Root’s ton helps England to comfortable series victory

England's Chris Jordan celebrates with Joe Root (left) after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli
England's Chris Jordan celebrates with Joe Root (left) after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli

Joe Root’s majestic 149 not out helped England inflict a second consecutive three-day defeat on India to seal the Investec Test series 3-1 at the Oval.

The home seamers hunted as a pack to hustle hapless India out for only 94 in 29.2 overs overs and win by an innings and 244 runs - their second-highest margin of victory against India.

After Sheffield’s Root completed his fifth Test century, captain Alastair Cook unleashed James Anderson, Stuart Broad et al - with a 338-run lead on the board.

But it was Chris Jordan who cashed in a career-best four for 18 as India’s embarrassingly swift descent was all over by tea.

Anderson, moving ever closer to Ian Botham’s all-time England record Test wicket-taking tally of 383, began the rout when he numbered Murali Vijay as his 379th victim - pinning the opener lbw on the back foot.

The tourists, for whom so little has gone right since the second Test at Lord’s, then suffered another comical indignity when out-of-form Gautam Gambhir contrived to run himself out just as a sudden downpour was setting in to make his misjudgement the last act before lunch.

The left-hander pushed Anderson to midwicket, set off and was sent back by Cheteshwar Pujara - but not before Chris Woakes’ direct hit broke the stumps.

In half an hour of batting, India had encountered another hapless false start to be nine for two - and when they returned after a near two-hour rest, things simply went from bad to worse for them as England went for the quick kill.

Root had begun the day with 92 to his name, and wasted no time moving to three figures as the hosts rushed along to 486 all out.

Root soon pushed Ishant Sharma through midwicket for three to bring up his hundred and England’s 400 with the same shot.

His century had taken 135 balls, and he was then bowled by Ishant Sharma - but was handed a reprieve because he had overstepped for a no-ball.

Root was left stranded one short of his 150 when Anderson fell to R Ashwin - and the England bowler then did his bit with the ball as Cook’s men completed the first series success of their new era with seven sessions to spare.

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