England v India Test series in numbers as Virat Kohli leads run-getters

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Virat Kohli has outshone Joe Root in the batting department.

England clinched Test series victory over India at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday and now hold an unassailable 3-1 lead heading into the fifth and final match at the Oval starting on Friday (September 7).

After a Test match for the ages in Southampton, we look back at some of the key numbers so far in the series.

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Most runs in the series – Virat Kohli

Matches – 4
Innings – 8
Runs – 544
Average – 68
Balls Faced – 954
Centuries – 2
Fifties – 3
Top Score – 149

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates reaching his fifty during play on the fourth day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest England on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Head and shoulders above the rest: Virat Kohli.

Jos Buttler (260), Sam Curran (251), Cheteshwar Pujara (241) and Ajinkya Rahane (220) make up the top five.

Most wickets in the series – James Anderson

Matches – 4
Innings – 8
Wickets – 19
Average – 17.68
Economy – 2.39
Overs Bowled – 140.1
Maidens – 38
Runs conceded – 336
Best – 5-20

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: England bowler James Anderson celebrates after having India batsman Shikhar Dhawan caught during the 4th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Integral again: James Anderson.

Indian paceman Ishant Sharma (15) is second while Stuart Broad and Mohammed Shami are tied on 14, with Jasprit Bumrah the fifth-most productive bowler on 11 scalps.

Anderson is now just four wickets shy of levelling Australian great Glenn McGrath’s haul of 563 scalps.

Most catches – KL Rahul and Alastair Cook (tied with 11 each)

The Indian opener’s catches have come during just seven India innings, as opposed to Cook’s eight occasions in the field. KL Rahul snaffled a series-high four during the tourists’ emphatic third Test win at Trent Bridge.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: England batsman Alastair Cook looks behind after edging the ball to Rahul off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 17 runs during day four of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

KL Rahul has been a safe pair of hands in the slip cordon for India.

Highest Partnership in the Series Sixth-wicket stand of 189 between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes at Lord’s.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Chris Woakes of England celebrates reaching his century with teammate Jonathan Bairstow during day three of the 2nd Specsavers Test between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Epic stand: Chris Woakes and Bairstow piled on the runs at the Home of Cricket.

Highest Team Total – England: 396-7d, off 88.1 overs in second innings of second match at Lord’s.

Chris Woakes celebrates after scoring his maiden Test hundred at Lord's

All-rounder Chris Woakes (137*) celebrates after scoring his maiden Test hundred.

Most fours – Virat Kohli (61)

Kohli registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday.

Simply sublime: Virat Kohli.

Most sixes – Sam Curran (4, from just five innings)

Curran scored a superb 78

Sam Curran hasn’t been afraid to smash the ball around.

Highest strike-rate in an innings – Jos Buttler 121.87 (39 off 32 balls, including three 4s and two 6s)

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: England batsman Jos Buttler drives a ball to the boundary watched by wicketkeeper Pant during day four of the 3rd Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jos Buttler was among the runs in both innings in Nottingham.

Highest Test aggregate of runs  Trent Bridge (1,159 runs scored between the sides).

India will not want to lose the momentum from their Trent Bride win.

India were the dominant side in the third Test.

Total amount of wickets to have fallen – 144: 40 at Birmingham; 27 at Lord’s; 37 at Nottingham and 40 during the Southampton Test.

Most extras conceded in an innings – 34, forming England’s first innings total of 246 at Southampton (B: 23; lb; 9, nb: 2).

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in action during day three of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 1, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant faced tough conditions to keep to at the Ageas Bowl.

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Virat Kohli lauds Sam Curran's display in India's 60-run loss to England at Southampton

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Sam Curran has come in for some praise from the India skipper.

India’s hopes of salvaging the five-match series were extinguished on Sunday as they fell to a 60-run defeat to England in the fourth Test against England.

Despite relinquishing the series 1-3 with a match to spare, India skipper Virat Kohli lauded the intensity shown by his men and vowed to come back stronger in the final match at the Oval.

“I thought England played really well to give us that target, seeing how the pitch was and the ball was spinning, it was challenging for us,” Kohli said after the match.

“We thought we were in with a chance last night but we didn’t get the start we wanted, they were relentless with the ball and applied pressure throughout. Credit to them, they bowled well and we couldn’t get enough.

“There were many factors, but not many negatives, England played better than us and deserved the win. We need to take the positives into the next Test match.

“Apart from Lord’s I don’t think we have been outplayed, it’s been enjoyable, teams going at each other with good quality. We’ll go to the Oval and come out with the same intensity.”

Sam Curran dismissed Kohli in the first innings at Southampton.

Sam Curran dismissed Kohli in the first innings at Southampton.

Kohli, who went past 500 runs individually in the series, lauded England youngster Sam Curran for his fighting displays with the bat in both the innings. The 20-year-old England all-rounder struck a brilliant 78 in the first innings before following it up with an equally crucial 46 in the second innings.

“I think it’s great to have guys who strike the ball well in those positions, you can get a partnership together and hurt the opposition,” Kohli said about the youngster.

“They are fearless and have skills, they were braver than us in tough positions. Runs from the lower order were significant, I congratulate Sam Curran, he’s been a fine cricketer.”

The fifth and final Test between the two sides will get underway at the Oval in London on September 7.

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Moeen Ali is the king of Southampton and other takeaways as England clinch Test series

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Moeen Ali's was the hero for England once again with the ball.

In a Test match for the ages, hosts England clinched victory in the series after completing a 60-run win over India in the fourth match at Southampton.

With England’s final two wickets falling early on day four, India were set a stiff target of 245 to win in the final innings. In a topsy-turvy chase in which both sides took turns to impose themselves,  it was England who came out on top ultimately as they secured a 3-1 win in the five-match series.

India eventually folded for 184 runs in their second innings as their hopes of taking the series into a decider at The Oval were cruelly dashed.

Here, we look at the key talking points from the clash.

ANDERSON AND BROAD DESTROY INDIA’S TOP ORDER

India would have been hoping for a decent start from their openings in their fourth innings chase after bundling out the final two English wickets early on day four. Those hopes, however, were quickly dashed with England’s new-ball pairing of James Anderson and Stuart Broad breathing havoc at the start of the innings.

The two England pacers were getting the ball to move both ways at will and with the odd delivery staying low, the batsmen were in for a testing period. KL Rahul was the first to perish before even opening his account after an excellent inswinger from Broad kept a touch low before shattering his stumps.

Anderson soon got into the act himself and he had India’s first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara trapped plumb on the pads with a delivery that tailed in late. England’s all-time leading wicket-taker had his second scalp soon after with Shikhar Dhawan edging one to gully after a tumultuous stay at the crease.

That wicket meant India were reduced to 22 for three in their chase of 245 with the hosts sniffing blood.

Anderson struck two huge blows for England early on day four.

Anderson struck two huge blows for England early on day four.

KOHLI AND RAHANE LEAD INDIA’S FIGHTBACK

In keeping with the script of the match, a further twist was in store despite India’s top-order collapse. Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane came together after the early damage and reignited India’s hopes with a century stand between them.

Kohli looked to be in the zone as he went after any loose delivery on offer despite the odd ball giving him a scare. He survived a contentious leg-before decision against Moeen Ali while batting on nine before going past 500 runs in the series.

Rahane, on the other hand, looked resolute for the most part as he kept one end steady for India. Both the batsmen notched up their respective half-centuries and while they were there together at the crease, an India win was looking very much the likely outcome.

Kohli and Rahane gave India hope with a 101-run partnership.

Kohli and Rahane gave India hope with a 101-run partnership.

MOEEN ALI SPINS ENGLAND TO VICTORY

Just when India had started to dream of pulling off a famous overseas chase, Moeen Ali turned hero for England once again with the ball.

The all-rounder’s five-wicket haul had brought the hosts roaring back in the first innings and in the second, he provided the crucial breakthrough just when England desperately needed it.

Moments before lunch, the off-spinner saw Alastair Cook drop a sharp chance off Kohli’s bat.

However, he would not be denied in the very next delivery with the ball kissing the edge off Kohli’s bat before lobbing off the pads into the hands of Cook who made no mistake this time.

Post lunch, Ali extinguished Rishab Pant’s brief counter-attack after having the India wicketkeeper caught in the deep.

When he trapped Rahane leg-before wicket for 51, the match had well and truly turned England’s way. Moeen though, wasn’t done yet, as he claimed the wicket of Mohammed Shami to complete a nine-wicket haul in the match.

His superb display in the Test drew flashbacks to his 6-67 against the same opponents at the very same venue in 2014.

Moeen Ail's off-spin proved to be the difference once again.

Moeen Ail’s off-spin proved to be the difference once again.

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