If Day One and Two belonged to England, Day Three was no different as the home side once again trounced India inside three days to win the Test Match and take the series 3-1 quite startlingly. England began their day on an overnight score of 385-7 and took their lead to 338 after being bowled out for 486. India had an uphill task to face, but the batsmen put on a dismal show once again and India were all-out for just 94 runs; thus losing the fifth and final Test by an innings and 244 runs. In case you missed the live action, here are the five interesting highlights from the third and final day’s play.
1. Joe Root continues to impress
Starting on overnight score of 92, Joe Root notched up his fifth Test ton in the morning and then continued to hammer Indian bowlers. Batting with the tail-enders he made sure that England build on a huge lead and played an exciting form of cricket. The young batsmen was unbeaten on 149* as England were all-out for 486.
2. Stuart Broad further dents India
While Joe Root was milking Indian bowlers from one end, Stuart Broad pounded them from other end. Broad smashed 37 off 21 balls, hitting 5 fours and a six. He bravely dispatched short balls to the boundary before losing his wicket.
3. Indian openers slip before heavens opened
Trailing by 338 runs, India once again found themselves in a similar situation and needed openers to get off to a solid start, but Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir fell before the rains stopped play. James Anderson trapped Vijay plumb in front of the wicket and then Chris Woakes inflicted a direct hit to see the back of Gambhir. Soon after Gambhir was run-out, rain stopped the play and early Lunch break was taken. India at that stage were lurching on 9-2.
4. Murky middle order
Rain might have brought some respite in the Indian camp, but as soon as the skies cleared India began their task after Lunch. Post-lunch session was even worst as Indian batsmen looked feeble and ordinary against English seamers. India were reduced to 46-5 with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni all back in the hutch.
5. England clean-up India
Virat Kohli tried to show some resistance, but that did not last long as Chris Jordan had him caught in the slip. Jordan then cleaned-up the Indian tail and finished with the figures of 4-18. India were all-out for 94 and were handed an absolute pasting.