This day was a destined for England to go into the record books, as Alastair Cook’s energetic team registered their nations first series win on Indian soil since 28 years, The fourth Test here ended in a draw on the final day and England have won the series 2-1.
For hosts, this is their 1st Test series loss at home after eight years since Australia won 2-1 in 2004, and also for MS Dhoni as captain in India. Going into the final Test, there was a lot of hope from India to win the match and square the series, but it could not happen. Leave aside the pressure on Dhoni continuing as captain, there were controversy concerning about the pitch and rifts in the team as well as the poor form of Sachin Tendulkar.
In the fourth Test there was a marked improvement, but England were powered by Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell's centuries to guarantee a draw. The session after tea went as expected with Bell getting his 17th Test century; Joe Root also remained unbeaten on 20 when England declared at of 352 for 4 with a lead of 356 runs.
Earlier, as expected nothing significant happened in the second session, as England played for a draw and went into tea at 310 for 4. Just prior to the tea break, R Ashwin dismissed Jonathan Trott for 143 off 310 balls and thus ended an immovable partnership of 208 runs. Trott had carried from where he left on Sunday and made his eighth Test century in the 1st session of day five..
India started the day with a hope of some wonder and getting the remaining wickets quickly to give them a chance for a win. But with the pitch having totally eased out, Trott and Bell had different plans and grinded out India in the 1st session.
Man of the Match – James Anderson, Man of the Series – Alastair Cook