England triumph on Indian soil

18th Dec 2012

England sealed their first series win in India for 27 years after seeing out the final day in Nagpur to earn the draw they needed.

Jonathan Trott scored highest with 143 and Ian Bell hit 116 not out as the tourists finished 356 runs ahead on 352-4 when stumps were drawn early.

Having lost in Ahmedabad, England responded with fine victories in Mumbai and Kolkata to take a 2-1 lead going into the fourth and final test.

Winning a series in India is no mean feat - it is only the fourth time England have done so - and former skipper of the national side Michael Vaughan described it as the hardest thing to do in cricket.

The last time an England side managed to win on Indian soil prior to this historic achievement was in 1984-85 when David Gower's tourists were triumphant.

In addition, the result meant England also inflicted India's first series loss on their own patch since an Australian side featuring the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting claimed victory in 2004.

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