India suffered a 60-run defeat against England in the fourth Test at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton on Sunday to go down 1-3 in the five-match series.
Chasing 245 runs for victory, the visitors were bowled out for 184. Besides captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane's fifties, no other batsman was able to contribute to India's chase, thus losing their third successive Test series loss on England soil.
Moeen Ali was once again responsible for India's collapse as his 4/71 saw off Kohli (58), Rahane (51), Pant (18) and Shami (8),
The openers once again failed to deliver as Dhawan (17) and KL Rahul (0) were dismissed in the first session itself. Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a century in the first innings, failed to convert as he was dismissed for 5, courtesy of James Anderson.
The Indian cricket team had a chance of chasing the target set by the hosts as Kohli and Rahane's 101 partnership built India's momentum., however, once the skipper departed, it was all down-hill for the visitors, thus succumbing to another loss.
The Indian cricket fans did not take this lightly as they shared their views on the series loss.
Some thoughts on #engvind. India should look at this series (and the SA one too) as a lost opportunity, given the *squad* strength that they possessed. The root cause for the defeats is the fact that the squad strength simply did not translate into the playing XIs.— Karthik (@playstraight) September 2, 2018
We cannot always blame one man.. Indian team as gone back to those days where the fate of the match depended on one individual... That time it was @sachin_rt and now it is @imVkohli #ENGvIND #4thTest pant utar gayi— The lost King (@sauravsaysthat) September 2, 2018
The match was in our hand our batsman let us down dis series vl hurt each nd every indian #ENGvIND— Pankaj #Lostsoul🎬🏏 (@lost_boy23) September 2, 2018
This is deeply frustrating and extremely saddening that we lost the vincible series which wasn't expected from us. It's taking too much courage on my part as a fan to still support my team because this shouldn't have happened. @bhogleharsha @cricketaakash @BCCI #ENGvIND— Siddharth Srivastava (@iamsid_04) September 2, 2018
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The Indian team will now focus on the fifth and final match of the Test series, which will be played at the iconic Oval.