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    India defeats England in just three days with the help of Ravichandran Ashwin's spin
India defeats England in just three days with the help of Ravichandran Ashwin's spin
Ben Stokes is bowled. Getty Images

India defeats England in just three days with the help of Ravichandran Ashwin's spin

England's tour of India ended on a sour note. They were crushed in three days in the fifth Test in Dharamsala by a spineless top-order.

England were bundled out for 195, losing by an innings and 64 runs, handing India a 4-1 series victory.

Joe Root's 84 prevented an even larger margin. Despite being 113-6, Root managed to coax runs from the tail when the contest was effectively over.

The inept batting overshadowed James Anderson's early morning achievement of becoming the first pace bowler to reach 700 Test wickets after dismissing Kuldeep Yadav, caught behind.

With Shoaib Bashir completing his second five-wicket haul of the series, India was bowled out for 477. In ideal conditions, England's primary objective was to extend the match into a fourth day.

Instead, they succumbed to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who marked his 100th Test with a mesmerising 5-77

Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope played poor shots, Zak Crawley turned to leg-slip, Ben Stokes' defence was weak and Ben Foakes was bowled with a slog. In between, Jonny Bairstow scored 39 off 31 balls before he was dismissed by Kuldeep.

At least Root showed some determination, but could not prevent a one-sided defeat within eight sessions of play.

Although this is England's first series defeat under Stokes, it is their seventh loss in 12 Tests. This marks the end of a disappointing winter across formats, which also included a weak defence of the 50-over World Cup.

The England team will soon shift their focus to defending the T20 World Cup in June. Their next Test match will be against West Indies at Lord's in July.

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