India routed England by an innings and 25 runs inside three days in the fourth and the final test on Saturday and booked a place in the world test championship final against New Zealand.

England capitulated for 135 in the second innings against the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin (5-47) and Axar Patel (5-48) within two sessions on the third day to lose the series 3-1.

Dan Lawrence (50) fought a grim battle to score a half-century before Ashwin clean bowled him to clinch the victory.

India was earlier bowled out for 365 before lunch and got a lead of 160 runs. No. 8 batsman Washington Sundar was left stranded on 96 not out after India lost the last three wickets within five balls after it resumed on 294-7.

Left-arm spinner Patel, who grabbed 11 wickets in the last test at the same venue in India’s 10-wicket win within two days, finished the game with yet another impressive haul of nine wickets in his hometown.

India recovered well to clinch the series after losing the opening Test at Chennai.

The world test championship final is at Lord’s in June.

With this win, India also became the number one Test side in the world. While India have 122 points, New Zealand are in second place with 118 points. England have slipped to the fourth position after losing the series. Australia are third in the ICC Test rankings.

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