English pacemaker Ollie Robinson came up with a dream spell on Day 4 of the Headingley Test to beat his team to victory against India with one innings and 76 runs. Robinson finished with numbers of 5 for 65 while India collapsed from 215 for 2 to 278, which was a disastrous first session for them.
After India had struggled a lot on day 3, it went in the hope of continuing the good work. However, they were completely out of hand against the new ball when England trampled on their way to a series victory.
Team India got off to a horror start on Day 4 when Cheteshwar Pujara crashed without increasing its nightly score of 91. Batsman # 3 made a fatal error of assessment when he shouldered his arms on a shipment from Ollie Robinson that came back sharply. The referee didn’t raise his finger, but England chose the DRS and had their man.
India never recovered from the early setback and England’s bowlers were soon overwhelmed. Captain Virat Kohli survived a tight call against James Anderson when he reversed a catch-behind decision with the DRS – reps showed the punch pad and daylight between the willow and the ball.
England didn’t have to wait long to see the Indian skipper’s back, however. After half a century, Kohli died for 55 years and snatched another one from Robinson. England’s captain Joe Root immediately accepted the offer with joy.
Ajinkya Rahane’s (10) sad run continued as he nudged one of Anderson in the Corridor of Uncertainty and walked back. Not for the first time in the series, Rishabh Pant looked completely at sea. As in the first innings, he hung his bat on one of the outsides and presented a tame catch in slip cordon to give Robinson his fourth scalp.
Moving aside, England’s pacemakers also managed to get an extra jump off the surface that surprised India’s flirtatious batsmen. Pants sacking for 2 left India swaying at 239 for 6 and all that remained was the formalities.
England scythe through India’s lower order
After England learned their lessons from Lord’s, India’s tail did not allow settling during the first innings. The story was the same in the second essay.
After somehow surviving against England’s pacemaker, Mohammed Shami (6) was defeated by Moeen Ali when the ball spun sharply to hit his defense and rattle the stumps. Ishant Sharma (2) then became Robinson’s fifth victim, as he too was caught outside the tree stump in the canal.
Ravindra Jadeja tossed his racket around for a quick 30 before getting a ripper from Craig Overton and only managed to present Jos Buttler with an easy catch. The English pacemaker, on a comeback, then bowled England to an emphatic victory when Mohammed Siraj (0) blocked a ball lengthways to make it slide.
After England was outwitted at Lord’s, it took a breathtaking turnaround to draw level in the series. With two tests left, both teams still have everything to play for.