Sunday 17 August 2014 

England Complete Three-Day Victory

Chris Jordan celebrates a wicket
Chris Jordan took four wickets as England hammered India by an innings and 244 runs
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England celebrate their 3-1 series victory
England celebrate their 3-1 series victory
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England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
Fifth Test, The Kia Oval
Scorecard

England sealed a 3-1 series win over India with a crushing innings-and-244-run victory in the fifth and final Test at the Kia Oval.

After Joe Root scored an unbeaten 149 to help England extend their second innings to 486, India collapsed to be all out for just 94.

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England batted with confidence in the morning session with Stuart Broad hammering 37 in 21 balls and they then reduced India to nine for two when rain brought about an early lunch.

The remaining eight wickets fell after the break as England powered home, Chris Jordan taking four for 18, James Anderson two for 16 with Broad and Chris Woakes claiming one apiece.

Stuart Binny top scored with 25 not out and Virat Kohli (20) was the only other player to reach double figures.

England resumed the day 237 ahead and quickly set about extending their lead, taking advantage of plenty of charity offered by India.

After Root reached his century, Jordan fell early, caught behind off Ishant Sharma for 20 before Root and Broad added 63 runs for the ninth wicket in very short order.

India peppered Broad, who was hit by Varun Aaron at Emirates Old Trafford, with short balls but the left-hander didn't flinch.

Instead he struck five fours and a six and his 37 occupied just 21 balls before he was caught by Virat Kohli off Sharma.

Root continued to score at pace and ended just short of scoring 150 when Anderson (1) was trapped in front by Ravichandran Ashwin.

In all, he faced 165 balls, hitting 18 fours and one six while Sharma took four for 96, Ashwin three for 72, Aaron two for 153 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar one for 86.

England struck early when India came out to bat when Anderson had Murali Vijay trapped in front for two and worse was to come when Gautam Gambhir set off for a single and was sent back by Cheteshwar Puara.

With rain falling, Woakes hit the stumps to run him out for three and an early lunch was called with India already struggling.

After the break, England needed just 23.1 overs to take the remaining eight wickets. It was a procession, set up by excellent bowling, assisted by brilliant catching and a lack of application from India.

Pujara (11), Kohli (20), Ajinkya Rahane (4), Ashwin (7) and Kumar (4) were all caught behind the wicket, with Gary Ballance's one-handed grab diving forward to remove Rahane the pick of a good bunch.

MS Dhoni flicked Woakes straight to Sam Robson at short leg to register a four-ball duck and another run out saw off Aaron when he failed to return for a second run, taking on Moeen Ali in the deep.

And with Binny stranded at the other end, Ali took a simple catch when Sharma (2) fended off a Jordan bouncer to complete the formalities.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs