India defeat England by inn & 25 runs to win series 3-1, qualify for WTC final
India England 4 test series, India won by 3-1 and qualify for WTC final
Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin starred with the ball again while Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar were outstanding with the bat for the hosts in the fourth Test. India win fourth Test in Ahmedabad to take series 3-1 and qualify for the World Test Championship final.
In the end the series that started with such a loud bang for Joe Root and his England side, ended with a whimper as India won the fourth and final Test match in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs within three days to win the series 3-1 and also qualified for the final of the World Test Championship.
England were thoroughly outplayed in the three Test matches after their victory in Chennai in the opening Test. A lot of sound and fury erupted about the nature of the surface in Ahmedabad after England lost the third Test within two days. But all that died down and even the English media and the former English cricketers had to accept India's superiority after Root and his men came unstuck on a sporting pitch in Ahmedabad in the final Test.
India has completed two Test series wins in the last two months, the second one pretty comfortably in the end. The hosts thrashed the visiting England side by an innings and 25 runs to win the four-match Test series 3-1. The local boy Axar Patel, who has been taking wickets for fun in the last three games, took another five-wicket haul, his fourth in just the sixth innings, to help India bowl out England for just 135 runs.
By the virtue of this win, India has stormed in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final and will face New Zealand at the iconic Lord's stadium in June this year.
India dominated another day of Test cricket on the home soil as resuming on their overnight score of 294/7,
The third day of the fourth Test started with India looking to consolidate their lead as Washington Sundar and Axar Patel frustrated the English bowlers. Axar was unlucky to be run out on 43 and Stokes removed the last two men for ducks to leave Sundar unbeaten on 96, agonizingly short of his maiden Test ton. The hosts posted 365 in the first innings, taking a lead of 160 runs.
Playing only his fourth Test, Sundar displayed great composure and maturity in his 96-run knock. Sundar’s 113-run stand with Pant for the seventh wicket on Day 2 took India ahead of the England total and his 106-run partnership with Axar (43) for the eighth wicket on Day 3 ensured that there were no comebacks for the England team.
Sundar hit a six and 10 fours in his knock and though he was unlucky he ran out of partners and missed his maiden Test hundred, his knock was as good and invaluable as a century.