Manchester: Stuart Broad produced a devastating spell of swing bowling as India suffered a dramatic batting collapse being bundled out for a paltry 152 to put England in the driver’s seat on the opening day of the fourth cricket Test here today. Broad with deadly figures of six for 25 was ably complemented by an incisive Jimmy Anderson (3/46) as they made full use of the overcast conditions decimating the Indian top-order leaving the visitors reeling at 8 for four.
The Indian batsmen couldn’t show the required gumption to survive the first hour when it was a battle of attrition. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (71) battled against the odds with a technique of his own as he got a bit of support from comeback man Ravichandran Ashwin (40) and in-form Ajinkya Rahane (24), which certainly wasn’t enough to put up a decent
enough total on the board.
At stumps, England looked in control as they reached 113 for three with only 40 runs required to get the first innings lead. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Sam Robson (6) with an incutter. The batsman shouldered arms to a delivery that jagged back sharply after pitching outside off-stump. Varun Aaron (2/26) playing his first Test match in nearly three years got Alastair Cook with a bouncer which the Englandcaptain mistimed. Aaron also got in-form Gary Ballance with a delivery that came into trap him leg before.
Ian Bell was batting on 45 alongside nightwatchman Chris Jordan (0 batting) as England enjoyed a productive day in office. It was a day when India also equalled the world record of maximum number of ducks (6) in a Test innings alongside South Africa and Bangladesh. The Indian top-order simply had no answer to the deliveries from Anderson and Broad, who again hunted in pair decimating the top four in less than 30 minutes after the commencement of the Test match. India lost four wickets without any addition of runs in a space of 12 deliveries to be reduced to 8/4 and never recovered from that.