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India on verge of Test victory in Vizag

Press AssociationPress Association 21/11/2016 David Clough

England's attempted rearguard appears doomed after they lost five wickets before lunch on the final day in Vizag.

India eliminated England's middle order as they stumbled to 142 for seven in the second Test.

The tourists began needing to eke out eight remaining wickets for three sessions - and as India's spinners zipped through 20 overs in the first hour, it became evident England would have to negotiate significantly more than the scheduled minimum 90.

By lunch, however, that factor had become largely irrelevant as England's defeat here appeared a formality.

Facing a national-record target of 405 to win, that statistic had long become academic for England.

Their only ambition was to somehow try to keep India at bay.

But it was becoming increasingly likely - despite their sterling efforts from an improbable position for much of the second half of this match - they would soon have to contemplate how to hit back from 1-0 down in the third Test of five in Mohali.

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