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Cricket: England thrash India to seal 3-1 series win

Published on Aug 17, 2014 11:52 PM
 
England’s Gary Ballance (third from right) celebrates taking a catch to dismiss India’s Ajinkya Rahane for four runs during play on the third day of the fifth cricket Test match between England and India at The Oval in London on August 17, 2014. England eventually won by an innings and 244 runs on Sunday to complete a 3-1 series win. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - England inflicted yet another humiliating defeat upon India as they won the fifth and final Test at The Oval by an innings and 244 runs on Sunday to complete a 3-1 series win.

It was England’s second victory inside three days in as many matches after they thrashed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

India collapsed to 94 all out, an even worse effort than their meagre first innings 148, after Joe Root’s unbeaten 149 had powered England to 486 earlier on Sunday.

The only disappointment for the hosts was that spearhead seamer James Anderson was left three short of equalling Ian Botham’s England record of 383 Test wickets.

 
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