23 Aug 2011

England complete India whitewash

6:19 am on 23 August 2011

England's cricketers have sealed a 4-0 series rout of India with an innings and eight-run victory in London as Sachin Tendulkar fell just short of an historic 100th international hundred.

India needed 291 runs to make the hosts bat again at The Oval and frustrated England during a fourth-wicket partnership of 144 between Tendulkar, who made 91, and Amit Mishra.

But when Mishra was out for a Test-best 84, India lost seven wickets for 21 runs on the way to 283 all out and a second straight innings defeat.

Graeme Swann took six wickets, the 11th time the offspinner's taken five or more in a Test innings and the first since his five for 62 against Pakistan at Lord's last year.

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the problem was they didn't score more than 300 once in the series.