England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day August 9, 2014

England's ten men hand India innings defeat


England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70, Bell 58) beat India 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25) and 161 (Ashwin 46*, Moeen 4-39) by an innings and 54 runs
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Hurricane Bertha? From England's point of view, she can do her worst now. India were blown away before the dreadful forecast for Sunday could play any part in the fourth Test. A woeful batting display on the third afternoon, significantly worse than their opening-day effort because conditions were not as taxing, meant India subsided to 161 and handed England victory by an innings and 54 runs despite Stuart Broad being in hospital with a suspected broken nose and an ill James Anderson.

Given the way one corner of the Old Trafford outfield could not cope with the downpour yesterday, it was not beyond the realms of possibility that the final day could have been in doubt if the rain on Sunday had proved as bad as predicted. India made all the conjecture irrelevant with a performance that lacked stomach, fight and basic common sense: some shots, such as MS Dhoni's swipe to midwicket, and the run-out of Bhuvneshwar Kumar suggested they were not even interested in trying to see if the weather could aid them. "We were not up to the mark," Dhoni said at the presentation.

India lost nine wickets after tea, including one period of 5 for 13 in 29 balls, and it was not the swing, seam and pace that caused most havoc. Instead, Moeen Ali twirled and spun his way to 4 for 39, taking his series tally to 19, just when it appeared that England's firepower could have been crucially diminished.

England were able to secure a three-day victory - their first over India since 1967 at Edgbaston - without the services of Broad in India's second innings, after he had been forced to retire hurt after a blow to the face from a Varun Aaron bouncer which squeezed between his grille and helmet. Blood dripped onto the pitch as he was quickly attended by the physio, although it is debatable whether Broad or India's batsmen will leave Old Trafford with the more significant scars.

It took a little longer for India's collapse to set in than the first innings - Chris Woakes claimed his first wicket of the series when he trapped M Vijay lbw before tea, before Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara reached 53 for 1 - but their demise to 66 for 6 was in many ways more extraordinary given England were a bowler down, the sun was out and the early new ball had been weathered.

Anderson, battling what Alastair Cook termed the "lurgy", removed Gambhir with a short delivery - far from the most vicious of the match - which was gloved through to the keeper, then to the first ball of the next over Pujara was given lbw against Moeen as he pressed forward. It was a large stride and Hawk Eye said the ball had turned enough to slip down the leg side. The fact Moeen was turning the ball considerably, and often, would soon come into play again.

Ajinkya Rahane, however, was done in less by the turn but more by one of the loosest shots he has played in the series - driving a low return catch to Moeen who moved smartly to his right. England, who could not help but be aware of the forecast regardless of how little regard cricketers say they give it, could barely believe the gifts being handed out.

For a moment, the carnage returned to pace; there was a familiar outcome to the Anderson v Virat Kohli battle. Kohli had indicated he wanted to hit his way out of trouble but could only provide another edge to Anderson - this time an inswinger rather than the outswinger - which found its way to second slip. The challenge of a rare five-Test series is finding out a few of the India top order. It will require a searching examination for the likes of Kohli to lift themselves for the final Test next week.

Whether Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a focal point in the series for a variety of reasons, plays in the final game is another matter. His off-the-mark shot, advancing down the pitch at Anderson and swiping a short ball through midwicket, suggested he was there for a good time, not a long time - it also prompted a little sarcastic clap, even a smile, from the under-the-weather Anderson. Next over, Jadeja completed a miserable match with the bat, to follow two middling scores at the Ageas Bowl, when he lunged at Moeen and edged to slip.

By now Anderson had left the field. Surely Dhoni would at least try to take the game deeper? After the Ageas Bowl, he had said the Indian batsmen had been too deferential to Moeen and should attack him more. He followed his own words with deeds, but his heave into the leg side could not beat a diving Gary Ballance at midwicket.

It was now all-but inevitable that England would wrap the game up in the evening. There was momentary frustration when Jordan, who massaged his figures with the final two wickets, overstepped when Bhuvneshwar edged to second slip but another freebie was handed to England when Bhuvneshwar tried to come back for a second and could not beat Moeen's arm - just the speed of the throw this time, rather than the spin.

R Ashwin continued to look as proficient as any of India's batsmen in this match, driving and cutting as Jordan strived for the final wickets, but an excellent piece of fielding at deep square-leg by the substitute Liam Livingstone, a young Lancashire player, meant Jordan had two balls at Aaron. One was enough for the No. 10, a short delivery gloved behind, and one more enough to end the match as a yorker defeated Pankaj Singh, who had at least managed to end a 69-over wait for his maiden Test wicket when he earlier removed Joe Root.

Such was the rapid conclusion, it was easy to forget England began on 237 for 6 - a lead of 85 - with a need to be positive and keep the game moving. Root and Jos Buttler, after waiting for the new ball, performed that role perfectly to take their stand to 134 as both reached half-centuries. It was an occasion when a Yorkshireman, Root, was getting warm applause at Old Trafford and the crowd also had much to enjoy from one of their own - or at least an adopted son - as Buttler picked up his second fifty in two Test innings, but this one helped to define a Test victory.

However, as much as the crowd cheered the young batting pair, there was equal appreciation when Pankaj found Root's glove down the leg side and Marais Erasmus' finger went up to finally give him a Test average. Buttler was soon his second scalp, driving a slower ball to mid-off, by which time thoughts were firmly turning to what would happen when England took the ball again.

Those plans appeared to have suffered a significant setback when Broad, having pulled consecutive sixes off Aaron, was pinned in the face the next delivery and walked off the field bloodied and dazed. As it was, he had not returned from hospital in time to collect his Man-of-the-Match award.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ravi on August 13, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    There is no foot movement, either front or back, from batsman 1 to 6. See how Ashwin plays and gets run a ball. Just go back to Mohinder Amarnath posture; his guard will be leg stump and right shoulder will be looking at the bowler.He will have lot of time to play the in-coming delivery and judge the out-swingers to be left out. That leg guard stance will help him to hook and terrorise the bowler. (Same way Ashwin plays). Why our players, including short tempered Kohli fail to take a leaf out of Mohinder's? Watch his videos!!! Why we persist with Duncan? Give 2 years stint to Mohinder as coach, see the result? Try with this XI for 5th test: Vijay, Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli,Naman Ohja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Aaron, Ishant (if fit)/Ishwar Pandey. we miss P.Ohja for Jadeja.We missed DRS also. Dhoni should take harsh decisions;if Ganguly had not taken hard decisions on- field,India wld not hv risen in cricket. Our players shld learn from opposition not to be too 'stylish' in approach.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    INDIA have been outplayed by ENGLAND by in all departments in the last TWO TESTS.....

    The only positives for INDIA is: 1. LIAM PLUNKETT has played FOUR TESTS this summer and has not won a single match for ENGLAND 2. Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes have not warranted selection for England, nor have they looked threatening with bat or ball; yet ENGLAND could afford to carry them in the XI 3. The poor form of Matt Prior behind the stumps which handed a LORDS WIN for INDIA

    My XIs for The Oval (London): INDIA: 1. Gambhir 2. Vijay 3. Rahane 4. Pujara 5. Kohli 6. Dhoni (c&wk) 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. B Kumar 10. V Aaron 11. I Sharma ENGLAND: 1. Cook(c) 2. Robson 3. Ballance 4. Bell 5. Root 6. MM Ali 7. Buttler (wk) 8. Stokes 9. Woakes 10. Finn 11. Anderson

    Rahane and Vijay have been INDIA's best batsmen in the SERIES so they should bat in the TOP THREE, which will allow some respite for Kohli and Pujara to come in later make an impact.

    Finn and Stokes to replace Broad and Jordan.

  • Cricinfouser on August 12, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    How about this team ashwin,Vijay,pujara,Jadhav,rahane,naman ohja,Akshar Patel,Abhishek nayar,Bhuvi,Praveen Kumar,Aaron.Two swing bowler,one pace bowler,two batting allrounder(ashwin and akshar),one genuine All-rounder (Abhishek) and five specialist batsman.

  • Arun Sourav on August 12, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    So called the indian team captain mr. cool dhoni u has to go with immediately. U r not a good captain, nor a good W keeper, nor a test batsman i have not seen a worst batting technique in test cricket history than yours. Even some of the tail enders having a better technique than you. U won the Lords test but that is a fluke win. Out of the blue your premier (test crikets worst ) bowler got(gift given by the england batters) the wickets. U deserved the 5-0 trashing but england is in re-building process so u escaped that. Sri Lanks is very small island they have the quality of players were they perform better than your team. U r the worst player that indian test team has. U selecting Jaddu again & again where he is not a test match bowler or a test level batsman he is bits & pieces player. suits only for T20s not a test cricket. Indian board is sucking for their own fault of not including the DRS in the series. i cant imagine your team gets the trash in the hands of Mitch & Co.

  • Terry on August 12, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Salute England...........................

  • Tony on August 11, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Not many positives to take out of this performance I'm afraid for India. Aaron and Pankaj show potential and will develop into decent performers at this level and Ashwin batted beautifully.Kumar was solid as usual. I thought that there were signs at Southampton that Kohli was on the verge of a significant innings, so it was hugely disappointing to see him fail here.I'm not sure what Gambhir provides that makes him more valuable than Dhawan who I think is a better cricketer.Vijay was due a poor match, he doesn't owe India anything.At the Oval I think Sharma should replace Jadeja. Sharma is key for India: his injury has severely weakened them.You have to give credit to England for improving their first innings totals this summer and Ballance and Root have been the main drivers of this .Chris Jordan bowled a lot better in this match, particularly in the first innings. I would have loved to see Finn bowl on this track though.Promising signs for England-stiffer tests to come undoubtedly.

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Record 6 ducks in one session. Do you have ever seen as this? what a shame to India?

  • Sira on August 11, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    @Mohammad Faruque : Yes, I agree. These are T20-like scores, if we adjust for the fact that there are (a) no field restrictions, (b) no overs limit on individual bowlers, (c) no short boundaries, and (d) the occasional realization on the part of the batsmen that this is actually a Test match!

    If we make those adjustments, then the 150 or 160 in 20 overs becomes 150 or 160 in 40-50 overs! That is EXACTLY what the Indian team scores were in this Test match!

  • Vipin on August 11, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Who is more lucky ?

    A) Fletcher B) Rohit Sharma

  • Sira on August 11, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Re: IPL and India, even though there are players from other countries who have turned out to be top-class Test players, their participation is on an individual level. Their country as a whole doesn't follow every ball of every match and doesn't turn them into heroes just because of a lucky game or a lucky season.

    So, for those players, once the IPL is over, it is really over for the next 10 months. Out of sight, out of mind. But it is different for Indian players, whether they are in an IPL team already, or are looking to get selected for an IPL team the next season. A large part of their preparation and practice will be geared towards the next IPL. As a result, batsmen will focus on how to hit every ball out of the ground. Which is the very opposite of what a Test team needs. And bowlers will focus on not getting hit, rather than try to take wickets. Which is also the very opposite of what a Test team needs!