England fancied its chances of chasing down 368 on Day Five and it was frustrating to go 2-1 down in the series after being ahead for much of the contest, captain Joe Root said as he reflected on his team’s 157-run defeat at the Oval.
At 100 for 0, England was well on course for a win, but 10 wickets fell for 110 – a majority of them in the post-lunch session – to hand India a comfortable win in the end.
“It’s disappointing. Frustrating. Especially when we came in today with the opportunity to go and win a Test match,” Root said, addressing reporters.