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Record-breaker Anderson seals England’s fifth Test win over India

James Anderson became the most

successful fast bowler in Test history when he sealed England's 118-run win

over India at the Oval on Tuesday.

With just one wicket to fall, and Anderson needing one more to break the

record of 563 he had shared with retired Australia great Glenn McGrath, the

36-year-old Lancashire paceman bowled Mohammed Shami to give England victory

in the fifth Test and a 4-1 series win over the world's top-ranked side.

India, set a mammoth 464 to win, collapsed to two for three on Monday, with

Anderson striking twice.

But a sixth-wicket partnership of 204 between KL Rahul (149) and Rishabh

Pant (114) on Tuesday gave them hope of an unlikely victory.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, however, removed both century-makers in a burst of

two wickets for three runs in two overs after tea to leave India struggling

at 328 for seven.

The scale of India's task could be seen from the fact that no side have

made more in the fourth innings to win a Test than the West Indies' 418 for

seven against Australia at St John's, Antigua in 2003.

� 'Brilliant' Cook �

Alastair Cook was named man-of-the-match after England's all-time leading

Test run-scorer made 147 in his final innings before international

retirement.

I'm happy Cookie was on the field to see that wicket, an emotional

Anderson told Sky Sports. He is my best mate and he's been brilliant �

there for me all the time.

As for his record-breaking strike, Anderson added: Thankfully Joe (Root,

the England captain) let me take the new ball eventually which gave me a

chance to get that wicket.

Meanwhile Cook, who also made a hundred on Test debut against India in

Nagpur, said: It's been an amazing week, one you couldn't script

To see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath today was (great).

India captain Virat Kohli, who tried to lead from the front with 593 runs

this series, praised the fight shown by Tuesday's century-makers.

Credit must go to Pant and Rahul for standing up, he said. They showed

the character we have in the team and the kind of cricket we played in the

series.

India resumed Tuesday on 58 for three. Rahul was 46 not out and Ajinkya

Rahane unbeaten on 10.

All eyes were on Anderson as he bowled Tuesday's first over, with the

overcast conditions seemingly in his favour.

Rahul though clipped his sixth delivery of the day legside for four to

complete a fifty � the first by an India opening batsman this series.

But a stand of 118 ended when Rahane (37) miscued a sweep off Moeen Ali to

midwicket.

� Rahul, Pant turn on the style �

Rahul, however, slapped Stokes over extra-cover for six to go into the 90s

in extraordinary fashion before his top-edged pull for four off the all-

rounder took him to 97.

The 26-year-old Rahul then pulled the paceman through mid-off, another

remarkable boundary, to complete his fifth hundred in 29 Tests off 118 balls

including 16 fours and a six.

Left-hander Pant, who had hit off-spinner Moeen Ali for a one-handed six

before lunch, gave Rahul superb support on an increasingly flat pitch.

The wicket-keeper Pant, who hoisted Rashid for six to go into the 90s, went

to his maiden Test hundred in just his third match at this level when he

repeated the shot off the Yorkshireman, the ball soaring high over long-on.

The 20-year-old had then faced a mere 117 balls, including 14 fours and

three sixes.

At tea, India were 298 for five, needing 166 more runs to win.

But Rashid, a peripheral figure for much of the series, now took centre

stage.

He turned one sharply out of the rough outside Rahul's leg-stump to clip

the top of the right-hander's off-stump.

And his next over saw Pant, going for another big hit, hole out to Ali at

long-off.

Anderson was denied the wicket he craved when diving wicket-keeper Jonny

Bairstow dropped a low left-handed chance to reprieve Ravindra Jadeja.

Sam Curran struck twice with the new ball when the left-arm paceman had

both Ishant Sharma and Jadeja caught behind to leave India 345 for nine.

Anderson then gave England the finish they wanted, bowling Shami middle

stump.

England started Tuesday in a commanding position after hundreds from Cook

and Root (125) took them to 423 for eight declared in their second innings.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)