India go down by 60 runs, lose series 1-3

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SOUTHAMPTON, September 2: Indian batting once again wilted miserably under trying circumstances as a relentless England recorded a comfortable 60-run victory in the fourth Test to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Chasing a tricky target of 245, India were bowled out for a paltry 184 on the fourth day on a pitch where survival wasn’t a problem but run-scoring definitely was.
India have never chased a target of 200 plus outside the sub-continent in the past three decades and the script didn’t change this time round.
What will hurt Virat Kohli and his men most is the fact that they were beaten by one of the weakest teams in recent times. An ageing bowling attack of Jimmy Anderson-Stuart Broad along with off-spinner in Moeen Ali (5/63 and 4/71) tormented the Indians just like they did during the 2014 series.
Under Ravi Shastri’s coaching, India have now lost Test series in all those countries, which are considered to be tough places for touring teams.
While the Indian coach has repeatedly stressed about being a good travelling side, save Trent Bridge Test, there hasn’t been indications enough to show that Kohli’s team is ready to beat the best when conditions are alien.
Under Shastri-Kohli duo, India have lost in Australia (where MS Dhoni captained in two Tests), in South Africa and now in England.
The inconsequential final Test will be played at the Oval from September 7. (PTI)