Pacers gift India 2-1 lead over England at The Oval


London: Umesh Yadav found the knick of James Anderson with a gem of delivery on a sunny afternoon at the Oval as India registered a thrilling 157-run victory over England on the final day of the fourth Test on Monday, taking a 2-1 lead with a game to play.

The Indian bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah’s (2/27) high-class spell after lunch — two wickets for six runs in six overs – was particularly crucial as he spearheaded a collapse. Brought in for this game, Umesh (3/60) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/50) ran havoc as England were unable to chase down a target of 368 despite getting a good start to their second innings.

The story looked quite different in the morning. Coming onto bat with an overnight score of 77/0, England sat nicely after the opening session at 131/2 before Bumrah and Jadeja started to wand their magic tilting the game in India’s favour. However, England lost six wickets for 62 runs as they found themselves reeling at 193/8 at tea.

Jadeja removed the dangerous Haseeb Hammed (63) while Shardul Thakur who showed his prowess with the bat in both the innings had his moment going through the defences of English skipper Joe Root. The floodgates got opened after that as the visitors wrapped up tail quite comfortably registering the victory.

Brief scores: India 191 & 466 beat England 290 & 210 (Haseeb Hammed 63; Umesh Yadav 3/60) by 157 runs.


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