After a Test match for the ages in Southampton, we look back at some of the key numbers so far in the series.
Most runs in the series – 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
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.
Highest Partnership in the Series – Sixth-wicket stand of 189 between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes at Lord’s.
Highest Team Total – England: 396-7d, off 88.1 overs in second innings of second match at Lord’s.
Most fours – Virat Kohli (61)
Most sixes – Sam Curran (4, from just five innings)
Highest strike-rate in an innings – Jos Buttler 121.87 (39 off 32 balls, including three 4s and two 6s)
Highest Test aggregate of runs – Trent Bridge (1,159 runs scored between the sides).
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.