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Keaton Jennings became the third English cricketer to score a century on debut versus India © IANS

Ravichandran Ashwin tore through England’s lower order in just half-an-hour on Monday as India won the fourth Test by an innings and 36 runs, clinching the series 3-0 with a game to spare. England started the final day at the Wankhede Stadium trailing by 49 runs with four wickets remaining, and needing something extraordinary to avoid defeat. But off-spinner Ashwin grabbed all four wickets to send England crashing to 195 all out and finish with figures of 6-55 in the innings, and 12 scalps in the match. Skipper Virat Kohli was named man of the match for his brilliant double century in a crushing win that confirms India as Test cricket’s top side and avenges their two consecutive series defeats to England.

“This series win is probably the sweetest we have had in the last 14-15 months,” said Kohli, who took over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Test captain last year. England captain Alastair Cook, who has hinted he may step down after the series, admitted it was a mistake to pick only two specialist spinners in Mumbai’s spin-friendly conditions. “We would have liked another spinner but we had the opportunity to bowl India out for 400 and we did not take them,” said Cook. Ashwin first dispatched Jonny Bairstow, who could only add one run to his overnight half-century, before clean-bowling Chris Woakes for nought. Adil Rashid was then caught in the deep by Lokesh Rahul for two, off Ashwin’s bowling, to put England at 193 with just one wicket remaining.

Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 4th Test at Mumbai

James Anderson was then caught to become Ashwin’s sixth victim of the innings as England were all out for 195, failing to make India bat again. England posted 400 in their first innings before India put on a massive 631, including Kohli’s double century and tons for Murali Vijay and Jayant Yadav.

(With inputs from AFP)