On Day 5 of the fourth Test, India thrashed England by 157 runs to take a commanding 2-1 lead in the five-match series. On the last day at The Oval, Team India bowlers shown amazing talent and grit to demolish a formidable English batting line-up that could only produce 210 in the second innings. Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj were clinical with their line and lengths, giving nothing away to the England batsmen, while Ravindra Jadeja took advantage of the rough in the field as the hosts collapsed in the second session on Day 5, losing six wickets.Because of the collapse, India only needed two wickets in the last session to take a vital series lead into the fifth and final Test match in Manchester. The fifth Test begins on September 10.
The fourth Test between India and England began at The Oval with many fans asking why R Ashwin was not participating. Why not Ashwin instead of Shardul Thakur? It concluded with the question, “Why is Thakur not the Man of the Match?”
Such was the effect of India’s newest allrounder, whose exploits, in the words of skipper Virat Kohli, were the actual difference in the match that India won by 157 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah’s powerful reverse-swing, Ravindra Jadeja’s miserly session into the rough, and vital breakthroughs from Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur helped India take a 2-1 series lead over England, with a 157-run triumph at The Oval that had appeared impossible for most of the fourth Test.
India were 127 for 7 on the opening afternoon, surrendering a 99-run first-innings advantage, before England’s openers piled up an unbroken 100-run partnership on the final morning on a flat surface that offered practically nothing for their bowlers. However, excellent individual efforts from Thakur and Rohit Sharma pushed them back into the game before their final-day attack shared six wickets in 22.4 thrilling overs, highlighted by Bumrah’s stunning stint with the old ball.
On the last day, India’s objective was simple but far from easy: take 10 wickets in 90 overs. They had decided to rest their finest spinner, R Ashwin, and the surface had provided little assistance to England’s seamers in the second innings. But they succeeded where England had failed by rotating their assault effectively, using Jadeja to rough up the old ball, and allowing their seamers to rip through the middle order with reverse-swing. Bumrah’s high-class spell after lunch – 2 for 6 in six overs – was particularly crucial as he spearheaded a collapse of four wickets for six runs, and Umesh finished things off with the final two wickets after tea.