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Jasprit Bumrah sets the tourists’ victory at the Oval – SPOTLITIER NEWS

India 191 (Wakes 4-55) & 466 (Rohit 127)
England 290 (Pope 81) & 210 (Hameed 63, Umesh 3-60)
India won by 157 points

England’s batting disintegrated in the face of an inspired India, who won the fourth test by 157 points and took the lead 2-1 in the series.

Set an unlikely 368 for victory or, more realistically, beating the fifth day, England was sent off for 210 on a blameless pitch at the Kia Oval.

Haseeb Hameed made 63 before becoming the first of four wickets to fall by just six runs.

Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah was sensational, reversing the ball at 90mph. The delivery he produced to cast Jonny Bairstow was nearly unplayable.

Bumrah finished with 2-27, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja also took two each, and Umesh Yadav took the last three.

India must avoid defeat in the final test at Emirates Old Trafford, starting Friday, to win a series in the UK for the first time since 2007.

The ruthless India is close to winning the series

This was India’s last day predatory performance, which won despite being 127-7 on day one, conceding a lead in the first inning of 99 and leading by 213 with only four wickets in hand on Sunday.

From 77-0 overnight, England talked about the possibility to complete their most successful pursuit in Test cricket but, even on a good batting field, a draw would have seemed a commendable result.

However, once the tourists sensed the victory, and with Captain Virat Kohli leading India’s ecstatic support through an exhausted crowd, England was overwhelmed.

It means Joe Root’s team lost after winning the draw and choosing to field first. They lost six tricks in the game and Dawid Malan’s pointless run-out on Monday was another example of the hosts’ complicity in their own downfall.

That, however, doesn’t detract from India, which led the series despite omitting the masterful home run Ravichandran Ashwin.

Here, Thakur produced two precious runs from number eight, Rohit Sharma was sublime in making his first overseas test and India was tactically superb in using the reverse swing on the final day.

After sealing a notable victory in Australia in January, India is on the verge of an iconic second away win this year.

The brilliant Bumrah makes India sparkle

From 131-2 at lunch, England were a good session away from relative safety. Instead, they lost six wickets over 62 runs.

Hameed had already been knocked out playing a horrible sweep and called Malan for the single that led to the run-out before he played on the wrong line to be thrown by Jadeja.

Then came Bumrah’s hilarious spell. Reversing the old ball at high speed, he first overcame Ollie Pope’s defensive thrust and followed up with a searing yorker who gave Bairstow little chance.

The Pope’s wicket was Bumrah’s hundredth in testing in his 24th game, making him India’s fastest grinder to reach the finish line. His 2-6 in six overs was, on average, the fastest in the series.

By the time Moeen Ali meekly slipped Jadeja on her short leg, the guts had been ripped from the central order of England and India was in a rampant charge towards victory.

No save from Root

England’s serene progress from night four continued on Monday morning, with Rory Burns hitting 50 and his opening stand with Hameed 100, just for the southpaw who made it through a nice delivery from Thakur.

Malan played without certainty, but he probably wasn’t to blame for his disappearance. Hameed asked for a questionable single on the opposite side, only for sub fielder Mayank Agarwal to swoop in and return the ball to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant before Malan could slip into his ground.

This marked the arrival of Root. So often the captain carries England’s hopes with his urgency in the fold, yet as he witnessed the collapse of the middle order since the end of the non-striker he was forced into a grim rescue operation.

He ate nearly 13 overs with Chris Woakes before fiddling with the first ball of Thakur’s new spell, cutting his stumps by 36 and ending England’s meager hopes.

Woakes hooked Umesh in mid-wicket on the stroke of tea, Overton was painfully hit in the elbow when Umesh took the second new ball and last man James Anderson went behind.

‘The spell of summer’ – what they said

England captain Joe Root on BBC Test Match Special: “It’s frustrating. All three results were on the table. We set a platform to move forward and win the game. It was a brilliant bowling spell that opened it up for India.

“We have to look at the whole game. Our catch needs to improve. We will do the dome learning. The good thing is that we don’t have much time to dwell on this subject. “

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: “In the second inning, when England came under a tremendous amount of pressure, they failed. They have not been able to handle the pressure with the club for a long time.

“Today’s bowling performance was as good as that of the fourth inning, as we have seen for a long, long time. It was high class.

“Jasprit Bumrah’s spell after lunch was the spell of summer for an absolute country mile.”

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