England defeated India by 60 runs in the 4th Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton to take the unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing the target of 245-run, the visitors had a disastrous start as they were reduced to 22 for three in the first hour with KL Rahul (0), Shikhar Dhawan (17) and Cheteshwar Pujara (5) being dismissed cheaply.
Despite early blows, skipper Virat Kohli (53) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (51) turned the game in India’s favour. However, after Kohli’s fall, India never looked settled and kept losing wickets on regular intervals. The Indians were bowled out for 184 in their second innings.
What will hurt Virat Kohli and his men most is the fact that they were beaten by one of the weakest teams in recent times. An ageing bowling attack of Jimmy Anderson-Stuart Broad along with off-spinner in Moeen Ali (5/63 and 4/71) tormented the Indians just like they did during the 2014 series.
Rishabh Pant (18) proved his critics right as he failed to curb his impetuosity, going for rash lofted shot to be holed out by the only man in the deep.
Hardik Pandya (0) is far from finished product as far as all-round capabilities are concerned and he couldn’t negotiate Ben Stokes’ swing.
Ravichandran Ashwin (25) did put up a fight in the end but that wasn’t enough with Sam Curran dismissing him to win the series for England. With this, India have lost the series as well. The hosts had won the third Test in Nottingham after losing the first two matches in Birmingham and London.
India have never chased a target of 200 plus outside the sub-continent in the past three decades and the script didn’t change this time round.
(With PTI Inputs)