Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin once again made a mockery of an eternally confused English batting line-up as India cantered into the inaugural World Test Championship final with a resounding innings and 25 run victory on the third afternoon of the fourth and final Test on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>All India needed was a draw to book a Lord's date in June with Kane Williamson's New Zealand but Patel (24-6-48-5), in company of Ashwin (22.5-4-47-5), literally blew England away in a session and half for a paltry 135 in 54.5 overs to complete a 3-1 rout, ensuring that the Anthony De Mello Trophy will stay at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai. <p></p> <p></p>It was another two and half days finish but even the most partisan England experts like their former skipper Michael Vaughan have admitted that the 22-yard strip had almost nothing to do with their side's abject surrender. <p></p> <p></p>A case in point could be India's first innings score of 365 and a lead of 160 on the same track where England could cumulatively manage only 340 runs across two innings. <p></p> <p></p>Atrocious application and unbelievably poor mindset while playing spinners cost the Englishmen dearly during the last three Tests. <p></p> <p></p>This was one Test match where Indians, even before a ball being bowled, created an illusion of a turning track. It was a ploy of playing with the minds of a team that was already in a negative zone. <p></p> <p></p>There wasn't much turn but enough to ensure that the visitors wilted under pressure as Patel's series tally stood at highest for a newcomer (27) while Ashwin was peerless as ever with 31 scalps in his kitty. <p></p> <p></p>A lot of credit for this victory should go to the indomitable Rishabh Pant, who played the enforcer on the second day with a magnificent hundred, and Washington Sundar, who notched up a chiseled 96. <p></p> <p></p>These two knocks literally made it impossible for England to make a comeback as a total of 365 seemed like 650. <p></p> <p></p>The coming of age of Pant as a real replacement for the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the emergence of Washington as a potent batting all-rounder only augurs well for the team. <p></p> <p></p>So formidable is India's bench strength right now that Hanuma Vihari, who saved an epic Test in Sydney only a couple of months back, may not get to play a Test in the near future. <p></p> <p></p>World's best wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will also find it difficult to add to his 38 Tests unless the 'Rourkee Rockstar' gets injured. <p></p> <p></p>Patel, in his debut Test series, was a powerhouse performer but he also knows that once Ravindra Jadeja is fit and available, he will have to wait for his next Test. <p></p> <p></p>The story of the third day was similar to the one that has played out for most of the series. <p></p> <p></p>With shoulders already drooping after the humiliation inflicted by Pant and Washington, England's openers Zak Crawley (5, 16 balls), Dom Sibley (3, 21 balls), and Jonny Bairstow (0, 1 ball) seemed like "walking wickets" at the start of the post-lunch session. <p></p> <p></p>Crawley, who in this Test match has made an ordinary strip look extraordinarily difficult with his approach, was snuffed out by Ashwin with two deliveries. <p></p> <p></p>The first was a sharp off-break that made him look vulnerable and then came the straighter ball which he managed to jab to Ajinkya Rahane at slips. <p></p> <p></p>Bairstow didn't trouble the scorers as he closed his bat face to give Rohit Sharma an easy catch at leg slip. <p></p> <p></p>Suddenly the track that looked docile in the first session seemed like performing all kinds of tricks. <p></p> <p></p>Sibley must have been affected by the two dismissals and his was a freak one as he played a full-blooded sweep shot off Patel which ricocheted off forward short leg fielder Shubman Gill's knee and lobbed up for Pant to complete the formalities. <p></p> <p></p>One had expected two of England's best players in Joe Root (30) and Ben Stokes (2 off 9 balls) to put up a fight but the all-rounder failed to gauge the extra bounce as he went for a sweep shot off Patel. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli accepted the dolly at leg slip as England's resistance was blown away at 30 for 4. <p></p> <p></p>Ollie Pope (15) hit Ashwin for a six, which was more desperation than finesse, and it was only a matter of time before he yorked himself as Pant fumbled while gathering but managed to effect a stumping to make it 65 for 5. <p></p> <p></p>The England skipper could only helplessly look how his colleagues made a mess of Test match batting and Ashwin finally had his number trapping him leg before on the back-foot with another straight ball. <p></p> <p></p>The remaining wickets in the post-tea session were a mere formality which the spinners completed in due course of time. <p></p> <p></p>The morning session belonged to Washington, whose 96 off 174 balls was as important as Pant's second day hundred in the final context of the match. <p></p> <p></p>Washington and Axar Patel (43 off 97 balls) added an invaluable 106 runs for the eighth wicket, which ended even a miniscule chance for England to stage a recovery.