England collapsed to 210 on the fifth day at The Oval as India took the lead of the series 2-1 with one game to play; the hosts’ hopes of completing the chase of the record 368 are dashed by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja; Final test at Emirates Old Trafford live on Sky Sports Cricket on Friday
England fell to a 157-race loss on the fifth day of the fourth round at the Kia Oval as an India inspired by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja took a 2-1 lead in the series with one game to go.
Bumrah (2-27) and Jadeja (2-50) ripped the heart out of England’s unlikely chase from a 368 record with four wickets for just six runs at the start of the second session, when the hosts collapsed from 141-2 to 147-6 and eventually 210 in total.
Bumrah defeated Ollie Pope (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) with outstanding deliveries, making Pope his 100th victim during a sparkling reverse swing spell on a flat platform with those scalps sandwiched by Jadeja, spinning on his arm. left, representing Haseeb Hameed (63) and Moeen Ali (0).
Joe Root (36) and Chris Woakes (18) looked to rebuild themselves, but when Root dragged Shardul Thakur (2-22) onto his stumps 20 minutes before tea, England looked cooked and they ended up rolling in 92.2 overs as Umesh Yadav (3 -60) ended the lower order, ending with James Anderson’s window.
Hameed and Rory Burns (50) had previously extended their opening position overnight from 77 to 100 to raise hopes that England can surpass the 362 they achieved against Australia during the 2019 Ashes Test at Emerald Headingley, when Ben Stokes scored a remarkable 135 he wasn’t out.
But that epic encounter in Leeds remains the team’s most successful test chase and they must now win the fifth and final Test against India at Emirates Old Trafford starting Friday to avoid a second straight series loss at home, having dropped 1 -0 against New Zealand in June.
India is now just a good game away from winning its first series in England since 2007; the prognosis in Manchester is not very good, but hopefully it will improve, so this exciting one-minute series ends with a fitting finale.
There were no weather issues at The Oval on Monday with the sun-drenched depleted terrain as the fifth day began with all possible outcomes.
England required another 291 runs and cut it 268 before losing their first wicket: Burns pulled a jaffa from Thakur, threw from around the wicket, to goalkeeper Rishabh Pant a ball after sealing his eleventh test of half a century and one hundred partnership with Hameed .
India should have hit again seven overs later, but Mohammed Siraj bombed a regulation catch in the middle of Jadeja when Hameed was at 55.
Dawid Malan (5) was the next out, taken by substitute outfielder Mayank Agarwal after confusion with Hameed – Hameed touched Jadeja for cover and set off for a risky single, with Malan close to his home field at the front end when Pant He picked up the shot and took off the bails.
Malan had survived an adjusted lbw review by referee decision a couple of overs earlier after reaching Jadeja, without the ball hitting the stumps enough to overturn the decision on the field.
Siraj, seeking atonement for blowing that easy catch, cast an excellent spell before lunch, testing both Hameed and Root at the end of a session in which only 54 runs were scored.
Root reverse swept the first ball of the afternoon from Jadeja for four, signaling that, at the time, England were aiming for more than one draw.
His task became extremely arduous, however, once Hameed, who scored just 20 runs of the 108 balls he faced on day five after hitting 43 of 85 on night four, was thrown by Jadeja.
Jadeja’s delivery threw the outside leg and then swung sharply to cut through the top of Hameed’s stump, meaning Siraj’s mistake only cost India eight runs.
Then it was time for Bumrah, the closer winning 2-6 on six pace overtaking as he sliced a calving at Pope’s stumps through the thigh and then cleaned out Bairstow for a four-ball duck with a devastating yorker, before he Moeen will also fall in love. without punctuation, cutting Jadeja to the short leg.
Root and Woakes stopped the flow of wickets and raised England’s slim hopes of a draw, but were later shattered when their captain made a smooth delivery of Thakur on his stumps, the dismissal ensured that Root was left without a hundred for the first time in the series after tons at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Headingley.
Root then watched as Umesh had Woakes caught in the short midwicket with the old ball and threw Craig Overton (10) with the new elbow before Anderson was caught behind to end the contest; Anderson’s review was to no avail.
The Tourists’ victory at the Kia Oval came after a backhand fight in which they were 127-7 in their first innings before Thakur with 31 fifty balls drove them 191 up and then 312-6 in his second just to the second from Thakur. half a century of play to help them increase that total to 466.
England, who were 62-5 in their first innings before building a 99 lead, will reflect on a series of missed opportunities, having lost six catches in the match, including Rohit Sharma in six and 31 in India’s second inning before to do 127.
Watch the first day of round five, at Emirates Old Trafford, live from 10am on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.