England beat India by 118 runs at Oval in a compelling fight on Tuesday to wrap up the five-Test series (4-1). Opener KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant both scored centuries to hold up England’s victory charge at the Oval on Tuesday but it was not enough to deliver the visitors a win in the final Test. The failure of India was largely accounted for by the poor show by Indian batsmen and it was pathetic to watch India lose five wickets for just 20 runs at a crucial stage.
Earlier, Alastair Cook signed off in fairytale fashion, making 147 in his final Test innings. Joe Root then stroked his way back into form with a century of his own as England set India 464 for victory. Rahul and Pant’s centuries helped India close on 345 but it was 118 runs shorter than the winning target.
Rahul smashed an unbeaten 108 off 126 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and a six off Ben Stokes. This was his first hundred of the five-match series. Pant made his 114 out of 146 balls.
It was Adil Rashid who with his prodigious spin dashed India's hopes to find either a draw or win. Most of the Indian batsmen failed to challenge English bowlers. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah lost their wickets without adding even a single run, while Ishant Sharma added only 5 runs and Shikhar Dhawan one. Apart from Rahul and Rishabh Pant, only Ajinkya Rahane (37) could show some fighting spirit. Altogether, a poor show by India.