Dec 172012

cookNagpur: England ended their 28-year wait to win a Test series on Indian soil after they drew the fourth and final Test here at the Jamtha Stadium today.

The visitors won the series 2-1. 

The last time an English side had won in India was back in 1984-8 5 under the captaincy of David Gower. 

England who began the final day on 161-3 made Indian bowlers to toil hard and honours of the day was shared by Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.

Both the batsmen started the day proceeding and batted with caution to slowly take the match away from India.

India required to take early wickets to make a comeback on the final day, but Trott and Bell show denied the hosts any advantage in the day.

Trott scored 147 off 310 deliveries laced with 18 boundaries, while Bell stayed unbeaten on 116 off 306 balls including 16 boundaries and a six.

After Trott was out, Bell and Joe Root guided England safely to 352 when both the captains decided to mutually end the match.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler for India with a haul of 2-99.

This is for the first time since 2004-05 after losing to Australia 2-1, that India lost a series at home.

The series started off on a great note for India as they convincingly beat England in the first Test at Ahmedabad, but after that England made a remarkable comeback to humiliate India in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Brief scores:

England 330 (Pietersen 73, Root 73, Prior 57, Swann 56, Chawla 4-69) and 352 for 4 (Trott 143, Bell 116*) drew with India 326 for 9 dec (Kohli 103, Dhoni 99, Anderson 4-81)

By Indian Sports News Network 

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