It was all about two men after MS Dhoni created history at Old Trafford. Since India won the Independence in 1947, only MS Dhoni managed to win the win the toss at Old Trafford and it is the only instance which favours India in the very first session of the fourth test match of the five test series.
After none of the Indian Top-4 batsmen managed to score a combined total of 5 runs, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni batted cautiously and almost saw off the first session successfully before Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed caught by Ian Bell at slips off Chris Jordon for 24. MS Dhoni remained not out on 24 with Ravindra Jadeja giving him company.
It was such a day for India as the visitors were reduced for 62-5 at lunch on day 1 of the fourth test. The English slip cordon of Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Chris Jordon/Jimmy Anderson and Ian Bell were busy throughout the session as the ball flied past the slip cordon on numerous occasions.
After choosing to bat first on a wicket that was under the covers for a long time and with cloud cover over the stadium, the Indian batsmen were clueless against the Swing and Bounce generated by the English quicks.
It was Stuart Broad who striked first. Broad got rid of returning Gautam Gambhir as the ball climbed sharply and forced Gambhir to close the face of the bat before seaming away and flying to the hands of the slip fielder off the edge.
In the very next over, home boy Jimmy Anderson striked twice, getting rid of in-form Murali Vijay and struggling Virat Kohli for duck in a matter of three balls. Vijay got out to a ripper from Anderson but Kohli once again chased a ball outside the off-stump and was caught at slips.
In the next over, it became a disaster for India when Stuart Broad had Cheteshwar Pujara caught by Chris Jordon in the slips for a duck. By that time, India were 4 down for 8 runs in just 31 balls.
The Old Trafford tests saw the Indian team making three changes with Gautam Gambhir, R Ashwin and Varun Aaron coming in for Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami. England didn’t bother to shake up their winning combination.
Brief Scores: India: 129/7-7 (MS Dhoni 49*, Ashwin 40, Anderson 2-21, Broad 2-8) vs England
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