Ruthless India demolish England to go 2-1 up in series

06 September 2021 - 18:11 By Reuters
Rohit Sharma was named player of the match for his fantastic 127 in the second innings.
Rohit Sharma was named player of the match for his fantastic 127 in the second innings.
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Spinner Ravindra Jadeja combined with his seam bowling team mates to bowl India to an emphatic 157-run victory over England in the fourth test on Monday and put the touring side 2-1 up in the series.

Chasing a record victory target of 368, England started strongly but suffered a spectacular batting collapse after the lunch break to lose six wickets in the second session on the final day at The Oval.

Openers Haseeb Hameed (63) and Rory Burns (50) hit half-centuries before England unravelled and were eventually bowled out for 210 an hour into the final session.

The match was effectively over when Shardul Thakur dismissed England captain Joe Root for 36 with an innocuous delivery which the in-form batsman dragged on to his stumps.

Jadeja kept bowling into the rough to trouble the batsmen, claiming the wickets of Hameed and England vice-captain Moeen Ali.

Umesh Yadav took 3-60, while Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in successive overs to rattle England.

Thakur also grabbed a couple of wickets.

The fifth and final test starts at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday. 


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