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India secure 17th Test series win at home


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It is the first Test series defeat for England under captain Ben Stokes
and coach Brendon McCullum

RANCHI, Feb 26: India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series against England by winning the fourth test by five wickets on Monday.
Chasing 192 to win, India lost five wickets for 36 runs to slip to 120-5 but Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel put on a sixth-wicket partnership of 72 to get the hosts over the line.
It was the first test series defeat for England under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.
India’s victory was set up on Sunday’s third day when England collapsed to 145 all out, as the tourists surrendered the initiative after having taken a 46-run lead from the first innings. England had won the first test in Hyderabad by 28 runs. India responded by winning the second test in Visakhapatnam by 106 runs, and then the third test in Rajkot by 434 runs. The fifth test will be played in Dharamshala from March 7.
“It has been a hard-fought series without a doubt and to come on the right side of it after four tests feels so good,” said India skipper Rohit Sharma.
“A lot of challenges were thrown at us but we responded pretty well. We were quite composed in what we wanted to achieve and what we wanted to do on the field. The youngsters have worked hard to be here at this level and it is encouraging to see them perform like this.”
India resumed Monday on 40 without loss. Sharma completed his half-century and seemingly had set his team on course for victory, before England snared three wickets to keep their hopes alive of achieving a dramatic turnaround.
Sharma shared an 84-run opening stand with Yashasvi Jaiswal, before the latter was spectacularly caught by 41-year-old James Anderson off Joe Root for 37 to give the tourists a much-needed breakthrough.
Jaiswal’s wicket sparked a mini-collapse as India went from 84-0 to 100-3 inside nine overs as England sniffed a chance of victory.
Left-arm spinner Tom Hartley had Sharma caught behind in the 26th over for 55. It was initially judged as a stumping but, on review, the television umpire also detected an edge from the batter as keeper Ben Foakes held on to a sharp catch.
Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir then had Rajat Patidar caught at short leg for a six-ball duck as India lost its second wicket in eight deliveries.India went to lunch at 118-3 but the slide continued after the break.
Ravindra Jadeja (4) was caught first ball on the resumption of play. He hit a low full toss off Bashir straight to mid-on. Next ball, Sarfaraz Khan was caught at short leg.Jurel (39 not out) denied Bashir the hat-trick and then bedded down for a match-winning partnership with Gill.The 24-year-old Gill was watchful and intent on not taking any risks. He only scored his first boundary after 119 deliveries.
The two batters grew in confidence as they spent time at the wicket, with England’s spinners beginning to toil.
Gill (52 not out) hit two sixes to reach his sixth test half-century and brought a swift end to an enthralling match.Jurel, who also scored a crucial 90 in the first innings, was named player of the match in only his second test. “I play according to the demands of the situation,” he said.“In the first innings we needed to get runs as well and it was vital because we had to bat last. In both innings I was involved in important partnerships, so credit to all those who stayed with me and helped add vital runs.”
Bashir, playing in only his second test, finished with 3-79 and collected a match haul of eight wickets to lead the England attack. (AP)


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