Chris Silverwood and Joe Root
Chris Silverwood and Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter

England head coach Chris Silverwood admitted that his team failed to put the pressure on India on the final day of the fourth Test at Kennington Oval.

England were 77/0 at the end of the fourth day, and the openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed started off the day on a good touch but once they reached 100, Burns nicked Shardul Thakur’s delivery behind the wicket to give India their breakthrough.

India cricket team.
India cricket team. Credits: BCCI

England batting line-up collapsed in the second session

Just ahead of the lunch, Dawid Malan was ran out after attempting to take an unwanted single which was called by Hameed. Bumrah rattled England’s middle-order by dismissing their first innings’ highest scorer Ollie Pope and then Jonny Bairstow to reduce them at 147/6.

Although skipper Joe Root and all-rounder Chris Woakes put efforts to revive the innings. Root was uprooted by Thakur with a good length ball and Umesh Yadav got the better of Woakes and the England tailenders as the hosts were bowled out for 210.

Credit to the Indians, they know how to fight back: Chris Silverwood

Silverwood wished his team would have early in the day crossed 190 which would have created pressure on the visitors but he applauded India’s fighting spirit.

“If we’re being truthful, I would like to have gone further past them at that point, that’s going to be the opportunity to really put pressure on the Indians. We failed to do that so it’s something we’ll reflect on in the dressing room and talk about amongst ourselves,” Silverwood told Sky Sports. 

Joe Root
Joe Root had a rare double failure in the Oval Test.

“It would have been great to go maybe 190 past them and really pile the pressure on, but again credit to the Indians, they know how to fight back,” he added.

Umesh Yadav (3/60), Shardul Thakur (2/22), Jasprit Bumrah (2/27) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/50) scripted another massive victory in overseas Test for India. India won the fourth Test by 157 runs and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

India have a big opportunity to win their first-ever Test series in England since 2007.

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