England wrapped up the five-match Test series 3-1 with a huge innings and 244-run victory on day three at The Oval on Sunday. Team India's win at Lord's seemed a distant memory as they were humiliated once again and had no answer to England's pace attack. India, faced with a first-innings deficit of 338, were bowled out for a meagre 94 inside 30 overs shortly before tea on the third day.
While statistically, it was not a 'whitewash' like the last time in 2011 when India lost 0-4, but once the script took a different turn in Southampton, it had only been a case of humiliation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, who simply were not good enough to put up a fight against a mighty English outfit. From James Anderson to Moeen Ali, from Stuart Broad to Chris Jordan, Indian batsmen had no answer to any of the bowlers.
England's third successive victory capped an extraordinary turnaround since the hosts were beaten by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord's to go 1-0 behind in the series.
Just before the lunch, India had already slumped to nine for two, losing both the openers. India first lost Murali Vijay for 2 after pace spearhead James Anderson trapped him LBW in the fifth over of the innings. A struggling Gautam Gambhir threw away his wicket after the left-hander fell short of his ground at the non-strikers end when a direct throw from Chris Woakes sent him back for 3. Heavens soon opened up as the umpires called for early lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on nought as India trailed England by 329 runs. While India went into the lunch, the writing was there on the wall.
Pujara and Kohli then started off post-lunch in a bit to rediscover their form and for a brief period of play they did look better than they have previously in the last three matches but it was just matter of time. Pujara was caught behind off peach of a delivery by Anderson as India's slide began once again. Ajinkya Rahane (4) came to the crease struggled as he was dismissed in the same manner five overs later as Gary Ballance pulled off a superb catch at third slip.
MS Dhoni (0) soon followed the other batsmen to the pavilion as captain was caught at forward short leg and India were once again struggling at 46 for 5. Kohli was looking better than his previous innings but he was dismissed in the 24th over, looking to clip the ball on the leg-side but only edging to first slip.
It will be correct to say that the likes of Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli's faulty techniques in adverse conditions in this series was cruelly exposed by English pacers. Kohli definitely did not have a clue about how to tackle deliveries shaping away in through out the series and Pujara struggled to the ball coming in through the series.
With India struggling at 62 for 6 after Kohli's dismissal it was just matter of time for England to wrap it up from there. Jordan then upped the ante for the hosts and quickly scalped R Ashwin (7) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4) in the space of five balls in the 26th over. Varun Aaron (1) was run-out an over later. The end came as Ishant Sharma (2) was unable to fend off a short ball and lobbed the ball up for Moeen Ali to finish India's misery. Stuart Binny remained unbeaten on 25.
For England, Chris Jordan (4 for 18) and James Anderson (2 for 16) once again hassled the visitors as the Indian batsman were unable to cope with their swing bowling. Stuart Broad (1 for 22) and Chris Woakes (1 for 24) were the other wicket-takers.
Earlier in the day, Starting at the overnight score of 385 FOR 7, India were looking for an early end to the English innings. But Root had other plans. First he reached his fifth Test hundred in the third over of the day and then along with Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad added quick runs.