New Delhi: England middle-order batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored fighting centuries against India on the last day of the final Test match in Nagpur, helping the touring team draw the match and also giving them their first Test series win in the country in 28 years.
After leading the four-match series 2-1, with their wins in Mumbai and Kolkata, England only needed a draw in Nagpur to clinch a historic series victory, which they did with utmost aplomb.
England had scored 352 with the loss of four wickets at stumps on day five after taking a four runs lead over India, with Trott scoring 143 of 310 balls and Bell staying not out on 106 of 306 balls.
Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets for India while Pragyan Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja took a wicket each. India has lost the first Test series at home in eight years. They were last defeated by Australia in 2008.
James Anderson won the Man of the Match award for his four wickets in the first innings while Alastair Cook was the unanimous choice for the Man of the Series award for scoring 562 runs in the 4-match series
First Published: Monday, December 17, 2012, 16:56