India vs England, 1st Test, Day 4 — As it happened...

Welcome to our live coverage of day 4 of the first India-England first Test, being played at Rajkot.

India vs England, 1st Test, Day 4 — As it happened...

New Delhi: Welcome to our coverage of 4th day of 1st Test between India and England in Rajkot.


STUMPS! England 114/0 put a commanding display to give themselves realistic chances of clinching this Test. 1st session tomorrow will be extremely crucial in deciding India's fate in Rajkot.

OVER 35 | SCORE 110/0 (Cook 45, Hameed 59)

No signs of India breaking this partnership, which has already crossed the 100-run mar, any time soon. Hameed and Cook look extremely resolute in taking this innings beyond Day 4.

OVER 30 | SCORE 97/0 (Cook 37, Hameed 54)

Proud moment for debutant Haseeb Hameed to get his maiden fifity in front of his parents and family members. England absolutely cruising as Indian bowlers struggle to pick wickets.

OVER 25 | SCORE 76/0 (Cook 32, Hameed 44)

England take the cautious approach as day nears its end. Indian bowlers still striving for success as Virat Kohli continues to shuffle his bowling options.

OVER 20 | SCORE 70/0 (Cook 29, Hameed 40)

England progressing at the rate of 3.5 runs per over. Virat Kohli regularly mixing up pace bowling with spin but hasn't enjoyed any success so far. 

OVER 10 | SCORE 40/0 (Cook 13, Hameed 26)

Solid start for England. Cook, Hamid battle Indian bowlers well as Kohli calls-up Ashwin early.


OVER 162 | SCORE 488/10 (Shami 8)

R. Ashwin the last man to depart, India are bowled out for 488, England lead by 49 runs.

R Ashwin c Ansari b Ali 70 (139b​)

OVER 160 | SCORE 487/9 (Ashwin 69, Shami 8)

Ashwin completes his fifty while Yadav departs going for an extravagant slog-sweep. England just one wicket away from wrapping up India.

UT Yadav c Stokes b Rashid 5 (12b)

OVER 155 | SCORE 455/8 (Ashwin 49, Yadav 5)

Rashid now removes Jadeja to claim his 3rd wicket of the match. Ashwin just one shy of clinching his 7th Test 50.

RA Jadeja c Hameed b Rashid 12 (26b)

OVER 150 | SCORE 436/7 (Ashwin 43, Jadeja 4)

India now trail by 101 runs. Ravichandra Ashwin cruising towards his 50 in what would be an extremely important contribution.

OVER 145 | SCORE 426/7 (Ashwin 37, Jadeja 0)

Moeen Ali claims his first wicket of the match. Saha caught behind by wicket-keeper Bairstow on 35. Ravindra Jadeja the new batsman to walk in. It is crucial for India to play through this session.

WP Saha c Bairstow b Ali 35 (82b)

OVER 140 | SCORE 414/6 (Ashwin 31, Saha 30)

Cautious approach from India as the post-lunch session begins. Aalastair Cook mixing up his bowling attack to unsettle the Indian duo. Enthralling battle in the middle.

Meanwhile, here's Virat Kohli's hit-wicket video. Avoidable?

OVER 137 | SCORE 411/6 (Ashwin 29, Saha 29)

It's LUNCH in Rajkot. India were hoping to enter 2nd session without losing another wicket but that didn't turn out to be the case. Ashwin and Pujara have solidified India's innings by putting on a 50-run partnership.

OVER 135 | SCORE 408/6 (Ashwin 27, Saha 28)

Ashwin-Saha partnership now 47 runs. The duo have shown impressive resilience to deny England from getting into dominating position. Need to hold on a little more.

OVER 130 | SCORE 393/6 (Ashwin 22, Saha 18)

India closing in on touching the 400-run mark. Ashwin-Saha look to have overcome the early jitters and are looking more settled now.

OVER 125 | SCORE 376/6 (Ashwin 18, Saha 8)

Risk of follow-on evaded but India would be willing to bat until Tea and keep England batsman waiting. A tricky task for Ashwin-Saha in hand.

OVER 120 | SCORE 361/6 (Ashwin 15, Saha 0)

Too bad for India to lose the reliable pair of Kohli-Rahane so early. England definitely in a strong postilion now after removing the duo.

V Kohli hit wicket b Rashid 40 (95b)

AM Rahane b Ansari 13 (30b)

OVER 114 | SCORE 333/4 (Kohli 35, Rahane 2)

An all-pace attack from England to put Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes. The Kohli-Broad duel will be ultra special to watch. Let's see who comes out on top.

OVER 110 | SCORE 325/4 (Kohli 31, Rahane )

Day 4 starts off! Ajinkya Rahane joins Virat Kohli in the middle. Fist session will be the most tricky especially with a new batsman in the form of Rahane on field. Can India survive session without a loss?

09:32 AM IST - Play is underway at Rajkot with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane on crease.

What to expect on the penultimate day:

Skipper Virat Kohli, unbeaten on 26, will be the key to India's fortunes. If manages to bat for a long duration, then India can hope for a result. Considering his proven record, it's safe to assume that the scoring rate will be quick.

But first, India will need to surpassed the 218 run deficit.

Day 3 Recap:

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara led India's determined response to England's mammoth first innings total of 537 as they struck dogged hundreds to guide the hosts to 319/4 on the third day on Friday.

Showing great fortitude in the face of a daunting challenge, Vijay played a typically gritty innings of 126 in 301 balls, while one-down batsman Pujara compiled a more aggressive 124 in 206 balls.

England fought back late in the day by dismissing the well-set Vijay, who hit 9 fours and 4 sixes in his marathon 485-minute innings, and night watchman Amit Mishra (0) in the space of four balls.

At stumps, India had replied with 319 for four, still 218 runs behind the visitors' tally with six wickets in hand on a track that showed some signs of wear and tear but did not hold many terrors for the Indian batsmen.

Welcome to our live coverage of day 4 of the first India-England first Test, being played at Rajkot.

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