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India set for lead in fourth England Test

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 David Clough

England have endured another tough session with a Murali Vijay century putting India on course for a first-innings lead in the fourth Test in Mumbai.

Jake Ball's success with the second ball of day three was the first by any seamer in the match.

It proved a false dawn at the Wankhede Stadium, though, as Cheteshwar Pujara's departure - shouldering arms to a delivery that snaked in to hit the top of off stump - was the only wicket of the morning.

Ball had broken a second-wicket stand of 107, but Vijay (124no) was joined by captain Virat Kohli (44no) as the hosts farmed every bowler Alastair Cook tried on the way to a lunch total of 2-247 in reply to the visitors' 400.

There was a conspicuous lack of turn for Moeen Ali, who bowled unchanged for 10 overs with assorted seamers at the other end.

Vijay reached his second hundred of the series, having hit eight fours and three sixes from 231 balls.

He gave just one chance, a sharp stumping on 45 when he missed an Adil Rashid googly the previous evening, but otherwise made no mistake balancing prolonged periods of defence with strategic attack.

England's two spinners, especially, were prevented from exerting control - and Murali took toll of the seamers too as they tired.

Nothing was happening for England and, even when Rashid won an initial lbw verdict against Murali on 116, the batsman's review revealed evidence of an inside edge onto his pad.

Kohli appeared untroubled throughout, passing two more milestones in his prolific career when he went past 1000 Test runs this calendar year and 4000 overall.

As the third-wicket stand moved to an unbroken 101, England's hopes of reducing their series arrears to 2-1 were fading.

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