India on Sunday faced another round of humiliation at the hands of England after the national team lost to the hosts by 60 runs in the fourth Test match at Southamton’s Rose Bowl ground.
With today’s defeat, India now trail the 5-match series 1-3 with only one match to go. Chasing a target of 245, India suffered three early wickets as they were reduced to 22/3. Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane provided some respectability to the total as they added 101 runs for the fifth wicket partnership.
But after Kohli departed at 58, Rahane too joined him without bothering the scorer when he was adjudged lbw off Moeen Ali’s bowling at 51.
Indian wickets kept falling after that as the tail-enders failed to rise to the occasion. Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowler for England as he took nine wickets in the match. He was declared Man Of The Match.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told BBC Test Match Special. “I thought there would be more fight from India. They have just succumbed after Virat Kohli got out..”
England legend Geoffrey Boycott was quoted by BBC, “India had two chances to dismiss England cheaply but the hosts got runs when they were down thanks to their all-rounders. Once England got a lead of 240, it’s so hard to get these totals.”
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “Like with the series in South Africa, this will go down as what-could-have-been rather than what actually was. Neither South Africa nor England were as good as they have been in the past. But then, maybe, India isn’t as good as we believe it to be.”