Twitterati Stunned By India's Collapse On Day 4 As England Level The Series 1-1
Twitterati Stunned By India's Collapse On Day 4 As England Level The Series 1-1

Team India showed great signs of determination and grit on the third day of the Headingley Test only for it to be completely shattered on the morning of Day 4. After keeping the English bowlers at bay, the batting order crumbled as soon as the new ball was taken by the hosts.

Joe Root’s men brushed aside India in the first session on Saturday. Overnight batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli walked out to bat with a lot of the Indian hopes resting on them. Their hard work came undone in the 4th over itself when Pujara was dismissed LBW by Ollie Robinson.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane carried on, but they didn’t look comfortable. Kohli survived a few close calls and got to his fifty but fell almost immediately after to Robinson. That was the last bit of hope and once the skipper headed back, a procession followed.

The typical middle-order collapse ensued, as Rahane (10 off 25) and Rishabh Pant (1 off 7) fell to innocuous deliveries outside off. None of the others lasted more than 10 balls as Ravindra Jadeja was fighting a lone battle at the other end. He scored at a brisk rate but he was only delaying the inevitable.

Ollie Robinson, England
Ollie Robinson after picking up his second five-wicket haul. (Image: Twitter)

On the rare occasion of an off-day for James Anderson, the other two pacers, Robinson and Craig Overton stepped up to complete the formalities. The former even picked up his second fifer of the series, ending with figures of 5/65. Although the pitch didn’t offer much assistance, skillful bowling combined with poor batting brought about India’s downfall.

England eventually won the match by an innings and 76 runs, a stunning comeback after suffering a devastating heartbreak at Lord’s a couple of weeks ago. The victory levels the series 1-1, with the next Test beginning on September 2 at the Oval in London.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the day’s play between England and India:

 

 

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