India vs England as it happened: Moeen bowls England to 60-run win at Southampton; hosts wrap up series 3-1
India vs England 4th Test Day 4 highlights: Moeen Ali bowls England to a 60-run win at Southampton. England take unassailable 3-1 lead in the series with one Test still to play.
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The Indian batting failed to click as a unit again as chasing 245 for victory they were bowled out for 184 in just 70 overs to go down in the fourth Test of the series at Southampton. The defeat means India lose series 1-3 with one match to play. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were the only two batsmen to get runs for India and added over a 100 runs for the fourth wicket to bring the team right back into the game. Moeen Ali getting Kohli on the stroke of tea proved to be a pivotal moment as India collapsed from 123/4 to 184 all out. Earlier in the day England’s second innings folded for 271.
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Joe Root on the match
He (Sam Curran) has, not just in this game but throughout the series. For a young guy to have such an influence is outstanding. Credit to the group, they were outstanding throughout. Character has been a massive strength of this team. For the seamers it was about hitting the surface as hard as possible and for spinners it was about being as aggressive as possible. Bit of time away from this environment can help. Have spoken with Mo about that. Today was probably the best I’ve seen him bowl in an England shirt. Really excites me. When you’re in the form he’s in, it’s a nice luxury to have. We do bat deep. Has been a great strength for us this series.
Virat Kohli on the match
I thought England did well to give us that target. They batted well in third innings. Seeing how the pitch was, how the ball was turning, they applied themselves and got to a total that was challenging. Thought we were in with a fifty-fifty chance last night. Didn’t get a good start, England applied a lot of pressure. All in all it was a challenging day, we put our best foot forward but it wasn’t good enough. Don’t think we made too many mistakes today. Credit to them. We never thought like that (of an impending collapse). Me and Jinks did well with that partnership, but if you don’t have a partnership before or after it becomes difficult. But we were always under the pump. The pressure was non-stop. We felt the passion of eleven players on the field, wanting to win the Test match for their country. Me and Jinks (Rahane) had the same passion. It was getting competitive. It was tough for England as well that phase. But they pulled it back. That’s the beauty of Test cricket. I thought about my dismissal as well in the first innings, if I had carried on we would’ve got a larger lead. Nothing to take away from Pujara. He was outstanding in the first innings to get us a lead of 30-odd. He played so well to get us that lead.
Moeen Ali - Man of the Match
Moeen Ali is the man of the match at Southampton for his terrific all-round performance. nine wickets in the match for him. What a comeback!
All over at Southampton
It’s all over at Southampton, Sam Curran traps Ashwin right in front and India lose by 60 runs.
Ashwin, Bumrah frustrate England
Ashwin and Bumrah are frustrating England, the two have added 14 runs already. Pity others couldn’t show such restraint.
Shami holes out, India on the brink
Shami holes out at long-on and India are nine down. This is Moeen’s ninth wicket of the match and India are on the brink here.
Stokes gets Ishant, India eight down
Ben Stokes gives India another blow. He has Ishant Sharma trapped right in front for a duck. This is unravelling really fast for India.
Ajinkya Rahane departs
India’s last specialist batsman Ajinkya Rahane is trapped in front by Moeen Ali. India are seven down and still need 92 more runs to win. looking bleak now.
Pant goes, IND six down
You live by the sword, you die by it. Pant had been aggressive but that attitude has led to his downfall after a knock of 18 he is caught at deep extra-cover by Cook.
Rahane reaches 50, target under 100
Ajinkya Rahane has brought up his 50 and what a brilliant innings this has been. The target is now 100. India need to take it blocks by blocks.
Pant takes aggressive approach
Rishabh Pant, who got a duck in the first innings after playing 29 balls is taking an aggressive approach. He has already hit a four and six in his fledgling innings.
Stokes gets Pandya
Back underway after tea and in the very first over Ben Stokes has Hardik Pandya caught at second slip by Joe Root. India still need 118 more runs to win.
India need 119 more runs
India 126/4 at tea on Day 4, need 119 more runs to win fourth Test . Crucial third session of the day ahead.
Moeen gets Kohli
Moeen Ali gets India captain Virat Kohli. that is a massive wicket for England and gets them back in front. Virat’s partnership with Rahane had threatened to take India close or even over the line.
Rahane moves into 40s
If India go on to win this game, this innings from Rahane will have played a pivotal role. Having come in with three down in no time, it was important for Rahane to grind it out with Kohli in the middle and they have done just that. India need to bat another 16 minutes to ensure that they go into the tea break without losing a single wicket in the session here.
19th Test fifty for Kohli
Anderson drifts onto the pads and Kohli flicks that away to bring up another 50. A captain’s knock here as he pumps the fists and gets back to the batting crease. A loud cheer from the Indian fans in the crowd. This has been a quality knock with the back to the wall.
England need to break partnership
Kohli and Rahane are now looking good here with both the batsmen looking to make most of the bad balls. England clearly need wickets here as Kohli marches towards another 50 and Rahane is also gaining in confidence. Tea is round the corner and India would not want to lose a wicket here.
Kohli and Rahane looking good
After some tense moments to start with in the morning session, Kohli and Rahane have come out looking much more confident in their approach in the post-lunch session. Kohli has moved into the 40s while Rahane is in the 30s. England are keen to pick one more wicket here before the tea break.
Kohli opening up
Having looked to approach the game defensively so far, Kohli is finally looking to open up here and take the attack to the English spinners here. Rahane too has looked to stay positive and rotated the strike as much as possible. Root is for the first time looking a bit flustered by the turn of events in the first hour after the lunch interval.
England looking for wickets
Kohli and Rahane have been really good here so far in the post-lunch session. England know that they need one wicket here to get back right into this game. If Kohli and Rahane can bat till the tea break, that will definitely bring India right back into the game.
50-run partnership for Kohli & Rahane
Coming in with the score reading a precarious 22/3, Kohli and Rahane have shown intent and determination to stick it out and bring up the 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket. This has been a high-quality show from the Indian captain and his deputy in these conditions.
Spin from both ends
Adil Rashid into the attack and Kohli immediately gets his cap from the dressing room. Kohli has shown great commitment here to wait for the bad balls to score his runs. Rahane too has looked good here and the team will want these two to continue batting till the tea break.
Kohli & Rahane showing grit
Moeen and Broad have been bowling really well here, but Rahane and Kohli have shown intent as they have avoided playing any lose shot. Can they continue this through the session. India need to bat through this session with losing a wicket.
England lose reviews
Moeen hits Kohli on the pad and immediately go up for an appeal. The umpire says that is NOT OUT and the reviews shows that the impact was outside the line. Brilliant call from the umpire and England lose their reviews with this one. This could come back to bite England later in the day.
Broad posing questions
A brilliant spell of fast bowling from Broad here as he is putting the ball in the right areas and looking to trouble the Indian batsmen. Broad has been in good form right through the series and with the Duke ball just 23 overs old, there is still some bite in this one. India need to show grit and that is about it.
Battle begins post lunch
Moeen Ali starts proceedings after lunch and England will want their spinner to once again show the class that saw him pick five wickets in India’s first innings. Kohli and Rahane need to set small goals here if they wish to build a match-winning partnership here.
Lunch on Day 4
Kohli and Rahane have managed to play out the session without losing any further wicket. Three wickets down, the Indian batsmen need to come out strongly in the post-lunch session. A big partnership the need of the hour for India. The score reads 46/3 with India needing another 199 runs.
DRS saves Rahane
Curran hits Rahane on the pads, but that looked slightly outside the off-stump and Rahane goes for the review after the on-field umpire gives that OUT. DRS saves him as India need him to stay at the crease and build a partnership with the captain.
Curran gets the ball
Root turns to Curran with around 10 minutes to go for the lunch break. Can he get another wicket for England before the break? Another wicket here will ensure that this is England’s game. India need to bat out of their guts here and play with short goals here if they want to chase down the target with 3 wickets down.
Stokes looks for a breakthrough
England need one more wicket here to ensure that this is their game here. Kohli and Rahane at the crease and looking to play out till the lunch session for a start. Around 20 minutes to go for the break and India cannot afford to lose another wicket here.
Kohli and Rahane fight it out
With the top 3 back in the hut, it is now on skipper Kohli and deputy Rahane to ensure that they bat out till the lunch session before planning the road ahead. Brilliant bowling from the England opening bowling duo of Anderson and Broad here. Can they make further inroads?
Anderson strikes again
Brilliant bowling from Anderson as he now gets his second. Dhawan has to walk back as Stokes picks a brilliant catch behind the wicket. The English players are celebrating as Dhawan walks back for 17. The Indians needed to play out the opening session as the ball is moving around. The score reads 22/3.
Anderson gets Pujara
That was plumb and a strange decision by Pujara to go for a review when the on-field umpire had given that out. Luckily the on-field umpire gets his call so the review is not wasted. Pujara goes for 5 as India have lost their second wicket. The score reads 17/2.
Pujara joins Dhawan
Pujara has joined Dhawan in the middle and the two are now looking to keep the scoreboard moving here. The two need to keep an eye on the pitch as well and must try to play out the first session without losing any more wickets here. This is the most important session with the new red ball and the unevenness of the wicket.
Broad strikes first
The ball from Broad keeps low and hits the timber here as KL Rahul has to walk back. Did get a bit of bat, but that stayed low. This is the first of the India innings as the score reads 4/1. Rahul goes for a duck as the English players are celebrating. Is this the start of a collapse? India need to play out the first session here.
Anderson starts well
Shikhar Dhawan plays out the first one from Anderson here and that was a testing over. Dhawan and Rahul need to take it slow and steady and play out the morning session without losing a wicket here. Time is not a problem as they have another day tomorrow. Just need to wait for the bad balls.
England fold up for 271
Run out ends Curran’s stay at the middle and India will have to chase 245 to win and level the series 2-2. Ishant runs out Curran as he looks to go for a second. Curran goes for 46 as the England innings ends on 271. India will have to start well here.
Curran carries on
Curran has carried on from where he left on Day 3. He has looked very comfortable in the middle and has not been affected by the Indian bowlers even as both Shami and Ashwin have looked very good in this session. Curran now looking to stay positive with 9 wickets down.
Shami gets Broad first ball
First ball of the day and Shami gets his man. This is the perfect start for India on the fourth morning. Pitches it just outside off and Broad edges it to Pant and he makes no mistake. The score reads 260/9 as the Indian players celebrate. The lead reads 233.
Keeping no issue for Buttler
The biggest debate going into the Test has been the reluctance of Jonny Bairstow, nursing a finger fracture, in handing over the keeping gloves to Buttler, something that coach Trevor Bayliss feels will be long term. There was no issue between him and Bairstow, Buttler said. “Not at all from my angle, and not from Jonny’s either. Jonny’s not fit to keep wicket in this match, which is frustrating for him because he’s been fantastic for the last few years. Whatever happens moving forward, it doesn’t affect me or Jonny. I’m not fussed. From a few months ago, to even be in the Test side is fantastic, so gloves on or not, it doesn’t matter,” he said.
Buttler confident of victory
England vice-captain Jos Buttler is convinced his team had batted India out of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday after a collective patient effort by the home batsmen. England were leading by 233 runs after reaching 260/8 in their second innings, which suggested a result will come on the fourth day on Sunday, barring any major weather interruption. Buttler, who took over wicketkeeping from Jonny Baistow for the game, top-scored with a valuable 69, and then said the pitch had deteriorated enough for off-spinner Moeen Ali to come into play. “You’ve seen the wear and tear in the wicket – even in the first innings as well, there was quite a bit of rough outside the right-hander’s off-stump. That’s promising for Moeen and Adil (Rashid), and with the seamers, we’ve seen a bit of variable bounce. “So, it’s nice to have the runs on the board.”
Ashwin finds support
Cheteshwar Pujara has defended Ashwin when asked to compare him with Moeen Ali. “I don’t think he had a bad day. He didn’t get too many wickets but kept on bowling in the right areas. Sometimes as a bowler you do have such days. Ashwin is a clever bowler, he has done really well for us throughout in the domestic season and overseas. But yes, the pitch has slowed down a lot and that could be the reason some of his balls didn’t go through as much he might have wanted. I don’t know much about spin bowling, so I can’t comment much about what technicalities it involves, but seeing him bowl, I don’t think he bowled badly at all,” he said. Pujara also felt Moeen was very effective on the second day because the pitch played a lot faster. “When he bowled in the first innings, the wicket was a little quicker. Some of our batsmen could have batted well against him, but he is a good bowler. I’m not trying to take any credit away from how he bowled, but we still should have batted better against him. In the second innings our batters will have a better game plan against Moeen,” he said.
Pujara confident of comeback
Cheteshwar Pujara bemoaned India’s lower order batsmen throwing away the advantage built by him and skipper Virat Kohli on the second day, but said the fourth Test against England was not out of India’s hand. Pujara felt the slow and dry pitch made conditions more like home rather than the seaming tracks they have had to contend with in this series. “I don’t think it was a tough day for us, in the sense, looking at the pitch, it has slowed down a bit. It looks like it is slightly easier to bat. And we have got lot of experience playing in such conditions back home. So, I think our batsmen would have realised… we started off well in the first innings but lost too many wickets in the middle phase. If we had batted well, we could have got 100 or 150 runs lead. But that is something in the past. All batsmen have realised what they need to do, and in the second innings we will put up a good show after bowling them out early tomorrow,” he said.
Hello and welcome to Day 4
Jos Buttler once again proved to be a thorn in India’s flesh as his gutsy knock of 69 enabled the hosts to put up a fighting 260 for 8 in their second innings on the third day of an evenly poised fourth Test. Overall, England now have a competitive lead of 233 runs and it could be a tricky chase for the Indian line-up especially with the track being two paced where handling Stuart Broad could prove to be a difficult proposition. Buttler received good support from the stodgy Ben Stokes (30, 110 balls) adding 56 runs for the sixth wicket and 55 runs for the seventh wicket with the ever-improving Sam Curan (37 batting, 67 balls). How quickly India get Curran out today will decide the quantum of runs that India would need to chase.