Stuart Broad, Ian Bell Lead England Charge
India 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25) v
England 113-3 (Bell 45no)
Fourth Test, Emirates Old Trafford, day one
Both captains might have wanted to bat first, but it was the bowlers who prospered until the latter stages of day one of the fourth Test between England and India at Emirates Old Trafford.
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After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, India were reeling with four wickets down and just eight runs on the board early on before a half-century from MS Dhoni helped them restore some respectability until they were bowled out for 152.
Stuart Broad returned six for 25 and James Anderson three for 46 before England closed on 113 for three, trailing by just 39.
During the course of their innings, India lost four wickets without adding a run as they slipped from eight without loss to eight for four, and equalled the Test record for most ducks in one innings - six.
That came despite them replacing out of form pair Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma with Gautam Gambhir and Ravichandran Ashwin, while Varun Aaron came in for Mohammad Shami.
England, who won the third Test at The Ageas Bowl by 266 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1, were unchanged.
Play was delayed due to a wet outfield for just shy of an hour but England's opening bowlers Anderson and Broad quickly made up for lost time by removing Murali Vijay (0), Gambhir (4), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) in the space of two overs.
Anderson began the day with a maiden, and both men settled on a probing length and when they got the line right, forcing the batsmen to play, or getting the ball in an area where they didn't quite feel confident enough to leave, they hit the jackpot.
While Gambhir was squared up and lobbed a catch to Joe Root, the other three were all caught behind either driving at full balls or trying to defend and England dominated the first hour, only for India to fight back through Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane.
The pair enjoyed some luck but played with tighter technique than their predecessors but couldn't quite reach lunch before Rahane (24) was caught by Bell off Chris Jordan just before the break, which India limped to at 63 for five.
After lunch, Ravindra Jadeja's poor run fo form continued when he was trapped in front by an Anderson inswinger having made a seven-ball duck.
Dhoni, meanwhile, was standing up to the England bowlers and was quite prepared to absorb blows to his body, with the rewards coming whenever he was given full enough to drive, hitting 15 fours and he found a willing ally in Ashwin, who struck 40 in 42 balls during a 66-run stand that more than doubled India's score.
Ashwin fell when he picked out Robson in the deep and Broad finished things off in a hurry by sandwiching the wickets of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0) and Pankaj Singh (0), both bowled, with that of Dhoni, who managed to find Jordan at deep backward square as he looked to hit out.
India's captain made 71 in 133 balls before his eventual departure.
England made a solid start in reply but Bhuvneshwar in particular was causing Cook and Robson problems and he bowled Robson for six and England were briefly in a spot of bother when Cook pulled Varun Aaron to Pankaj in the deep having made 23.
However, Ballance and Bell - England's form players from Southampton - carried on as they had left off. Bell pulled Aaron for two fours in one over and danced down the track to lift Ashwin down the ground for six as soon as he was introduced to assert his authority on proceedings.
He added seven fours to finish unbeaten on 45 although Ballance just failed to make it to stumps alongside him, falling leg before to Aaron for 31 in 84 balls in the final over of the day.
Aaron finished the day with two for 26 and Kumar one for 17.
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