England seal series 4-1

  • India-England Test Series
- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, LONDON

Sep 12, 2018-

England beat India by 118 runs to win the fifth Test at the Oval on Tuesday.

The match ended when James Anderson became the most successful fast bowler in Test history when he bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th Test wicket, breaking the record he had shared with Australia’s Glenn McGrath. The result saw England win the five-match series 4-1. India had collapsed to 2-3 while chasing a mammoth 464 to win. But a sixth-wicket stand of 204 in nearly 45 overs between opener KL Rahul (149) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (114) gave them hope of an improbable win before both batsmen fell to leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

No side have made more in the fourth innings to win a Test than the West Indies’ 418-7 against Australia at St John’s, Antigua in 2002/03. India’s recovery revived memories of their extraordinary drawn Test against England at the Oval in 1979 when, set 438 to win, they finished on 429 for eight with outstanding opener Sunil Gavaskar making 221.

India resumed Tuesday on 58-3. Rahul was 46 not out and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on 10. All eyes were on Anderson, who needed just one more wicket to break the record of 563 he shared with Australia great Glenn McGrath after rocking India with a double strike late on Monday.

Anderson bowled Tuesday’s first over, with the overcast conditions seemingly in his favour. But Rahul clipped Anderson’s  sixth delivery of the day legside for four to complete a fifty -- the first by an India opening batsman this series. But with both batsmen going well, a stand of 118 ended when Rahane (37) miscued a sweep off Moeen Ali to Keaton Jennings at midwicket.

India’s 120-4 was soon transformed into 121 for five when Ben Stokes struck with his fourth ball of the day. Test debutant Hanuma Vihari, who made 56 in India’s first innings, fell for a duck when, trying to withdraw the bat, he got a thin edge to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Summary

England 332 & 423-8 decl (A Cook 147, J Root 125; R Jadeja 3-179, H Vihari 3-37) beat India 292 & 345 all out (KL Rahul 149, R Pant 114; J Anderson 3-45, S Curran 2-23, A Rashid 2-63) by 118 runs

Man-of-the-match: A Cook (ENG)

Man-of-the-series: S Curran (ENG)

Published: 12-09-2018 08:26

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