Kohli’s double century sets up a huge lead for India
Virat Kohli’s double century and the brilliant centuries by Murali Vijay and Jayant Yadav helped India post the score of 631 runs. India takes the lead of 231 runs against England. England needed wickets at regular intervals to restrict the Indian side. But, England could not claim a single wicket in the morning session. India extended its lead to 179 runs before both teams took a small break for lunch.
India witnessed a special moment in the 165th over when Virat Kohli registered his third double century of this year. He is the only Indian batsman to score three double centuries in a year. He is also the fifth batsman in the history to accomplish this distinction. He scored 235 runs before he was dismissed by Woakes. There is another batsman who deserves appreciation. Jayant Yadav played a crucial role in boosting India’s lead. He notched up the first century of his test career. He now holds the record of being the only India batsman to score a century at No.9 position. This was not the only record he was involved in as he partnered up with Kohli to rewrite another record. Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav also captured the record of scoring the most runs for the eighth wicket partnership. They chalked up the partnership of 241 runs on the fourth day of the match. They surpassed the record made by Anil Kumble and Azharuddin, who had put together the eighth wicket partnership of 161 runs against South Africa in 1996. Murali Vijay’s century also helped India to claim the lead against the visitors quite early. India was able to build up a huge score of 631 runs before losing all the wickets owing to the big partnership between Kohli and Yadav. The lead of 231 runs has given India an edge and if the Indian bowlers manage to repeat their performances in the previous matches, India might steal another victory against England.