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England complete 4-1 series win over India despite Pant and Rahul’s stunning stand

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

LONDON: England completed an ultimately convincing 118-run win over India and claim the series 4-1 but were made to work for their victory by centurions KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. Resuming on 58-3 and chasing an unlikely 464 to win, the tourists offered stubborn resistance amid a stern examination from England’s attack.

Joe Root’s side had to wait until shortly before lunch to make the breakthrough when Ajinkya Rahane swiped across the line and gifted Moeen Ali a wicket, spooning a catch to Keaton Jennings.

And England appeared to be cantering towards victory when, in the next over, Ben Stokes produced some decisive extra bounce and had Hanuma Vihari caught behind. After lunch Rahul was joined by Pant with India staring a comprehensive defeat in the face but the pair put on a sensational 204-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Rishabh Pant and Lokesh Rahul shared in a stunning sixth-wicket partnership.  Opener Rahul was the first to go past three figures and when Pant brought up his maiden Test ton India were beginning to dream of the unlikeliest of wins and completing the highest ever fourth innings run chase in Test history.

They were 136 runs short of the victory total when England eventually made the breakthrough,  Adil Rashid belatedly coming to the party by producing a moment of magic, turning one square out of the rough to end Rahul’s innings one run short of his 150. Pant followed just two overs later when he failed to pick Rashid’s googly and was caught by Ali for 114. That wicket exposed the tail and Sam Curran along with James Anderson were able to clean up and provide the retiring Alastair Cook with the perfect send-off.

Brief Scores: England: 332 and 423 for 8 decl in 112.3 overs; India 1st innings: 292 and 345 all out in 94.3 overs (KL Rahul 149, Rishabh Pant 114; James Anderson 3/45).


 

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