By: Tarish Bhatt
A wicket by Ravichandran Ashwin on the last ball capped-off a dominating day for the Indian team in Mumbai. The hosts are now on a brink of winning the 4th Test, and wrap-up the five-match series in Mumbai itself.
England, however, did manage to put up a fight in the final session. But, the Indian spinners were skillful enough to reduce England to 182/6 in their second innings. They still need 49 more runs to make India bat again.
The visitors fought through Joe Root (77) and Jonny Bairstow, who scored fifties for the Three Lions. Bairstow (50 not out) was still fighting it out when the stumps were called, after Jake Ball’s dismissal.
The Indian spinners were again up for the task. Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin took two wickets each, while Jayant Yadav ended the day with one. But it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who gave India the perfect start. He dismissed last innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck on the second ball of the innings.
Earlier, the Indian skipper scored his third triple century of the year, as India posted 631 in their first innings. Kohli (235) and Jayant stitched a massive 241-run partnership as the hosts took a 231-run lead in their first innings.
Jayant (104) played a handy knock for the Indians. He made his first Test century and put a price over his wicket.
“Scope of improvement for everything,” Jayant said. “Whenever you’re batting with Virat, things feel easier. When they were bowling short, he told me to pull, my instinct is to leave the ball.”
“If you can contribute with the bat, any skill, you should work on it,” he added. “I pride my wicket.”