Team India’s hope to win the Test series in England Test tour finally ended with England gaining an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the series, as India’s reputation of poor chasers overseas in the fourth innings came back to haunt him again as they fell short of the target by 60 runs and lost the 4th Test.
England’s innings overnight ended quickly on the fourth day morning as Shami had Anderson caught behind on the first ball of the day. Then Sam Curran, who had been playing wonderfully well, was run out for 46 with 6 fours in an attempt to regain strike and England was bowled out for 271 and set India a dicey target of 245 runs in the fourth innings.
The nightmare failed chases against South Africa earlier this year and the poor attempt at the Edgbaston Test came back to haunt India again as England bowlers kept the pressure on.
KL Rahul got a snorter of a delivery from Broad and was bowled for a duck. Pujara was dismissed LBW for 5 by Anderson, playing half forward to a delivery that came in and hit his back pad. Dhawan was caught brilliantly by Stokes off Anderson for 17. This left India 22/3.
Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51) added 101 runs for the 4th wicket. They negotiated both spin and quick bowlers well, but the continuous probing by Moeen Ali on the rough patch outside off stump bought success, as Kohli gloved one to Cook at short-leg ending a brilliant defensive inning.
After his wicket, gates opened as Stokes removed Pandya for a duck; Pant came out and hit a six and a couple of boundaries before Ali got him as well for 18. The last man standing, Rahane was finally dismissed by Ali LBW, as Rahane played one on the back foot.
After that, the final rites of the innings were performed and for England, the hero remained Moeen Ali, who came in as the second spinner behind Adil Rashid and outperformed him.
India's innings finally came to an end for 184 runs with R Ashwin being the last man to be dismissed for 25 runs.
India and especially captain Kohli and Coach Shastri should seriously need to think about the playing XIs they have chosen and was it correct to play Ashwin, who looked out of sorts on the same pitch where Ali outbowled him. Also, questions marks should be raised on the performance of Hardik Pandya, who played as an all-rounder.
The last Test will be played at the Oval and will start from September 7, 2018.
ENG 246 & 271 and IND 273 & 184 (V KOHLI 58; M ALI 4/71)
England won the match by 60 runs and lead the 5-match series by 3-1