Cricket: India crush England in final test for 3-1 series win | Cricket News
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel win five wickets apiece, beating England three days from the fourth test.
India crushed England three days before Test 4 to seal their streak 3-1 as spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel won five wickets apiece.
Ashwin beat Dan Lawrence for 50 as England were eliminated for 135 on Saturday to complete an emphatic end and a 25-point win at Ahmedabad.
Virat Kohli’s India rebounded from a first loss to win three in a row and book their meeting with New Zealand in the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June.
It was yet another setback for England from Joe Root, who suffered a beating after their two-day loss in the third test in a revolving-wicket-dominated series.
Ashwin led the series bowling draw with 32 wickets followed by Patel, who played one game less, on 27. England spinner Jack Leach was third with 18 scalps.
That victory was set up by wicket keeper and batsman Rishabh Pant, who scored 101 on day two, and Washington Sundar, who hit an unbeaten 96 as India pulled off an impressive 365.
Pant scored his third test ton in a 113-point stand with Sundar to drop India from a precarious 146-6 in response to England’s 205 opening innings total.
Sundar continued the attack as the last three wickets fell on Saturday morning, but ran out of partners and remained shy of his century.
England lost early and steady wickets to go down obediently in 54.5 overs.
Ashwin hit twice on successive balls to dismiss Zak Crawley for five and Jonny Bairstow for nothing. It was Bairstow’s third duck in four innings.
Patel got the Dom Sibley opener for three, then Ben Stokes for two after the left-handed batsman went wrong with a sweep and was caught in the ravine by Kohli.
Ashwin took the prized scalp of skipper Joe Root for 30 years to virtually end England’s hopes. The visitors have scored over 200 just once in their last six innings.
England’s fast bowler James Anderson made a strong impression with his three wickets and 14 young daughters in 25 overs.
Root held on for England as he led the batting standings with 368 points including 218 in the opening test – his 100th – which England convincingly won.
Both teams are now heading to five Twenty20 internationals from March 12 at the same venue in Ahmedabad – the world’s largest cricket stadium.