On their knees

England pacers scythe through Indian batting line-up to bowl out the visitors for a paltry score l The hosts end Day One on 113 for three

Manchester

Six wickets for Stuart Broad put England in control going into the second day of the fourth Test in as India reached just 152 in their first innings at Old Trafford.

Broad was the star for England as he bowled for a spectacular figures of six for 25 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron took the wickets of England’s opening pair Sam Robson and captain Alastair Cook respectively, before Gary Ballance and Ian Bell struck up a decent partnership to take England to within 39 runs of India’s total.

England pacers 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.

The post lunch session was no different as Anderson added one more to his kitty removing his nemesis Ravindra Jadeja for duck making it fourth duck of the innings.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar added one more to it and Pankaj Singh completed the horror display making it a world record six ducks in the innings.

The only valiant effort was by Dhoni scoring 71 despite an unimpressive technique for English conditions.

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 England captain mistimed.

Aaron also got in-form Gary Ballance with a delivery that came into trap him leg before.

 Ballance and Bell added 77 for the third wicket to bring the team in touching distance of 152.

Aaron struck late in the day removing Ballance leg-before for 37.

Though he wasn’t accurate, the pace did make a difference in both the dismissals.

Perhaps, India’s worries don’t end after the shambolic performance on the first day.

The wicket looks excellent one to bat on Day Two and Day Three and India are expected to be bowling for a significant part of the mentioned duration.

Perhaps, this is one of those Tests where the match was lost on the first day itself and in this case even first session.

 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.

India 1st inngs

  • M Vijay c Cook b Anderson…………..0
  • G Gambhir c Root b Broad……………4
  • C Pujara c Jordan b Broad……………0
  • V Kohli c Cook b Anderson…………..0
  • A Rahane c Bell b Jordan…………..24
  • MS Dhoni c Jordan b Broad………..71
  • R Jadeja lbw b Anderson…………….0
  • R Ashwin c Robson b Broad……….40
  • Bhuvneshwar b Broad………………..0
  • V Aaron not out…………………………1
  • Pankaj b Broad…………………………..0

Extras: (b10, lb1, w1)………………12

Total: All-out in 46.4 ovrs……….152

FoW: 1-8, 2-8, 3-8, 4-8, 5-62, 6-63, 7-129, 8-137, 9-152, 10-152

Bowling: Anderson 14-3-46-3, Broad 13.4-6-25-6, Woakes 10-1-43-0, Jordan 9-4-27-1.

 England 1st inngs

  • A Cook c Pankaj b Aaron……………17
  • S Robson b Kumar………………………6
  • G Ballance lbw b Aaron……………..37
  • I Bell not out……………………………45
  • C Jordan not out………………………..0

Extras: lb4, w2, nb2………………….8

Total: For 3 wkts in 35 ovrs……..113

FoW: 1-21, 2-36, 3-113

Bowling: Bhuvneshwar 9-4-17-1, Pankaj 11-1-50-0, Aaron 8-2-26-2, Ashwin 7-0-16-0

—PTI

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