England beat India by innings, take series lead

TIM COLLINGS
Last updated 06:05 10/08/2014
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RIPPING THROUGH THEM: England's Moeen Ali celebrates dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara on day three of the fourth test at Old Trafford. England sealed victory by an innings and 54 runs, taking a 2-1 series lead.

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Moeen Ali and James Anderson made light of the injured Stuart Broad's absence with a devastating bowling display for England on Saturday (local time) as they skittled out India for 161 to win the fourth test and take a 2-1 series lead.

Spin bowler Moeen took four wickets and also contributed with an accurate arm for a run out as India, facing a first innings deficit of 215 runs, collapsed again on the third day of the fourth test at Old Trafford.

England, having scored 367-9 in their first innings, won by an innings and 54 runs. India totalled 152 in their first innings after recovering from 8-4.

Broad retired injured while batting after being struck in the face, with the ball splitting his nose.

England had earlier ended their first innings on 367-9, with Broad being forced to retire injured after being struck by a bouncer from Varun Aaron that he glanced into his own face.

The ball flew between his protective visor and helmet and struck Broad across the bridge of his nose, an injury that left him groggy and bloodied.

Broad, on zero, had resumed after lunch by pulling Aaron for two sixes in succession before mistiming a similar effort as he aimed for a third big hit.

He recognised the severity of the blow, immediately raising an arm in a signal to the pavilion - a warning that was a greater loss for England's bowling attack than the tail of their batting.

Broad's bloody departure brought in Jimmy Anderson who joined Chris Woakes in adding 29 before he was out lbw to his recent antagonist Ravindra Jadeja.

With Broad, who required stitches on his injury, retired, that concluded England's innings and Anderson was soon back in the middle to lead the England attack with Woakes, given his chance with the new ball in preference to Chris Jordan.

In conditions very different from Thursday's first morning, when India were reduced to eight for four, the openers offered more stubborn resistance to Anderson's mastery of swing and made steady, if unspectacular, progress until Woakes trapped Vijay lbw for 18.

Knowing heavy rain and storms were forecast for Sunday, India concentrated on standing firm without taking undue risks.

Earlier Indian paceman Pankaj Singh claimed his first wicket in test cricket.

Singh, who made his debut in the third test at Southampton, removed Joe Root (77) to end a robust 134-run partnership with Jos Buttler. Singh soon doubled his wicket tally when he dismissed Buttler for 70.

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Both Root and Buttler were caught as Singh varied his pace to good effect, India having taken the new ball at 257-6 after England had resumed at 237-6 following Friday's rain-curtailed action.

Root, who looked set for a century after playing with confidence and flair, was dismissed when he gloved a rising delivery off his pads down the leg side to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

It was Singh's maiden test wicket after previously toiling through 69 overs and two balls in vain.

Root had earlier completed his seventh test half-century with a tickled shot off his pads.

The five-match series is level at 1-1.

- Reuters

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