India defeated England by an innings and 25 runs to win the series 3-1 on the third day in the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. With this win, India has qualified for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
At the start of Day 3, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel shared a 100-run partnership as the hosts took a 160 runs lead. Sundar, who remained unbeaten on 96 runs, fell short of just four runs for his maiden Test century.
Trailing by 160 runs, England again struggled against the spin twins with both spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel took a fifer. The visitors were all-out for just 135 runs, with Daniel Lawrence playing a lone hand to bring up his second Test fifty.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant had played a blistering knock of 101 runs to give a lead to the hosts, which was further extended by Washington Sundar and Axar Patel, taking the first innings total to 365 runs. England’s James Anderson (3/44) and Ben Stokes (4/89) were the most successful bowlers.
Patel who took four wickets in the first innings of the match ended the series with 27 wickets in just 3 games at an average of 10.59. Rishabh Pant was adjourned as the Match of the Match and Ravichandran Ashwin was declared as the Man of the Series for his all-round performance. He took 31 wickets in the series.