KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant played out of their skins on the final day of the Test series but could not save India from going down 1-4. England's James Anderson took the final wicket to become the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket and secure a 118-run victory in the fifth Test against India at The Oval.
The 36-year-old bowled Mohammed Shami to claim his 564th wicket, surpassing the record of Australia's Glenn McGrath. It secured a 4-1 series victory for England, who were held up for much of the fifth day by centuries from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.
However, a stunning leg-break from Adil Rashid dismissed Rahul as the tourists fell from 325-5 to 345 all out. Anderson drew level with McGrath's record with two quick wickets on Monday evening, but he and England could not force victory on Tuesday until late into the final session.
Rahul and Pant's 204-run stand gave India faint hope of an improbable victory, but Rashid dismissed both players in successive overs to put England on top.
The final three wickets fell quickly: Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja both edged Sam Curran behind before Anderson bowled Shami with a full, straight delivery.
The players were then led off the field by Alastair Cook in his final Test match for England.
England 332 (Buttler 89, Cook 71, Moeen 50, Jadeja 4-79) and 423 for 8 dec (Cook 147, Root 125, Vihari 3-37) beat India 292 (Jadeja 86*, Vihari 56, Moeen 2-50) and 345 (Rahul 149, Pant 114, Anderson 3-45) by 118 runs.
Player of the match: Alastair Cook
Player of the series: Sam Curran and Virat Kohli
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