England have ended the second day of the fourth and final Test on top, after picking four Indian wickets and restricting the hosts to 87, at close of play, in their first innings. James Anderson bowled brilliantly for the visitors once again as the pacer dismissed Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir.
Alastair Cook's side, who ended the first day at 199/5, took to the crease this morning and posted a first innings total of 330. Joe Root, who has impressed on his Test debut, managed to score 73 before offering a return catch to spinner Piyush Chawla. Root's partner from the first day, Matt Prior, scored 57 before he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Anderson all fell after lunch, as India came out to bat.
Virender Sehwag was bowled by Anderson in the very first over, putting England back in the driving seat. Swann managed to dismiss double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara for 26, with India on 59, handing yet another blow to MS Dhoni's team. Tendulkar, who is rumoured to be considering retirement after this series, was under pressure to find some runs but his time in the middle was short-lived as he dragged Anderson's ball onto his stumps.
The Lancashire man continued his sublime form by dismissing Gautam Gambhir for 37, when the southpaw's edge reached Matt Prior, with India struggling at 71 for four. Virat Kohli and Dhoni ensured there was no further damage on the day but England, who lead the series 2-1, are firmly on course to see off the series and clinch a historic victory in India.
England: first innings 330 (Root 73, Chawla 4/69
India: first innings 87/4 (Gambhir 37, Anderson 3/24)