Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty knocks on Day 4 went in vain as India lost the fourth Test by 60 runs against England in Southampton, last evening. England now have an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
This is the third successive Test series loss for India in England after 2011 and 2014. England had set India a target of 245 after getting bowled out for 271 in their second innings early on day 4.
India in reply, got off to a poor start as KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan departed in quick succession to leave the team reeling at 22 for 3 in the first session.
Captain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane then started the rebuilding process for India and steadied the innings with a dogged 101-run partnership off 254 balls for the fourth wicket. But India’s innings fell apart once Kohli fell for 58 to Moeen Ali at the stroke of tea.
Admitting India’s failure to raise to the occasion, Virat Kohli felt that England were “braver in tough situations” compared to India which was the difference between the two sides in the fourth Test that the home team won by 60 runs to clinch the five-Test series 3-1. Kohli gave the home team credit for setting up a tough target of 245 on a pitch where scoring runs wasn’t really easy.