India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day

Anderson burst swings it England's way

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

December 14, 2012

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India 87 for 4 (Kohli 11*, Dhoni 8*, Anderson 3-24) trail England 330 (Pietersen 73, Root 73, Prior 57, Swann 56, Chawla 4-69) by 243 runs
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Virender Sehwag lost his middle stump against James Anderson, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day, December 14, 2012
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar both lost their middle stumps to James Anderson © BCCI
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After the first day in Nagpur it was tricky to know which side was on top. Twenty-four hours later there was a clear answer, after another world-class display from James Anderson removed India's brittle top order to leave them tottering on 87 for 4 at the close - a scoreline that included failures for Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar - in reply to England's 330.

Debutant Joe Root, the youngest player in the England side who compiled a outstanding 73, and Graeme Swann, the oldest with a lively half-century, had done the bulk of the scoring for the first part of the day but throughout England's long occupation of the crease - 145 overs - the one cry going up was 'wait for Sehwag', a player rarely dictated to by conditions. In Anderson, though, England have a bowler who is also able to transcend a pitch.

With his second delivery to Sehwag he produced a wicked inswinger which, unusually for a Test opener, beat the outside edge to take out middle stump. It was high-class pace bowling; it is an obvious thing to say that batsmen are most vulnerable when they start, but it takes great skill from a bowler to take advantage in such style. While it was not an immediate end to India's hopes, Sehwag's early departure ensured that England, even when they weren't taking wickets, would have been confident of controlling the game.

The pitch was again the focus of much attention and there was just a hint during the final session that it was starting to play a few more tricks - albeit slow ones. England's spinners, Swann and Monty Panesar, found a little more purchase than their India counterparts but that may just have been because they bowled better.

Swann got one to turn and bounce at Cheteshwar Pujara although replays showed it had come off elbow rather than glove towards short leg. That, though, should take nothing away from the brilliance of Ian Bell's catch, low to his right. Root had started the innings as bat-pad but, after he failed to stay down for a half-chance offered by Pujara, the role was given back to Bell. The position needs to be filled by the best fielder for the role.

Pujara's departure led to a raucous welcome for Tendulkar but he was never comfortable at the crease. Panesar ripped consecutive deliveries past his outside edge before his other nemesis in the England side, Anderson, removed him for the ninth time in Tests in his first over back in the attack. Another tick for Alastair Cook.

Tendulkar, caught on the crease, got an inside edge into the stumps having been caught playing off the back foot when everything to date in the match has told batsmen to get forward. Anderson had become the most successful bowler against Tendulkar in Test cricket. There is one more innings in this series for Tendulkar, then who knows.

Smart stats

  • The number of deliveries faced by Joe Root (229) is the third-highest by an England batsman on debut against India and the ninth-highest overall for an England batsman on debut.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has been dismissed by James Anderson the most times in Tests (nine). Three of those dismissals have been bowled. Anderson has had the most success against Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis (seven times).
  • Tendulkar has been dismissed bowled 53 times in Tests. Only Rahul Dravid (55 times) has been bowled more often. In 2012, however, Tendulkar has been out bowled most often (six times).
  • Virender Sehwag's duck is his 16th in Tests and his seventh against England. Among top-order Indian batsmen, only Pankaj Roy (8 times) has been dismissed for a duck more often against England.
  • Graeme Swann's half-century is his fifth in Tests. It is also the sixth-highest score by an England No. 9 batsman in Tests against India.
  • The 103-run stand between Root and Matt Prior is the fourth-best sixth-wicket stand for England in Tests in India. The record is 171 between Ian Botham and Bob Taylor in Mumbai in 1980.
  • Prior's half-century is his 30th fifty-plus score in Tests. Among England wicketkeepers, only Alan Knott has more fifty-plus scores (35).

Gautam Gambhir, meanwhile, played what is becoming his template innings: a couple of run-out scares, a few well-timed off-side boundaries and then a wasteful end. Anderson did not even need to work him over, instead Gambhir played a half-hearted drive to edge to Matt Prior. One over later Anderson was given a break after a spell of 4-1-3-2. A case when figures don't lie.

Although not as dramatic a session as when India collapsed on the third evening in Mumbai or fourth afternoon in Kolkata it could prove just as telling. It was the situation that England managed to avoid during their innings, fully justifying the grafting approach which continued on the second morning.

Root's highly accomplished stay, which began shortly before tea on the first day and included a 103-run partnership with Prior, had spanned 229 deliveries when he finally gave a return catch to Piyush Chawla in the afternoon session. His half-century had come from 154 balls and even the loss of two quick wickets did not shake his concentration. If anything, it prompted a few more attempts at innovation, with some deft paddles and sweeps that would have made Graham Thorpe proud.

Swann, meanwhile, played a priceless innings to ensure that England did not fritter away their position, which looked possible at 242 for 7, and he dominated as much as anyone else had managed. He twice lofted boundaries over deep midwicket against the spinners before lunch and after the interval he became ever-more aggressive, but selectively so rather than wild hacking.

He deposited Jadeja over long-on for the first six of the match and after Root fell, closing the face as he tried to aim through the leg side, Swann targeted the straight boundaries to reach his first half-century since his career-best 85 against South Africa, at Centurion, in 2009.

England had resumed on 199 for 5 and the familiar pattern of dead-batted blocks was the order of the day. After an early burst from Ishant Sharma it was all spin, which prompted both batsmen to remove their helmets in favour of England caps, Prior's slightly more worn and sweat-stained than the crisp, fresh-out-of-packet version Root was wearing. This really could have been Test cricket out of the 1980s in the subcontinent.

Steadily, though, England did begin to make useful progress. Any width was latched on to by both players as Root cut Chawla through point and Prior repeated the effort against Jadeja and another took him to his fifty. Curiously, both Jadeja and, more so, Chawla, were given a bowl before Pragyan Ojha, but in the end the breakthrough came from the man who now appears the fourth-choice spinner having begun the series tipped to be the major threat.

R Ashwin switched his line to around the wicket and floated a straight delivery past Prior's outside edge. Prior was aghast that he had managed to miss the delivery while Ashwin's celebrations were those of relief as much as joy. India manufactured back-to-back wickets as Dhoni, in one of his more alert and innovative pieces of captaincy in what has been a passive series for him, immediately withdrew Ashwin from the attack in favour of Sharma, who promptly trapped Tim Bresnan lbw with reverse swing.

Sharma, though, could not bowl long spells and the movement he found reinforced the feeling Dhoni would have been better served with another seamer. How he must be wishing he had someone as good as Anderson.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by cric_J on (December 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Huge Jimmy Anderson fan.Although being an indian fan it doesn't make me too happy what he did to the indian top order .But I have to say this is some of the best I have seen him bowl.Running in at 142 is not really his strength but he has done dat consistently over the last 2 matches and that too in warm indian conditions.Hats off to the man ! Just hope he gets a 5 wicket haul cuz he really deserves it.For India's sake it would be better if those 2 wickets are lower order ones.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

@landlk.. alright looks like I got one wrong, but with so many here taking offense to gerrard fellow one way or other, it was difficult. Well your other comments are sensible (unlike some who mentioned 500+ runs for india in lil over 90 overs maybe!), so that should have excluded you from "indian fans".

anyway, i am waiting for all my respectful fellow country men to show up now that for one innings dhoni/ kohli have showed grit. I wonder if srini gave them a slap on backside and asked to perform else the lucrative ipl contracts will be dead.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 15, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

And just when you think that things can't get weirder... magnificent fightback by India and things take another twist. Poor old RandyOz, it's taken him weeks to get over the series defeat to South Africa and pluck up the courage to try and make himself feel better by saying that other sides are worse (he forgot that New Zealand also gave Australia a hard time). It doesn't matter what the state of Indian cricket is, a tour of India is always tough, the stakes are high and, today, India are showing how tough it can be when their backs are against the wall.

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 15, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@SOLID SNAKE- If you think India will lose its TEST STATUS if they lose to England, THEN SEE A DOCTOR- U NEED HELP! Even minnows such as Bangladesh or Pakistan would not lose their status losing to Eng at home.! Thanks for your interest in INDIA team- Its people like you that make INDIA CRICKET the richest sporting body after MAN UTD

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

@Solid Snake - 2 defeats and u say the test status should be stripped off!! Get a life!!!

Posted by fan_2_fans on (December 15, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@Solid-Snake.If India gets stripped of the test status,than the world cricket will come to standstill.

Posted by EdwardTLogan on (December 15, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

The worst thing about this Test match is not the pitch, the turgid batting, or the disappointing pitch. Iy is the cheer leading going on in the commentary box. led by Head Cheer Leader Sunny (the BCCI can do no wrong) Gavaskar. At least here in Australia I can mute the TV and listen to the ABC on the wireless so I don't have to listen to Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry tell us how cricket was better in the 1960s. Seriously, I just heard Gavaskar say that Dhoni was a good captain and wicketkeeper. He and Kholi are clearly batting to avoid losing this Test rather than trying to win it and as a keeper he makes a good backstop. I don't know who the host broadcaster for the series is but we deserve better than Gavaskar and co cheering their team on.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 15, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

I say drop the whole team..& bring in the Indian kabaddi team here.I am sure those kabaddi men would play better cricket than the current flop show of team India

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

me too noticed that commentators praised english players whaterver they do...if it is indian players simply they see not atleast comment positively...

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

@Solid_Snake i guess that would be the only way eng can get a world cup..

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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