result
4th Test, The Oval, Aug 18 - 22 2011, India tour of England
591/6d
(91 ov)(f/o) 300 & 283
England won by an innings and 8 runs
player of the match
Ian Bell
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• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Swann's six completes India's humiliation

England, led by Graeme Swann's six wickets, secured a famous whitewash on a dramatic final day at The Oval as India collapsed during the afternoon session

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Sahil Dutta
Scorecard summary
England591/6(153 overs)1st INNINGS
Ian Bell235 (364)
Kevin Pietersen175 (232)
Sreesanth3/123(29)
Suresh Raina2/58(19)
India300/10(94 overs)1st INNINGS
Rahul Dravid*146 (266)
Amit Mishra43 (77)
Tim Bresnan3/54(17)
Graeme Swann3/102(31)
India283/10(91 overs)2nd INNINGS
Amit Mishra84 (141)
Graeme Swann6/106(38)
Stuart Broad2/44(20)
end of over 914 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 283/10CRR: 3.10 
Ishant Sharma7 (21)
Graeme Swann38-6-106-6
Stuart Broad20-6-44-2

The England players are now out there for the presentation ceremony. Understandably they look a whole lot more delighted than the India players who follow them. Michael Atherton is master of ceremonies and he starts by congratulating Andrew Strass's team for their series win. The presentation team includes all sorts of men in suits and a couple of women in red dresses.

Ian Bell is named man of the match. Atherton starts cheekily by saying Bell has 'nailed the No. 3 spot'. Bell responds by saying "yeah and I'll be back to No. 5 now" before clicking back into press-training cliches: "Guys have pushed each other forward, daddy hundred, great squad, great guys, all looking to improve etc yadda yadda"

There are two man of the series awards, chosen by the opposing coach. Duncan Fletcher chooses Stuart Broad as England's man of the series. To think, many of us wouldn't have even had him in the side for the first Test! "We set clear plans, we wanted to be slightly fuller," he says tellingly. "We recognised I needed to bowl slightly fuller and bring the stumps into play and with that working at Lord's it gave me the confidence to continue with that."

Andy Flower selects Rahul Dravid as India's man of the series. Obviously. Dravid has been towering above his team-mates this series. A wonderful player and clearly one of the best guys in the game. He starts by congratulation England and thanking them for a great series. Asked why India have been unable to compete well this series he smiles, and says "might take half an hour!" Asked if he'll be back he again smiles, "one series at a time, Michael, one series at a time."

"We tried our best and that's what is important," says MS Dhoni They batted really well and were not able to get more than 300 in a single innings, that speaks for itself. There was no complacency but we didn't get much time before the series started. It's important to stay together as a unit, the expectation levels are always high from supporters back home but the team has to stay together and fight."

"Outstanding again," says a beaming Andrew Strauss. "It was Graeme Swann's day but when you look at the start of the game Ian Bell's innings was the best I've seen him play. We knew it was going to be hard work today but we knew we had a lot of time." Asked what he'll do with his five months off after this Test, Strauss smiles and says "dunnow, but I might have a hangover tomorrow!"

I thought we were done for the day but we're being subjected to a ridiculous, faux military presentation of the World No. 1 mace thingy to England. I can't describe how odd and kind of inappropriate this looks. The mace is like a giant pin and Strauss seems to have no idea what to do with it. Quite what the whole war theme was about I have no idea.

Well, that's about it from us. Andrew McGlashan has his end of Test report we also have a gallery. From all the commentary team, especially me in my last Test, thank you for all the emails. Well, most of them at least. I'll leave the last word to Andrew Miller: "The most complete England series win of all time? Arguably."

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England win by an innings and 8 runs and win series 4-0 Plenty of smiles for England as they head off, each player gets a hug and a smile from Andy Flower as they go back into the dressing room, that doesn't come easily. England are officially the best team in Test cricket and India, after this loss, slip down to third. There was some fight this morning as Amit Mishra and Sachin Tendulkar flourished but when Mishra fell to offer a crack in the line up, England burst through violently. Seven wickets fell for 21 runs to seal the clean-sweep. Incredibly India have not made more than 300 in all eight innings. It's been the sort of performance from India that demands serious consideration. Reviews after series like that are all the fashion but can the BCCI appoint someone independent to do that? I guess all will be revealed soon but this is probably the time to celebrate a brilliant England team. Since the Ashes started England have won six by an innings two more by over 200 runs. They are a fine, fine team.

90.6
W
Swann to Sreesanth, OUT

that's it! Swann has six and England win 4-0. In every possible facet of the game England have been superior and Swann gets to finish the series by bowling Sreesanth! The England fielders jump, yelp and hug, they have had a stunning six weeks

Sreesanth b Swann 6 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
90.5
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

again Sree aims an enormous mow, doesn't get much of it and Bell flicks the ball back onto the stumps. Sreesanth just had a back foot back in time

90.4
4
Swann to Sreesanth, FOUR runs

cry of "catch it" from Swann, and there was an inside edge which went onto leg and just, only just, missed the stumps and past Prior for four

90.3
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

Sreesanth charges down and toe-ends this onto his foot

90.2
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

huge appeal from Prior especially as this rips back from outside off, past the swipe, onto Sreesanth's back leg but Tucker says no. Heading down possibly.. yes

"I have been in teary eyes past 30 minutes. As a die hard test cricket fan - its a black day today in history of Indian cricket. The previous whitewashes in Australia in 1999-2000 and 1959 were not so embarrassing since we were nowhere near top 3 teams in the world. But this series has hurt a lot of sentiments," says Madhur.

90.1
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

not yet, flat delivery is solidly blocked

Swann versus Sreesanth. Might all end this over.

end of over 902 runs
INDIA: 279/9CRR: 3.10 
Ishant Sharma7 (21)
Sreesanth2 (3)
Stuart Broad20-6-44-2
Graeme Swann37-6-102-5
89.6
Broad to Sharma, no run

top delivery to end the over, pitches around off stump, decks away from the outside edge

89.5
Broad to Sharma, no run

slipped down the leg side here

89.4
Broad to Sharma, no run

Ishant is fighting to the last moment, refuses to gift his wicket. Turns his back on this delivery outside off stump

89.3
Broad to Sharma, no run

good delivery is left outside off stump

Some rather glum faces from India fans in the crowd. Poor folks, horrid summer to endure.

89.2
Broad to Sharma, no run

short ball dug in around off stump, Ishant stands tall and drops it by his feet

89.1
2
Broad to Sharma, 2 runs

Ishant does what he always does with the bat, shuffles across his stumps. Nudges to leg here to collect a couple

end of over 892 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 277/9CRR: 3.11 
Sreesanth2 (3)
Ishant Sharma5 (15)
Graeme Swann37-6-102-5
Stuart Broad19-6-42-2
88.6
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

again Sreesanth is on the attack, skipping down and swishing. Once more he can't get much of it

Crowd is in good voice now.

88.5
2
Swann to Sreesanth, 2 runs

Sree won't die wondering. Hops down the wicket and then aims a thrashed sweep shot. Doesn't get much of it but it heads down to fine leg

88.4
Swann to Sreesanth, no run

ooh, almost happened here as it spins in from outside off with some extra bounce

So, one more wicket in the series remains.

He's had to wait all series to get stuck in but with the conditions now there for him Swann has, as India's coach might have said, come to the party. Haha, Swann celebrates be doing a mock Freddie arms-stretched out celebration.

88.3
W
Swann to Gambhir, OUT

Swann has his fifth! Gambhir has not looked himself this Test and it ends now. Skipped down to try and push a cover drive but could only outside edge loopily to point where Morgan held on

Gautam Gambhir c Morgan b Swann 3 (46m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11
88.2
Swann to Gambhir, no run

more firmly defended this time to cover

88.1
Swann to Gambhir, no run

Swann has Gambhir in his sights and spins this away from the outside edge. Gambhir adjusts well to block

end of over 881 run
INDIA: 275/8CRR: 3.12 
Ishant Sharma5 (15)
Gautam Gambhir3 (24)
Stuart Broad19-6-42-2
Graeme Swann36-6-100-4
87.6
Broad to Sharma, no run

Ishant does well to get into line and keep this out

87.5
Broad to Sharma, no run

top delivery here, pitched and zips away off a length

Best performances - batters
Ian Bell portrait
IR Bell ENG
235 runs (364)
23 fours
2 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
62 runs
8 fours
1 six
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Kevin Pietersen portrait
KP Pietersen ENG
175 runs (232)
27 fours
0 six
Control79%
Productive shot
leg glance
42 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann ENG
O
38
M
6
R
106
W
6
ECO
2.78
Tim Bresnan portrait
TT Bresnan ENG
O
17
M
3
R
54
W
3
ECO
3.17
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of England
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Player Of The Series
Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid
Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad
Series resultEngland won the 4-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 2004
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30
Match days18,19,20,21,22 August 2011 - day(5-day match)
Umpires
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Rod Tucker
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
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Nigel Llong
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle