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England collapse during final Test as India ease to victory

England collapse during final Test as India ease to victory

India v England, Fifth Test Match

England once again found themselves at the mercy of India’s spin attack as the Three Lions collapsed to a 4-0 series defeat following a difficult final day in Chennai.

After posting a first innings score of 477, England were looking to end on a high after what has been a long, tough series for the visitors. Plus with India’s captain Virat Kohli dismissed on 15, England were looking hopeful of restoring some pride.

But then again, no-one expected India to reach 759 runs in their opening innings, with Lokesh Rahul (199) and Karun Nair (303) giving the hosts a 282 lead by Day 4.

Starting Day 5 on 12-0, 270 runs behind the hosts, England managed to reach 103 before a wicket was taken as Captain Alastair Cook (49) and newcomer Keaton Jennings (54) combined brilliantly to slow the hosts attack – but with a four wicket collapse for just 26 runs, the Three Lions once again looked nervy.

Joe Root who came in at three only needed 11 runs to reach Michael Vaughan’s Test record but could only reach six before he was sent to the Pavilion after an lbw by Jadeja.

Moeen Ali who was England’s shining light in the first innings failed to re-create his 146 score when they needed it most…instead took an awful stroke against the in-form Jadeja and was caught by Ashwin at mid-on. England were 192-5.

Moeen’s dismissal seemed to ignite England’s collapse as the Three Lions lost their final six wickets for just 15 runs - 75 and an innings short.

England now end 2016 with 8 Test defeats and will hope for a turn in fortunes in 2017.

England’s collapse

What the captains said

"I don't think we ran out of fight. All the guys gave their all, we just weren't good enough. We've struggled to take 20 wickets and we haven't got enough runs so we probably didn't deserve it.

"We've dropped vital chances and India kept punishing us. It's been a series of missed opportunities. We tried as hard as we could, but it wasn't good enough." Alastair Cook

"We understood what would happen to England if we got a couple of wickets. The intensity was top class." Virat Kohli

Interviews courtesy of the BBC

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