Team India win Dharamshala Test convincingly, clinch series 4-1

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 09, 2024 IST

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Dharamshala, Mar 9: India outplayed England by an innings and 64 runs on Day 3 of the Fifth and Final Test at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, here on Saturday. The hosts also clinched the five match Test series 4-1.

Kuldeep Yadav was adjudged Player of the Match, while Yashasvi Jaiswal walked away with the Player of the Series honours.

Despite former England captain Joe Root's fighting 84 in the second innings, India stamped their authority in yet another Test series at home. England were all out for 195 in their second innings.

Root was the lone warrior for England, amid wickets tumbling fast at the other end. He not only negotiated the charged-up Indian bowlers with courage and determination, but also slammed 12 boundaries in his 128-ball valiant knock.

Root tried his level best, but the Indian bowlers were too relentless in their approach and they were supported by some excellent fielding efforts.

The match would also be remembered for Ravichandran Ashwin's fifer in the second innings in his 100th Test match. With four scalps in the first innings, Ashwin's total tally in the match was 9 wickets.

Ashwin was ably supported by his fellow spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, as well as India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. While Ashwin got a fifer in England's second innings, Kuldeep and Bumrah shared two wickets each and Jadeja grabbed one.

On Day 3 first session, Kuldeep (30) and Bumrah (20) put up a good show with the bat too. With Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill hitting tons, and Yashasvi Jaiswal, debutant Devdutt Padikkal and Sarfaraz Khan scoring half centuries, India had piled up 477 in their first innings. 

But prior to India's superb batting efforts, England had managed only 218 in their first innings. As a result of England's batting struggle, India gained an important 259 runs first innings lead, which was crucial in deciding the fate of the one-sided battle.

Earlier in the day, English off-spinner Shoaib Bashir took his second five-wicket haul in Tests, while veteran pacer James Anderson became the first fast-bowler to pick 700 wickets in the format as the visitors bowled out India for 477 in their first innings.

It made Anderson only the third bowler to pick 700 or more Test wickets after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708 wickets). Bashir then got his five-wicket haul when he drew Bumrah forward on the front foot and had him stumped from behind to end India’s innings quickie.

Bashir also became the first England bowler to claim a five-wicket haul twice in Tests before the age of 21. Though India captain Rohit Sharma could not take the field due to a stiff back, as per the BCCI communication, but his deputy Jasprit Bumrah took charge of the proceedings smartly. The home side's 259 runs first innings lead was enough to put pressure on England's struggling batting line-up.

With the 'Bazball' hype and England winning the first Test in Hyderabad by 28 runs, the cricket experts had earlier predicted a close fought series. 

But after the shocking defeat in Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma & Co bounced back well and clinched the next four matches to post a memorable 4-1 series win. India proved they are still one of the best Test sides in home conditions.

India won the second Test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs, clinched the third one in  Rajkot by 434 runs. The homes side then defeated England by 5 wickets in the Ranchi Test and also won the fifth and final Test in Dharamshala by an innings and 64 runs.

Brief Scores:

England:  218 & 195;

India:  477.

India won by an innings and 64 runs, clinched the 5-Test series 4-1.

Player of the Match: Kuldeep Yadav.

Player of the Series: Yashasvi Jaiswal.

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