But we shouldn't forget there is a chance the last two days will be washed out. This has just been soft and weak, in bright sunshine. The English team celebrates, smiles and handshakes all around. Has there ever been a part-time strike spinner quite like him? England's lower-order were braver than us and that proved to be the difference between winning and losing. Can't decide which would be more pleasing.
The Indian team looked out of bounds in the first two Tests; however, strong performances in all the three departments ensured that India won the match and got a taste of victory for the first time in five-match Test series. Ajinkya Rahane — Only Indian hope in Southampton In the only Test match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, Indian batsman struggled hugely. Stuart Broad is England's man of the series - 25 wickets at 14; 182 runs at 61. It will take a drubbing by a decent team before that happens. That won't have done his concussion any good.
He leaves a couple outside off stump that come within a fraction of flicking his off-stump! Patel scored 42 and in the second innings, he scored a fast paced 67. But we should not have to turn things upside down because of this one series. England end as victors by 60 runs and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. Curran however batted in a positive fashion hitting Bumrah for a couple of boundaries. He missed another pull stroke, and the ball hit him between the grille and the peak of his helmet.
There is one positive though, we can now see the future of Indian cricket clearly. If Dhoni can belt a few and Gambhir can stick around as he did in the first innings. Till then, it's a goodbye from us. Buttler confirms the change of tempo by driving consecutive boundaries through the covers, the first of the morning, before being beaten by a lovely outswinger. Far more likely is a decent effort from Tendulkar and Dhoni, then a pathetic collapse with players retiring hurt with bruised legs and headaches. Might, if, chance, may, auntie, uncle: we're in unknown territory, which makes an already excellent Test even more intriguing. That's a good wicket for England, both because of the match situation and what it might do for Woakes's confidence.
India trail by just 22 though. The Oval is in stunned silence, and it's broken only by the realisation that Tendulkar is walking off an English Test ground for possibly the last time. In fact he was so far out that the umpire didn't even refer it. It looked a better shout second time, and Hawkeye shows it was just clipping leg stump. He did this stand-up show about passing himself off as a cricket journalist and how he was held in mistrustful disdain by the press pack. The field gets brought up to try and get Bumrah on strike for the next over, and Ashwin takes full advantage with an expertly placed sweep.
When Anil Kumble was made the captain, India bagged a Test match win in Perth for the first time and under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team won a series in New Zealand and also for the only time drew a series in South Africa. Their position, though strong, is not so overwhelmingly dominant that they can tee off with the bat and have five slips when they bowl. But this turned out to be something no one would have predicted, I don't think any punter would have bet big on England winning 4-0. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Back in a few minutes, and we'll find out. Jadeja plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and Jonny Bairstow behind does not drop it this time as he takes it with a dive to his left. Ishant turns him off the legs for a couple.
He might never get a better chance. Solid defence for the rest of the over. Should have put a tenner on it. Sachin defends five balls off Anderson and then takes a single off the last. The last of them brings up the 100 partnership, only the second one India have managed all series. He acknowledges the crowd, but the job isn't even half done. It goes past silly point and safe.
Earlier in the over, a pretty good lbw shout but the ball was turning too much, and correctly given not out. India under Sourav Ganguly drew a Test series in England 2002 and Australia 2003-04 apart from winning a Test in the West Indies and a series in Pakistan. India scored 273 runs in their first inning lead by 27 runs. Rod Tucker gives him out, but Ishant asks for a review. And now Kumar has been caught off a no-ball.