India won the fourth Test against England by 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.


England needed 368 to win after India had piled up 466 in their second innings, England began the final day at 77/0, needing 291 runs to win.

England made a good start with a 100-run opening partnership and at one stage it looked like they could go for a win, but somehow, on a not so responsive pitch, Indian bowlers kept taking regular wickets.

Openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns got to their fifties but once they were dismissed, it was all downhill for England.

In the second session, England lost four wickets for six runs en route to losing 6 for just 62 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, two wickets each, were the wreckers-in-chief in that afternoon session, cleaning up England’s middle-order with a fuss.

At the end, it was Umesh Yadav finishing things off with the final two wickets after tea and sealing a famous win for India.

History is made as India wins at the venue after 50 years!
India wining their first Test win at the venue since 1971.

India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55) and 466 (Rohit 127, Pujara 61, Thakur 60, Pant 50) beat England 290 (Pope 81, Woakes 50) and 210 (Hameed 63, Burns 50) by 157 runs.

Rohit Sharma – Player of the Match: “I wanted to be on the field but getting that hundred was special, 100 behind we knew how important it was to give them a target of 370-odd. A great effort from the batting unit.

It’s my first overseas hundred, so obviously my best one. The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit, but kept our heads down and batted the situation. Not been preying on my mind, just try to get the team into a good position. With 30, or 80, or 150-plus. I used to bat middle-order, but I know the importance of opening. Once you’re in you’ve got to make it count.

It’s important to embrace the challenge, back in Durham we had time off to look at our training and technique, after WTC we had 20-25 days and that was a game-changer. Batted well as we’ve been challenged, especially at Leeds, but that can happen.

Virat Kohli – Indian Captain: “The character that the side has shown, to come back from 100 run deficit showed that we were not down and out. I said at Lord’s as well, I am proud of the character, among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain.

It’s relative what you call flat, field wasn’t wet like the first three days, ball got scuffed up nicely, one side heavier, and exploited reverse swing perfectly. We believed as a team that we could get all ten wickets. On Bumrah:  “27 runs off 22 overs on this kind of pitch, a huge effort. When it started reversing he just said give me the ball.”

Joe Root – England Captain: “Frustrating not to get something from the game today, we felt we had an opportunity to win, but credit to India, they got the ball to reverse and that was the turning point. Could have made more of a first-innings lead, and you have to make chances count against world-class players. Got to find ways to get better but be realistic and realise that was world-class bowling.

It might reverse at OT, we’ll have to manage it better. Whenever you lose the game you can look at the toss, but we’ve got to be more ruthless, and make that a 200-run lead. Got to be clinical, not be comfy, make big partnerships. We have played good cricket and important to remember that. Woody is coming good, injuries have been frustrating, but those guys that have had the opportunity have been excellent.”

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