Twitter Reactions: Sensational effort from bowlers give India a thumping 157-run win at Oval

Twitter Reactions: Sensational effort from bowlers give India a thumping 157-run win at Oval

England lost their 10 wickets for just 110 runs as it took only 60 overs and a bit for India on the final day to seal the deal.

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Indian cricket team. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

291 runs. 10 wickets. 90 overs. This was the equation going into the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval. England openers had done well to negotiate 32 overs and score 77 runs chipping away at the 368-run target. All the three results were possible and the packed house at the ground was up for a thrilling finish. However, India’s pacers instilled life into the dead pitch to make things happen in the second session.

The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav stepped up while Ravindra Jadeja succeeded pitching the ball into the rough consistently as India sealed a famous win from behind yet again after conceding a 99-run lead in the first innings.

Earlier, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed continued from where they left on the fourth day. Both of them looked solid in their defenses. India opened with Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumah but they didn’t find any success. Meanwhile Burns got to his well-deserved half-century. Things had started to look ominous for the visitors. But Shardul Thakur has got used to make things happen already in his short career.

He came on to bowl and struck in his very first over to straighten one to Burns after pitching to induce an edge. It was a brilliant delivery and the breakthrough allowed India to increase the pressure on the opposition. And it did the trick for the tourists as Dawid Malan and Hameed misjudged a single only for the former to get run-out.

A terrific post-lunch session

England were only two down at lunch and they would’ve fancied their chances to chase the score down. Joe Root also played a couple of good shots in the first over of the post lunch session. However, Jadeja breached Hameed’s defences through the rough and it opened the floodgates.

Bumrah delivered a fiery memorable spell and at the same time, Jadeja took all the advantage of the rough patches to reduce the hosts from 141/2 to 147/6. Bumrah attacked stumps generating reverse swing to disturb the timber of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow, not to forget a sensational yorker to the latter. At the other end, after picking Hameed’s wicket, a confident Jadeja nipped out Moeen Ali as well.

Suddenly from nowhere, England were down and out of the game and Root, at the other end, was watching all this helplessly. He fought for his team again scoring 36 runs keeping India at bay with Chris Woakes for next hour or so.

But how was he going to avoid Shardul Thakur? The man came on to bowl and delivered off the first ball to send back the most prized wicket of the England captain. This was the final nail in the coffin and it didn’t take much time after Tea for India to wrap things up. The tail wagged for a bit but their batsmen had left them a lot of overs to save the game.

England were bundled out for 210 runs as they lost their 10 wickets for just 110 runs. It took only 60 overs for India to win the game on the final day as they now lead the series by 2-1.

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