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Ind Vs Eng: Despite Rahul And Pant Cameo, England Beat India By 118-Runs To Clinch The Series 4-1

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| September 12 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team lost the fifth and final Test against England by 118-runs despite opener Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant's heroics which went in vain as the host clinched the series by 4-1  on Tuesday at Kia Oval.

India were chasing a massive 464-run target, the last day of the series saw a bit of drama as centuries by KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant gave India a slim hope of clinching, or at least saving, the Test.

Rahul played a fighting knock of 149-runs off 224 balls and Pant smashed 114 off 146 balls as the duo built up a partnership of 204 runs to frustrate the England bowlers for a long time.

The English spinner Adil Rashid eventually manage to break the partnership by picking up both the Indian Batsmen. Rashid bowled a prodigious leg-break that pitched on the rough and clipped Rahul's off-bail and in his very next over Pant tried to hoick him for his 5th six only to be holed out by Moeen Ali.      

However, their fall bought the hosts back in the contest and the English bowlers then made no mistake as they performed the last rites with ease, scalping the remaining three Indian wickets of Ravindra Jadeja (13), Ishant Sharma (5) and Mohammed Shami (0) in quick succession.

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For England, James Anderson picked up three wickets for 45 runs while Sam Curran and Adil Rashid bagged two wickets each.

It was a memorable day for Anderson as the England pacer's second innings figures of 4/63 saw him go past Australian legend Glenn McGrath to take the fourth spot on the list of all-time highest Test wicket-takers.

Anderson, who now has 564 Test wickets to his name, is leading McGrath by one wicket. He is preceded on the list by Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

After losing the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord's, the visitors managed to win the third Test in Tent bridge. However, they went down in the remaining two contests to complete a miserable series which was totally dominated by the hosts.

India had last won a series on English soil way back in 2007 when the Rahul Dravid-led side had managed a 1-0 win over the hosts in a three-Test affair.

Brief scores at the end of the Test count as England 332 & 423/8 declared vs India: 292 & 345 (Lokesh Rahul 149, Rishabh Pant 114; James Anderson 3/45).