England secure series with fighting win

Brief scores: England 246 (Sam Curran 78, Moeen Ali 40; Jasprit Bumrah 3/46, Ishant Sharma 2/26) and 271 (Jos Buttler 69; Joe Root 48, Sam Curran 46; Mohammed Shami 4/57, Ishant 2/26) beat India 273 (Cheteshwar Pujara 132*, Virat Kohli 46; Moeen 5/63, Stuart Broad 3/63) and 184 (Virat Kohli 58, Ajinkya Rahane 51; Moeen 4/71, James Anderson 2/33) by 60 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India suffered their 33rd Test defeat on English soil and 164th overall in their Test history, going down by runs in the fourth Test at Ageas Bowl and losing the five-Test series with one match left to play.
  • Sam Curran made his second half-century (a 136-ball 78) in his comeback Test match and guided England to 246 in the first innings after they were 177/8 at one stage.
  • In response, India had Cheteshwar Pujara anchor the innings, making his 15th Test century—an unbeaten 132, his first three-figure score on English soil and first outside Asia since January 2013—helping India take a 27-run first-innings lead after they had been 195/8 at one point.
  • Moeen Ali took his fifth Test five-wicket haul in what was his comeback Test as well after being left out for the first three Tests.
  • In the second innings, Jos Buttler helped England recover from 92/4 to take a healthy second-innings lead by making his ninth Test half-century (a 122-ball 69), combining handsomely with Ben Stokes and Sam Curran for the sixth and seventh wickets to improve the lead.
  • Chasing 245, Virat Kohli (a 130-ball 58) and Ajinkya Rahane (a 159-ball 51) made their respective 19th and 14th Test half-centuries and put together 101 runs for the fourth wicket to give India hope of overhauling the target, but ultimately couldn’t.
  • Virat Kohli suffered his eighth Test defeat as Indian captain in 39 Tests, having earlier brought up 4000 runs as Indian captain and becoming the second-fastest Indian batsman to reach 6000 Test runs.

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