Hosts register 60-run win in the fourth Test of the five-match series
Moeen Ali and Sam Curran produced an outstanding performance as England seal series triumph with a 60-run win against India in the fourth Test in Southampton on Sunday.
The match started with the home side’s captain Joe Root winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision proved to be a disastrous one as the hosts were reduced to 86 for six inside 35 overs. But Curran and Ali contributed 81 runs for the seventh wicket and helped England reach 246 before being bowled out in their first innings.
Curran finished the innings with him being the top score of 78 off 136 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Ali scored 40 off 85 balls. For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowler as he claimed three wickets.
In reply, the visitors were placed comfortably at one stage and reached 141 for the loss of two wickets, but a major collapse saw them lose six wickets for just 54 runs and they were reduced to 195-8.
From there on, it was Cheteshwar Pujara show who scored his first century on English soil and scored 132 not out as India finished their first innings with the lead of 27. For England, off-spinner Ali was the star of the show as he claimed five wickets.
In the second innings, England managed to put a better show in difficult conditions and scored 271. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler finished the innings with the top score of 69 off 122 balls, whereas Curran scored valuable 46 off 83 balls. For India, pacer Mohammad Shami was the star of the show as he claimed four wickets for the team.
Chasing 245 on a tricky pitch was never going to be an easy task, and so it proved to be as the Men in Blue were bowled out for 184 in the final session of day four. Captain Kohli finished the innings with the top score of 58 off 130 balls, whereas Ajinkya Rahane scored valuable 51.
For England, Ali was named man of the match for his contributions with bat and ball.