Oval Test: England overcome Rahul, Pant tons to beat India and clinch series 4-1

first_imgEngland overcame a spirited fightback from India on the final day of the final Test to win by 118 runs and clinch the five-match series 4-1 at The Oval on Tuesday.KL Rahul and Pant denied the hosts for nearly two sessions but the resistance finally broke in the final session as England bowled out India for 345 while defending a mammoth 464 runs.Rahul played a magnificent knock of 149 and added 204 runs for the sixth wicket with Pant, who slammed 114. But they fell within a few overs of each other with Adil Rashid sending back both batsmen to trigger the final collapse for India.India vs England 5th Test Day 5: HighlightsRavindra Jadeja tried his best to bat out the remaining overs but could only manage to play out 46 balls for 13 runs as Sam Curran and James Anderson removed the tail-enders to trigger emotional celebrations in Alastair Cook’s final Test match.Curran ended up with two wickets while Anderson got three including the final one and he fittingly castled Mohammed Shami to surpass Glenn MacGrath’s record.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test seriesIt was 36-year-old Anderson’s 564th Test wicket in 143 matches, moving him ahead of Australian great McGrath. He is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners; Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in Test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.advertisementRishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundredAnderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record Test run scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.For most of the day, however, the story was of spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory, having gone into the fifth and final Test 3-1 down.Rishabh Pant a work in progress, feel former India wicket-keepersWith India beginning the day on a precarious 58-3, a full day’s play looked unlikely for the sparse crowd.But shortly after tea they were motoring along at 325-5 with Rahul and Pant’s partnership worth 204.Opener Rahul, who had earlier shared a 118-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, was eventually bowled for 149 by an Adil Rashid ‘wonder ball’ that pitched way outside leg stump before spinning back out of the rough and hitting off.The 20-year-old Pant lit up a murky day with a sensational maiden century to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England, striking three fours off one Ben Stokes over.He struck 19 boundaries, including four sixes in a fearless display of shot-making, but shortly after Rahul’s exit he holed out trying to smash Rashid out of the ground.With India’s tail exposed England took the new ball with 18 overs remaining but it was Sam Curran, not Anderson, who struck first having Ishant Sharma caught behind for five.Ravindra Jadeja was India’s last hope, but he nicked a ball off Curran into Bairstow’s clutches.Fittingly, it was left to Anderson to apply the finishing touch and he delivered a beauty to bowl Shami, knocking his middle stump flat.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more