England sealed a series victory over India with a 60-run win on a thrilling fourth day of the fourth Test in Southampton. With an unassailable 3-1 win, England bagged the five Test series against India.
Chasing a target of 245, Captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane only could make any meaningful contribution to the scoreboard. But the rest of the batsmen could add only 83 runs to the tally.
At one stage, India looked beaten when they were reduced to 22-3 on an uneven pitch. But with a partnership of 101 runs, it seemed that Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would lead India to a spectacular victory. Captain Virat Kohli could have been given out lbw to off-spinner Moeen Ali on 9, but survived to share a long stand of 101 with Ajinkya Rahane. Even after Kohli was caught at short leg off Moeen for 58, Rahane dragged the runs required below 100. But the quick back to back dismissal of both Virat and Rahane resulted in the collapse of India's second innings.
After the fall of Rahane and Rishabh Pant in successive Moeen overs, beginning a decline during which India lost 4 wickets for 13 runs and they were eventually dismissed for 184. Man of the match Moeen, on his return to the side, ended with 4-71. England have now taken a 3-1 lead to the fifth and final Test, which begins on Friday at The Oval.
India had every chance to script a memorable win, but faltered at the end.