England are facing their seventh Test defeat of the year after Virat Kohli’s double century ensured India dominated day four of the fourth Test in Mumbai.
Kohli’s 235 and 104 from number nine Jayant Yadav helped India amass a commanding 631, a lead of 231 runs. England – trailing 2-0 in the series – lost Keaton Jennings to the second ball of the innings as they reached 182-6, needing 49 to make India bat again.
Joe Root made 77 and Jonny Bairstow 50 not out, while Ben Stokes fell late on. Nightwatchman Jake Ball was caught behind off Ravichandran Ashwin off what proved out to be the final ball of the day to leave India within sight of a third successive comprehensive win over England.
“It was a dreadful day for England,” said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
“Spirited batting by Root, Bairstow and Stokes tried to keep England’s slender hopes alive but, with the ball spinning almost unplayably, India are firm favourites to win the game and the series tomorrow.”(BBC,2016)