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Ashwin's magic: English all out in 32 minutes!

Last updated on: December 12, 2016 11:12 IST

This is only the third time that a team batting first has made 400 and then lost by an innings.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of England's Adil Rashid during Day 5 of the fourth Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday

IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates Adil Rashid's wicket. Day 5 of the 4th Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, December 12. Photograph: BCCI

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked havoc as India defeated England by an innings and 36 runs on the final day of the 4th Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to pocket the series 3-0.

This is only the third time that a team batting first has made 400 and then lost by an innings.

Resuming at the overnight score of 182/6, the English batsmen fell prey to some classic off-spin bowling. Ashwin picked his 24th 5-wicket haul (6/55) and wrapped the visitors' innings in just 32 minutes.

With this win, India have regained the Anthony De Mello Trophy, which England had won after winning the series in India in 2012.

Ashwin got his 7th 10-wicket haul in Test cricket to finish with match-figures of 12 for 167 and is now only has chief coach Anil Kumble's milestone of eight 10-fors in-front of him.

India captain Virat Kohli takes a lap of honour with team mates after winning the match

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli takes a lap of honour with team mates after winning the match. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

This is also the sixth successive series win under Virat Kohli --  the juggernaut started in Bangladesh (1 Test) last year, followed by Sri Lanka (away), South Africa (home), West Indies (away), New Zealand (home) and now England.

The next Test in Chennai starting December 16-20 has now been rendered inconsequential.

There was no resistance from England in the morning session as Ashwin took four wickets in four overs to complete the formality. Jonny Bairstow (51) was out to a carrom ball, Chris Woakes (0) was dismissed by an off-break while Adil Rashid's flick to deep mid-wicket completed his 24th five-wicket haul in Tests.

Acknowledging the capacity Wankhede crowd, which has provided vociferous support, the Indian team led by their charismatic skipper took a lap of honour as the entire stadium gave them a standing ovation.

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