India take just 17 balls to wrap up victory over England on the final day of the third Test

EASY WIN

Needing just one wicket to win, the tourists took little time in wrapping up a 203-run victory

India took just ten minutes to wrap up victory over England on the final day of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Needing just a single wicket to reduce their series arrears to 2-1, the tourists needed only 17 balls to bowl the hosts out for 317 in their second innings.

James Anderson is caught out by Ajinkya Rahane

James Anderson is caught out by Ajinkya Rahane

England had managed to delay the inevitable into the final day thanks to the batsmanship of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – and then Rashid’s sketchy survival deep into the previous evening.

They resumed, however, on 311 for nine – one delivery away from defeat, with a world-record target of 521 to win a notional irrelevance.

It took just 17 balls for the final wicket to fall in front of a sparse crowd – who did not pay to watch, after Nottinghamshire decided to allow free entry.

They witnessed two uneventful overs and then the dismissal of number 11 Anderson, caught at slip when a delivery fromAshwin spat and turned to loop up off his glove and end England’s second innings on 317 all out.

A match which was effectively won and lost inside one session on day two, when England lost all 10 first-innings wickets between lunch and tea, therefore concluded predictably.

India’s victory means all outcomes remain possible in this series, which will resume in Southampton next week.

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