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India pick up six wickets, close in on win

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016

India captain Virat Kohli has struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth Test in Mumbai.

Trailing 2-0 in the series, England needed a win to keep the series alive but the tourists require something extraordinary even to save the match following Kohli's masterclass.

India piled on 631 in their first innings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 over England, after Kohli's third double century of the year.

The touring side were 6-182 in their second innings at stumps on Sunday, still trailing by 49.

Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 50 with nightwatchman Jake Ball falling for two in the last over before the close at Wankhede Stadium.

Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed first-innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent back England captain Alastair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave England tottering at 49-3 at tea.

Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk 50s during their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket before the former fell leg before to offspinner Jayant Yadav for 77.

The wickets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end further dampened England's hopes.

"I am not sure if the Indian spinners are too difficult to handle. They are world-class spinners but we knew the task ahead of us," said England bowler James Anderson.

"Root and Bairtsow batted well today. We are not going to bat for a draw. We are trailing by 50 runs, we will try to come back tomorrow and get ahead by 100 runs. Then we will try to put pressure on them."

Earlier, Kohli was out for a career-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the highest for India, with Yadav, who scored 104, his maiden Test ton.

The pair continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 7-451.

"It was immensely frustrating. We needed three wickets and they were only 50 ahead. If we could have got them, we would still be in the game. Unfortunately we didn't bowl well as we could have," Anderson said.

Kohli has now scored a double hundred in all three series India have played in 2016 - against the West Indies, New Zealand and now against England.

Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150.

The 28-year-old, who hit 25 fours and a six, got past his 200 with a single to mid-wicket off legspinner Adil Rashid but his celebration was quite muted compared with when he completed his hundred on Saturday.

The skipper accelerated after the fall of Yadav and was caught at the cover boundary off Chris Woakes.

Yadav, whose previous highest score was 55, hit 15 boundaries.

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