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Kohli helps India take charge over England

Press Association logoPress Association 10/12/2016

England's batsmen have to face the challenge of surviving for more than four sessions to salvage an improbable draw after Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav's record-breaking exploits in the fourth Test.

Alastair Cook's seven-man attack proved powerless on Sunday as Kohli surged past his third double-century of the year, and his career, and on to a personal-best 235 in a ground-record total of 631 in reply to England's 400 at the Wankhede Stadium.

After Jayant (104) also completed his maiden Test hundred in this fourth Test, in a national-record eighth-wicket stand of 241, Cook and his new opening partner Keaton Jennings were required to launch England's rearguard on the fourth afternoon as they try to stop India wrapping up the series 3-0.

The unenviable task, on a wearing pitch sure to favour India spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, was to dig in and try to chip away at arrears of 231 over a minimum 137 remaining overs.

Kohli's 200 - his third in Tests, all of them in 2016 - arrived in seven-and-a-half hours, containing 23 fours from 302 balls.

India wasted no time after resuming on 451, and there was no mercy for England as the next 154 runs were racked up without even the hint of a wicket in a horribly one-sided session and a bit.

The added frustration for the tourists was that they appeared to have a precious first-innings lead almost within their grasp when India faltered to 307 for six the previous afternoon.

Then, though, Adil Rashid dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance to reprieve Kohli on 68 - and Joe Root put down Jayant on just eight at second slip off James Anderson.

Kohli remained the driving force behind England's misery.

Jayant was no slouch, either, following his captain at a respectful distance to reach his first Test century - and the first by any India number nine too - shortly after lunch, having hit 14 fours from 196 balls.

He fell at last, stumped trying to hit Rashid with the spin from round the wicket over cover.

But Kohli still wanted a few more - and even after he was caught at deep extra-cover off Chris Woakes from the 340th ball he faced, he allowed last pair Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav to add another 16.

For Rashid, there was a consolation of sorts in a fourth wicket - which meant he avoided, by eight runs, becoming the third Englishman to concede 200 in an innings - when Bhuvneshwar holed out in the leg-side deep before the torment could take a different turn for England.

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