India hammer England in final Test to reach WTC final

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India hammer England in final Test to reach WTC final / Photo: ICC 

India beat England inside three days by an inning and 25 runs in the fourth and final Test to seal the four-match series 3-1 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

The home side marked a remarkable comeback following defeat in the first Test, winning three in a row to book their place in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June later this year.

Spinners did the trick for India again as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel took five wickets each to bowl England out for 135 in their second innings today.

It was another failure for Joe Root's England, who suffered a drubbing after their two-day loss in the third Test of a series dominated by the spinning wickets.

Ashwin led the series bowling chart with 32 wickets followed by Patel, who played one game fewer, on 27. England spinner Jack Leach was third with 18 scalps.

This win was set up by wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who made 101 on day two, and Washington Sundar, who hit an unbeaten 96 as India made a commanding 365.

Pant scored his third Test ton in a 113-run stand with Sundar to lift India from a precarious 146-6 in response to England's first innings total of 205.

Sundar kept up the attack as the final three wickets fell on Saturday morning but ran out of partners and remained four shy of his century.

England lost early and regular wickets to go down tamely in 54.5 overs.

Ashwin struck twice on successive balls to send back Zak Crawley for five and Jonny Bairstow for nought. It was Bairstow's third duck in four innings.

Patel got opener Dom Sibley for three and then Ben Stokes for two after the left-hand batsman miscued a sweep and was caught at leg gully by Kohli.

Ashwin took the prized scalp of skipper Joe Root for 30 to virtually end England's hopes. The visitors have scored more than 200 just once in their last six innings.

England fast bowler James Anderson made an impression with his three wickets and 14 maidens in 25 overs.

Root stood tall for England as he topped the batting chart with 368 runs including 218 the opening Test -- his 100th -- that England won convincingly.

The two teams now head into five Twenty20 internationals starting March 12 at the same Ahmedabad venue -- the world's biggest cricket stadium.

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