England lost the third Specsavers Test by a mammoth 203 runs as India cut the hosts' series lead to 2-1 with two to play.
England managed to delay the inevitable into the final day at Trent Bridge thanks to the batsmanship of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes - and then Adil Rashid's sketchy survival deep into the previous evening.
They resumed, however, on 311 for nine - one delivery away from defeat, with a world-record target of 521 to win a notional irrelevance.
It took just 17 balls, and 10 minutes, for the final wicket to fall in front of a sparse crowd - who did not pay to watch, after Nottinghamshire decided to allow free entry.
They witnessed two uneventful overs and then the dismissal of number 11 James Anderson, caught at slip when a delivery from Ravi Ashwin spat and turned to loop up off his glove and end England's second innings on 317 all out.
A match which was effectively won and lost inside one session on day two, when England lost all 10 first-innings wickets between lunch and tea, therefore concluded predictably.
India's victory means all outcomes remain possible in this series, which will resume in Southampton next week.
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England head coach Trevor Bayliss will decide over the next two days whether Ben Stokes is ready to make his Test return.
The influential all-rounder was acquitted of affray on Tuesday after a much-publicised trial at Bristol Crown Court and instantly recalled to the England squad ahead of the third Test against India, which starts on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference in Nottingham on Thursday, Bayliss said: "It's good to have him back around the squad.
"I'm happy for Ben and glad it's all over. I haven't actually spoken to him since...but I've got the next two days to assess where he's at."
Bayliss continued: "It's a good position to be in. Whether he plays or not we've got some guys in good form in the team.
"It's a difficult decision whoever misses out, whether it's Ben or anyone else. It's a position we've been trying to get into for a while. We have some good young players coming in."
On Stokes' recall to the squad, the Australian continued: "It was a collective decision. Myself, the management, the captain, Andy Flower, the board - everyone had a bit of a say and basically thought for his (Stokes') own wellbeing it was good to get him back around the cricket.
"There's nothing automatic about selections, we'll see how he is mentally as well as physically. He's not played for a couple of weeks. It's a difficult decision to make."
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