6.05pm local: This Indian team has got itself in some great positions, both in South Africa and here in England, only to let things slip. It's a good thing that they're getting there in the first place, but yet another series has fallen victim to their inability of holding onto solid ground. Maybe they'll do that at The Oval, if only a little too late. Today, though, is all about Moeen Ali and England, and their 3-1 series win against the No. 1 Test team. That's all from us. I've been Sagar Chawla bringing you the coverage along with Raju Peethala, Ramakrishnan, Sriram and our scorer Siva. Goodbye!
Moeen Ali, Man of the Match: Great to be back. I have missed Test cricket a lot. Needed a break. Just to appreciate everything in general. To enjoy my cricket again. When I was watching the guys at home, I missed it. Great to come back and contribute to winning a game. Playing in England for a while now, back myself a bit more. Got more confidence from county cricket. Done a lot of hard work with Saqlain. Feel like I'm getting better as a spinner everyday. When they were about eight down, Root asked me if I fancied it (batting at three). Did enjoy the 15 balls I faced. If I do bat there again, I need to tighten up. Something I'm not thinking much about.
Joe Root, England captain: He has, not just in this game but throughout the series. For a young guy (Curran) to have such an influence is outstanding. Credit to the group, they were outstanding throughout. From being up against it on the first morning, character has been a massive strength of this team. Then the skill level to back it up has been phenomenal. For the seamers it was about hitting the surface as hard as possible and for spinners it was about being as aggressive as possible. Keep the catchers in and trust that there would be one ball that would turn the game around. Way we went about how to approach the day's play was outstanding. Bit of time away from this environment can help. Have spoken with Mo about that. Going to the T20 League experiencing a different side of it. Today was probably the best I've seen him bowl in an England shirt. Such a testament to how he's gone about things. That strength and depth of the squad really excites me. When you're in the form he's in, it's a nice luxury to have (about playing him at three). We do bat deep. Has been a great strength for us this series.
Kohli (2/2): Weren't many negatives for us from this game. Need to focus on positives. Have to take heart going into the final Test. It is quite handy to have guys who can strike the ball well in those positions. Once those partnerships get going, it gets frustrating. Every team feels like that, when the lower-order gets runs. They were braver in tough situations than us. Those contributions from lower-order have been significant. Would like to congratulate Sam Curran, a nice find for England and he's doing well. Joe (Root) was saying, it might not look like it but it has been a competitive series. Agree with him, been enjoyable to play. Fun for the people to watch too. Won't throw in the towel, we will come out with same intensity at The Oval.
Kohli, India captain (1/2): I thought England did well to give us that target. They batted well in third innings. Seeing how the pitch was, how the ball was turning, they applied themselves and got to a total that was challenging. Thought we were in with a fifty-fifty chance last night. Didn't get a good start, England applied a lot of pressure. All in all it was a challenging day, we put our best foot forward but it wasn't good enough. Don't think we made too many mistakes today. Credit to them. We never thought like that (of an impending collapse). Me and Jinks did well with that partnership, but if you don't have a partnership before or after it becomes difficult. But we were always under the pump. The pressure was non-stop. We felt the passion of eleven players on the field, wanting to win the Test match for their country. Me and Jinks (Rahane) had the same passion. It was getting competitive. It was tough for England as well that phase. But they pulled it back. That's the beauty of Test cricket. I thought about my dismissal as well in the first innings, if I had carried on we would've got a larger lead. Nothing to take away from Pujara. He was outstanding in the first innings to get us a lead of 30-odd. He played so well to get us that lead.
Stats corner from Deepu Narayanan:
- Only four times before this Test, India went on to lose a Test after getting opposition down for 86 or fewer in the 1st inngs of the match.26/6 vs Pak, Kolkata, 199939/6 vs Pak, Karachi, 200668/6 vs Pak, Bengaluru, 198781/6 vs Aus, Adelaide, 1992
- Second closest win by runs for England against India after the 31-run win in Edgbaston in the first Test.
- England beating India after conceding a 1st inngs lead:13 Lord's, 1936 (Won by nine wkts)67 Trent Bridge, 2011 (Won by 319 runs)27 Southampton, 2018 (Won by 60 runs)
Anderson: I was praying for something to happen. Mo bowled so well. The pressure that he created was immense. Made our job easier. We were praying for half-chances, few LBWs to go our way. Great for me (when asked about the much hyped Anderson vs Kohli battle). He's (Kohli) their best player. If not, one of the best players in the world. We've put him down in the series a few times but you got to give him credit. Wasn't expecting it (that catch). If Ashwin can get a few away, nerves will start getting to us. So, need to convert those half-chances.
Broad: Fantastic. It's been a brilliant series, quite emotional too. It's been a great series so far, each day you are not really sure which way the Test match is a going to go and it's a great feeling walking off with a series win. Huge credit to both teams for the way they have played. Both teams have shown amazing character. When Ashwin was hitting like that and with just 60 odd left we were a bit down and thinking could they do it? Brilliant feeling any time you win any Test match of a series particularly against a number side in the world. Has been really intense. We have been helped by the pitches in the first three Tests. Our workloads have been manageable, but still tiring. We were very proud as a bowling unit, we have adapted really nicely. When Kohli and Rahane were going like that, we just kept saying one wicket and all we needed was that one breakthrough and we knew we could make things happen.
Ben Stokes: Came here with a bit of pressure after that performance at Trent Bridge. We could have easily crumbled but we showed great character. Pretty special day. The lead that we had was always crucial regardless of their batting line-up. Took me back a few years to score those runs (smiles). I just thought that the time I spent out there was crucial. I said to Stuart I have gone away, away, away, is it too greedy to throw one back in and he said, no it's No. 9 and it worked.
Sam Curran: I can't believe what's happening. It's a special feeling to contribute to the win and most importantly we have won the series. I am just trying to play naturally as I have done for Surrey, luckily a few have come out of the screws nicely.
The pacers from both teams have been superb, almost cancelling each other out. But another major difference area between the teams have been their lower-orders. India were right on top on Day 1 with England reeling at 86/6, but they got away through Curran, just like they had got away from 86/6 at Edgbaston. Those handy partnerships lower down the order mean so much in the context of the game today.
India knew they weren't going to be favourites today. The target was already over 230, and even after nipping out the final two wickets cheaply, history was against them. Kohli and Rahane offered hope in the face of an excruciating attack out of the rough from Moeen Ali, they waded India into a position from where they could fancy their chances. But it all came crashing down, which was always going to happen with Ali being as relentless as he was. In what was pretty much a second innings shootout, that's where the contest was won and lost. India's off-spinner Ravi Ashwin missing his mark with those rough patches, while Moeen Ali hitting it again and again and again. And again.
17:23 Local Time, 16:23 GMT, 21:53 IST: Jubilant scenes on the field and in the crowd. This England team may not be the strongest, there are a lot of problem areas to be dealt with, but they've still put the series beyond India with an unassailable 3-1 lead. Fittingly, it's Sam Curran to wrap it all up. It was always Sam Curran. Be it at Edgbaston or here, whenever England were in trouble, there he was - Super Sam Curran to bail them out. What a series this has been for him.
Sam Curran to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
He might've stretched himself a bit too much with that single, Ashwin. Needs the physio to have a look. He's obviously not going to go off now, whatever the problem.
Does the field come up? No it doesn't.
Sam Curran [2.0-1-1-0] is back into the attack
Some of the deep fielders come inside with just two balls to go
They've taken drinks with one wicket to go.
Jasprit Bumrah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Ishant, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Wow, things have really fallen apart for India this session. Moeen Ali doing sensational things here.
Ishant Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ishant earns a promotion ahead of Shami. That will please some I'm sure.
Moeen Ali to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
How about a reverse-sweep now, eh? Nah.
Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Root wasn't happy with that boundary, probably wanted more out of Bairstow at long-off
Less than 100 needed after that brace at the end of last over. Just this psychological thing
They've got two slips, a cover, backward point, mid-off and also a third man
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Round the wicket to Pant
Stokes to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Welcome back. Rahane and Pandya are sitting on the fence discussing their strategies. What a huge test this is going to be for the Indian lower middle-order. They're still over 100 runs away with Ali bowling beautifully into the rough. It would be something absolutely sensational if they can hold their own today. India need that desperately. This is the series right here. Stokes pumping in..
15:41 Local Time, 14:41 GMT, 20:11 IST: Kohli stands up in the balcony and applauds, almost egging his team on. What an enthralling session, just like the one before it, and just like the 9 before that one. Kohli and Rahane fought ever so hard against the rough, against Ali and against themselves to keep India alive with a 101-run stand. India might have even been getting on top at one stage, as reflected through the mood in the crowd, but Moeen Ali, who must have felt aggrieved earlier on, finally got the deserved wicket of Kohli. His threat from one end has been unwavering, while their seamers have thrown questions of their own from the other. It's a brilliant finish in prospect. Don't miss it. Back soon.
The crowd into this. Slow claps as we approach the final ball before tea
Now a silly point in too
Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes [2.0-1-7-0] is back into the attack
Moeen Ali [13.0-3-25-0] is back into the attack
STAT: This is now the highest 4th wicket stand in the 4th innings for India in England, surpassing 83 by MAK Pataudi and Ajit Wadekar in Edgbaston in 1967.
While there'll still be the odd ball that nips around, playing seam bowling isn't as difficult as it was with the new ball. There's very little pace in this pitch right now
There's a fielder placed at around short third man to cut off Rahane's dab
Interesting this from Root to take Ali off. He's clearly looked the most threatening bowler once the ball has got older.
Adil Rashid [4.0-2-10-0] is back into the attack
Now this is interesting. Rashid comes on from Ali's end
Drinks. A really testing period for India. 40 runs have been added. Moeen Ali bowled relentlessly into the rough, but Rahane and Kohli handled him with great care. The former in particular looked very solid against the offie. Rashid was brought, but he didn't trouble the Indian batsmen, so Anderson has returned with the ball reversing a bit. Very interesting next hour ahead...
Short mid-wicket in. Watchout for the inswinger!
Root runs to have a chat with Anderson
James Anderson [6.0-2-15-2] is back into the attack
Anderson is warming up
Runs are hard to come by for India
Most runs by an Indian captain in an away series:512 V KOHLI in Eng, 2018 *496 R Dravid in WI, 2006449 V Kohli in Aus, 2014-15434 S Gavaskar in Pak, 1982-83426 M Azharuddin in Eng, 1990
Three successive maiden overs from England. India need to find a way to keep the scoreboard moving
Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Back over the wicket now
Round the wicket, so he's going to land in the region which is well protected and there is no rough patch
One slip, gully and a short cover now
Kohli is given not out, England review for LBW. Is the impact outside off? Umpire's call will not be enough here. Impact OUTSIDE and England don't have any reviews left.
Stuart Broad [6.0-1-14-1] is back into the attack
Two slips and a gully for Broad
Silly-point and short leg for Kohli
Two short legs and a slip in place. They are there for the bat-pad
Welcome back... You cannot take your eyes off this game. So on that controversial Kohli LBW, third umpire Joel Wilson could have clarified better. The bat had touched the pad before the ball came, so there was a wave on UltraEdge already. And then the ball goes very closely to the bat, there could well have been an edge. You got to look at the seam changing on the ball when it strikes the pad after crossing the bat etc. Wilson could have easily said, I can't conclusively say there's no bat there, so I can't overturn the on-field "Not Out" call.
13:00 local: How big a moment was that? England players are engulfed with a great sense of frustration as they mosey off the field. They think Kohli should have been in his dressing room by now. Moeen Ali got him out lbw - of course the onfield umpire didn't give it, but replays proved otherwise - only to be saved by an umpiring error. India, though, are not complaining. "Umpires are humans afterall and they do make mistakes as well. No point ridiculing them," a theory that Ian Bishop preaches so often. After knocking England off in 5 overs, India came out with a positive intent, but all of it has been snuffed out by a grubber of an inswinger by Broad. Anderson, who wasn't at his best so far, nipped out Pujara and Dhawan before Rahane joined hands with Kohli. These two will hold the key as far as India are concerned. England will know they are one wicket away. It's all revving up for an exciting contest. Back in 40....
Ball-tracking apparently showed THREE REDS. Well well.....
No ball-tracking still. Would be interesting to see....
Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Root asks Jennings to move to silly point to arrest Kohli's lunging movements outside off
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Here's MO. only one slip
James Anderson has equalled Muralitharan on 105 Test wickets against India - the most by any bowler.
Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Anderson is not happy with the shape of the ball, umpire Kumar Dharmasena has a look and walks up to square leg umpire for more examination. Will they change the ball? Nope.
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Pujara, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
KL Rahul's last 13 innings outside the sub-continent: 28, 10, 4, 0, 16, 4, 13, 8, 10, 23, 36, 19, 0
Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Three slips and a gully for Broad too.
Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Dhawan and Rahul are at the crease. Dhawan is on strike. Anderson will open the attack