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England crush India again

England wrapped up victory in the fifth Test at the Kia Oval by an innings and 244 runs as India endured another miserable third day collapse.

The tourists' second innings failed to survive even two sessions as they slumped to 94 all out to lose the series 3-1.

England raced to a first-innings lead of 338 during an entertaining first hour, eventually bowled out for 486 after piling on 101 runs on Sunday morning in just 11.3 overs against a lacklustre India attack.

England quickly got the breakthrough when an inswinger from James Anderson trapped Murali Vijay lbw for two and moments later his fellow opener Gautam Gambhir was also gone.

Gambhir was tempted into a quick single, changed his mind and Chris Woakes threw down the stumps from mid-off.

The rain immediately descended and an early lunch was taken with India on 9-2 and already looking a beaten team.

When play resumed, Anderson quickly dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 11 with an absolute snorter, a thin edge giving Jos Buttler a simple catch behind the stumps.

Gary Ballance had to produce a brilliant dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane for four, diving low to his left and taking a one-handed catch left-handed off Stuart Broad.

This time skipper MS Dhoni was unable to offer any defiance, nicking a short lifter from Chris Woakes on to his thigh pad and into the hands of Sam Robson at short leg as India were reduced to 46-5.

The last five wickets did not take long.

Virat Kohli was caught by Cook at first slip off Chris Jordan , before Ravi Ashwin edged Jordan to Ballance at third slip, who parried the ball up in the air for Ian Bell to catch.

Bell then took a regulation edge from Kumar off Jordan and India's humiliation was almost complete when Varun Aaron was run out by an accurate throw from Moeen Ali and a smart piece of keeping from Buttler.

The end arrived not long afterwards as Ishant Sharma lobbed a simple catch to Ali off Jordan (4-18).

At the start of the day England were looking for quick runs. Stuart Broad struck a breezy 37 from just 21 balls, while the hugely impressive Joe Root finished unbeaten on 149 from just 165 balls after completing his fifth Test century shortly after the resumption.

At the start of a cloudy morning, Root pushed Ishant Sharma through midwicket for three to bring up his hundred and England's 400 with the same shot.

His century had taken 135 balls, and contained 10 fours and two sixes, but the most notable statistic was that his acceleration after a necessarily patient start brought him his second 50 in only 42 deliveries.

Chris Jordan fell to the very next ball from Ishant (4-96), following one that held its line to be caught behind and end an eighth-wicket stand of 82 in 12.3 overs.

But Stuart Broad then joined in the fun, in his first innings since Varun Aaron broke his nose with a bouncer at Old Trafford last week, and dished out a little belated retaliation - standing tall for three trademark off-side boundaries in the same over from the fast bowler.

Nothing was going right for India, a fact underlined cruelly when Ishant bowled Root off an inside edge and pad only to discover - even as the batsman was walking off for 110 - that there would be a reprieve because he had overstepped for a no-ball.

Broad was soon proving as well, off Ishant at the other end, that he is happy to continue hooking - and duly counted six, when he did so.

Root also climbed into three fours in one Aaron over.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept two slips, a gully and short-leg in to Broad, even as he threatened the world's fastest Test 50, and eventually it paid off when he looped a catch into the cordon - albeit off only his left glove, when he had taken it off the bat handle and therefore should not strictly have been given out.

Another 63 had been plundered in just seven overs by the ninth-wicket pair, but still England wanted more - so it was only when James Anderson went lbw pushing forward to Ravi Ashwin (3-72) that the innings was naturally closed, leaving India 40 minutes of second-innings batting before lunch.

They lost two wickets in that mini-session and the writing was already very much on the wall.