By BV Swagath
England demolished Team India inside three days for an innings and 244 runs to complete the 5-match Test Series 3-1. India collapsed in just 29.2 overs for an embarrassing total of 94! Not one batsman looked comfortable in the second innings and it was a quick procession.
After the rain break, James Anderson delivered the first blow when his late outswinger had Pujara edging his frontfoot defence. Broad from the other end had Rahane caught brilliantly one handed by Ballance at third slip.
Skipper MS Dhoni was out for a 5-ball duck as he tucked a bouncy delivery from Chris Woakes to shortleg. Virat Kohli who was starting to feel his feet finally made the cardinal mistake of flicking across the line to a late outswinger from Chris Jordan to get caught in the slips. Kohli lasted 54 balls for his 20.
Chris Jordan went on to remove R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar in the space of four balls both caught in the slips. While Varun Aaron ran himself out, last man Ishant Sharma was bounced out by a nasty lifter at his face by Jordan. Stuart Binny was the lone survivor collecting 25 not out.
Update at Lunch on Day 3: An early lunch has been taken at The Kia Oval because of rain. India in the short little session of 6.1 overs have already been rattled losing its openers. Murali Vijay was trapped lbw by a surprise inswinger from Anderson while Gambhir ran himself out after barely opening his account. It was a brilliant direct throw from Chris Woakes at short mid wicket which seems to have ended Gambhir’s Test career.
Update of England innings: It was an absolute massacre of the Indian bowling which lasted a little over an hour on Day 3 as England piled up 486 before getting bowled out. Joe Root who was bowled off a noball from Ishant Sharma early missed out on his 150 by one run. Root remained unbeaten on 149 which came in just 165 balls with 18 fours and a six.
The first wicket to go down in the morning was Chris Jordan (20) nicking off one that straightened outside off from Ishant Sharma. Stuart Broad blasted 37 from 21 balls with 5 fours and a six. He was wrongly given caught fending off a short ball from Ishant. Replays showed that Broad’s glove which was hit by the ball had come off the bat handle.
Last man James Anderson got a poor lbw decision from Paul Reiffel to an Ashwin drifter that was angling down leg. England finished with a massive first innings lead of 338. This morning they smashed 101 runs in just over 11 overs!