About the Match
India took a 2-0 lead against England after defeating the visitors by 8 wickets in the second test match; the two teams will now take on each other in the 4th Test at Mumbai from 8th December. England faces a must-win situation if they want to keep the series alive, and we may see them come out with all the fireworks here. India, on the other hand, has executed the strategies well on field and will try to surge ahead with another win that gets them the title. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges and emerge victorious in this crucial match.
India put up an all-round show in the third test, restricting England to low totals with the ball and then going on to smash the targets with ease to win the match by 8 wickets. Spinner Ashwin wrapped up the contest with a total of 6 wickets while speedsters Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav provided regular breakthroughs. Jayant Yadav, the young off-spinner, contributed well taking total of 4 wickets and bowling with utmost discipline to stifle the English batsmen.
All-rounder Jadeja brings variety and depth to the spin attack and he is also in good form with the bat to take on the opponents here; his 90 off 170 in the first innings helped them post 417 in reply to England’s 283. Kohli can lead the team from the front and with other in-form batsmen like Pujara and Patel, they can try to build a solid foundation from the top-order. Although Rahane and Nair haven’t fired much with the bat, all-rounders Jadeja and Ashwin can stabilize the innings.
Pujara and Kohli’s terrific show with the bat in the 2nd test took their team to a massive win by 246 runs; they are well placed to repeat the performance here; the bowlers too have put up an impressive show, and can prove to be a tough nut to crack by the English batting line-up.
The top-order batsmen fell like a pack of cards in the first innings of the last match, unable to survive the onslaught of the Indian pace and spin combination. Jonny Bairstow top-scored with 89 from 177 while Buttler played a useful knock of 43 runs; however, with others failing to build steady partnerships, they were all-out for a meagre 283 runs. The 2nd innings saw Joe Root coming in at No.2 and posting a well-made 78 while Hameed scored an unbeaten 59 but it wasn’t enough to challenge the hosts with a competitive total.
Paceman Ben Stokes was successful in taking 5 wickets in the first innings while spinner Adil Rashid claimed 4 wickets, both with impressive economies. Ali, Woakes, Anderson and Batty strengthened the bowling attack with their skills, but they couldn’t stop India from winning the match. They can try to make a better strategy to outwit the Indians here.
The batting performance has been lacklustre, and they seem to be lost in the woods trying to figure out the right order; players like Cook, Root, Hameed, Bairstow and Stokes can focus on keeping the scoreboard ticking if they want to post a big target for the hard-hitting Indian contingent.
India has thoroughly dominated England in the series so far with bat and ball; although England has experienced players and in-form all-rounders, we feel that the men in blue are better placed to win.