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England vs India, 4th Test 2021

02 Sep 2021, Kia Oval, England v India Test Series 2021
England need 158 runs to win
Home TeamEngland
Away TeamIndia
SeriesEngland v India Test Series 2021
UmpiresAlexander Wharf
Michael Gough
Michael Burns
Match RefereeChris Broad

England vs India, 4th Test 2021 Match Scorecard

IND 1ST INN
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Rohit Sharma c Jonny Bairstow b Chris Woakes 11 27 1 0 40.74
Lokesh Rahul lbw Ollie Robinson 17 44 3 0 38.64
Cheteshwar Pujara c Jonny Bairstow b James Anderson 4 31 1 0 12.9
Virat Kohli c Jonny Bairstow b Ollie Robinson 50 96 8 0 52.08
Ravindra Jadeja c Joe Root b Chris Woakes 10 34 2 0 29.41
Ajinkya Rahane c Moeen Ali b Craig Overton 14 47 1 0 29.79
Rishabh Pant c Moeen Ali b Chris Woakes 9 33 1 0 27.27
Shardul Thakur lbw Chris Woakes 57 36 7 3 158.33
Umesh Yadav c Jonny Bairstow b Ollie Robinson 10 20 1 0 50
Mohammed Siraj not out 1 1 0 0 100
Total (61.29 Ov, RR: 3.11) 191/10
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
James Anderson 14 3 41 1 2.92 0 0
Ollie Robinson 17 9 38 3 2.23 0 0
Chris Woakes 15 6 55 4 3.66 0 0
Craig Overton 15 2 49 1 3.26 0 0
ENG 1ST INN
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Rory Burns b Jasprit Bumrah 5 11 0 0 45.45
Haseeb Hameed c Rishabh Pant b Jasprit Bumrah 0 12 0 0 0
Dawid Malan c Rohit Sharma b Umesh Yadav 31 67 5 0 46.27
Joe Root b Umesh Yadav 21 25 4 0 84
Craig Overton c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav 1 12 0 0 8.33
Ollie Pope b Shardul Thakur 81 159 6 0 50.94
Jonny Bairstow lbw Mohammed Siraj 37 77 7 0 48.05
Moeen Ali c Rohit Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja 35 71 7 0 49.3
Chris Woakes run out (Jasprit Bumrah) 50 60 11 0 83.33
Ollie Robinson b Ravindra Jadeja 5 6 0 0 83.33
James Anderson not out 1 12 0 0 8.33
Total (84 Ov, RR: 3.45) 290/10
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Umesh Yadav 19 2 76 3 4 0 2
Jasprit Bumrah 21 6 67 2 3.19 0 1
Shardul Thakur 15 2 54 1 3.6 0 1
Mohammed Siraj 12 4 42 1 3.5 0 1
Ravindra Jadeja 17 1 36 2 2.11 0 3
IND 2ND INN
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Rohit Sharma c Chris Woakes b Ollie Robinson 127 256 14 1 49.61
Lokesh Rahul c Jonny Bairstow b James Anderson 46 101 6 1 45.54
Cheteshwar Pujara c Moeen Ali b Ollie Robinson 61 127 9 0 48.03
Virat Kohli c Craig Overton b Moeen Ali 44 96 7 0 45.83
Ravindra Jadeja lbw Chris Woakes 17 59 3 0 28.81
Ajinkya Rahane lbw Chris Woakes 0 8 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant c & b Moeen Ali 50 106 4 0 47.17
Shardul Thakur c Craig Overton b Joe Root 60 72 7 1 83.33
Umesh Yadav c Moeen Ali b Craig Overton 25 23 1 2 108.7
Jasprit Bumrah c Moeen Ali b Chris Woakes 24 38 4 0 63.16
Mohammed Siraj not out 3 6 0 0 50
Total (148.19 Ov, RR: 3.14) 466/10
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
James Anderson 33 10 79 1 2.39 0 0
Ollie Robinson 32 7 105 2 3.28 0 1
Chris Woakes 32 8 83 3 2.59 0 1
Craig Overton 18 3 58 1 3.22 0 0
Moeen Ali 26 0 118 2 4.53 0 0
Joe Root 7 1 16 1 2.28 0 0
ENG 2ND INN
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Rory Burns c Rishabh Pant b Shardul Thakur 50 125 5 0 40
Haseeb Hameed b Ravindra Jadeja 63 193 6 0 32.64
Dawid Malan run out(sub) 5 33 0 0 15.15
Joe Root b Shardul Thakur 36 78 3 0 46.15
Ollie Pope b Jasprit Bumrah 2 11 0 0 18.18
Jonny Bairstow b Jasprit Bumrah 0 4 0 0 0
Moeen Ali caught(sub) b Ravindra Jadeja 0 4 0 0 0
Chris Woakes c Lokesh Rahul b Umesh Yadav 18 47 1 0 38.3
Craig Overton b Umesh Yadav 10 29 1 0 34.48
Ollie Robinson not out 10 32 2 0 31.25
James Anderson c Rishabh Pant b Umesh Yadav 2 5 0 0 40
Total (92.19 Ov, RR: 2.27) 210/10
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Umesh Yadav 18 2 60 3 3.33 0 2
Jasprit Bumrah 22 9 27 2 1.22 0 0
Ravindra Jadeja 30 11 50 2 1.66 0 5
Mohammed Siraj 14 0 44 0 3.14 0 0
Shardul Thakur 8 1 22 2 2.75 0 0

England v India, fourth Test – Hurt India aim for fightback

Preview

How quickly things turn around. One Test match ago, it seemed like India’s series after they stole the Lord’s Test match from nowhere and took a 1-0 lead in the series. If not for the rain, India would have likely won at Trent Bridge too and two Tests in, with England missing key personnel, there seemed to be only one way the series was headed.

Except, that wasn’t to be. On a cloudy Headingley morning, with England still basking in the uber cool win they secured from under the nose of the Aussies at the venue two years back, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first, a decision that arguably tilted the balance of the Test, and dare we say, the series.

India crumbled like a pack of cards and before we knew it there was another “badge” to be worn alongside 36 all out as they were cleaned up for 78. “Wear this 36 like a badge on your sleeves,” was Shastri’s motivational talk to the players after the debacle in Adelaide last year.

They did and came home with the series. This time, though, it somehow feels different and of course, miracles happen only once. India are stronger on paper and England, arguably, weaker than the Aussies. Yet, even with several players missing, England seem to be well-oiled to counter India’s strengths, so much so that the thumping innings win at Headingley has made England favourites to seal the series.

This, for an Indian side that appeared ready to dominate the series, is a rather cruel turn of events, but it’s hard to see the series follow any other track. This is primarily as India lack depth in batting and have looked vulnerable in their middle-order with the openers, both top-scorers for them this series, saving grace so far.

The woes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have been highlighted enough. Cheteshwar Pujara turned a corner last Test, but was arguably helped by some resilient top-order batting from the openers that helped see off the new ball. 

Rishabh Pant is out of form and Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t yet looked like the batsman he promised to be in the last couple of years. His bowling has also been shoddy.

What has stood out is India’s pace attack, which has fared comparably with that of England’s. But, the fact that India have no one like Joe Root, the one piling on runs this series so much so that he has double the runs of the next highest scorer, is probably the difference between the sides.

Team news: India

India could bring in Ravichandran Ashwin for Ishant Sharma with Hanuma Vihari for the out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane a distant, yet not improbable, prospect. Prasidh Krishna was added to the squad on the eve of the game from the reserve pool, but it’s unlikely be will step in straight.

Team news: England

Moeen Ali has been named their vice-captain for the game and Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have also returned. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed will continue at the top for them. From what Joe Root hinted at in the press conference, it seems unlikely that either James Anderson or Ollie Robinson will be rested.

Predicted XI

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.

England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.

Key players

KL Rahul: Rahul started the series with an impressive 84 and later slammed a ridiculous 129 at Lord’s. Since then, though, he has made scores of 5, 0 and 8 and although it is harsh to judge too soon, Rahul hasn’t looked the same since the second innings at Lord’s.

Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma has been India’s player of the series so far with stunning, mindful batting under circumstances where India’s batting group failed to do their best. Rohit still needs a big one to make this series his own, but there is no questioning the Mumbaikar any more.

England vs India, 4th Test 2021 Team Lineups

England India
Rory Burns
Haseeb Hameed
Dawid Malan
Joe Root
Ollie Pope
Jonny Bairstow
Moeen Ali
Chris Woakes
Craig Overton
Ollie Robinson
James Anderson
Rohit Sharma
Lokesh Rahul
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane
Rishabh Pant
Ravindra Jadeja
Shardul Thakur
Umesh Yadav
Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Siraj
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