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Led by Bumrah and Shardul, India’s Triumph over England ends a 50-year Long Wait

After the Innings defeat in Leeds, team India redeemed itself with a historic 157-run win over England at the Oval on Monday. It was the fourth day of the Test and Indian bowlers managed to bowl out the entire team England for 210. On the final day, the target before the England cricketers was 368 and they succumbed before the Indian bowlers within only an hour into the final session.     

With this historic win, India managed to take the unbeatable series lead of 2-1 in this five-match Test series. Winning this match was even more significant owing to the fact that it was only the second Test win of India at the Oval after the first win in 1971. On Monday, Virat Kohli[-led, India ended its 50-year old long run without a Test win at this venue. The first Test triumph was by four wickets under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar. It was the first time when the team India won a Test series on English soil.

In the latest match, the English batsmen marked their strong presence initially with a century-opening partnership. However, it came to an end when Shardul Thakur dismissed Rory Burns (50) just after reaching his half-century. Talking about Shardul’s contribution Indian Paced Jasprit Bumrah remarked at the post[-match conference, “It is massive. He played two crucial knocks that really helped us to gain momentum, even in the first innings he changed the momentum and the momentum clearly shifted in our favour.”

Interestingly, Jasprit on Monday earned the title of the fastest Indian pacer to reach 100 wickets in the Test games replacing Kapil Dev. Kapil Dev had made the previous record by taking 100 wickets in 25 Test matches. But, Jasprit took only 24 Test matches to reach the milestone. "We believed we could get all 10 wickets, we had the belief. As soon as the ball started reversing, Bumrah said give me the ball. He bowled that spell and swung the game in our favour with those two huge wickets,” Captain Kohli added when asked about Bumrah’s magical spell.

The disciplined bowling by the Indian bowlers and this unbeatable series lead have made every cricket fan forget the Innings defeat in the previous match. The fifth and final match of this Test series will begin on September 10 at Manchester’s Old Trafford.        

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