India dominated England for the better part of Day 4, first with the bat, then with the ball. Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav picked up from an overnight total of 451/7 with Kohli on 147 and Yadav on 30. The two of them plundered the English bowling attack and thus put up a partnership of 241 runs for the eighth wicket.
In the process, Virat Kohli reached his third double century of the calendar year and Jayant Yadav reached his maiden Test century. Kohli’s incredible knock also meant that he now averages above 50 in all three formats of the game. Jayant Yadav’s ton is the first by any Indian batsman in the number eight position. Kohli kept piling on runs and was finally dismissed by Chris Woakes at 235 off 340 balls. Jayant Yadav was out after making 104 off 204 balls, falling to Adil Rashid.
India were finally all out for 631, thus having a lead of 231 runs over England. The hosts then got of to a flying start with the ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissing Keaton Jennings in the second ball of the very first over. Captain Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali then got dismissed in the 11th and 13th over and England found themselves 49/3. Ravindra Jadeja was the man who dismissed Cook and thus picked his 100th Test wicket. But Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow then stabilized the tottering innings and added 92 runs for the fourth wicket. Jayant Yadav finally dismissed Root while Stokes fell to Ashwin. Ashwin then ended the day’s play by dismissing Jake Ball. Hence, after Day 4, England are 182/6 and trail India by 49.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 11 December 2016
— jatin sapru (@jatinsapru) 11 December 2016
Good counter-attacking innings from Root…the present and future of International batting is in safe hands. Fab 4.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 11 December 2016
Bairstow will regret letting Ball take single last ball previous over. Exposed him to Ashwin.Gr8 day with bat&ball leaves India on cusp win
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 11 December 2016
India will be looking to square off the series by sealing victory on the finaal day.