England overcome stubborn fifth-wicket partnership to beat India by 60 runs and clinch Test series 3-1

ENGLAND overcame a stubborn fifth-wicket partnership to beat India by 60 runs and clinch the Test series 3-1.

The day had started poorly for the hosts, only adding 11 runs to their overnight total to set the visitors a tantalising 245 to win.

 Moeen Ali inspired to England to victory with a superb flurry of wickets

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Moeen Ali inspired to England to victory with a superb flurry of wickets

Stuart Broad fell from the first ball of the day – caught behind off Mohammed Shami – before Sam Curran was then run-out on a horror start to day four.

Curran fell four short of another Test 50 for England, with the game evenly poised with well over five sessions to play.

Joe Root and Co would have hoped to have increased their lead to at least 260 at the Ageas Bowl, with India fancying their chances.

But England reduced them to 22-3 early on, before Kohli and Rahane put the visitors on top with a 101-run partnership.

 England tore through India's lower order after a stubborn fifth-wicket partnership

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England tore through India's lower order after a stubborn fifth-wicket partnership
 England enjoyed a superb evening session at the Ageas Bowl to clinch the series

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England enjoyed a superb evening session at the Ageas Bowl to clinch the series

However, a flurry of wickets either side of tea – inspired by Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes – saw England ultimately cruise to the Test and series victory.

Moeen took four wickets in the innings to take his match tally to nine after his recall to the XI.

Stokes and James Anderson picked up two wickets each, while Broad and Curran – who took the final wicket of Ravi Ashwin – took one apiece.

England will finish off their five-match series with India at the Oval, starting Friday September 7.

 England take the series 3-1 with one to play after a professional day in the field

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England take the series 3-1 with one to play after a professional day in the field

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ENGLAND overcame a stubborn fifth-wicket partnership to beat India by 60 runs and clinch the Test series 3-1.