India vs England Test series; Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow dismissed on final day in 106-run loss

India have drawn level in their five-game Test series against England, with an extremely poor Ben Stokes dismissal and a heated Jonny Bairstow blow-up headlining a disappointing fourth and final day for the visitors.

With the side requiring 399 runs to secure victory in the second innings, England were always up against it and despite some players making promising starts, only Zak Crawley was able to post an important score as they were bowled out for 292.

England lost two quick wickets before lunch, with opener Crawley (73) and wicket-keeper Bairstow (26) both dismissed in the space of eight balls.

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Bairstow – who has been no stranger to controversy in recent times – was caught in a brief altercation with Ravichandran Aswhin, with some eagle-eyed viewers catching an expletive-laden spray directed at the Indian spinner.

The match remained somewhat in the balance heading into the second session, but any hopes of an England victory were dashed when Stokes was run out by a sharp piece of fielding from Shreyas Iyer.

While batting with Ben Foakes, the captain was caught napping and after a brief miscommunication, was unable to make his ground as Iyer threw down the stumps with a perfect direct-hit from the mid-wicket region.

Earlier in the match, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a brilliant double-century to set up a solid first innings total, before Shubman Gill produced a timely century to help India set a large total for the visitors to chase.

Jasprit Bumrah backed up the efforts from his batters with a six-wicket haul in the first innings, before nabbing the prized scalps of Bairstow and Foakes in the second and putting the icing on the cake by dismissing Tom Hartley to wrap up the result.

The match wasn’t without some highlights for England, with Crawley scoring 76 and 73 in his two knocks, while veteran seamer James Anderson finished with figures of 5/66 in an impressive display with ball in hand.

The third clash between India and England will begin on February 15, with the status of former captain Virat Kohli still up in the air. 

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