Wickets come at cost for England

James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay, who fell five runs short of a ton

James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay, who fell five runs short of a ton

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England took three precious wickets but conceded 98 runs on a cloudy fourth morning as they sought to set up a feasible victory target in the second Investec Test against India at Lord's.

James Anderson finally accounted for the admirable Murali Vijay (95), and there was a wicket each too for Liam Plunkett (three for 42) and Moeen Ali.

But Ravindra Jadeja counter-attacked to damaging effect as India reached lunch on 267 for seven, with a lead of 243.

The first hour was threatening to go badly against England, until Plunkett got one in the right spot to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who edged to second slip.

Ian Bell took the catch neatly by his left shoulder, to end a stand of 79 and see the India captain off for an uncharacteristically stoic 19 off 86 balls.

New batsman Stuart Binny tried a very different approach.

But when England captain Alastair Cook took an especially good, 'pressure' catch - running back from mid-off with the ball steepling over his head, having slightly surprisingly brought on Moeen - Binny's attempt to dominate came to nought, and the hosts had impetus before the second new ball.

Yet Vijay still stood in their way.

Among 11 boundaries in his six-hour vigil, two this morning were prime examples of trademark touch and timing - a straight-drive off Plunkett and a Ben Stokes half-volley dispatched past cover.

Jadeja, demoted a position behind Binny, immediately attacked Moeen.

He did not always convince, but runs came quickly, and the left-hander soon took on his old adversary Anderson too.

Anderson was wicketless in his first 23 overs.

When he struck it appeared to be with great significance - Vijay playing his first false shot of note, to the 247th ball he faced, and edging behind.

Jadeja, however, was not about to go quietly. He advanced against Anderson with the new ball, driving him past cover.

Then, after Joe Root failed to hold a very sharp chance at fourth slip, Bhuvneshwar Kumar escaping against Broad on just two, Jadeja responded by smacking the same bowler back over his head from the crease - a blow that was within inches of carrying for six.

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