England need six wickets to level the series

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India reached stumps on day four of the third Test against England in Southampton on 112 for four, still 333 runs behind needing to bat out the final day to hold on to their series lead.

India reached stumps on day four of the third Test against England in Southampton on 112 for four, still 333 runs behind needing to bat out the final day to hold on to their series lead.

With only six wickets on hand, after the home spinners did the job after tea on day four, India will rue allowing England to get to 205 for four declared at tea, as well as falling cheaply earlier in the day.

The day began with India on 323 for eight in their first innings, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni unbeaten on 50. But he failed to add anything to his overnight score, removed by James Anderson early on.

Mohammed Shami was the final wicket to fall, also to Anderson, as the paceman took a five-fer and looked much like his proper self. India were 330 all out, leaving England with a massive 250-plus lead before batting again.

They chose not to enforce the follow on, and quickly added to their tally. Alastair Cook was the anchor batsman, some decrying his slow strike rate, but he made another half century to add to the 95 in the first innings. This was the first time since 2011 that he made two 50-plus scores in one Test.

Sam Robson was not as lucky though, falling cheaply to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 13. This left Cook and Gary Ballance to push the rate up, which the latter did admirably. He added 38 off 48 balls before Ravi Jadeja removed him.

Ian Bell also contributed a cameo knock, making 23 before Jadeja bowled him. Joe Root then came in and played an ODI innings, scoring a half century off just 3 balls. He was bowled by Jadeja as well, for 56, prompting the declaration. Cook was on 70 at the time.

Thus, India had to survive for four sessions, with a target of 445. The first of those sessions was a disaster for them, starting with Murali Vijay being run out for 12. Stuart Broad pulled off a good, diving run out, aiming at just one stump ala Jonty Rhodes.

Shikhar Dhawan's poor run continued as he was only able to make 37, while Cheteshwar Pujara was the first of Moeen Ali's two wickets. He was out for two, caught by Chris Jordan, who then also caught Dhawan.

Virat Kohli tried to curb his aggressive instinct to see the side to safety for the day, but he fell near the end, for 28. He'd faced 56 balls before becoming Moeen's second victim.

At the end of the day, Ajinkya Rahane was still in the middle on 18, while Rohit Sharma was on six. Rahane and Anderson appeared to have a 'chat' as they walked off the field, which the umpire stopped, which seemed unnecessary.

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