Tendulkar Misses Landmark, England Take 4-0 Clean Sweep
England 591-6 dec. (Bell 235, Pietersen 175) beat
India 300 (Dravid 146no) & 283 by an innings & 8 runs
Fourth Test, The Kia Oval
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Graeme Swann returned figures of six for 106 to precipitate a dramatic Indian batting collapse that handed England an innings-and-eight-run win in the fourth and final Test at The Oval.
India resumed the day on 129 for three and were at one stage 262 for three but once England removed Amit Mishra and Sachin Tendulkar, who made 91 in pursuit of a hundredth international century, they stormed to a comprehensive win.
Tendulkar and Mishra (84) batted well together as England were unable to take a wicket before lunch with Tendulkar hitting 11 fours in 172 balls and Mishra defying the bowlers to reach a new career-best and hit ten fours in 141 deliveries.
He was finally dismissed to end a 144-run partnership when Swann got one to beat his outside edge and take out the off stump and having been dropped on 85 by Matthew Prior off Swann, Tendulkar followed soon after when he was trapped in front by Tim Bresnan to spark big celebrations among the England players.
It was as if they knew that with Tendulkar out, the final obstacle in the way of a 4-0 series clean sweep had gone and so it proved.
India last five wickets for seven runs when Suresh Raina was trapped in front for a 13-ball duck, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was caught by Swann off Stuart Broad for three and RP Singh edged Broad to Prior without scoring as England struck immediately with the second new ball.
Gautam Gambhir, bravely battling after suffering concussion while fielding during England's innings of 591 for six declared, made three in 27 balls but fell when he chipped Swnn to Eoin Morgan and the series was ended when Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was bowled, inside-edging Swann onto his stumps as he attempted a huge shot having made six.
Ishant Sharma's final contribution of the summer having been ruled out of the T20 and One-Day Internationals that follow, was to remain unbeaten on seven.
Swann was backed up by Broad's two for 44, Bresnan's one for 30 and Anderson's one for 54.
England's innings was built around 235 from Ian Bell and 175 from Kevin Pietersen before India were dismissed for 300 in their first innings despite Rahul Dravid carrying his bat for an unbeaten 146.
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