India trounced England by an innings and 25 runs on the third day of the fourth Test to complete a 3-1 series victory on Saturday, securing their place in the June's World Test Championships final against New Zealand. Resuming the day at 294 for seven in reply to England's first innings total of 205, the hosts put on board 365 for a big 160-run lead. Washington Sundar stayed unbeaten on 96 while Axar Patel scored 43. For England, the script did not change much as their batsmen yet again found it tough to negotiate the challenge posed by the Indian spinners. Dan Lawrence (50) though showed the required temperament to counter the spinners. Once their 44-run stand was broken, India did not take long to wrap up the match and the series. Left-arm spinner Patel (5/48) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5/47) shared all the England wickets between them. The two team will now play a five-match T20 series, starting March 12 at the same venue.
Brief Scores: India 1st Innings: 365 all out in 114.4 overs. (R Pant 101, W Sundar 96 not out, R Sharma 49; B Stokes 4/89, J Anderson 3/44); England: 205 and 135 in 54.5 overs. (D Lawrence 50, J Root 30; A Patel 5/47, R Ashwin 5/48).
Catch the highlights of the IND vs ENG 4th Test match here:
4:25 PM IST: Post match reactions from Joe Root and Ravi Shastri
The last three games have been testing for us but credit to India, they've outplayed us. We've got to improve individually and become a better side for this experience: Joe Root
The scoreline doesn't reflect how close it was: Ravi Shastri
9:30AM IST: All set for Day 3. India surely will push for victory. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel out in the middle to start the Day 3 for India, James Anderson has the ball in his hand for England. India look favourite to qualify for the 2021 World Test Championship (WTC) final.
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9:08 AM IST: Day2 belonged to Rishabh Pant, who revealed that he took on a jaw-dropping reverse sweep against James Anderson because he felt it was a day when he could do no wrong.
Watch the reverse-sweep that stunned Anderson and England HERE. Post match Pant said: "You have to premeditate that, but when everything is going your way you can try your luck sometimes."
9:00 AM IST: Welcome to Day 3 of the 4th Test match.