three with Jake Ball cleaning up Cheteshwar Pujara in the second ball of the day. Amidst cheers, Indian skipper Kohli arrived and batted throughout the day. While some of his partners struggled against the turn and occasional bounce, Kohli seemed to be batting on a different pitch. He was at ease as he stroked away to his 15th Test ton, bringing up records galore.  He now holds the highest runs in a calendar year for an Indian captain. He also brought up his 1,000 runs in 2016. He also became the second Indian captain after Sunil Gavaskar to amass over 500 runs in a series.

Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 4th Test at Mumbai

“This is the best lower order batting line-up I have seen for India,” VVS Laxman told CricketCountry recently. Kohli alongside the Indian lower order will look forward to enhance the reputation as India will look forward to gain a lead of at least 150 in order to ensure they do not have to bat twice on this wicket, which has enough turn and bounce.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja failed with the bat but will be waiting in anticipation to grab the red cherry in their palms as they would have observed the turn on offer. Unfortunately, England do not have the quality of a Graeme Swann or Monty Panesar like 2012, to turn things in their favour. Moeen and Adil Rashid have bowled 89 overs among them but failed to threaten. Partly because they got the pace and length wrong and moreover, the brilliance of Kohli outdid their efforts.

India have faced defeats against England at the Wankhede Stadium in 2006 and 2012. Since the 2008-09 series, which was MS Dhoni’s first series as full-time Test skipper, India have not beaten England in a Test series. They were humiliated 0-4 in 2011, which saw them India lose their No. 1 ranking. It was followed by a 1-2 defeat in 2012-13; this remains India’s only series loss at home over a decade. In 2014, despite gaining a lead at Lord’s, they lost 1-3.

India took an unassailable lead of 2-0 after the Mohali win and the fourth day’s play will be crucial in determining which side will move near the finish-line.

Teams:

India XI: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England XI: Alastair Cook (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, James Anderson.

Catch ball-by-ball action of the 4th Test between India and England here