India Vs England 4th test match highlights:
- India was dismissed for 184
- They were chasing 244 after England had made 271 in their 2nd innings
- Moeen Ali picked up 4-71 in the 2nd innings which with his 5-63 in the 1st made him the man of the match
- England won the 5 match series 3-1 with the win
Another chase on foreign soil, the same result for the Indian cricket team. Put in to chase 245 by the English, the Indian batting performance once again made headlines after they collapsed for 184 to give England a 60 run victory. The win also gave the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, commending India to another overseas test series defeat under coach Ravi Shastri in India Vs England 4th test series.
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England resumed their second innings at the start of day 4 with Sam Curran once again adding crucial runs down the order. His 40 right at the end of England’s innings helped his team put on a good target for the Indians on a pitch where scoring was always going to be tough after day 3.
With almost two days at hand to put on 245 on board and level the series, an Indian batting performance of maturity and resolve was expected by fans all over the world. However, we as supporters were dismally let down by the Indian batsmen who put on a shambolic show.
India’s script was written in the first ten overs of the innings itself after the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul failed to play the new ball. With Stuart Broad and James Anderson troubling the pair to no end it was only going to be a matter of time before they walked back to the pavilion. And KL Rahul was the first of India’s fatalities in a batting performance that reeked of professionalism. Failing to read a ball that fell lower than expected after hitting a rough spot on the pitch, Rahul ended up being bowled by Broad. The second wicket followed soon after with Anderson picking up India’s first innings hero Pujara. With the experienced unit of Broad and Anderson moving in for the kill, India found themselves reeling at 21-3 in a blink of an eye.
India’s Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane did well to stabilize the innings from a position of discomfort. They played the England bowling with caution, hardly freeing their arms as they looked to negotiate a tough period for India. The two showed that is a class above their compatriots in a partnership of 101 that took their side to 122-3.
With the Indians looking in control for once in the match, Moeen Alli struck for the second time in the match. Following up from his 5-63 exploits of the first innings, Ali picked up the crucial wicket of Kohli with a ball that bounced sharply to brush off Kohli’s glove before falling into forwarding short-legs arms. That was the cue for the English bowlers to push in for the kill. With Ali use the rough well to get the good purchase from a slowish wicket, the Indian middle-order were left searching for answers on how to counter him. Poor showing from the middle order saw India lost their last 7 wickets for just 62 to end their dreams of winning the series with a 60 run defeat at Southampton in India Vs England 4th test match.