Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 5 Review

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Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs)

Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs

Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score

Day 4 – India 1st Inns 759/7d (190.4) – Added 368/3 in 82.4 Overs to the overnight score – India took a lead of 282 runs

England 2nd Inns 12/0 (5 Overs) – Trail by 270 runs

Day 5 – England 2nd Inns 207/10 (88 Overs) –Added 195/10 in 83 Overs to the overnight score – India won by an innings and 75 runs

Day five started off with England trailing by 270 runs with all their wickets in hand. India was the only team with a realistic chance to win and going up 4-0 in the series, otherwise the game would’ve ended in a draw.

Despite the pitch being batting friendly, England batsmen still had to go through the challenges posed by the Indian spin twins. The first session belonged to England, as they scored 85 runs with no damage being done after Kohli used all his resources to break through the English Openers.

Indian bowlers in Session 1 – Day 5

India made quick inroads post lunch, with England reduced to 129/4 after Cook and Jennings shared 103 runs for the first wicket. Earlier in the innings, Cook was trying to sweep most of Jadeja’s deliveries to take the LBW out of play. Jadeja eventually got the better of him firing a delivery down the line, and Cook lost his concentration, flicking it straight to KL Rahul at leg slip.

Alastair Cook vs Jadeja – Head to Head – This series

 

Wickets continued to fall after the Cook’s dismissal. Jennings, Root and Bairstow were all dismissed in a span of 26 runs. It all involved a moment of brilliance from Jadeja, who scalped the wickets of Root and Jennings. A stunning catch running backwards from Jadeja to dismiss Bairstow, shifted the momentum towards India.

Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes then tried to pull up the pump as they played an attacking brand of cricket. 32 of the 63 run stand came through boundaries.

Stokes – Moeen Ali partnership for 5th wicket

It was the lack of partnerships for England in the 2nd innings that led to their defeat today, a trend that has continued though this series.  It was a similar collapse for England like they had at Wankhede. In both matches, England lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs.

Number of sub – 20 partnerships for England in their 2nd innings (This series)

Ravindra Jadeja was undoubtedly India’s match winner, taking seven wickets for the first time in a test innings, ending with figures of 7/48. He finished with match figures of 10/154, his first 10 wicket haul in Tests. England was dismissed for 207, giving India victory by an innings and 75 runs.

Jadeja’s Best Bowling Figures in a Innings

Jadeja’s Best bowling figures in a Match

England’s Collapse after the 1st Session

After the end of the session, England were comfortably poised to draw the test having got to 90/0. Jadeja was the one bowler who made the difference on Day 5, picking up 7 out of the 10 wickets. The left arm spinner bowled 17 out of the last 51 overs, scalping 70% of the wickets in a 33% overs faced after lunch.

England – Session by Session on Day 5

England’s final day capitulation today was very similar to the their collapse against Bangladesh less than two months at Dhaka. England’s poor form in the last match of a series seems to be a consistent trend, something that will be a dire cause of concern for Trevor Bayliss. In their last 9 series, England has lost the final Test of a series on 8 occasions.

England’s Match Result in the last Test of a Series (Since 2015)

India in this series went from strength to strength creating history having not lost any of their last 18 Tests, making this their best unbeaten streak. They eclipsed the 17 match unbeaten streak that Kapil Dev led team managed from Sep 1985 to Mar 1987.

Consecutive Matches Unbeaten (Overall) in Tests for India

After three series defeats against England, India have well and truly won the bragging rights back with this resounding 4-0 series win. India end 2016 on a very bright note and will look to start 2017 with the same vigour and momentum in the upcoming ODI series against England.

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