If Alastair Cook became the highest scoring left-hander in Tests on day four, James Anderson pipped Glenn McGrath to become the highest wicket-taking pacer in Tests on day five. Even centuries from KL Rahul (149) and Rishabh Pant (114) could not spoil Cook's party as England sealed the series.
With India three down and Virat Kohli already in the hut at the end of day four, a fight back from India was not anticipated. But it came when it was expected the least as KL Rahul partnered first with Ajinkya Rahane and then with Rishabh Pant to put the match in a situation where all three results were possible at Tea.
It seemed as if the pitch had gone to sleep on day five as apart from the odd ball nothing extraordinary was happening. Ajinkya Rahane (37) and KL Rahul made full use of the conditions as they did not allow England to chip away in the first hour.
Rahul slowly changed gears and began to accelerate with Rahane also hitting a couple of boundaries in Sam Curran's over. As Rahane tried to sweep one against Moeen Ali, the ball took the bottom edge and went straight into the hands of Keaton Jennings.
Hanuma Vihari followed him soon on a bouncer from Ben Stokes. Rishabh Pant (114) then matched KL Rahul (149) shot for shot as the two raced past their centuries.
However, the inevitable could be delayed only for some time after Tea before KL Rahul received a spitting leg break from Adil Rashid which castled his stumps. Nerves got the better of Rishabh Pant as he miscued a big hit and was caught in the deep.
Ravindra Jadeja then tried to block a few deliveries but the Indian tail-enders did not have enough potential to hang around. It was only fitting that James Anderson knocked Mohammed Shami's stumps out of the ground to take England to a 4-1 series victory, bettering the record of Glenn McGrath as the highest test wicket-taking Test pacer at the same time.
So, it is finally 4-1. India had their moments but it was England who snatched the momentum back time and again. They were truly the better side in the series and deserve to walk away as the winners with Cook and Anderson leading the way.
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