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Eng beat India by 60 runs to clinch Test series

Eng beat India by 60 runs to clinch Test series
England players celebrate after taking a wicket on Day 4 of the fourth Test against India.
Southampton, Sep 2 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 12:40:20 PM IST

England completed a third straight home Test series win over India as Moeen Ali bowled the hosts to a 60-run victory in the fourth Test at The Ageas Bowl.

India, set 245 to win after polishing off the England innings for 271 less than five overs into day four, slipped to 22-3 before being resuscitated by a 101-run fourth-wicket stand from Virat Kohli (58) and Ajinkya Rahane (51).

However, Kohli gloved Ali to Alastair Cook at short leg shortly before tea and India were subsequently rolled for 184 as England claimed an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series ahead of the final fixture at The Oval.

Ali ended with match figures of 9-134.

India began their chase after Stuart Broad (0) nicked the first ball of the morning, bowled by Mohammed Shami (4-57), behind and Sam Curran (46) was run out - England adding 11 runs to their overnight 260-8 in 26 balls.

However, India were three down within nine overs with Broad bowling KL Rahul (0) to bag his 431st Test wicket and move joint-eighth on the all-time list alongside New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee.

James Anderson then ousted Cheteshwar Pujara (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (17) - Pujara perishing lbw from a ball that swerved in and Dhawan edging to Ben Stokes at gully - before Kohli and Rahane came through lbw scares on nine and 12 respectively.

England were unhappy at third umpire Joel Wilson deciding the India skipper had inside-edged a ball from Ali that struck him in line and would have thumped into leg stump, while Rahane had his lbw dismissal overturned with Curran’s delivery pinging him outside the line.

But Ali ousted Kohli late in the second session and Stokes then squared up Hardik Pandya (0) three balls after tea, forcing his fellow all-rounder to clip to Root at second slip.

Rishabh Pant (18 off 12) hit two fours and a six in an entertaining cameo before he slashed Ali to Cook at deep cover, and, when Rahane was pinned lbw by the England spinner, India’s chances all-but evaporated.

Stokes then trapped Ishant Sharma (0) lbw before Shami (8) lofted Ali to Anderson at long-on and Curran dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin (25) leg before to ensure England remain unbeaten in Test series at home since being downed by Sri Lanka in 2014.

Brief scores 

England 246 & 271 (Buttler 69, Shami 4-57) 

India 273 & 184 (Kohli 58, Rahane 51; Moeen 4-71)

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