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England end series on sorry note as fifth Test collapse gives India 4-0 win

Virat Kohli celebrates as Alastair Cook is adjudged lbw after a review, India v England, 5th Test, Chennai, 5th day, December 20, 2016

CHANNAI: England suffered a miserable 4-0 series defeat in India after an untimely batting collapse gave the hosts the impetus to snatch victory on the final day of the fifth Test when a draw had looked on the cards. The tourists hit trouble with the loss of four wickets for 26 runs as they tried to battle for a stalemate at the MA Chidambaram Stadium before losing a further six wickets for 15 runs to confirm defeat. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings (54) calmed the tourists’ nerves by guiding them through a wicketless first session against India but the introduction of Ravindra Jadeja, who finished on seven for 48 to bring up 10 wickets for the match, first did for the England captain, for the sixth time in the series, and then accounted for Jennings and Joe Root too. The India all-rounder could not stay out of the action, and for good measure then took an outstanding catch running back from midwicket to collect Jonny Bairstow’s flick off Ishant Sharma and make it 129 for four. Despite the best efforts of Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes, who showed some much-needed composure to reach 167 without further loss at tea, England could not hold their nerve and fell to a dispiriting defeat by an innings and 75 runs.

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