Another thrilling Test match comes to a fitting end. India held the advantage at the start of the day, but a win for England wasn’t completely out of the equation until the first session. However, a breathtaking spell by Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah after lunch turned the tables before Shardul Thakur landed the final blow with the wicket of Joe Root. It took a couple of overs with the second new ball to knock off the remaining batters after Tea.
On a flat wicket, England batsmen failed to capitalize and suffered a 157-run defeat. India have an advantage with a lead in the series (2-1). From this point, the worst they could suffer is a draw. But, knowing Virat Kohli, he would go for the kill. It was a historical win for India and here are all the stats from the last day of the fourth Test:
Both openers scoring 50+ in the 4th innings
England openers were off to a brilliant start. Batting throughout the fourth day, they had piled on 77 runs. On the fifth day as well, they were comfortable until Rory Burns got a pearler from Shardul Thakur. Before he got out, Burns had reached his fifty. After his dismissal, Haseeb Hameed registered one. This was only the fourth instance of both England openers scoring fifties in the fourth innings of a home Test. The last instance was in 20018 against South Africa at the same venue and Sir Andrew Strauss and Sir Alastair Cook were the pair.
Four scores of exact 50 in all the innings
In the fourth Test there was a unique stat that was set by four different players across four innings. Kohli in the first innings scored 50, Chris Woakes in 2nd innings, Rishabh Pant in third and Burns in fourth innings. This was the only instance of four batsmen getting dismissed exactly for 50 across four different innings of a Test.
Bumrah quickest Indian pacer to 100 wickets
The Indian ace paceman has been incredible since the time he made his debut. In the fourth Test, he became the fastest Indian pacer to bag 100 wickets when he dismissed Ollie Pope in the second innings. He achieved this feat in 24 matches, a match quicker than Kapil Dev. In the 24 matches he has played, 22 have been in away/neutral conditions. Hence, 97 of his wickets have come in foreign conditions.
England and their duck tales
If Root hitting a century has been a common sighting for England this year, so has the other batsmen suffering ducks. In the fourth Test, there were three ducks, Hameed in the first innings, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali in second. Most of their matches this year have been against India and their batsmen have suffered 31 ducks in total this year. This is the most ducks suffered by a team against an opposition in the calendar year.
Second most runs against a team
Root this year has been fantastic against India. It’s a rarity that he missed out in this Test. However, the middle order batsman has scored 932 runs against India this year, which is the second most for a batsman against an opponent in a calendar year. He went past Sir Clive Llyod’s record of 903 runs against India that he had hit in 1983. Only Sir Don Bradman remains ahead with 974 runs against England in 1930. The only wait is, will Root become the first to score 1000 runs against a single opponent in a year?
An unwanted record
On a day India created history, there was an unwanted tag along with their victory. No-balls have been India’s biggest snag in this series. The worst part is, Jadeja being a spinner has been among the most (14). Bumrah has been the best bowler, but he has overstepped 28 times. In total, India have bowled 58 no-balls in this series which is the most for them in a series in England.
Fourth joint biggest lead conceded to win a match
After being bundled out for 191, India had conceded a lead of 99 in the second innings. Regardless of how flat the pitch remains, a lead of 99 is big. India in their Test career had won only four times before this after conceding a lead of 99 or more. The biggest one came in the most memorable match against Australia in Kolkata in 2001. There was an instance in 2004 where India had conceded the same lead against Australia in Mumbai and went on to win under Rahul Dravid.
A win after 50 years
India were playing their 14th match at the Oval. In the previous 13 encounters, they had won only once, lost five times and drawn seven. Their only win was way back in 1971. India broke a 50 years jinx with a win in the fourth Test. Between the 1971 win and this win, India had played eight matches. They had drawn five consecutive matches post the 1971 win and followed it up by losses in three consecutive matches.
Most wins for an Asian captain in England
Kohli is already the most successful Indian captain against England in Tests with 10 wins. With a win in the Oval, which was his third, he embarked yet another record to his name as a skipper. This time it was for the whole of Asia. With three wins in England, Kohli is the most successful Asian captain in England. Also, this was his sixth win in SENA country (South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand).
Lowest score in the first innings to win after put into bat
After being sent into bat, India were able to score only 191 runs in the first innings. But, still they managed to win. This score of 191 is the lowest India has scored in the first innings of a Test win after offering to bat. In none of the other 16 instances have India won a match scoring less than 200 in the first innings after losing the toss and asked to bat. They have lost 13 and dawn three.