England secured an emphatic 3-1 series win against India as they obliterated the visitors at London's The Oval by an innings and 244 runs with two days to spare.
England's bowling attack skittled out the Indians for a pitiful 94 runs as they secured what is surely one of the most one-sided affairs in the old stadium's history.
India had already posted a desperate 148 in their first innings, and it was a supposed formality that things could only get better from that nadir. But the tourists contrived to post a miserable total to end a tour that had started so brightly.
Sky Sports Cricket tweeted this following the victory:
England had earlier started the day in barnstorming fashion, smashing 101 runs off 11.3 overs. Joe Root continued his fine form with an unbeaten 149. Victory was seemingly already beyond the Indian batsmen by the time Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay stepped up to the crease.
Vijay lasted two runs before he was trapped for leg before wicket by James Anderson. Gambhir followed him soon after when he was dismissed by Chris Woakes.
Rain intervened for an hour-and-a-half, but it would have taken a deluge of biblical proportions to have influenced the outcome of this Test.
When they returned to the crease, Cheteshwar Pujara was caught off Anderson. Ajinkya Rahane was next as he was taken acrobatically by Gary Ballance from Stuart Broad. Captain Mahendra Dhoni, who had offered the only meaningful resistance in the first innings was dismissed soon after from Woakes.
Not to miss out on the party, Chris Jordan stepped up to take three wickets of his own in just two overs. Virat Kohli edged to Alastair Cook for 20 before Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also fell to the pace of Jordan.
|India Second Innings: 94 all out (29.2 overs)|
|Gambhir||run out (Woakes)||3||19|
|B Kumar||c Bell||4||4|
|Aaron||run out (Moeen)||1||3|
|I Sharma||c Moeen||2||4|
It was an excellent day at the office for Jordan, who had earlier knocked 20 runs of his own alongside Root as England set their first innings total of 486.
An even better day is on the horizon for Anderson. The Lancastrian has often been tipped to overtake Sir Ian Botham's record of 383 Test victims, and today he moved within three of that lauded total.
Anderson will have plenty of time to mull over that record before England play their next Test match against the West Indies in Antigua next April.
But for now, England should sit contented at having recovered from a summer that not so long ago had threatened to turn to disaster.
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