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Kohli, Vijay tons deflate England's fightback attempt

Kohli, Vijay tons deflate England's fightback attempt
Murali Vijay (L) and Virat Kohli (R) compiled a 116-run partnership stand for the third wicket.
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England 400 v
India 451-7 (Kohli 147no)
Fourth Test, Mumbai, day three
Scorecard 

Murali Vijay's 136-run knock and Virat Kohli's unbeaten 147 helped India deflate England's fightback attempt to take a 51-run lead at the end of day three of the Mumbai Test.

Jake Ball got the visitors off to a perfect start by dismissing overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (47) on the very second ball of the day. The Saurashtra batsman missed out on a well deserving fifty.

Skipper Virat Kohli joined Vijay as the duo ensured the hosts sustained no further damage before the lunch break with a 100-run partnership stand in just 182 balls. In the process, Kohli completed 4000 Test runs, becoming the sixth-fastest Indian to the mark in terms of innings played.

Four overs after the lunch break, Adil Rashid (2-152) got the important breakthrough for England by dismissing Vijay caught and bowled.

Karun Nair (13) failed to impress as he was trapped LBW by Moeen Ali (2-139) to slump India further into trouble.

Kohli on the other end had completed his fifty when Parthiv Patel (15) joined him for fifth wicket partnership.

Patel's stay too was limited to just 31 balls by Joe Root (2-18), who later also dismissed in-form Ravichandran Ashwin (0) for a duck by getting him caught at short leg by Keaton Jennings.

Ravindra Jadeja (25) managed to hold on to his wicket for enough time to compile a 57-run stand for the seventh wicket before a scorcher from Rashid got the best of him four overs after the tea break.

Jayant Yadav (30 no) joined Kohli at the center when India was trailing by 34 runs.

The duo from thereon added 87 to the eighth wicket partnership stand as Kohli reached his hundred with a crisp boundary through covers.

The two held on to their wickets as the day came to an end with India managing to take a sizable 51-run lead heading into day four at the Wankhede Stadium.

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