India wins the fourth test against England by 157 runs, on Monday at the Oval. India now stands with a 2-1 lead in the five match series.
India took all 10 wickets in the final innings of England batting which was required to win the match. England was chasing a good total of 368. England stood at 141-2 after lunch on the last day but Ravindra Jadeja and Bumrah both struck wickets twice as England lost four wickets for mere six runs, slumping to 147-6.
England’s sudden collapse exposed their lower-mid and lower end of the batting line up. England lost two more wickets before tea including captain and in-form batsman Joe Root, moving towards his fourth hundred in successive Tests. Shardul Thakur got Root’s wicket at 36, eliminating the chance of him playing another monstrous innings and helping his team reach the milestone.
Umesh Yadav cleared the tail end of the batting line up,to the delight of India fans among a capacity crowd revelling in the south London sunshine. Yadav, who took six wickets in the match, ended proceedings when he had James Anderson caught behind off the new ball shortly after tea.
Bumrah gained a significant reverse swing in the final innings and proved to be difficult to handle for the English batsman. Bumrah ended up with figures 2-27 in 22 overs. Ollie Pope, who made 81 in the first innings, became Bumrah’s 100th Test victim when he was bowled for two and the paceman produced a brilliant yorker to bowl Jonny Bairstow for a duck.
Left-arm spinner Jadeja, again preferred to star off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, was eventually rewarded for a probing spell on a wearing pitch.
“I’m really proud of the character the team has shown, especially this morning, the way we bowled,” India captain Virat Kohli said. “I think it’s definitely among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain.”
England have little time to regroup before the fifth Test at Old Trafford starts on Friday and Root could not hide his disappointment.
“It is frustrating not to be able to get anything from the game today,” he said.
“We turned up this morning and we really feel like we had an opportunity to win the Test match, especially with that opening partnership, which I thought was outstanding.
“Credit to India, they got the ball to reverse and they made good use of that. It was a brilliant spell of bowling from Bumrah and that really was the turning point in the game.”
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