After the match-winning performance by India at Trentbridge, they are set to move their feet towards The Rose Bowl, Southampton for the fourth Test against England.
The venue is only two Tests old, which includes a game against India. However, it wasn’t a fruitful result for the visitors. In fact, it is a pretty demoralising game for the visiting team during the series.
Record at The Rose Bowl, Southampton:
It was one of those game when England reached the 500-mark in their first innings. The daddy hundreds from Ian Bell and Gary Ballance left India chasing the leather often than not for the initial two days in 2014.
In reply, apart from the fifties from Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni, none of the batsmen showed reliance on the Southampton wicket. The experienced James Anderson was once again the wrecker-in-chief with a five-wicket haul in first innings.
Alastair Cook, who missed century by five runs in the first innings, scored 70 in the second one. England declared in the second innings on 205 for four, asking Indians to chase 471 runs. Once again, the Indians faltered in their chase.
Only positive India got from the Test is the success of current vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. He got the fifties in both innings of the match. Moeen Ali rattled India by snaring six wickets to his name.
All in all, India enters the venue on the back of a poor 266-run loss. However, the winning momentum will certainly boost them to come well under Virat Kohli’s aggressive captaincy.
Series, So Far:
In the first at Edgbaston, it was the brilliance of Ben Stokes and Sam Curran that helped Englishmen go 1-0 in the series. The swing king, James Anderson’s dominance at Lords to stretch the series to 2-0.
However, the Indians came back strongly in the third Test at Trentbridge to bag one win in the five-match series. The game at The Rose Bowl, Southampton will unlock a lot of queries.