The 4th India v/s England Test match ended with a victory for the visitors. The last match was particularly notable for the Men in Blue, as it was India’s first victory in the Oval grounds since 1971. India registered a memorable win by 157 runs, giving the team a 2-1 lead. The series has snowballed into a major controversy between the two teams as India cancelled the 5th Test over a Covid scare in Manchester on September 10.

Outstanding performances by Bumrah, Jadeja

The performances of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja played a key role in the match.  Rohit Sharma also gave a noteworthy performance. Bumrah was noted to be with his in-swinging balls and teasing Yorkers, while Jadeja exploited the rough patches on the track. England lost six wickets for 62 runs in the second session and were all out in post-tea session. Bumrah dismissed Ollie Pope (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) and Jadeja saw the exit of Haseeb Hameed (63) and Moeen Ali (0). Shardul Thakur got the key wicket of rival skipper Joe Root (36) and Umesh Yadav managed to dismiss Chris Woakes (18), Craig Overton (10) and James Anderson (2).

Morale-boosting victory for India

This test win was a great victory for team India for several reasons. For one, it is only the second time that India won a test after scoring less than 200. It was also the first time since 1986 that India won more than one match in a test series against England. It also marked the third test win for Virat Kohli as captain, making him the captain with most test victories, going past Kapil Dev’s two. Ravindra Jadeja has become the fourth India all-rounder to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs against England in Tests, with Vinod Mankad, Kapil Dev and R Ashwin being the other India all-rounders to have achieved this feat. Undoubtedly, this was a great win for India, and people are eagerly waiting to see how the team would perform in the next season.

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Bio-Nileena Sunil is a graduate in English literature and communication from Chinmaya College, Tripunithra. She is presently pursuing her post-graduate studies from Christ University Bangalore. She is passionate about writing and is interested in literature, sports and current affairs.

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