Aug 10 (): England once again proved that they are way ahead of India in terms of talent and determination by winning the fourth test by an innings and 54 runs in less than 3 days to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series.
The chief in wreck once again was the under-rated Moeen Ali who ended up with four 2nd inning wickets. He has taken 19 wickets with a strike rate of 38.7, which is the best among bowlers from both sides.
India self imploded by losing 9 wickets in the last session of day’s play when everyone was expecting a fight. It is sad to see the team lose two matches consecutively without putting up a fight. None of the players seemed to have the patience or the eagerness to stay in the crease and see off the difficult period. Each of Ali’s wicket proved that the batsmen did not have the stomach to see him off or read him off the pitch.
The day started with Root and Buttler tormenting India by adding another 67 runs for the 7th wicket for a total of 137 runs which was close to the first innings score of the Indian team. Though Root was dismissed with the score on 304, Buttler added another 21 runs with Woakes.
The ‘Man of the Match’ Broad hit Aaron for 2 consecutive sixes and while trying to score a third, was hit on the face by a delivery which came on to him more quickly than the previous deliveries. The ball passed through the vizer and hit him on the nose which led to him walking off the field. Anderson and Woakes ensured the lead went past 200 runs before Anderson was accounted for 9 by Jadeja in a total of 367 and a healthy lead of 215.
Varon Aaron impressed with his pace and was rewarded with 3 wickets while the errant Pankaj Singh got his first wicket in international cricket. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got 3 wickets taking his tally for the series to 18.
With Broad making a visit to the hospital, England looked handicapped as he had taken six wickets in the first innings. The Indian openers batted cautiously and just before tea, Vijay was accounted by Woakes. The Indian side went to tea with the score on 33-1 , still adrift by 182 runs.
Just when things were looking good, Gambhir played at a delivery down leg side which he should have left alone and was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson . His return to test cricket, after more than a year, yielded only 22 runs. Pujara who has been having an ordinary series was accounted by Ali for 17 runs. All series, Pujara has got starts , but has been able to get past 50 only once in 8 innings, definitely a sore point considering his counterpart in the England team is the highest run scorer of the series with 2 centuries and a fifty to his name.
Kohli who has become the new bunny of Anderson was dismissed by the same bowler yet again, caught by Bell for 7. A highest score of 39 and a total of 108 runs in the series with an average of 13.5 does not reflect his calibre. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who has 17 wickets in the series has more runs than both Pujara and Kohli reflecting the plight of the Indian batting in this series.
Ali soon accounted for Rahane and Jadeja thus reducing India to 66/6, from a healthy 53/1, in a span of 28 deliveries. Dhoni just delayed the inevitable along with Ashwin, who remained not out on 46. The Indian side was dismissed for 161 in just 3 hours and 43 overs of play, thus making it a total of 89.4 overs which the Indian side faced in the match leaving the team think-tank to ponder on the combination before the final match which starts in London on Friday.
|INDIA 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|M Vijay||c Cook b Anderson||0||20||14||0||0||0.00|
|G Gambhir||c Root b Broad||4||14||7||0||0||57.14|
|CA Pujara||c Jordan b Broad||0||12||6||0||0||0.00|
|V Kohli||c Cook b Anderson||0||1||2||0||0||0.00|
|AM Rahane||c Bell b Jordan||24||89||52||3||0||46.15|
|MS Dhoni*†||c Jordan b Broad||71||199||133||15||0||53.38|
|RA Jadeja||lbw b Anderson||0||14||7||0||0||0.00|
|R Ashwin||c Robson b Broad||40||67||42||3||1||95.23|
|B Kumar||b Broad||0||8||6||0||0||0.00|
|VR Aaron||not out||1||23||8||0||0||12.50|
|Pankaj Singh||b Broad||0||2||3||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 10, lb 1, w 1)||12|
|Total||(all out; 46.4 overs; 232 mins)||152||(3.25 runs per over)|
|ENGLAND 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|AN Cook*||c Pankaj Singh b Aaron||17||57||42||2||0||40.47|
|SD Robson||b Kumar||6||36||24||1||0||25.00|
|GS Ballance||lbw b Aaron||37||116||87||6||0||42.52|
|IR Bell||c †Dhoni b Kumar||58||141||82||8||1||70.73|
|CJ Jordan||c Aaron b Kumar||13||34||22||3||0||59.09|
|JE Root||c †Dhoni b Pankaj Singh||77||213||161||7||0||47.82|
|MM Ali||b Aaron||13||41||27||2||0||48.14|
|JC Buttler†||c Pujara b Pankaj Singh||70||181||130||10||0||53.84|
|CR Woakes||not out||26||63||39||3||0||66.66|
|SCJ Broad||retired hurt||12||10||6||0||2||200.00|
|JM Anderson||lbw b Jadeja||9||34||19||1||0||47.36|
|Extras||(b 5, lb 12, w 6, nb 6)||29|
|Total||(all out; 105.3 overs; 463 mins)||367||(3.47 runs per over)|
|VR Aaron||26||4||97||3||3.73||(5nb, 2w)|
|INDIA 2nd innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|M Vijay||lbw b Woakes||18||47||36||3||0||50.00|
|G Gambhir||c †Buttler b Anderson||18||89||53||3||0||33.96|
|CA Pujara||lbw b Ali||17||44||38||2||0||44.73|
|V Kohli||c Bell b Anderson||7||17||11||1||0||63.63|
|AM Rahane||c & b Ali||1||9||9||0||0||11.11|
|MS Dhoni*†||c Ballance b Ali||27||42||22||4||0||122.72|
|RA Jadeja||c Jordan b Ali||4||6||5||1||0||80.00|
|R Ashwin||not out||46||76||56||5||1||82.14|
|B Kumar||run out (Ali/†Buttler)||10||25||15||2||0||66.66|
|VR Aaron||c †Buttler b Jordan||9||18||13||2||0||69.23|
|Pankaj Singh||b Jordan||0||1||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 1, w 1, nb 1)||4|
|Total||(all out; 43 overs; 187 mins)||161||(3.74 runs per over)|
|CJ Jordan||12||1||65||2||5.41||(1nb, 1w)|
Scorecard Courtesy: espncricinfo.com