MeraNews Network, London: A formidable English cricket team defeated India by 118 runs in the fifth and final match of the five-test series at the Oval in London on Tuesday. England has also won the series 4-1, much to the disappointment of Kohli’s men, who were all out for 345 runs while chasing an arduous target of 464 runs on the final day of the match.
Centuries by KL Rahul (149) and Rishabh Pant (114) had raised the hopes of the visiting team of a face-saving win in the final test, but Adil Rashid’s 2-63 in 15 overs snatched away the victory from them. The double blow by Rashid proved costly for the Indian team as they slumped to a disheartening loss on the final day.
England’s retiring captain Alastair Cook was adjudged the player of the match in his last and final test, where he hit a parting century in the second innings of the game before being removed for 147 by Indian debutante Hanuman Vihari. Speedster James Anderson surpassed Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath as the highest wicket-taking pacer in the history of test matches. Anderson took 3 wickets in the second innings.
It is to be noted that the strong batting line up of India consisting of Shikhar Dhawan (1), Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (0) crumbled to the English pace attack of Anderson and Broad.
Scores: England- 332 all out (First Innings) and 423/8 Declared (Second Innings; India- 292 all out (First Innings) and 345 all out (Second Innings).