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England crush India in fifth test to take series 3-1

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A Test series which promised so much at the start ended in a terrible whimper for the visiting Indians as they were decimated by an innings and 244 runs losing a test match within 3 days for the second game running as their confidence completely deserted them once again.

Resuming from their overnight score of 385-7, England added another 101 runs in a little over 11 overs with Joe Root leading the charge with an unbeaten 149. Ishant Sharma finished with 4 wickets to show for his return from injury, but facing a deficit close to 350, there was little for India to be really cheerful about.

As luck would have it, India's second innings effort today was their worst in recent memory as they were bowled out for a paltry 94 runs inside 30 overs, leaving the Oval crowd feeling rather cheated of their hard earned money spent on a 5-day test match.

Chris Jordan, whose place in the England team had been under threat from Steven Finn, was the wrecker-in-chief, taking 4-18, though one can say once again that India were predominantly the architects of their own demise.

Jimmy Anderson once again started India's demise by trapping Murali Vijay leg before for 2. Gautam Gambhir denied the English pacers his wicket on this occasion by running himself out, but not before he looked completely inept against the English bowling once again. India went into lunch with the scoreboard reading 9-2, and things didn't improve much after.

Cheteshwar Pujara became Anderson's 380th test victim, falling caught behind for 11 as the England pacer continues his pursuit of Ian Botham's English record of 383. He will need to wait for another series though to break that record as India's poor batting denied him a fair shot.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes chipped in with the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni respectively before Jordan ran through the lower order to clean up the tail in just 4 overs.

Virat Kohli got a little bit of playing time under his belt, chipping in with 20 before Woakes had him playing across the line and caught in the slips. Stuart Binny top scored for India, making an unbeaten 25, but it remains rather unlikely that he will play another test match after a nondescript effort with the ball in this series. It could have been oh so different for him had MS Dhoni not let a sitter go between him and first slip from Gary Ballance what feels like an eternity back.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Dhoni (c & wk), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.

Mini Scorecard:

India 1st Innings 148 all out (61.1 overs)

MS Dhoni 82 C Woakes 3-30

England 1st Innings 486 all out (116.3 overs)

Root 149* I Sharma 4-86

India 2nd Innings 94 all out (29.2 overs)

S Binny 25* C Jordan 4-18