England win toss and bat against India in fourth test

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The pitch had no part to play in the dismissals of the England batsmen as it was tremendous bowling by the Indian seamers that got the batsmen out.

It was their combined effort, led by the returning Jasprit Bumrah, that helped India keep the series alive.

Instead, victory in Nottingham has given India an opportunity to become just the second side in Test history to win a five-match series from 2-0 down - with a Don Bradman-inspired Australia, against England in 1936/37, the only team to have achieved that feat. The rest of the batting line-up will be retained, with both Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari not considered in contention just yet. The commentators named the ball as "Boomerang Swing".

Root then had an lbw reprieve against Bumrah, thanks only to an overstep no-ball discovered via India's DRS.

Bumrah, Ishant Sharma (1/11 in 11 overs) and Hardik Pandya (1/37 in 6 overs) shared the spoils as the English top-order looked clueless against a sustained lateral movement generated by the trio. Woakes however has, along with James Anderson, been England's best bowler in the series, and the thigh injury that rules him out of the Test is more of a blow, although it does at least give England the chance to recall Curran - who was extremely unfortunate to miss out last time given his start to the series.

Buttler was 13 not out and Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 12.

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After couple of morale-crushing defeats in the first two Tests (31 runs at Edgbaston) and (innings defeat at the Lord's), Virat Kohli's men produced a splendid all-round performance to win the third Test in Nottingham by 203 runs.

England's batting so far, has revolved around the likes of skipper Joe Root, Jos Buttler and injured stumper Jonny Bairstow, who is expected to play as a specialist batsman in the fourth Test.

Surprisingly, this will only be the third Test at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

At Trent Bridge, Kohli was at his best again, scoring 97 in the first innings in tough conditions. It was young Sam Curran who was the thorn in India's flesh as he scored 78 runs and was the last person to be dismissed. Dhawan's wicket brought the in-form Indian skipper in, who reached the milestone of 6000 Test runs before England provided one more twist to the tale.

"India staged a forceful and decisive comeback at Trent Bridge which has opened up the series and the pressure is fully back on England". Like a boxer who remembers he is allowed to block his opponent rather than just getting repeatedly punched in the face, India suddenly find themselves very much back in this fight - but must do not forget to keep the same discipline that saw them triumph in Nottingham. Sam Curran now has 205 runs to his name in this series and averages 51.25 in 4 innings.

Earlier, Stuart Broad was rewarded for some fine bowling in the morning session with the wickets of both the Indian openers. For a fast bowler, having to bowl an extra delivery is also tiring work.

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