The Indian captain Virat Kohli was the lone batsman who stood up to the brilliant bowling from the England team in the fourth innings as the home side’s chase of 420-run target went awry pretty soon as the day started, with James Anderson and Jack Leach doing maximum damage.
Leach had already taken the wicket of Rohit Sharma late on day 4 to give a big jolt, and then dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara early on day 5, with a delivery that bounced from an awkward length, and Pujara was caught at a silly point while defending.
Then James Anderson came onto the scene and broke the spine of Indian batting while dismissing Shubman Gill for 50, and then clean bowling Ajinkya Rahane for a duck with great delivery. He then accounted for the dangerous Rishabh Pant for 11 runs and the Indian team was looking down the barrel, especially as first innings’ hero Washington Sundar was dismissed for a duck, again falling to Bess.
Virat Kohli’s vigil comes to an end as Ben Stokes cleans him up
However, R Ashwin (9 in 46 balls) stayed put with Virat Kohli, who became the second captain in over 50 years to score a fifty in the fourth innings at Chennai. The duo ignited the hopes of a redo of the Sydney Test against Australia, but it was not to be as Ashwin was caught by Jos Buttler off Dom Bess and Virat Kohli received a delivery from Ben Stokes that stayed low and sent his off-stump cartwheeling.
Kohli batted 104 balls and made 72 runs with 9 fours and was the last hope for India to delay the inevitable. However, Ben Stokes, who got the ball to stay low on a disintegrating Chepauk wicket and who had troubled Kohli somewhat, finally got a delivery that stuck in the pitch leaving a puff of dust and hit Kohli’s off stump.
There wasn’t much resistance after Kohli’s wicket fell with India on 179 runs despite it brought a big relief for the England team as they could now target the remaining tailenders.