Ashwin, Saha steady India after early blows

England's players celebrate the wicket of Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on the fourth day of the first cricket test match between India and England in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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RAJKOT, India (AP) India reached 411-6 in 137 overs at lunch on day four of the first test against England in Rajkot. Ravichandran Ashwin was unbeaten on 29, while Wriddhiman Saha was 29 not out. The hosts trail by 126 runs.

Starting from overnight 319-4, India lost two big wickets in quick succession. Ajinkya Rahane (13) played on off Zafar Ansari (2-77) in the 117th over. Three overs later, Virat Kohli (40) was out hit wicket off Adil Rashid (2-80), stepping back onto the stumps as he went for a backfoot pull.

India went from 349-4 to 361-6 in the space of 17 balls. The duo had taken the score past the follow-on mark, however.

Ashwin and Saha added 50 runs off 105 balls for the seventh wicket until lunch to steady the ship once again. India scored 92 runs in the morning session despite the loss of two crucial wickets.