Ahmedabad: England’s weakness against spin ensured that India booked a berth for the World Test Championship (WTC) final beating England by an innings and 25 runs on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Saturday.
India won the series 3-1, bouncing back remarkably after losing the first Test.
After Rishabh Pant had tilted the scales in favour of the hosts with a century on Friday, Washington Sundar (96 not out) and Axar Patel (43) rubbed took the match away from the visitors.
The lead proved to be too much for England, who had to deal with 67 overs on the third day. They succumbed under pressure even though the surface didn’t play much of a role.
Brief scores: England 205 & 135 (Daniel Lawrence 50, Joe Root 30; Ravichandra Ashwin 5/47, Axar Patel 5/48) lost to India 365 (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sundar 96 not out, Rohit Sharma 49, Axar Patel 43; Ben Stokes 4/89, James Anderson 3/44) by innings and 25 runs.