Without dominating even a session in the test till day 4, India is all set to face a defeat at Southampton. After England set India, a target of 445, India fell apart on the final session lossing 4 wickets and 333 runs behind win. Unless a miracle led by the mumbaikars, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, it all looks tough for India.

Chasing 445, India came out to bat in extended final session. India started of in a possitve way looking towards a draw. But a lazy running costed a wicket for India as Murali Vijay who ran a single in a casual manner send back to pavillion. Soon in next over, Moeen Ali struck as Pujara departed for 2. Later Virat Kohli joined Shikhar Dhawan who was looking in a positive intent. Both put on 51 runs for 3rd wicket and looked to play till the stumps till Root struck for England sending Dhawan back for 37. It became worse as after a couple of overs, Ali took Kohli as India fell down to 89/4. But Rahane and Rohit kept down the things stopping the fall of wickets playing out the last 10 overs succesfully.

Earlier India were bowled out in 20 mintues who put on 7 runs to their overnight score but England decided to bat instead of forcing follow-on. England came out on a agressive intent as a stroke ful fifty from Cook, a quick fire 56 from Root along with some quick runs from Ballance & Bell helped to England to score 205 in 40 overs before declaring the innings.

Scorecard:

India: 330 allout and 112 for 4 (S Dhawan 37, V Kohli 28; MM Ali 2/33, JE Root 1/5) need another 333 runs to beat England: 569 for 7 Decl and 202 for 4 Decl (A Cook 70*, JE Root 56; RA Jadeja 3/52, B Kumar 1/59)

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