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England crush India

Published:Sunday | August 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
England's Moeen Ali (centre, with beard) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane for one on the third day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford yesterday. - AP


England skittled out India for 161 in less than four hours to win the fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs yesterday, earning a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Part-time offspinner Moeen Ali finished with figures of 4-39, sparking India's collapse from 53-2 to 66-6 on day three as England pressed hard for an early finish to the match with bad weather forecast for today and tomorrow.

Chris Jordan clinched victory by claiming the final two wickets in two balls.

The English attack prospered even without paceman Stuart Broad, who retired hurt towards the end of the team's first innings after edging Varun Aaron's quick delivery between the grille and peak of his helmet and into his face.

Broad looked groggy as he crouched down, with the ball lodged in his visor. He was led off the pitch with blood pouring from his nose, and needed stitches.

"I think he has broken his nose," said England captain Alastair Cook, who added that Broad had been taken to hospital. "He had a nasty blow but I think he'll be all right."


England had established a 215-run lead going into the second innings after overnight pair Joe Root (77) and Jos Buttler (70) pushed their seventh-wicket partnership to 134.

Surviving until stumps was the order of the day but after reaching tea at 33-1, India's fragile batting line-up disintegrated in face of some fine spin bowling by Ali, who found pace and bounce on a good Old Trafford wicket.

The last nine wickets fell in around two hours, even with Broad absent and James Anderson feeling ill and only bowling nine overs.

India were bowled out for 152 in the first innings in the face of some brilliant swing bowling by Broad and Anderson. The tourists' two innings lasted a total of 89.4 overs.

"The batting department is definitely something we will have to improve in the fifth Test," India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. "Maybe a few of them are going through a lean patch all together."

When Virat Kohli edged Anderson to second slip to be out for seven, leaving his average for the series at 13.5, India had lost four wickets for just eight runs in 23 balls and were reeling on 61-5.

Only Ravichandran Ashwin (46 not out) offered any real resistance in the lower order.