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How India bowlers decimated England batting

India crushed England by 157 runs on the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Monday to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

Chasing 368 for victory, England were all out for 210 with Haseeb Hameed (63) and Rory Burns (50) hitting half-centuries.

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For India, Umesh Yadav claimed 3-60, while spinner Ravindra Jadeja and seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur took two wickets apiece.

 

Earlier, chasing a record victory target of 368, England were 100 for no loss early on the final day but the wheels came off for the hosts in the second session when they lost six wickets to stumble to 193-8 at tea.

Chris Woakes fell for 18 on the stroke of the interval, leaving Craig Overton on five and England still 175 runs behind.

England began an intriguing final day on 77 for no loss, needing 291 runs to accomplish a record chase and go 2-1 up in the five-Test series.

They made a strong start too with openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed sharing a century stand before Shardul Thakur drew first blood.

 

Burns took two runs off Thakur to bring up his 50 but the seamer angled the next ball in and the opener could only edge it behind.

Hameed got a reprieve on 56 when Mohammed Siraj dropped an easy catch at mid-on off Jadeja.

India could not be denied a second wicket, though, and Dawid Malan was run out for five after responding to Hameed’s call for a tight single.

England’s in-form captain Joe Root signalled his positive intent when he reverse-swept Jadeja’s first delivery after the lunch break for a boundary.

Circumstances, however, soon demanded caution as wickets started tumbling at the other end.

Hameed made 63 but looked ill at ease against Jadeja who kept bowling into the rough to trouble the batsmen.

The left-arm spinner dismissed the opener, spinning one past Hameed’s bat and hitting the off-stump.

 

Bumrah then dealt a double blow to tilt the game firmly in India’s favour.

The seamer breached Ollie Pope’s defence to claim his 100th Test wicket in his 24th match and, in his next over, bowled Jonny Bairstow for a duck with a searing, inswinging yorker.

Moeen Ali also fell for nought to a Jadeja delivery that spun from the footmarks as England slumped to 147-6.

 

Root held one end up for some time but dragged an innocuous Thakur delivery onto his stumps to depart for 36 and end England’s faint hopes of an unlikely win.

The fifth and final Test starts in Manchester on Friday.

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