ngland arrived on the final morning of the fourth LV= Insurance Test dreaming of a famous chase against India but left with their tail between their legs, outclassed in a 157-run defeat at the Kia Oval.
The home side needed 291 in three sessions to complete a record pursuit of 368 but never looked like making a serious dent in that challenge as India rinsed them for 210 to take a 2-1 lead with a game to play.
India were in control from the start but moved in for the kill in the afternoon session, peaking with a climactic stint that saw Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja share four wickets for just six runs.
Here is how Will Macpherson rated England’s players in the fourth test…
A terrific fifty in the second innings which was ended by a lovely ball, but a poor game until then dropped. Centurion Rohit Sharma twice, and fell cheaply in the first innings.
Rash shot in the first innings, and an accomplished half-century in the second – his fourth in six Tests. Got bogged down again, but England should not worry too much about that.
Looked excellent in the first innings, especially on the opening evening, but slow out of the blocks for his final-day run out and troubled by Jadeja.
His freakish run of centuries had to end at some stage. Looked in good touch in both innings, but cannot carry England every time.
A terrific first innings, but undone by a beauty from Bumrah in the second. With Buttler about, his place at Old Trafford is not absolutely certain.
A dropped catch on the opening day was frustrating, but not too costly. Flickered with the bat, again, in an important first innings partnership with Pope, but England needed more. In the second innings, it was back to being bowled.
A poor first game as vice-captain, really. A poor first innings dismissal, a lack of control with the ball, a bad missed run out, and a second innings duck. On the plus side, did dismiss Kohli to go third on the wickets list for English spinners.
A staggering return, really. To bowl like he did, for so many overs, after quite so little cricket, was superb. And he batted very well too.
Disappointing, after an outstanding performance at Headingley. Should have been used more by Root, but there was a bit of Sam Curran about the drop-off between him and the others seamers. Injured getting out in the second innings, so even he might not be available at Old Trafford.
Looked leggy in this game, and could not find the heights hit at Leeds – but the wickets still came. Has he got one more game in him? He might have to.
Bowled better in both innings than his figures suggest, but did hit a wall to some extent in this game. Faces a major battle to play on his home ground.