On day 4 of India’s Tour of England, in what promised to be a high-stakes game, England emerged as winners of the 3rd test match between them and India. Joe Root’s side put on a superb display of fast bowling that dismantled an already struggling Indian side, taking 8 wickets in the first session of the England vs. India Test Match to bowl out Virat’s side for 278. This happened in the 2nd innings earning Root the win by an inning and 76 runs. Here’s how things went down.
This England vs. India test series was supposed to be a big showing for Virat Kohli and his team; however, things went awry after they lost 2 of their experienced batters on day 3. And while the English side went into day 4 quiet, pedantic, and not looking for a brawl, they took advantage of this weakness and annihilated the Indian team. Robbinson was the star of the match on the last day, making his second 5 wicket haul in the test matches.
After Cheteshwar Pujara got eliminated early, Robinson managed to remove Virat, and this put India on the backfoot. It was Anderson, however, who got the valued scalp of Ajinkya Rahane while Robinson came back to dismiss Rishabh Pant. Additionally, Shami fell to Ali while Sharma was also dismissed by Robinson. Pacer Craig Overton expelled an ominous-looking Ravindra Jadeja for 30 runs and Mohammed Siraj in the same over, wiping the tail and finishing off India’s innings.
India Lost their last 8 wickets for 63 runs and their last seven for 41, and despite putting up a good fight, they didn’t last long. It didn’t take England long to strike. Midway through the 4th over, Cheteshwar shouldered arms to Robinson’s inswing, striking him low on the pad. The English side had to use a review to get that decision cleared. Cheteshwar, however, started the last day on the series 9 runs short of what would be his first century in 2 years; however, he didn’t add to his score.
Joe thought it was a fantastic game that came to a clinical finish as Test cricket is all about sustained effort and having a die-hard spirit. Flukes rarely happen, and even though India did try to must some effort, they were inevitably defeated. He also noted that his team had a lot of good opportunities to take wickets which they did, and controlled the game despite them using the new ball, which is a bit harder to handle.
Virat, on the other hand, acknowledged that his side was under pressure from the get go with his opponents putting up a big score. Despite garnering vital partnerships that saw them through the day, the pressure from Root’s bowlers eventually did them in as they didn’t respond well. Additionally, regardless of the great weather and having a wonderful pitch to bat on, his side lacked the discipline to deal with the ball, which led them to making very costly mistakes.