New Delhi. Team India, in a great performance, beat England by 157 runs on Monday 5th and final day in the fourth Test of the series (IND vs ENG 4th Test). After the win, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that he did not come to the Oval to save the match just to win. He also praised the team and said how pacer Jaspreet Bumrah asked him for the ball after lunch and then the course of the match changed. The win gave India a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
India were bowled out for 191 in the first innings at Kennington Oval in London, followed by England with 290 and a 99-run lead. India then scored a huge 466 in their second innings based on the great performance of other batsmen including Rohit Sharma’s century. England were given a target of 368 to win, but on the last day England’s second innings fell to 210.
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After the match, Virat said, ‘I think the kind of character the team has shown is very good. We are not here to save the match but to win. Really proud of the way the team played. The conditions were a bit complicated and we knew he had a chance when Rabindra Jadeja was bowling rough. The bowlers were good in reverse swing today. We believed we could all get 10 wickets, we were confident. Bumrah said after lunch to give me the ball. He bowled that spell and turned the game in our favor with those two big wickets.
Jaspreet Bumrah took the total wickets in the second innings of the match. After lunch, Jaspreet Bumrah looked amazing and Oli bowled Pope (2). Johnny Bairstow also failed to open an account that showed him the way to the Bumrah Pavilion. Rabindra Jadeja then caught Meenan Ali (0) at the hands of substitute Suryakumar Yadav, scoring 147 for 6 in 67.2 overs.
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He added, ‘Rohit’s innings was great. What Shardul has done in this game is really unique. His two half-centuries have made a significant contribution to the team’s success. I think he batted well in both the innings. We never think about analysis, statistics and numbers. We know what we need to focus on and we make decisions together as a team. Everyone is happy to win. This gives us more motivation to win the next Test. We believe in ourselves.
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