England vs India 4th Test: India won the fourth Test by 157 runs at the Oval on Monday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The visitors won the match after England were bowled for 210 after lunch on the final day. This was India’s first win at the Oval since 1971 when they had won the series here.
India 1st Inn 191 (Shardul Thakur 57, Virat Kohli 50; Chris Woakes 4-55, Ollie Robinson 3-38)
England 1st Inn 290 (Ollie Pope 81, Chris Woakes 50; Umesh Yadav 3-76)
India 2nd Inn 466 (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 61, Shardul Thakur 60; C Woakes 3-83)
England 2nd Inn (Haseeb Hameed 63, Rory Burns 50; Umesh Yadav 3-60)
What a revelation he has been in the series. Hitman continues to curb his instincts and showcase classic Test match batting. Highest run-scorer behind Joe Root in the series. He brought his first overseas ton in the second innings.
Looked good in both innings. Put on an 83 run stand with Sharma which formed the base of a big total in the second innings.
Pujara is averaging close to 70 in the second innings this series. He looks like he is getting back into form; was very positive and was outscoring Sharma at one point.
Played fluently in both innings; narrowly missing back-to-back half-centuries. His bowling changes were spot on and India stands on the brink of a great series win.
Ajinkya Rahane has been struggling badly. He is probably in the worst form of his life. Albeit a great 2019, his numbers have been poor since 2015. His place should be under threat but the Team management seems to back him.
Pant threw away his wicket in the first innings. He played much more cautiously in the second innings and put on a century stand with Shardul Thakur. His glovework has been satisfactory.
Jadeja was promoted up the order at number 5. He did not quite impress with the bat but took 2 wickets in both innings at important stages of the match.
Thakur has played just 4 tests but has been part of two great overseas wins. His counter-attacking fifty in the first innings changed the course of the match and the second one completely deflated the opposition.
Yadav bowled an absolute peach to dismiss root in the first innings. He took six wickets in the match and made some handy runs down the order.
Bumrah dismissed England openers in the first innings. His spell in the second innings was game-changing which triggered a batting collapse. His batting has improved considerably.
Siraj had a quiet game by his standards. He might make way for Mohammed Shami in the final game.
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