Words weren’t enough to describe India’s worst performance at Old Trafford in a crucial game of the series as India after getting a lead in the series now will be fighting to draw the same. It all started from the Day 1 itself and seemed rain was about to save but it was also a tough thing as expecting rain to save without a fight is a disgraceful thing.
Indians started their Second innings cautiously after been trailing 215. Vijay and Gambhir look confident till Vijay was trapped in front by Woakes before Tea. It looked good for India with Pujara playing well and Gambhir managing to escape good deliveries. India passed out 20 overs with 51 for 1 after which a dramatic collapse began. In span of 4.5 overs India lost 5 wickets for 13 dowing to 66 for 6. The collapse started with Gambhir nicking one down leg Jimmy followed up with an Ali’s delivery which caught Pujara in front. Two overs later Ali struck again as Rahane was caught and bowled. Outside off stump problems continued for Kohli as he fell to Jimmy again nicking one into slips. Ali picked up his third wicket in following over as Jadeja who was trying too much departed too.
When it looked all over, MS Dhoni and Ashwin, the first innings saviours put on a decent hand as they preferred attacking mode. In the same way, Dhoni fell to Ali after a 22-ball 27 leaving India 105 for 7. On other hand, Ashwin continued his flow with Bhuvi and Aaron who stood for some time put on 28 run stand with each. Bhuvi got out run out whereas, Aaron was got out as 9th wicket of innings to Jordon and the he followed it by cleaning up Pankaj on next ball bringing curtains to the Indian innings and Match.
First, India won the toss and decided to bat after which they were reduced to 8 for 4 which trended on social networking sites. It was Broad and Jimmy show as India were bowled out for 152 only with help of Dhoni’s 71 who put on a decent stand with Ashwin who made 40.
Later Indian bowlers put on a good show on Day to and were good at reducing England to 170 for 6 after the hosts started well. But the game went away from India with Root and Butler putting on a Century stand for the seventh wicket. Later some power hitting from Woakes ensured England lead past 200. England’s innings ended with 9 wickets with Stuart Broad getting hit on the nose and forced to retire hurt.
England: 367 all out (for 9 wickets) (JE Root 77, J Butler 70; B Kumar 3/75, V Aaron 3/97) beat India: 152 all out and 161 all out (R Ashwin 46*, MS Dhoni 27; MM Ali 4/39, JM Anderson 2/18) by innings & 52 runs