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4th Test, Wankhede, December 08 - 12, 2016, England tour of India
400 & 195

India won by an innings and 36 runs

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That was swift! India win by an innings and 36 runs and take the series 3-0 to regain the Anthony De Mello Trophy. England were 180 for 4 last night when Ashwin began this spell. India doing a lap of honour, the crowds for this Test have been excellent. Aswin: "Best bowling figures by spinner at Wankhade. Another milestone for Ashwin. Best bowler for a reason."

This is only the third time a team batting first has made 400 and then lost by an innings (England twice and Sri Lanka once)

Anil Kumble: "This is very special, we have lost three tosses. The 200-run stand between Jayant and Virat was exceptional. Ashwin has bowled beautifully throughout the series. He's never happy or satisfied, that's the best part about him. You can't really compare different teams, but this is the No. 1 side in the world. They are exception in their intensity and awareness. Everyone has contributed. This team is certainly special."

I will bring you the presentations shortly...much soul-searching for England to do. Many questions will be asked, but there don't seem to be many easy answers. It was always going to be tough out here, but missed chances in the field have made it even tougher and there has been some muddled selection, too.

A little nugget for you from our stats man Bharath Seervi: "Eng lost their last 5 wkts for 70 balls at Dhaka, 71 balls at Vizag and in 72 balls at Wankhede now"

Time for the presentations...Alastair Cook "I thought 400 was a pretty good score on that wicket. Keaton played really well, at 230 for 2 maybe should have got 450. Historically, 400 is a good score on this ground. In the second innings we had our chances. We aren't taking those chances at the moment. Virat played an extraordinary innings but we had a chance on 60-odd to get him. Those are things that the game changes on. We are in it for three days but not good enough to stay in it. We haven't been good enough to match India. We wanted to see what four seamers would look like because on the tour they have given us control and our two best spinners have been Mo and Rash. When you batted first you didn't need that extra seamer, so that was a mistake. We had a chance to restrict the lead. We would have been in the game. But that isn't really good enough. To me, we batted better in this game than the previous two. I go back to the chances we missed, we could have bowled India out for 400. Virat is in incredible form, having one of the series you dream of. Clearly one of the great batsmen of our generation."

Man of the match is Virat Kohli "It's a very special feeling. The way the crowd came out here and supported it helped us push through the tough moments. The 231-run lead deflated the opposition, we saw their body language and knew the game was wrapped up when we had that lead. We haven't played on Indian wickets with too much bounce so the adjustment was very important. Credit to everyone. Vijay played a champion knock and it speaks volumes of his character. For Jayant, too, it couldn't have been any better. I was pretty focused on this game, a chance to seal the series. The plan was to get stuck in, I got away quickly. I was nervous before this game. We had a bit of a collapse so buckled down again. I kept the targets realistic, level the scores first then thought about the lead. An hour or two can change the complexion of the game. It's about the belief you have. I'm very grateful that it came off for us. This series win is probably the sweetest we've had in recent times. We are running out of words to describe Ashwin. The impact he has had on this team. The batsmen have played second fiddle to his performances. Any team would love to have him. It's very difficult to get past him."

Well, that just about wraps this up for this Test. Congratulations to India. Thanks to you all for joining us. From Gnasher, Nikhil and Deiva it's goodbye and see you for the Chennai Test later in the week.

Ashwin to Anderson, OUT

and there it is! Ashwin takes the last, his sixth of the innings and 12th of the match. Anderson just flicks in the air to the leg side, was another carrom ball, and finds mid-on

James Anderson c Yadav b Ashwin 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 33.33
Ashwin to Anderson, no run

spins away past the outside edge, just about pulls the bat inside the line

Ashwin to Anderson, no run

beats him as he goes for the sweep

end of over 551 run
ENG: 195/9CRR: 3.54 
Jos Buttler6 (17b)
James Anderson2 (3b)
Ravindra Jadeja 22-3-63-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 20-3-55-5
Jadeja to Buttler, no run

clipped into the leg side

Jadeja to Buttler, no run

back on his stumps, defends

Jadeja to Buttler, no run

reverse sweep, loops over the slips off the top edge

Jadeja to Buttler, no run

forward and defends

Jadeja to Anderson, 1 run

that's a sweet piece of timing, flicks off the his pads through square leg and they decide to just take the single

Jadeja to Anderson, no run

an appeal for lbw as Anderson reverse sweeps, may have been outside the line of off stump. Bottom edge, too

Yogesh Murgude: "Ganguly is correct yesterday in comment. One hour is enough for India to close the match." Kohli and Anderson having a chat. The umpires just stepping in. Jadeja is there, too. A few wry smiles around, too

end of over 543 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 194/9CRR: 3.59 
Jos Buttler6 (13b)
James Anderson1 (1b)
Ravichandran Ashwin 20-3-55-5
Ravindra Jadeja 21-3-62-2
Ashwin to Buttler, no run

full and straight, defended

Ashwin to Anderson, 1 run

round the wicket, on the pads, and he flicks into square leg

James Anderson the last man. Suspect there may be a few words in the middle

Ashwin's current spell, split by close of play: 8.4-2-14-5

Ashwin to Rashid, OUT

another five-wicket haul for him! England falling in a heap. Rashid just flicks in the air and places it down the throat of deep midwicket. Horrid shot

Adil Rashid c Rahul b Ashwin 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 28.57

Saran: "Should we do a top 10 dreaded bowlers for Cricinfo commentators. Let me start, First one is Jadeja?" I'll offer you Gayle and Samuels

Ashwin to Rashid, no run

full at off stump, dragged to the on side as the face closes

Ashwin to Buttler, 1 run

sharp spin, but this is neatly played, he waits and nudges round the corner

Ashwin to Rashid, 1 run

flicked with the turn off the stumps, out to deep square

And if you want the full Ashwin feature, here it is

end of over 532 runs
ENG: 191/8CRR: 3.60 
Jos Buttler5 (11b)
Adil Rashid1 (4b)
Ravindra Jadeja 21-3-62-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 19-3-52-4
Jadeja to Buttler, no run

full on the stumps, stretches forward and defends to cover

Jadeja to Buttler, no run

forward, beaten by the spin

Jadeja to Rashid, 1 run

driven in the air, just to the left of Jadeja as he dives in his fingertips to it

Jadeja to Rashid, no run

opens the face, drives to the cover

Jadeja to Rashid, no run

pushed into the off stump

Jadeja to Buttler, 1 run

tapped to the off side

Seems a good moment to mention this snippet from the long-read on how R Ashwin has become the best bowler in the world

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