Home > Match report >

India vs England 2014, 5th Test at The Oval: England rub India’s nose to the ground to complete 3-1 annihilation

It was the same old story... The Indian batsmen succumbed to pressure against the inspired England bowling attack © Getty Images
It was the same old story… The Indian batsmen succumbed to pressure against the inspired England bowling attack © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 17, 2014

England wrapped up the five-match Test series 3-1 with a huge innings and 244-run victory on Day Three at The Oval. India‘s victory at Lord’s seemed a distant memory as they had no answer to the England bowling and couldn’t check the flow of runs.

With a 338-run lead before them, India collapsed like a pack of cards. Just before the lunch interval, India had already slumped to nine for two, losing both openers. After an extended lunch break due to rain, a procession ensued in the middle as India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Virat Kohli showed a little semblance of fight, but his innings was also done by the time he got to 20.

Most of the Indian batsmen were out caught in the slips. It was a pattern as the England bowlers exposed the flaws in the batting and completed a memorable series victory. It does complete a comeback that saw them bounce back from the defeat at Lord’s. For India, it has been a downhill ride.

Earlier, England had won the toss on Day One and elected to bowl. They came in with an unchanged side, but India brought back Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny for Ravindra Jadeja  and Pankaj Singh.

MS Dhoni was the only batsmen who fought the bowlers with a determined innings of 82. India could only muster 148 with the England bowlers all over India. Stuart Broad had played with an injury, but the stars of the first innings were Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes, men who were considered weaklings of this bowling attack. And, England rarely used Moeen Ali, which shows the dominance of seam.

In response, England dominated with the bat as well with Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance set the tone with a good partnership. India let go too many runs through third-man. A few catches were also dropped at slip, which only added to their woes. In a sense, one’s mind went back to the third Test where Ravindra Jadeja dropped Cook and that turned the series. The only time India felt they were in the game was when they took four wickets in the afternoon session on Day Two.

However, it was Joe Root who took total control of proceedings and guided the tail through the evening session on Day Two and then got the runs on the third morning. He ultimately finished with a 165-ball 149 not out which propelled England to the 338 run lead. It was England’s game after that and India kept collapsing against the pace battery.

The only positives to emerge for India would be Varun Aaron’s bowling in this Test match. England have now showed that they still have the winning fire in them.

Brief scores:

India 148 (MS Dhoni 82, Murali Vijay 18; Chris Jordan 3 for 30, Chris Woakes 3 for 32) and 94 (Stuart Binny 25*; Chris Jordan 4 for 18)lost to England 486 (Alastair Cook 79, Gary Ballance 64, Joe Root 149*; Varun Aaron 2 for 111, Ishant Sharma 4 for 96, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 72) by an innings and 244 runs.

Full Scorecard

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs North Zone, semi-final at Mohali Day 4: Naman Ojha out for 40

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Azhar Ali out for 30

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 1 at Mirpur: Zimbabwe lose Sibanda in first over

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

MS Dhoni buys Hockey India League franchise, Ranchi Rays

Haroon Lorgat expects WICB to sort out issue before South Africa tour

Yasir Shah delighted by Shane Warne’s tweet

Zimbabwe reach 77/2 at lunch against Bangladesh on Day 1 of 1st Test

VVS Laxman: Would love to watch ISL match during my stay in Kolkata

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here