Kohli scores double century as India surges against England

Indian captain Virat Kohli bats on the fourth day of the fourth cricket test match between India and England in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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MUMBAI, India (AP) Virat Kohli scored his third double century of the year as India reached 579-7 at lunch on day four of the fourth cricket test against England on Sunday, racing out to a commanding 179-run lead.

At the break, Kohli was unbeaten on 212 runs, while Jayant Yadav was 92 not out.

Kohli and Yadav scored 215 runs for the eighth wicket, an all-time Indian record for this wicket in test cricket. The pair topped the 161 runs scored by Mohammad Azharduddin and Anil Kumble against South Africa in 1996.

England, which ran up 400 runs in its first innings, looked listless in the field at the start of the day. The visitors' bowling was devoid of any energy or intention, allowing Kohli and Yadav to score 78 runs in 16 overs in the first hour of play.

Yadav reached his second test half-century off 103 balls, including seven fours.

Kohli then made his remarkable double century off 302 balls, batting 23 fours. He reached the third double century of his career – all coming this year – and became the second Indian captain to score a double century against England, after MAK Pataudi did it at Delhi in 1963-64.

With 617 runs scored so far in this series, Kohli has also surpassed Rahul Dravid's record of 602 runs for an Indian batsman in a test series against England, set in 2002.