India eye early wkts; England aim to extend lead
September 02, 2018  15:25

England 260-8 (91.5 ovs) & 246 vs India 273 | Scorecard

Welcome to the coverage of Day 4 of the fourth Test between England and India at Southampton on Sunday.

Jos Buttler hit a half-century to put England in a strong position on the third day. They would aim to extend the lead on the fourth day and hope their tail enders continue their good form in the series, while India's only target will be early wickets.

Buttler top scored with 69 to help England finish the day on 260 for eight, for an overall lead of 233 runs.

Sam Curran once again proved to be a thorn in India's flesh as he stroked a fluent 37, to follow up on his 78 in the first innings, while captain Joe Root made 48.

Buttler received good support from the stodgy Ben Stokes (30) adding 56 runs for the sixth wicket before he added 55 runs for the seventh wicket with Curran.

This was Buttler's ninth Test fifty and he showed a lot of application even though he was troubled by the initial spell from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

In fact, England were in a spot of bother on 122 for five when Root was run out by Shami.

England off-spinner Moeen Ali picked up five wickets in the first innings but Ravichandran Ashwin toiled hard to claim just one wicket in his 35 overs, when he got Stokes caught in the slips.

Buttler however continued to defy the Indian bowlers in company of Curran as they consumed nearly 17 overs.
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