England vs India

Match info: England v India Test Series at The Kia Oval - 5th Test

Date: 17th Aug 2014 Status: Day 3 of 5 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and P R Reiffel

Home team and score Away team score

England

486 All out (116.3 Overs)

Result

India

148 All out (61.1 Overs)
94 All out (29.2 Overs)

England win by an innings and 244 runs

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 16:45 BST

England inflicted a second consecutive three-day defeat on India to seal the Investec Test series 3-1 at the Oval.

Joe Root celebrates his century at the Oval
Joe Root celebrates his century at the Oval

The home seamers hunted as a pack, as they had two days ago here, to hustle hapless India out for only 94 in 29.2 overs overs and win by an innings and 244 runs - their second-highest margin of victory against them.

After Joe Root (149 not out) completed his fifth Test century, captain Alastair Cook unleashed James Anderson, Stuart Broad et al - with a 338-run lead on the board.

But it was Chris Jordan who cashed in a career-best four for 18 as India's embarrassingly swift descent was all over by tea.

Anderson, moving ever closer to Ian Botham's all-time England record Test wicket-taking tally of 383, began the rout when he numbered Murali Vijay as his 379th victim - pinning the opener lbw on the back foot.

The tourists, for whom so little has gone right since the second Test at Lord's, then suffered another comical indignity when out-of-form Gautam Gambhir contrived to run himself out just as a sudden downpour was setting in to make his misjudgement the last act before lunch.

The left-hander pushed Anderson to midwicket, set off and was sent back by Cheteshwar Pujara - but not before Chris Woakes' direct hit broke the stumps.

In half an hour of batting, India had encountered another hapless false start to be nine for two - and when they returned after a near two-hour rest, things simply went from bad to worse for them as England went for the quick kill.

It was already hard to see how they could possibly survive against the moving ball - off the pitch still, and in the air - long enough to stop England winning a third successive Test.

That was soon much more evident as Anderson followed a series of inswingers at Pujara with the perfect follow-up, holding its line and taking the edge behind.

Broad then had Ajinkya Rahane edging low to be brilliantly caught by Gary Ballance, diving to his left one-handed at third slip.

Woakes was soon in the wickets column too, seeing off Mahendra Singh Dhoni for an unaccustomed duck via an inside edge to short leg.

Jordan produced an especially good outswinger to end Virat Kohli's hugely disappointing series with an edge to slip, and then Ballance juggled another catch up from third to second as Ravi Ashwin went to the same bowler.

India were in fast and terminal decline, for the second time here and the fourth in the past two weeks.

Jordan settled the only outstanding question, whether Anderson would have to wait to reach Botham, when he found another edge and England accepted more slip-catching practice from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Root had begun the day with 92 to his name, and wasted no time moving to three figures as the hosts rushed along to 486 all out.

Root soon pushed Ishant Sharma through midwicket for three to bring up his hundred and England's 400 with the same shot.

His century had taken 135 balls, but the most notable statistic was that his acceleration after a necessarily patient start brought him his second 50 in only 42 deliveries.

Jordan fell to the very next ball from Ishant (four for 96), following one that held its line to end an eighth-wicket stand of 82.

Broad then joined in the fun, in his first innings since Varun Aaron broke his nose with a bouncer last week, and dished out a little belated retaliation - standing tall for three trademark off-side boundaries in the same over.

India's misadventures were cruelly underlined when Ishant bowled Root off an inside edge and pad only to discover - even as the batsman was walking off for 110 - that there would be a reprieve because he had overstepped for a no-ball.

Broad was soon proving, off Ishant at the other end, that he is happy to continue hooking - and counted six when he did so.

Dhoni kept two slips, a gully and short leg in to Broad, even as he threatened the world's fastest Test 50. Eventually it paid off when he looped a catch into the cordon - albeit off only his left glove, when he had taken it off the bat handle and therefore should not strictly have been given out.

Another 63 had been plundered in just seven overs, but still England wanted more.

So it was only when Anderson went lbw pushing forward to Ashwin (three for 72) that the innings was naturally closed - with plenty of time left, as it turned out, for England to complete the first series success of their new era with seven sessions to spare.