Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to England

first_imgVirat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty knocks on Day 4 went in vain as India lost the fourth Test by 60 runs against England in Southampton on Sunday. England now have an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.This is the third successive Test series loss for India in England after 2011 and 2014.England had set India a target of 245 after getting bowled out for 271 in their second innings early on day 4.India in reply, got off to a poor start as KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan departed in quick succession to leave the team reeling at 22 for 3 in the first session.India vs England 4th Test Day 4: HighlightsCaptain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane then started the rebuilding process for India and steadied the innings with a dogged 101-run partnership off 254 balls for the fourth wicket.But India’s innings fell apart once Kohli fell for 58 to Moeen Ali at the stroke of tea.For more than two hours in the second session, Kohli and Rahane were in control. But Kohli perished after registering his 19th half-century in Tests. A delivery from Moeen got a sharp bounce to kiss Kohli’s gloves and Alaistair Cook took an easy catch at short leg in a big relief for the hosts.Hardik Pandya was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes soon after. Rishabh Pant then came out all guns blazing but his cameo didn’t last long as he departed for a 12-ball 18.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainadvertisementRahane then fell in the final session which was really the final nail in the coffin for India.Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw as India’s innings folded for 184.England win the 4th Test by 60 runs and take an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five match Test series.#ENGvIND (@BCCI) September 2, 2018Rahane made 51 runs but the rest of the batsmen once again failed to live up to the expectations with Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma failing to trouble the scorers.Off-spinner Moeen was once again the pick of the bowlers for England on a slow and dry fourth-day pitch at the Rose Bowl. Moeen followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with four wickets for 71 runs in the second.Moeen got excellent support from Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who managed to bag 2 wickets each while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran got one wicket each.Earlier, India bowled out England for 271 in their second innings, early on day 4, with Mohammed Shami finishing with 4 wickets while Ishant Sharma got two. England had conceded a 27-run first-innings lead to India after posting 246 runs batting first on day 1. In reply, India made 273 runs in their first innings with Pujara remaining unbeaten on 132.The two teams will meet again for the fifth and final Test which will be played at The Oval in London from September 7.last_img

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