India are on the verge of victory after a fantastic effort with the bat in the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
England have just four wickets in hand and still trail India by 49 runs. The visitors’ hopes lie largely on the shoulders of Jonny Bairstow, who is unbeaten on 50 overnight, and Jos Buttler, who scored a fantastic half-century in the first innings.
On the other hand, India will look to wrap up the match and complete a series win as soon as possible on Monday.
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Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is having a brilliant series against England, a far cry from his efforts against the same opposition in 2014.
Kohli has 640 runs in four Tests so far, including an outstanding double century on Sunday. In 2014, he managed just 134 runs in five Tests in England at an embarrassing average of 13.40.
England fast bowler James Anderson, who troubled the Delhi batsman in the 2014 series, feels Kohli hasn’t changed much and has been helped by a change in pitch conditions.
KOHLI V/S ANDERSON IN TESTS
“I am not sure if he [Kohli] has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said Anderson.
“When that is not there, he is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you.”
Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, hasn’t picked up a single wicket over the last three innings at Mohali and Mumbai, and that is an area of concern for the visitors.
Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav added 241 runs for the eighth wicket on day four of the fourth Test in Mumbai on Sunday.
In what was a virtuous display by the Indian duo, we look at some of the records they broke during the partnership.
– Highest partnership for the eighth wicket for India in Test cricket (241)
– Highest partnership for the eighth wicket in India (241)
– Highest partnership for the eighth wicket by any team against England (241)
Kohli scored 235, his career-best score in Test cricket.
– He has now scored the most number of Test double centuries in a year by an Indian batsman (3)
– Highest score in an innings by an Indian captain (235)
– Most number of double centuries as Indian captain (3)
– Only batsman to have an average of 50+ in all three formats of the game at the international level (Tests – 50.53, ODIs – 52.93, T20Is – 57.13)
– Most runs across all formats of international cricket in 2016 (2580)
– Beating previous best Test score the most number of times (13)
– Highest score by an Indian batsman against England (235)
– Most runs by an Indian in a Test series against England (640)
Jayant Yadav notched up his maiden Test century.
– He is now the first Indian batsman to score a Test century after coming into bat at number nine (1)
– Highest score by an Indian batsman, batting at number nine (104)
– Highest score by any batsman, batting at number nine in Asia (104)