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England all out for 400 in 4th India Test

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 David Clough

Jos Buttler's fighting 76 has helped England to 400 all out early in the afternoon on Friday's second day of the fourth Test in Mumbai.

The tourists lost Ben Stokes early, after resuming on 5-288 - but Buttler dug in for a determined and skilful 106-ball 50 and was joined by Jake Ball in a precious ninth-wicket partnership of 54 against India at the Wankhede Stadium.

His innings was a world away from his renowned limited-overs power hitting, but included two perfectly executed reverse sweeps off Ravindra Jadeja among his six fours.

Ravi Ashwin (6-112) and Jadeja (4-109) accounted for all 10 wickets - yet on a pitch offering conspicuous turn almost from the outset, England had earned a position to battle back from 2-0 down in the five-Test series.

Stokes' dismissal, via DRS, was controversial in process but not outcome.

He was initially given not out caught at slip, but video and associated technology appeared to demonstrate his bat hitting the ball as well as the ground before a deflection off the wicketkeeper to the catcher after Ashwin found sharp turn.

Stokes was incredulous as he walked off, but did not let his reaction stray into ill-discipline this time.

The complicating factor was that the scheduled official was not available for third-umpire duties, with Chettithody Shamshuddin left to make the decision.

Original appointment Marais Erasmus was on the pitch in place of Australian Paul Reiffel - still indisposed after being hit on the back of the head by a stray throw from the outfield on day one.

The bottom line, though, was that the right decision - according to available evidence - was reached.

Chris Woakes gave the third umpire a break when he gave himself out, caught behind in front-foot defence off Jadeja from a thin edge on another one that turned from a danger area.

Adil Rashid then went for the first single-figure score of the innings, playing no shot to a Jadeja arm ball which flicked the off-bail.

But Ball, who survived barely a half-chance on nought when he flashed an edge through Virat Kohli's hands at slip, accompanied Buttler past his 50 - and nicked some valuable runs himself.

It was enough to convince Kohli to at last take the second new ball, after 121 overs, to no immediate avail as England extended their first innings into a fifth session - in which Ball soon edged Ashwin behind on the back foot, and then Buttler was last out after he went up the pitch in search of his second six but missed and was bowled by Jadeja.

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