Jasprit Bumrah inspires India to storming final-day victory over England at the Oval

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At lunch on day five, all four results were just about still possible. England had lost a couple of wickets in the morning, but the equation – 237 runs in the final two sessions, or simply retaining eight wickets – was not beyond them. Their plan was intact, just.

Forty-five minutes later, the game was all but over. A stunning spell of Jasprit Bumrah, ably supported by the parsimony of Ravi Jadeja, brought a collapse of four wickets for six runs. It was magnificent bowling to defy benign batting conditions, with some inspired bowling changes and field placings, too.

India, led by the captain Virat Kohli, were pumping up a crowd that was approximately equal in its support for each team. There was only one set of fans making any noise, though.

The rot set in when Jadeja, from over the wicket, spun one past Haseeb Hameed’s outside edge, and bowled him. Then Bumrah got to work, finding fierce reverse swing to bowl Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow in successive overs. Bairstow was scoreless, just like Moeen Ali, who turned Jadeja to short leg. Bumrah’s spell was 6-3-6-2.

For England, as so often, it was all left to Joe Root. For 77 balls, he kept India at bay. Bumrah was fearsome, but he managed it. From over the wicket into the rough outside leg-stump, Jadeja was awkward, but he managed. Spells from Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj were seen off. He had put on 35 with Chris Woakes, reliable as ever.

With the new ball available but not taken, Shardul Thakur returned, and got Root – playing on – first ball. England made it to tea, 20 minutes later, but only just. Woakes was caught by one of two midwicket off Umesh.

A few minutes after tea, India quit messing about, and took the new ball, more than eight overs late. Three balls late, Craig Overton was bowled off the elbow, and out came Jimmy Anderson – again. He and Ollie Robinson lasted a couple of overs, before Umesh found Anderson’s edge to secure a stunning victory by 157 runs. Somehow, Bumrah finished with just two wickets.

The wicket of Root was Thakur’s third of the match, but each was a vital breakthrough. There was Pope for 81 on day two, which prevented England making a match-shaping lead. And, on the final morning here, he dismissed Rory Burns in his very first over.

The score was 100 without loss, and Burns had just brought up his first Test fifty on his homeground when Thakur found a beauty that took the outside edge.

Dawid Malan looked uncomfortable against Jadeja, but it was hair-brained running that did for him. Hameed made an ambitious call, Malan was slow to react, and sub Mayank Agarwal did the rest.

From the calm of Sunday evening, and such promising beginnings, England would collapse in a heap: from 100 without loss to 210 all out. They cannot win the series, and have plenty to consider.

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