India v England Fourth Test Match Review
India seal the Series after Three Lions demolition in Mumbai
England’s hopes of leveling the series came crashing down after a spectacular collapse on Day 5 to lose the match by an innings and 36 runs.
England, who looked solid during their opening innings with debutant Keaton Jennings (112) - who was brought in to replace the injured Haseeb Hameed - and Jos Buttler (76), who made his first appearance in Test cricket since 2015, both contributing to England’s respectable score of 400
Unfortunately for England, the following days seemed to follow the same pattern of the previous two matches – with India simply fighting fire with fire and outscoring the visitors, who managed a first innings score of 631…231 runs in front of the Three Lions.
Clearly unsettled by India’s strength in depth, England’s second innings nightmare ensued as the Three Lions found themselves 1-1 after just the second ball – with Keaton Jennings unable to replace his first innings form. England ended Day 4 on 182-6, still 49 runs behind the hosts.
England needed to produce something special to claw their way back into the match.
…but instead it was India who produced that special something.
All of England’s remaining four wickets were taken in spectacular fashion on Day 5, from48 balls as India sealed another victory after just 33 minutes of play. Devastating.
Questions are now being asked of Alastair Cook’s captaincy after the selection choice has come under intense scrutiny following below par performances in India.
India’s remain unbeaten in 18 home tests
Whilst much has been made of England’s line up, with captain Alastair Cook coming under fire for his selection, the Three Lions were always facing an up-hill battle against the no.1 Test Ranked side in the world.
India have now stretched their impressive unbeaten home Test Match run to 18, with their last home defeat back in August 2015 against Sri Lanka.
What the captains said
Alastair Cook: “We had opportunities in this game there is no doubt about it, getting 400 in that wicket, we were in the game.
“You just look at the missed chances and this level in these conditions against a side who are confident, you can’t afford to make them. But we did it and paid the price.”
Virat Kohli: "This is probably the sweetest of all that we've won so far in the past 14, 15 months. Three-nil against a top-quality side who have beaten us the last two times. Everything is really good.
"If you don't have a good defence in India it's very difficult to counter the bowling we have. We sensed they don't have enough faith in the way they go about their innings.
"We knew it's only a matter of time, we took a couple of wickets and they crumbled quickly. We knew it wouldn't be long."
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