India picked up yet another emphatic win, as they beat England in the fourth Test by an innings and 25 runs. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel picked up 5 wickets each to decimate the visitors in the second innings. Rishabh Pant’s hundred and a resilient 96* from Washington Sundar gave India a lead of 160 earlier. The victory sealed India’s spot in the World Test C’ship final against New Zealand.
India vs England, 4th Test: Report
India came out to bat on Day 3 of the fourth Test on 294/7, 89 runs ahead of England. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel kneaded a 106 run stand for the 8th wicket, to frustrate the English bowlers. Axar was run-out on 43, Sundar remained stranded on 96. Ben Stokes dismissed Ishant Sharma and Md Siraj in the same over as India ended on 365.
England once again have only the batsmen to blame for the crushing defeat, as they collapsed for 135. Dan Lawrence was the only batsman to use his feet well against the Indian spinners, as he got a 50. The procession started early when Ashwin removed Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow with consecutive deliveries in the second over after lunch.
Axar failed to get wickets in his first four overs, for the first time. He returned with two quick wickets as he removed Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes. Ollie Pope and Joe Root seemed settled in after batting for 10 overs.
However, Ashwin and Axar came back to haunt them. Pope was dismissed off Axar when he missed his shot dancing down the wicket. Ashwin dismissed Root was lbw. With Ben Foakes and Dan Lawrence, it seemed the fight was almost over.
The duo frustrated the Indians with their 44-run stand. But it didn’t take long for the spin pair to dismiss the tail in the last session of the day. Ashwin ended the series with 31 wickets, his best figures. He was adjudged the Man of the Series. Pant was named Man of the Match for his scintillating 100.
England 205 (Ben Stokes 55; Axar Patel 4-68) & 135 (R Ashwin 5-47, Axar Patel 5-48) lost to India 365 (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sundar 96*; Ben Stokes 4-89) by an innings and 25 runs.