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Broad bags six as India fall for 152

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
England's Stuart Broad celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara for zero at Old Trafford cricket ground yesterday on the first day of the fourth Test match. - AP


Stuart Broad ripped through India's batting order with six wickets as the tourists were bowled out for just 152 on day one of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford yesterday.

England reached 113-3 in a shaky reply before stumps as Alastair Cook's woes with the bat returned, with the captain making only 17 before falling to Vuran Aaron.

Cook, who had looked comfortable at the crease following scores of 95 and 70 in England's series-levelling third Test victory at the Rose Bowl, pulled Aaron to Punkaj Singh at long leg.

But the day still belonged to Cook's side, with Broad embarrassing India's batting order with 6-25 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat on a hard wicket.

It was a decision that Cook said he would have taken too, but with the start delayed by 30 minutes due to light rain and heavy cloud cover remaining for an hour when play began, Broad and James Anderson seized the advantage for the hosts.

They demolished India's top order, leaving the tourists on 8-4 after 5.1 overs.

"I must admit I was a little bit disappointed when we lost the toss," Broad said. "That first hour, the overheads made a big difference. It just felt like every ball was nick-able really and there is decent pace in the wicket, so the nicks would carry. You saw when the blue sky came out and the sun showed its face, it got a bit better for batting."

Broad and Anderson's blitz began when Gautam Gambhir (4), called into the starting side in place of Shikhar Dhawan as one of India's three changes from the third test, edged Broad to Joe Root at gully for a routine catch, before Murali Vijay (0) nicked Anderson to Cook at first slip.

Virat Kohli (0) followed in the exact same manner two balls later as Anderson enforced England's advantage, before Chris Jordan dived to his right and held an edge from Cheteshwar Pujara (0) at fourth slip for Broad's second wicket.

Dhoni (71) and Ajinkya Rahane (24) offered some resistance and made the scoreboard slightly more respectable for India with a partnership of 54, before Rahane (24) edged Jordan to Ian Bell at second slip shortly before lunch.

Anderson then trapped Ravindra Jadeja (0) lbw swiftly after the interval before Broad took the next four dismissals.