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Monday, 18 August 2014

Report: England vs India, 5th Investec Test

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England beat India inside three days in the fifth Test to complete a 3-1 series victory. The visitors were skittled out for 94 in only 29.2 overs as England won by an innings and 244 runs at The Oval.  (Also Read: Stats Highlights: England vs India, 5th Investec Test)

Their third successive victory scripted an extraordinary turnaround since the hosts were beaten by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord's to go 1-0 behind in the series.

After James Anderson and Stuart Broad broke through with the new ball, Chris Jordan took four of the last five wickets to put the final nail in the coffin. England had earlier smashed 101 runs in 11.3 overs to post 486 in reply to India's first-innings 148, with Joe Root making an unbeaten 149.

England had registered a lead of 338. They then claimed the scalps of M Vijay and Gautam Gambhir, to a run out, to send India in to lunch at 9 for 2, after rain forced an early break.

After a delay of an hour-and-a-half, the match resumed. Anderson had Chesteshwar Pujara caught behind while Ajinkya Rahane was brilliantly caught by Gary Ballance at slip off Stuart Broad.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who has been often India's saviour in this series, was caught by Sam Robson at short leg off Woakes to leave India in disarray at 46 for five.

Virat Kohli's miserable series continued when, on 20, he edged Jordan to Alastair Cook at first slip and Ravichandran Ashwin was caught by Ian Bell at second slip off Jordan after Ballance had pushed the ball up.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar edged Jordan straight to Bell and Varun Aaron failed to beat Moeen Ali's throw from the boundary and was run out trying to make a needless second run.

Jordan had the final say to complete figures of four for 18 when a vicious short ball forced Ishant Sharma to loop a simple catch to Moeen.

Man of the Match: Joe Root was his unbeaten 149.

Man of the Series: James Anderson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for their performances both with the bat and ball.

Brief scores: England 486 (Root 149, Cook 79, Ballance 64) beat India 148 (Dhoni 82, Woakes 3-30) and 94 (Jordan 4-18) by an innings and 244 runs


source: bcci.tv

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