Visakhapatnam, India (AP) — England captain Alastair Cook was finally dismissed in the last over of the fourth day on Sunday in a defiant 188-ball innings, leaving India needing eight more wickets to win the second test.
England were 87-2 in their second innings at stumps after almost 60 overs as they chase an improbable target of 405 — another 318 runs — for victory with one day left.
Cook was out leg before wicket to Ravindra Jadeja for 54, while Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for 25.
Cook’s departure ended play for the day, with Joe Root undefeated on 5.
Earlier, India were bowled out for 204 in their second innings after resuming on 98-3.
Stuart Broad (4-33) and Adil Rashid (4-82) shared eight wickets for England.
Broad had injured his toe whilst fielding on day one, to add to his wrist injury, but persevered to produce a great fast bowling display.
“When you get injured in the second over of the match, you have no choice but to carry on in pain,” Broad said. “There are 17 days before the (fourth) Mumbai test. So I should be fit by then, if not for the next (third test) match in Mohali (starting Saturday).”
Ajinkya Rahane (26) and Virat Kohli (81) had added another 19 runs in the morning before the collapse began.
Rahane couldn’t fend off extra bounce from Broad and was caught at slip.
Ravichandran Ashwin (7) was caught behind off Broad too as India lost five wickets for 42 runs, going from 127-4 to 162-9,
Kohli fell to a superb diving catch from Ben Stokes at first slip off Rashid, who also trapped Wriddhiman Saha (2) lbw and then struck twice more. Jadeja (14) was caught in the deep, while Umesh Yadav (0) was caught behind going for an expansive stroke.
“When you are 200 runs behind, it is very easy to throw the towel in,” Broad said. “But we put pressure on them with early wickets, and did not let them control the scoring rate.”
But England will regret not ending India’s innings sooner. Jayant Yadav (27 not out) and Mohammed Shami (19) put on 42 runs for the last wicket before Shami was stumped by Jonny Bairstow off Moeen Ali.
India scored 455 in their first innings, and England replied with 255 with the hosts deciding not to enforce the follow-on.
The first test of the five-match series was drawn, and England will be hoping for a similar — if unlikely — outcome here.
After tea on Sunday, Cook and Hameed continued to stonewall. The pair batted for 50.2 overs and put on a slow but useful 75 runs for the opening wicket.
The 50-mark came up for England in the 38th over. Cook was then the subject of two DRS appeals in the space of six balls.
First, in the 46th over, Jadeja (1-25) had an lbw appeal turned down. In the very next over, Ashwin (1-28) had a similar experience, as India lost both their appeals quickly.
Ashwin dismissed Hameed lbw in the 51st over to end the long opening stand. Hameed faced 144 deliveries for his 25 runs and hit three fours.
Cook reached his 53rd test half-century off 172 balls, including four fours. Given the circumstances, it was unsurprisingly his slowest 50.
Cook called for DRS after being trapped lbw, but the decision wasn’t overturned.
Despite losing that vital wicket, Broad remained upbeat about England’s chances of survival.
“If you apply yourselves on this pitch, we believe it can be done,” Broad said. “We have shown that today by playing 60 overs for two wickets. There are only another 90 overs to go. The key is to break it down to small partnerships so it doesn’t feel like you are climbing up a mountain.”