England vs India 2nd Test Day 4: Jadeja and Kumar leave England reeling

Jadeja scored his maiden half-century and dismissed Robson as well

Jadeja scored his maiden half-century and dismissed Robson as well

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England were left reeling at the end of the fourth day as they lost four quick wickets following half-centuries from India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Starting out the day on 169/4, India opener Murali Vijay and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni converted their 46-run partnership into a 79-run partnership before Dhoni was caught by Ian Bell at second slip off the bowling of Liam Plunkett for 19.

Stuart Binny failed to trouble the scorers as he was brilliantly caught by England skipper Alastair Cook at mid-off off the bowling of Moeen Ali for a duck.

Vijay ended up making 95 off 247 balls, which included 11 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson.

Jadeja and Kumar stabilised the innings with a 99-run partnership, during which Jadeja brought up his maiden half-century, before he was caught by Cook off the bowling of Ben Stokes.

Jadeja’s career-best score of 68 came off 57 balls and included nine boundaries.

Mohammed Shami failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ali for a duck.

Kumar went on to score 52 off 71 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Bell at second slip off the bowling of Stokes.

Kumar registered his third half-century in four innings

Kumar registered his third half-century in four innings

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Stokes and Plunkett picked up three wickets apiece, while Ali snapped up two and Anderson and Stuart Broad chipped in with one wicket each as India were bowled out for 342.

Needing 319 runs to win, England got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Sam Robson was given out lbw off the bowling of Jadeja for seven runs.

Cook and Gary Ballance made up for the early loss of Robson with a 58-run partnership before Ballance was caught behind off the bowling of Shami for 27.

Ian Bell only made one run before he was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma.

Cook went on to score 22 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sharma.

Ali and Joe Root amassed an unbeaten 33-run partnership before stumps was called.

Ali finished on 15 off 54 balls, which included two boundaries, while Root remained undefeated on 14 off 39 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Sharma was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Jadeja and Shami claimed one wicket each.

England ended day four on 105/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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