England secure thrilling series win

  • England-India Test Series
- REUTERS, SOUTHAMPTON

Sep 3, 2018-

England bowled India out for 184 on Sunday to win the fourth Test by 60 runs and wrap up the series with a match to spare.

A gritty 101-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had raised India’s hope after they lost three early wickets in their chase of 245 for victory. But when captain Kohli was dismissed for a fighting 58 by Moeen Ali just before tea India’s resistance crumbled and they lost their last six wickets for 51 runs.

Recalled off-spinner Moeen also claimed the wicket of Rahane (51) and ended with figures of 4-71, having bagged five wickets in India’s first innings. Ravi Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him leg before wicket. England lead the series 3-1 with one match to play.

Only three times have India scored 200 plus in their second innings to win a Test match outside Asia and on a dry and wearing pitch offering help to seam and spin bowling, logic suggested England were favourites as India’s openers walked out to the crease under clear blue skies.

Moeen Ali did not have to wait long to get his hands on the ball and he thought he had captured the key wicket of Kohli in his third over when he struck him on the knee roll but umpire Kumar Dharmasena said not out. England reviewed and looked confident but Kohli was saved by a possible inside edge, although it looked inconclusive. Rahane also used up a life when he was given out LBW to Sam Curran in the last over before lunch but was spared on review as India limped into the interval without further loss.

Earlier Broad fell on the first ball of the day, tickling behind off Mohammed Shami who had also taken a wicket with the last ball of the previous day’s play. Curran was run out trying to pinch a second run off a leg bye. England lead the series 3-1 with one match to follow at the Oval starting next week.

Summary

England 246 & 271 (J Buttler 69, S Curran 46; M Shami 4-57, I Sharma 2-36) beat India 273 & 184 (V Kohli 58, A Rahane 51; M Ali 4-71, B Stokes 2-34, J Anderson 2-33) by 60 runs

Published: 03-09-2018 08:44

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