In the fourth test of five test series between India and England, England won by 60 runs and lead the series with 3-1. After this, now India would aim for redemption in the fifth and the final match at The Oval, which starts from Friday.
The Virat Kohli-led Indian unit will target to end the two-month-long tour to England on a high note and try to win here at The Oval that would see them finish 2-3.
Talking about the last test, it was never an easy chase but what frustrated all and sundry was the irresponsible batting by the middle and lower order, who gave up without a likeness of a fight after a 101-run fourth wicket stands between skipper Virat Kohli (58, 130 balls) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (51, 159 balls).
The future of team India in the match was quite clear when India was reduced to 22 for three in the first hour with KL Rahul (0), Shikhar Dhawan (17) and Cheteshwar Pujara (5) being dismissed shamelessly.
Having lost two series outside the sub-continent, first in South Africa earlier this year and now in England, team India under Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri has failed to attain the title of 'best travelling side', as claimed by the coach himself. The only positive that the side has achieved in the Kohli's era is retaining the number one Test ranking despite series' losses in both overseas tours in 2018 thus far.
The series witnessed a great form of Virat Kohli as he scored more than 500 runs in the same test, making him Second Indian batsman to do so and also completed the fastest 4000 runs in the test.
This match will also be the final appearance for former England captain Alastair Cook. Alastair Cook retires as the sixth highest scorer in Test cricket. He had a prolific batting career, making 12,254 runs including 32 centuries.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
England: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes.
The match starts at 3.30pm IST.
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