PHOTOS: Trott, Bell ensure England historic win in India
A century stand and determined batting by England's Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell helped England draw the fourth and final Test against India in Nagpur and clinch the series 2-1.
It took England 28 long years to break the jinx after dominant performances in the second and third Tests.
The day belonged to centurions Trott (143) and Bell's unbeaten 116, even as the story remained the same for a hapless India, who toiled without much success before the match was called off on the final day with England scoring 352 for 4.Bell and debutant Joe Root (20) were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the final time in the series.
Image: Ian Bell of England and Joe Root greet the Indian team and the umpires after the match ended in a draw on Monday
Trott, Bell start day positively
Earlier, Trott and Bell played a lot more positively than they had on Sunday. Resuming at an overnight score of 161 for 3, the duo frustrated the home bowlers.
They started the day by driving Ishant Sharma for boundaries when the loose ball was in sight, and ensured the scoreboard was kept ticking by punishing any bowler who wavered in line or length.
Their positive approach saw the innings' 200 coming 50 minutes into the day's play in the 94th over.
Bell was more positive of the two. He was initially the more aggressive in the fourth-wicket stand.
The first hour of play produced 45 runs in 18 overs as the two batsmen looked absolutely at ease against all Indian bowlers.
Image: Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell run between the wickets
Trott strikes form and scores ton
Unbeaten on 66 and 24 respectively on Sunday, Trott and Bell moved on to 106 and 61 by lunch, and continued to grind the toothless Indian attack in the second session.
With each passing over the body language of the Indian players kept dropping. But the England batsmen went about accumulating the runs without much fuss.
Trott, who found form late in the series, finally scored his century well into the second session.
Trott and Bell's perseverance saw them go past the 191-run stand between Peter Parfitt and Barry Knight in 1964 at Kanpur and the 206 stand between Ken Barrington and Ted Dexter in 1961 at the same Green Park ground -- the second and third highest for the wicket by England in India.England had added 79 runs in 31 overs in the pre-lunch session, and put on 70 in 29 overs in the second to place themselves well in sight of securing their fifth triumph in 14 attempts in this country dating back to 1932.
Image: Jonathan Trott kisses his helmet after scoring a century
Ashwin takes only wicket of the day
India had one clear chance of breaking the partnership before it actually ended, but Virender Sehwag, at slips, failed to latch on to an offer from Bell late in the second session.
The batsmen continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers who bowled without a plan.
And while the bowlers struggled to make a breakthrough, the duo slowly crept towards the record fourth wicket partnership of 214 between Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood, set at Chennai on their previous visit to India in 2008, before falling short by six runs.
Their 208-run fourth-wicket stand ended when 31-year-old Trott was finally dismissed for 143 (18 fours), caught at leg slip by Virat Kohli when he turned off R Ashwin straight to the fielder, after a marathon stay of 406 minutes.
For India, Ravichandran Ashwin took two for 99 while Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a wicket apiece.
Image: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of Jonathan Trott
Bell-Root take England to a draw
Debutant Root, who had struck a confident 73 in the first innings, joined Bell at the crease and continued in the same vein.
Bell on-drove Ashwin to reach his 35th Test 50 in 177 minutes and 130 balls, which included nine fluently struck fours.
Growing in confidence, he hit a six, too, besides 13 fours as he completed his hundred with a three to long leg in 368 minutes and off 293 balls.Bell ended the match with a tenaciously unbeaten 116 in 383 minutes as the duo batted the day to dash India's hopes of winning the match and drawing the series.
Image: Ian Bell celebrates after scoring his century on Monday