The Fourth Test match between England and India ended in victory for the hosts.
England managed to set up a target of 245 for India in the second innings thanks to solid performances from Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and skipper Joe Root. Buttler managed to get a half-century in place and scored 69 while Root and Curran got out in the 40s.
The run-chase of India did not have many memorable moments as the batting line-up struggled to cope with the English bowlers. Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51) gave the team a ray of hope but both were dismissed by Moeen Ali. Ali took four wickets in the innings and was the standout bowler for England. James Anderson and Ben Stokes captured two wickets each as well.
With 60 runs away from their target, the Indian team was bowled out at 184.
Moeen Ali was awarded the Man of the Match award for his figures of 9-134 across the two innings. He also scored 40 runs in the first innings. With the win, England is now 3-1 in the series heading into the last test which begins on Friday at the Oval.
Earlier, in the first innings, England had scored 246. Sam Curran and Moeen Ali were the top scorers for the team with 78and 40 runs respectively. For India, Bumrah shone with the ball and picked up three wickets.
In reply to England’s score, India posted a total of 273. Pujara’s (132) unbeaten century was the biggest boost for India. Virat Kohli also did his bit by scoring 46. Moeen Ali picked up five wickets in the innings.
The win also extends England’s excellent run in their home turf having lost only one series since 2012.
Below is the summary of the test.
England 246 (Curran 78) and 271 (Buttler 69, Shami 4-57)
India 273 (Pujara 132*, Moeen 5-63) and 184 (Kohli 58, Rahane 51, Moeen 4-71)
England won by 60 runs; won series 3-1