Trott, Bell hit tons as England clinch series

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Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012, 18:25 [IST]
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Nagpur, Dec 17: England secured a famous Test series victory in India by drawing the fourth and final Test here on Monday. The visitors ended a 27-year wait to taste success on Indian soil.

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Following victories in Mumbai and Kolkata, England had to just draw the Nagpur Test to win the Anthony De Mello Trophy. And they did the same on the fifth and final day. The four-match rubber going 2-1 in favour of the tourists. England won a series in India for the first time since 1985. This was also India's first home loss in 8 years. Australia had beaten India in 2004, also in Nagpur. This was also first Test series defeat at home under captain MS Dhoni.

England clinch Test series after draw

Jonathan Trott (143) and Ian Bell (116 not out), the overnight batsmen, completed centuries to make sure there was no comeback route for India in the series. England ended the final day at 352/4 declared in 154 overs. The match was called off at 3.20PM immediately after England's declaration.

It was a great comeback from Alastair Cook-led side after having lost the first Test in Ahmedabad. Captain Cook led from the front finishing the series as leading run scorer with 562 runs (three centuries). Cook was Man-of-the-series while James Anderson picked up Man-of-the-match prize.

On a fifth day pitch, which continued to offer no help to bowlers, Indians struggled. They were able to take only one wicket on the fifth day.

At tea, England 310/4

India managed to dismiss Jonathan Trott for 143 but that was the only success they got in the post-lunch session with England all but having wrapped up the series. At tea, England were 310/4 in 139 overs. Ian Bell (87not out) is in sight of a century.

The only interest left on the fifth day of fourth Test is Bell's ton. Umpires can call off the game with 1 hour left, that is at 3.30 PM. India will have to endure another 60 minutes after tea and their misery will be ended.

England will take the series 2-1, first one in India since 1985.

At lunch, England 240/3

Jonathan Trott hit his 8th Test century as England moved closer to a draw and with that series victory over India here on Monday. England will end a 27-year wait for series win in India.

India bowlers toiled hard to find a success in the first session of fifth and final day of the fourth Test, but Trott and Ian Bell remained intact at the crease till lunch. England moved to 240/3 with a lead of 244. They scored 79 runs in morning session in 31 overs.

With England looking set to bat on and very little time left in the game, India are all set to lose a home Test series after 8 years. The last team to win a series here was Australia in 2004 and at the same venue.

Sachin Tendulkar was off the field since the drinks break, taken after 1 hour of play and was not on the field for the rest of the session. With retirement speculation over the Master Blaster, it was immediately not know why he was not fielding.

Start of the day update

India will be hoping for a miracle to conjure a win in the fourth and final Test against England here on Monday. The fifth day action began with England ahead by 165, and most likely result at this stage is a draw.

India will have bowl England out in the first session to entertain any hopes of snatching a victory which will level the series. England are currently leading the four-match rubber 2-1.

A draw is enough for them to clinch a series victory here in India for the first time since 1985.

Joanthan Trott and Ian Bell are the overnight batsmen who resumed the final day on 161/3. England had a 4-run first innings lead.


Story first published:  Monday, December 17, 2012, 9:31 [IST]
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