Kohli and Dhoni leave Test in the balance

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Updated: December 15, 2012

India went to stumps on 297 for eight  trailing by 33 runs on the third day of the fourth and final test against England in Nagpur on Saturday.

England fought back with four wickets in the last hour of play in Nagpur to avoid an unwanted shutout and ensure the final Test heads into day four evenly-balanced.

The tourists had toiled for 75 wicketless overs as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and centurion Virat Kohli closed them down with some ease, but both had gone by the time stumps was called, along with Ravinder Jadega and Piyush Chawla, giving England a greater belief that they can now secure at least the draw they need to win the series.

India fought back into the game, after Dhoni (99) and Kohli (103) had taken it upon themselves to radically alter the equation themselves. The fifth-wicket pair resumed on a highly-vulnerable 87, yet by stumps their stand of 198 had underpinned India’s 297 for eight in reply to 330 all out.

India 297 for 8 (Kohli 103, Dhoni 99) trail England 330 by 33 runs