New Delhi: Indian spinners struck late to dismiss England Openers as the visitors ended Day 4 at 87/2 in second innings, still needing 318 runs to win the second Test at Vizag.
The hosts resumed their innings from their overnight score of 98/3, with a handsome lead of 298 runs on the board.
While on one end Indian skipper Virat Kohli was moving the innings forward, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane could only manage to add 4 runs to his overnight score and was dismissed by Stuart Broad early in the day.
Ravinchandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha too fell in quick successions as India started to lose the plot in their second innings.
Spinner Adil Rashid got the prize scalp of Kohli who was dismissed for 81.
Ravindra Jadeja (14), Jayant Yadav (27*) and Mohammed Shami (19) added crucial runs down the order to help India cross the 200-run mark.
India were finally dismissed for 204 runs, setting a target of 405 runs for England to chase.
Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid starred for the visitors, picking up 4 wickets each in the innings.
England openers Alastair Cook and Hasseb Hameed started cautiously but grew in confidence as the innings progressed.
The duo wore out Indian bowlers and their defiance after tea frustrated the Indian camp.
Luck too was on Captain Cook’s side, as he survived two DRS reviews.
Kohli’s go-to man Ashwin seldom disappoints these days and he finally ended Hameed’s (25) defiance to break the 75-runs opening partnership.
Cook kept going strongly on the other end to notch up his 53rd Test half century and fourth against India.
On the last ball before stumps, Jadeja wrapped Cook on the pads and the England skipper was given out by the on-field umpire. Cook asked for a review but it was third time lucky for India as the third umpire too ruled in favour of the hosts.