Ravichandran Ashwin spun India to an innings and 36 runs victory as England went down like schoolboys on day 5 of the fourth Test at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday. The emphatic victory gave Virat Kohli’s young Indian cricket team an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five series. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Ravichandran Ashwin ended with match figures of 12 for 167, his seventh 10th wicket haul. This was India’s 135th Test win and 93rd at home. (SCORECARD)
England started at their overnight score of 182 for six, still trailing India’s first innings score of 631 by 49 runs. But Ravichandran Ashwin started the slide, trapping Jonny Bairstow with a trademark carom ball. Bairstow was England’s second best batsman with 51.
Ashwin took all four wickets to fall on Monday first session as England managed to bat just eight overs.
On Sunday, India captain Virat Kohli struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course in the fourth and penultimate Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
England needed a miracle
Trailing 2-0 in the series, England needed a win in Mumbai to keep alive the series but the tourists needed something extraordinary to even save the match following Kohli’s batting masterclass.
India piled on 631 in their first innings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 runs over England, after Kohli’s third double century of the year.
The touring side were 182 for six in their second innings at stumps, still trailing by 49. Bairstow was unbeaten on 50 with nightwatchman Jake Ball falling for two in the last over before the close.
Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed first-innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent back England captain Alastair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave England tottering at 49-3 at tea.
Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk fifties during their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket before the former fell leg before to off-spinner Jayant Yadav for 77.
The wickets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end further dampened England’s hopes of saving the match.
Bairstow was given out by umpire Bruce Oxenford first on 32 and then on 37 but the England wicketkeeper managed to overturn the decisions both times on review.
Earlier, the 28-year-old Kohli was out for a career-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the highest for India, with Yadav, who scored 104, his maiden Test hundred.
A Virat Kohli-Jayant Yadav show
Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, and Yadav continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 451 for seven.
The right-handed batsman has now scored a double hundred in all three series India have played in 2016 -- in West Indies, against New Zealand and now against England.
Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at an average of 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150, signalling another harrowing session for the England bowlers.
(With agency inputs)