Nagpur: A baffling effort with the bat in the first hour, and then five hours of largely fruitless labour with the ball led to India slipping further and further away from victory after the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur on Sunday (December 16). Declaring their first innings four runs short of the England first innings total of 330, India then saw England stretch their lead to 165 for the loss of just three wickets, meaning only a flurry of wickets on the final morning could now give them a glimmer of hope.
India started the day on 297 for eight, still 33 behind the England first innings total, with R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha at the crease. Was the idea to keep batting for as long as possible or to score quick runs? Neither. It must have been to just bat for the first hour, because India declared after batting till the first drinks break, adding just 29 more runs and losing the wicket of Ojha, bowled by Monty Panesar.