• Matt Johns

England humbled in Ahmedabad as India take the Series

India cruised to a 3-1 series victory over England, winning comfortably in the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs.

It was another very underwhelming performance from England, after the previous Test finished in a freak second day defeat.

The tourists managed to go one day better on this occasion, but it didn’t make much difference, as the result finished in the same manor.

A mediocre first innings total of 205 by England, set the tone for the rest of the match.

The only real sparks in this innings came from the likes of Ben Stokes, who scored his 23rd international 50 and Dan Lawrence, who was just on the wrong side of the half century mark.

However, the likes of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin proved too much for the English batting line up, with six players not even achieving a double figure score.

As India went to bat, it felt like the ball was in their court, but wickets from James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Jack Leach left the home side at a score of 146-6, sitting in a very vulnerable state.

But a sensational century from Rishabh Pant and a score of 96 not out from Washington Sundar boosted the Blue Tigers scorecard to 365, with a lead of 160 going into the second innings.

In the previous test match, England had collapsed dramatically, scoring a combined score of only 193.

This second innings showed that the hangover from that calamitous batting display was still present, being skittled for only 135, gifting India the match and the series.

Young prospect Lawrence was again the shining light for England, this time being rewarded with his second half century for his country.

As much as it was a desperate batting display from the tourists, a lot of credit has to go to the Indian bowlers. Some excellent spells of spin bowling rewarded both Patel and Ashwin with five-wicket hauls.

For India this triumph is of significance, as it sees them reach the final of the ICC World Test Championship, where they will face New Zealand this summer.

For England, it appears Chris Silverwood and Joe Root need to go back to the drawing board to alter the performances that have caused such crushing defeats.

Changes seem imminent, especially to the batting top order, with the likes of Dom Sibley and others not fulfilling their proven potential on this tour of India.

Next up for both sides, is a five game T20 series starting next week.

England are the world number one side in this format and will be looking to gain some revenge from the disappointing outcome of this test series.

Written by Matt Johns


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