And that's it. India have lost. England have won. And we all have a few 'burning questions' to answer.
Cook (MoS): A very special day for us today. A very special tour, great memories. Trott and Bell batted with great calm today and that was fantastic. I think everyone in this team can be very proud of how they've played especially after Ahmedabad. I think the ability to adapt to different conditions was a great positive for us.
Dhoni asked if we will see Sachin again in test cricket. "I hope so." Have you asked him he will carry on "no" #cricket
— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) December 17, 2012
Anderson (MoM): People come over here and think the spinners are going to get all the wickets but I wanted to show seamers have a job to do as well. Reverse swing played a key part and I think we executed our plans very, very well. Two seamers, you can only bowl 3-4 overs in every spell, so you have to give everything in those spells.
Dhoni: I think the better side won the series. We struggled not only in the batting department but also in the bowling. I think our spinners were on the mark but the difference was James Anderson. I think England managed quite well. Cook batted very well and he got support from Kevin Pietersen in Mumbai. Such moments change the Test series. This Test match would have gone for a draw with maybe 3-4 more days to go. We have quite a few positives but we lost and that's what happens when two big sides meet.
The Nagpur Test is a draw, which means England have won the series 2-1.
15.20 PM: England have declared their innings at 352-4. That means they have won a Test series in India for the first time in 28 years.
15.10 PM- Century for Bell
England 341-4 after 152 overs (Bell 103, Root 18): Bell takes a comfortable three runs and brings up his 17th Test ton overall and his 1st in India. That one came from 293 balls — consisting of 13 fours and a six.
England 320-4 after 147 overs (Bell 91, Root 12): We are seeing more fielders surrounding the batsmen now. Dhoni has gone on the offensive, but it has struck him way too late. Bell, with his patient prodding and punching is now nine runs short of his 17th Test hundred.
England 310-4 after 139 overs (Bell 87, Root 7): And that's tea. Cook in the dressing room is looking pretty relaxed. Chatting up Swann and chilling. The same cannot be said for the Indian team.
England 302-4 after 134.1 overs (Bell 86): Finally, a wicket. Trott falls, caught at leg-slip, the ball from Ashwin coming out of the rough. We finally had two close-in fielders.
J Trott c Kohli b Ashwin 143 (310b, 18x4)
— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) December 17, 2012
England 297-3 after 133 overs (Trott 142, Bell 82): You know India is doing badly in cricket when the Twitter trends run like this: Gujarat, #TopLies, #Vote4Modi, #KBC, Maninagar,
India, BJP, Delhi, #quote, Christmas. And in between, Bell slams a straight six over the bowler's head.
Dropped! Sehwag fell asleep there. Bell slashed at it but Sehwag just wasn't ready. Eng 283-3. Ganguly says Sehwag needs to be careful, he just can't keep dropping catches and smiling. Chawla was the bowler.
Masterclass from Sehwag in how not to catch. Not scoring enough runs to justify his utter laziness. #INDvsENG
— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) December 17, 2012
England 279-3 after 127 overs (Trott 131, Bell 75): Strangely enough, Dhoni doesn't want a bowl today. Shouldn't he take off the gloves and start bowling? We've seen him do it before. In the commentary box, Manjrekar is talking about idlis and dosas.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~ W. Churchill
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) December 17, 2012
This must be horrible for the Indian bowlers and fielders. Another two hours of cricket without any hope.
— Simon Mann (@Cricket_Mann) December 17, 2012
England 274-3 after 124 overs (Trott 127, Bell 74): The players are probably switching off now. Gambhir and Sehwag were seen exchanging a few jokes between the overs, and even the big screen is showing replays of Monty Panesar's atrocious dropped catch at Mumbai in 2008. Meanwhile, Trott plays it through point to add another four to the scoreboard. He's got 16 of those now.
Come on lads, keep grinding it out. On the brink of history. I'll celebrate by putting electric blanket on. #cold
— Steven Finn (@finnysteve) December 17, 2012
England 264-3 after 120 overs (Trott 120, Bell 71): Back-to-back fours from Bell through the covers take him into his seventies and makes Chawla look like a very ordinary bowler. To be fair to some extent, the pitch is not offering anything to the bowlers, but come on Dhoni, get some fielders in and do something whacky... the series is already lost at this stage!
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) December 17, 2012
England 253-3 after 116 overs (Trott 117, Bell 63): When the TV flashed images of Alastair Cook hugging his teammates in the dressing room, we almost thought that India had waved the white flag. But not yet... those were images after the Kolkata Test. So far, the match is still being played... at the same slow pace and with the same strategies. The lead is 257 runs as Trott and Bell keep taking the singles.
Interesting that DRS discussions at ICC not now 'all or nothing'. Opportunity to stop at point of impact. More likely to win Indian approval
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 17, 2012
England 248-3 after 112 overs (Trott 114, Bell 61): Dhoni keeps saying 'bohot baddhiya' after almost every other delivery, but while it keeps the bowlers pepped up, he needs to understand that a risk needs to be taken now. Is he hoping that England will declare? The field clearly says that.
- 12:05 PM: Players have returned after lunch. Here we go...
- Geoffrey Boycott absolutely blasting the Indian team's strategy in the lunch break show on TV. He said: "At least try and win it! Nobody is going to blame you if you try... but India are not even trying. If I was a selector, I'd be thinking, 'what the hell is happening?'"
11.30 AM- LUNCH
England 240-3 after 110 overs (Trott 106, Bell 61): England can comfortably have lunch with the thought of lifting the trophy at the end of the day. Unless something unbelievably dramatic happens, India have conceded their first home series defeat to England in 28 years. It may get interesting if England declare at some point though.
England 238-3 after 108 overs (Trott 106, Bell 59): Chawla and Ashwin bowling in tandem, but it seems that the notion of the English actually playing spin better than the Indians is true. Trott and Bell haven't stopped scoring by reaching a ton and a fifty respectively and Joe Root, who is padded up in the dressing room may not get his chance to bat if things go on like this.
- Century for Trott: Two tossed up deliveries from Chawla and Trott has put one away for four towards the off-side and the other through on-side to reach his hundred. That is Test ton no.8 and comes in 232 balls, consisting of 14 fours.
England 220-3 after 103 overs (Trott 94, Bell 53): 34th Test fifty for Ian Bell comes as he drives through the on-side in style. Chawla has been given the ball in the hope for something... but it may remain just that — hope. Lunch beckons and there is still not a single close-in fielder.
- Piyush Chawla into the attack now.
England 210-3 after 100 overs (Trott 90, Bell 47): Why aren't we seeing a much more attacking field? It looks so easy for the batsmen out there that MS Dhoni has got to think out of the box to make something happen. Otherwise, this match can on for days without a result. The lead now is 214 runs.
I suppose we can now assume that England will take the De Mello trophy, and our hopes are dead. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 17, 2012
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England 206-3 after 94 overs (Trott 87, Bell 46): No boundaries in the last four overs, but that stat is of no use to India. They need wickets, and they need lots of them if there's any chance of a win at Nagpur. If Trott scores a ton, it will be his eight Test century.
"Selection courage Indn crkt rare as sighting Lochness Monster"-well said Ian Chappell-had an Indn said that,Indn crkt folwrs'd gone berserk
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 17, 2012
England 200-3 after 94 overs (Trott 83, Bell 44): The lead has gone past 200 runs and the partnership between Trott and Bell is now worth 106 runs. Wonder why Chawla has just bowled 10 overs in this innings?
Don't think Tendulkar will retire or be dropped anyway. Wonder why the cameras are so focused on him today?
— Venkat Ananth (@venkatananth) December 17, 2012
England 190-3 after 91 overs (Trott 79, Bell 38): Another brilliant lovely drive from Trott... he's only scoring in boundaries now. The lead is 194 runs and with every run taken, the Indians seem more and more helpless.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 17, 2012
9. 53 AM
England 181-3 after 86 overs (Trott 75, Bell 33): Trott and Bell are getting the shots away with ease — the former playing a lovely straight drive for four before seeing off an Ishant over batting a foot out of his crease. Pragyan Ojha has been brought into the attack as India prays for a breakthrough.
Ian Bell produces the best pull shot of the match. No one else has been able to time the stroke on this pitch...
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 17, 2012
9. 35 AM
England 165-3 after 81 overs (Trott 70, Bell 24): Two overs have gone by without any early morning trouble for the batsmen. Trott just punched the ball towards the on-side to collect three runs and move into his seventies.
- The second new ball has been taken after 80 overs.
It's all about history today. If England manage to hold on to a draw, then it will be their first Test series win in India in 28 years.
.....not suggesting anything...just sharing a feeling.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 17, 2012
but i so want tendulkar to bat today...just to see him walk out once more...feeling that way this morning.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 17, 2012
Pre-match: A desperate India’s push for a series-levelling win was met with a dogged resistance from England who rode on Jonathan Trott’s gritty half-century to overcome a nervous phase as the fourth and final cricket Test seemed headed for a draw.
India batted for one hour in the morning before declaring their first innings at 326 for nine, four runs behind England, but could not make sufficient inroads as England reached 161 for three at close of an absorbing fourth day’s play.
The hosts needed quick wickets but the fourth day track at the VCA stadium did not show any signs of deterioration as England batted out the day without seeming to be under any major discomfort. Trott (66) and Ian Bell (24) were batting at stumps, with England having an overall lead of 165 runs.
With just one day let in the game, a draw appears to be the likely result though all four outcomes—an Indian win, England win, tie and a draw —can still be possible.
Pre-match report: PTI