All hopes were on Virat Kohli & Co. before the fourth Test against England, which once again went in vain as they lost in a similar fashion on Sunday by 60 runs. After getting a remarkable start on Day 1, it looked like the boys have learnt from their past mistakes but the script didn’t change this time as well.
Sam Curran once again came as a thorn in India’s flesh when he scored a brilliant 78 in the first innings. He got a good support from Moeen Ali with the willow, who became the Man of the Match for his 9 wickets in a game.
Credits to Cheteshwar Pujara for his scintillating century in the first innings that opened the game for India at one time. He was unbeaten on 132 till the end and left the game evenly poised.
Mohammad Shami contributed well for his side in England’s 2nd innings by picking up 4 wickets. He managed to break couple of good partnerships on Day 3 but all his efforts went in vain because of the same batting issues with the side.
An Ageing attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad alongside Moeen Ali tormented the Indian line-up in their chase of 245. It was looking like a gettable total for the star-studded batting line-up till Kohli & Rahane’s presence but Moeen Ali had other plans.
Openers including Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have flopped badly in this series so far. It would be interesting to see what changes Kohli would make for the final Test.
The 5th Test is set to be played from September 7 at the iconic Kennigton Oval. Fans can expect several changes in the Indian squad especially in the batting order. The visitors would be looking to sign off the series on a good note before the important Asia Cup starting from September 15.