England v India: England win by innings and 54 runs at Old Trafford
Last Updated: 11/08/14 10:54am
England blasted out India for 161 on day three at Old Trafford to win the fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs and move into a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Moeen Ali (4-39) and James Anderson (2-18) did the damage as the tourists slumped from 53-1 to 66-6, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then leading a mini fightback.
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When he fell for 27 – caught by Gary Ballance at mid-wicket with the score on 105 – India quickly collapsed to defeat in 43 overs, despite Ravichandran Ashwin top-scoring with 46 not out.
With a poor forecast for the Manchester area on Sunday, England will be glad to have wrapped up such an impressive victory and be heading to the The Oval for next week's fifth Test with an unassailable lead.
Chris Woakes struck first for the hosts, capturing Murali Vijay lbw for 18 with a ball coming back in to the right-hander.
India survived to be 33-1 at tea before Gautam Gambhir was the next out, caught behind by Jos Buttler after a short ball by Anderson at the end of the 21st over.
Cheteshwar Pujara fell the very next ball, lbw to Moeen for 17, but the batsman was unlucky, with Hawk Eye indicating the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps. And, in his next over, Moeen struck again, with Ajinkya Rahane out for one caught and bowled after being fooled in the flight and presenting an easy catch while attempting to drive.
Having lost three wickets for eight runs, the shell-shocked tourists soon saw their fifth wicket down after Anderson captured Virat Kohli yet again, caught in the slips by Ian Bell for seven.
Ravindras Jadeja became the sixth wicket to fall, poking a catch to Chris Jordan at slip off Moeen for just four, and the slow bowler took the crucial wicket of Dhoni to break the tourists' resistance.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped England by getting himself run out for nine, then Jordan wrapped up the match in style. Varun Aaron (9) first gloved him to Buttler before he bowled Pankaj Singh first ball with an excellent yorker to seal the easy victory, with the tourists losing their last nine wickets for 108.
Earlier, Joe Root and Buttler helped themselves to half centuries as England secured a 215-run first innings lead.
England's innings ended on 367-9, Stuart Broad retired hurt after being struck on the nose by a bouncer from paceman Aaron that went straight through the grille of his helmet.
Broad was led back to the dressing room looking groggy and he failed to take the field as India came out to begin their second innings, eventually being sent off to hospital to get the damage checked out. It meant he was unable to collect his man of the match award at the presentation ceremony, having taking 6-25 on the opening day.
Root took the score past 300, and the lead over 150, with two crisp fours in one Aaron over but then gloved a catch down the legside to Dhoni off the hitherto luckless Pankaj - finally giving the seamer his first-ever Test wicket.
Root (77) and Buttler had put on an impressive 134 for the seventh-wicket partnership, though the latter had been fortunate to survive a run-out chance when Dhoni fluffed his lines with the batsman well short.
Pankaj, after recording the worst figures by a Test debutant in the last match at Southampton, looked relieved to finally register a wicket after conceding 274 runs. He didn't have to wait long for his second, Buttler being caught by Pujara at mid-off after being deceived by a slower delivery.
Broad started the afternoon sessio with back-to-back sixes, bu in attempting to go for a hat-trick he was dealt a nasty blow. He called for attention straight away but was able to stand and receive treatment before being led off the field.
England's innings ended when Anderson - who skipper Alastair Cook revealed after play had been struggling with illness - became the ninth wicket to fall with the score on 367, trapped lbw by Jadeja.