beaten outside off and India think that's it! Back of a length, surging past the splice, an open face on the back foot. But Anderson reviews immediately... big spike! Pant completes the catch to seal a famous come-from-behind win. And a 2-1 lead in the series!
5.10pm Well, that just about wraps it up. Another stunning display from India, whose dominance of this series is far more absolute than the 2-1 scoreline suggests. They have trampled on the big moments, and fully deserve their plaudits. From Miller, Monga, Thilak and the team, thanks and goodnight!
Revanth: "Spare a thought for Jimmy Anderson...the 39 year old has been keeping England in the hunt. Does he have enough in the tank to play the final game to try and level the series for his country..!? "
Dhaval : "First the famous Gabba win and now The Oval. I am lucky to witness two of the most stunning wins from Team India. Take a Bow the whole Team. "
The Player of the Match is Rohit Sharma. "I wanted to be on the field but getting that hundred was special, 100 behind we knew how important it was to give them a target of 370-odd. A great effort from the batting unit. It's my first overseas hundred, so obviously my best one. The three-figure mark wasn't in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit, but kept our heads down and batted the situation.
"Not been preying on my mind, just try to get the team into a good position. With 30, or 80, or 150-plus. I used to bat middle-order, but I know the importance of opening. Once you're in you've got to make it count. It's important to embrace the challenge, back in Durham we had time off to look at our training and technique, after WTC we had 20-25 days and that was a game-changer. Batted well as we've been challenged, especially at Leeds, but that can happen. The message from the physio [re hamstrings] is 'assess every minute, don't look too far ahead'."
Virat Kohli "The character that the side has shown, to come back from 100 run deficit showed that we were not down and out. I said at Lord's as well, I am proud of the character, among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain. It's relative what you call flat, field wasn't wet like the first three days, ball got scuffed up nicely, one side heavier, and exploited reverse swing perfectly. We believed as a team that we could get all ten wickets.
On Bumrah: "27 runs off 22 overs on this kind of pitch, a huge effort. When it started reversing he just said give me the ball."
On Shardul Thakur: "Rohit's innings was outstanding, but the impact performance from the lower-middle order, Shardul's fifty was the difference, and a counterattack in the second innings. Looking to restrict us but he was outstanding. We never got towards statistics, we know what we focus on, we take a call on what feels best and we believe we can win Tests with it. Whatever the noise on the outset, it doesn't bother us."
On Shastri and the back-room staff. "Unfortunate they aren't here but they just called us. it's a real momentum boost. We are looking forward to opportunities to step on the field for India. And the fans have been outstanding too."
Joe Root "Frustrating not to get something from the game today, we felt we had an opportunity to win, but credit to India, they got the ball to reverse and that was the turning point. Could have made more of a first-innings lead, and you have to make chances count against world-class players. Got to find ways to get better but be realistic and realise that was world-class bowling. It might reverse at OT, we'll have to manage it better. Whenever you lose the game you can look at the toss, but we've got to be more ruthless, and make that a 200-run lead. Got to be clinical, not be comfy, make big partnerships. We have played good cricket and important to remember that."
Looking ahead to the fifth Test, and the wear and tear. "Woody is coming good, injuries have been frustrating, but those guys that have had the opportunity have been excellent." Mention too of Saqib Mahmood suffering a side strain. That's inopportune!
4.51pm Nasser Hussain, who is part of the Player of the Match committee in the Sky commentary box, says the team is split on the main man. Warne, for what it's worth, says it's Bumrah all the way... but the presentation is coming up, so all will be revealed!
Ganesh: "Why everyone stopped speaking about Ashwin now?" Penny for his thoughts...
siva: "In all honestly this is 3rd string England team . What should have a comprehensive victory , was stretched over 5 days . Lets not make a big hoo haa out of this . Stokes , archer , broad , wood ... this is a different ball game ." Some truth in that. But it was England's batting that let them down. And only one of those would have made a difference in that regard. And besides, India showed in Australia what third strings can be capable of!
4.40pm Jubiliation all round for India. They've conquered the capital, north of the river and now south. Handshakes, back-slaps all round, and stumps snaffled as souvenirs. Ravi Shastri is not there for the moment, he's in isolation with Covid, but it's been a full squad effort. Joe Root leads his England team down the pavilion steps to congratulate the victors.
So, the tale of the tape. England won the toss and surged under leaden skies on the first day, until the first of Shardul Thakur's momentum-seizing fifties led a vital counterattack. England nevertheless secured a 99-run lead after getting the better of the conditions on day two, but they arguably missed the chance to lock out the game there and then, with some lackadaisical dismissals when a bit of discipline could have built a massive lead.
India made no mistake second-time around, with Rohit Sharma's maiden overseas hundred setting up a massive 368 victory target, and though Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns ticked off 100 of those with no fuss at all, Thakur again opened the door before Jasprit Bumrah surged through the gap after lunch with a fantastic reverse-swinging onslaught. A word too for Jadeja, whose long spells into the rough helped "make" the ball for the swing. Umesh Yadav then mopped up the resistance. One hell of a performance.
shoeb arif: "Scorecard will show Umesh as Indias highest wicket taker but never do justice to the man who turned this match around. Take a bow BOOM BOOM BUMRAAH"
RobJ: "England lost that on day two. Perfect batting conditions, chance to build 200-lead spurned" Word
Aravind Subrama: "Though Rohit might win the MOM, my Man for the game is shardul for the all round show " I agree. But all will be revealed.
Akhil: "My headline tomorrow: Energetic Robinson remained Not Out in England's fight." That's the line, clearly
Prasanna S: "Miller - What are the changes England would make it from here? I would like to see Mark Wood at least, the pacers had a heavy workload in this game. " Wood must play. I'd also be tempted to give a debut to Matt Parkinson, the Lancs leggie. England need a wicket-taker!
tucked off the legs, into the leg side
short, through to the keeper, Robinson tries to steal the strike but there's no run there!
very full, opens the face for a steer through gully, Rahane pounces with a dive
fenced out to gully with an angled bat
David : "This is will be England's worst home summer since 2001 - although it feels a lot closer to the late 1980s when England were a very average side, dependent on a few old pros who were past their best. Bleak times. But hey, so long as they spank the white ball about, " Well quite! Silver linings and all that!
very full, worked to the on-side
Jacq: "Has Umesh given Overton a broken effing arm ?? " You do wonder don't you? Nasty blow, right at the point too
Chandan: "What a Test this has been. Certainly one to remember for long. Till the 2nd session on day 5 it was all results possible situation before it took the final curve towards India. Test Cricket we love you!! "
very full, tailing in as standard, met with a full-faced push back to the bowler
banged in short, loops off the glove, inches out of Pant's reach, and they scramble the single! All action, but Anderson is spared the firing line
back of a length, a bit of a nibble, perhaps looking for the run-down for the single. Wrong ball for the stroke!
Malli: "Umesh got new cherry on all the occasions in this test match" He's done well with it too
up on the toes, stabbed to the off side
banged in short, and through to the keeper. Robinson sensed that one coming and ducked early
lovely strike, eased through the line on the full length, through long-on
back of a length, more outswing to attack the off stump, Robinson prods with bat away from body, hanging to the leg side in anticipation of the bouncer
soft hands on the back foot, tucked to the leg side. Robinson finds the gap for the single, and Anderson persuades him to run, he was counting the balls more closely!
on the back foot, sliding past leg
bouncer, fizzing over the shoulder as Robinson ducks
forward, driven with a hint of elegance into the covers. Slim pickings for England right now
right up to the toes, another surging yorker with late swing, and Anderson's jam of the bat does enough to burgle the single to fine leg
Three slips, leg slip, short leg
banged in short, inevitably, with a phalanx of close catchers. Anderson rides the bounce and jams down into the crease
Bumrah to Anderson, Round X
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India led the 5-match series 2-1|
|Match number||Test no. 2433|
|Hours of play (local time)||11.00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00|
|Match days||2,3,4,5,6 September 2021 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||India 12, England 0|