Advantage England in first Test against India Day 4

RAJKOT: England gave themselves an outside chance for win with a 49-run lead in first innings against India on Sunday and at stumps in day 4 with 163-run lead.

Indian spinners limitations exposed again on flat track in the second innings with England scoring 114 runs in 37 overs. England openers Alistair Cook batting with 46 runs and Haseeb Hameed batting with 62 runs.

Earlier, India were all out for 488 runs in their first innings. With the pitch showing just the usual signs of wear and tear, draw looks the most obvious result, unless England make a challenging declaration and press for a victory tomorrow.

In the morning, India resumed at the overnight 319 for four and lost wickets steadily barring a 64-run seventh wicket stand between Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a steady 70 with seven fours off 139 balls and in 200 minutes, and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (35).

India lost the wickets of captain Virat Kohli, who struck five fours in 95 balls, and Ajinkya Rahane (13) in the pre-lunch session and the rest in the session before tea.

The last-wicket stand between Ashwin, who was 49 when the ninth wicket fell, and Mohammed Shami (not out 8) kept England on the field longer than they may have expected and helped India cut the lead to below 50.

Kohli became the second Indian skipper in over 65 years to be dismissed hit-wicket in 1948-49 at the Chepauk in Chennai against Trevor Goddard’s West Indies, while Rahane was dismissed cheaply before Ashwin and Saha steadied the rocking boat with a half century stand.

Brief Scores: England 537 and 114 for 0 (Hameed 62*, Cook 46*) lead India 488 (Vijay 126, Pujara 124, Ashwin 70, Rashid 4-114) by 163 runs

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