After from an empathic win, India brought down to ground by hosts as they dominated each and every session at Southampton. After putting a huge score up front after winning the toss, England gained the huge advantage in the match brining India into follow on. However, instead of giving follow on they batted again and set India Mountain to climb in the fourth innings. It hardly took India 2 more sessions before conceding the match in England’s hand.
England’s dominance began from the toss itself as won all important toss and decided to bat. It was tough conditions to bowl but missing some easy chances made it tougher. Cook with a good 95 showed signs of form. With Ballance continuing his form, scored 156. Bell who looked clueless in the series too grabbed a chance to get into form as he scored 167. Debutant Butler in the end gave a quick blitz scoring 85 ensuring England declare at 569 for 7. India’s Bhuvneswar Kumar picked 3 wickets.
Later some perfect lines from England kept India in trouble but Rahane and Rohit looked to take India past the follow on barrier. When all looked good both batsmen threw away playing poor shots. Later Captain Dhoni scored 50 along with tail-enders tried his best but India bundled out for 330 felling 40 short of avoiding follow on.
England didn’t gave follow on and batted again and came out in a way to score quick runs. Cook played an anchor role with unbeaten 70 along with Ballance, Bell & Root chipped in with quick fire knocks. England declared at 205 for 4 setting India a target of 445.
India never looked to chase the mountain and even at least saving the game. They lost four wickets on last session of Day four itself. Day 5 began with 6 wickets in hand hoping for a miracle but the resulted in a miracle collapse as India bowled out for just 178. Rahane fought with an unbeaten 52. Moeen Ali collapsed with 6 wickets, along with picking up the last 4 wickets.
England: 569 for 9 decl (I Bell 167, GS Ballance 156; B Kumar 3/101, R Jadeja 2/153) and 205 for 5 decl (A Cook 70*, JE Root 56; R Jadeja 3/52, B Kumar 1/59) beat