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Fourth Test Match – India Continue to Disappoint against England; Batting Order Succumbs to Cook’s Men

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Fourth Test Match – India Continue to Disappoint against England; Batting Order Succumbs to Cook’s Men

August 08
10:40 2014

india vs engEngland, Friday, August 8 – In the Old Trafford, Manchester, India failed to stand rock solid in opposition to England’s sharp bowling attack. Accept Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin, somehow Ajinkya Rahane as well, the entire team fell short against Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Jordon. Indian cricket fans were shocked to see India losing their wickets without scoring any run. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhubhneshwar Kumar and the newcomer Pankaj Singh were out at 0 run apiece.

On Thursday, Indian skipper arrived on the field with major changes in the ‘playing XI’. Dropping Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami and bringing Gautam Gambhir, Ashwin and Varun Aaron into the play, the guest was expected to perform in a bit better way after winning the toss against Alastair Cook and electing to bat first. But same scenario as that of the Southampton Test appeared the moment wickets started to fall right from the beginning of the match.

Gambhir, who was able to return into the team after more than a few months, hardly scored 4 runs. Broad sent him back to the pavilion, along with Pujara and a bunch of bowlers like Ashwin, Kumar and Singh. He was the leading wicket taker who even stopped Dhoni from hitting more runs and claimed 6 wickets for just 25 runs The skipper being the highest scorer from India with 71 runs (4 x 15) of 133 balls tried his best to keep Indian squad on the track, but did not succeed as English bowlers were on fire a day ago.

They did not leave any chance of giving England the breakthroughs from time to time. Rahane’s dismissal came as a shock. As soon as both Dhoni and Rahane (24 runs with 3 boundaries) were on the way to go for a much needed partnership, Jordan’s excellent spell got the edge of his bat and Ian Bell made no mistake to grab an easy catch behind the wickets. This made Jadeja to take the charge, however, he did not make any difference and lost his wicket without contributing any run into the team’s total. Aaron remained unbeaten at 1 run since Singh was the last man to depart.

The Day 1 match presented a clear picture that India need to show resistance on foreign pitches. A lot more has to be done to read the bowlers’ mind. How worst have they played can be understood from the total overs the entire spent on the crease. India were all out in 46.4 overs and this is not the first time any such thing has happened it their record. Same has been repeated for 42 times! Chasing the small target of 152 runs has been easy for the hosting country. For the loss of 3 wickets in the form of Cook (17 runs of 42 balls; 4 x 2) and Sam Robson, who turned a victim of an excellent inswinger by Kumar, and Gary Ballance (37 runs of 87 balls; 4 x 6), England are playing at 113 runs. Bell and Jordon are batting at 45 and 0 run (s), respectively.

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