Ash­win leads In­dia to se­ries win over Eng­land

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Off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win blew away Eng­land’s lower or­der re­sis­tance to spin In­dia to a crush­ing se­ries-clinch­ing vic­tory on the fi­nal day of the fourth test at the Wankhede Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The tour­ing side, who re­sumed the fi­nal day on 182 for six, were only able to add 13 runs to their to­tal as Ash­win (6-55) took all four re­main­ing wick­ets in a lit­tle more than half an hour and the hosts won by an in­nings and 36 runs. The five-wicket haul was the 24th for the world’s top-ranked test bowler and his sev­enth 10-wicket haul, af­ter the 30-year-old also took six wick­ets in Eng­land’s first in­nings, in­spired In­dia to an unas­sail­able 3-0 lead.

Eng­land had beaten In­dia in their last three test se­ries in­clud­ing a 2-1 tri­umph on their last visit to the South Asian coun­try in 2012 but the tourists have been thor­oughly out­played by the hosts since draw­ing the open­ing match in Ra­jkot.

“This se­ries win is prob­a­bly the sweet­est of all we’ve won so far in the past 14-15 months,” In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said at the pre­sen­ta­tion fol­low­ing his side’s fifth se­ries vic­tory in a row. “It could not get any bet­ter.

“To win at Wankhede, go­ing three-nil against a top qual­ity side that has beaten us con­vinc­ingly last two times, it feels re­ally good.” Trail­ing by 49 runs en­ter­ing the fi­nal day, Eng­land’s hopes of mak­ing In­dia bat again rested on a pair of wick­et­keeper-bats­men-Jonny Bairstow, who was un­beaten on 50 overnight, and Jos But­tler.

Bairstow, how­ever, mis­read Ash­win’s ‘car­rom’ ball, a fin­ger-spin­ner de­liv­ered with the R. Ash­win 6-112) 4-192)

A. Cook lbw b Jadeja K. Jen­nings lbw Ku­mar J. Root lbw J. Ya­dav M. Ali c Vi­jay b Jadeja J. Bairstow lbw Ash­win B. Stokes c Vi­jay b Ash­win J. Ball c Pa­tel b Ash­win

DHAKA: In this Dec. 9, 2016, photo, Ra­jshahi Kings’s Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz dives un­suc­cess­fully to try and take a catch dur­ing the Bangladesh Pre­mier League cricket T20 fi­nal match against Dhaka Dy­na­mites in Dhaka, Bangladesh. — AP

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