Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’ as England go 1-2 behind in series, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’

Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’ as England go 1-2 behind in series, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’ ahead of Manchester Test
Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’ as England go 1-2 behind in series, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’ ahead of Manchester Test

Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’: England captain Joe Root was completely frustrated after England lost the fourth Test against India by 157 runs at Kennington Oval to slip 1-2 behind in the series. The England captain asked the hosts to be more ruthless in order to get a result in their favour.

‘It’s disappointing and frustrating, especially turning up with the opportunity to go and win a Test match,’ Joe Root said as quoted by DailyMail, adding,‘To be bowled out is hard to take.’

‘We have to be a little bit more ruthless at certain points of the game, and say: ‘Right, I’m going to grab this moment and get us into that advantageous position,’ Root further stated.

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Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’

Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-round performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors in defeating England by 157 runs to gain an unassailable lead of 2-1 in the series. It was also India’s first win in Oval in 50 years.

The hosts were bowled out for just 210 runs, adding just 134 runs to the overnight score. Half-centurions Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns were the only positives in the batting department—a big letdown for England in the ongoing Test series.

With the conditions good enough for batting, England openers got the hosts off to a decent start, with both scoring fifties, however, Shardul came into the attack and got rid of Burns in his first over of day 5.

Shardul Thakur who was part of the Indian quartet in scoring more than 50 runs in the second innings, again dazzled as he sent back Joe Root to the pavilion. Hosts were still in the game until just after lunch on Day 5 when Jasprit Bumrah produced a glorious spell to give India a real shot at victory.

Ind vs Eng: Joe Root ‘frustrated’, says defeat by India ‘hard to take’

The two teams will next meet at Old Trafford, Manchester scheduled to take place from September 10 to 14. England will now aim to bounce back in the final test and look to level 2-2 in the series. ‘We’ll look at how we responded from Lord’s and the performance we put in at Headingley. We’re going to look to do exactly the same at Old Trafford,’ Joe Root said.

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(with inputs from ANI)

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