Vintage Anderson-Broad duo steamrolls India with an innings defeat
With the batting woefully out of form, an unrelenting English bowling attack and a weather which seemed to be settling past scores, India was totally outplayed in this match.
England 396/7 dec win by an innings and 159 runs.
India 107 & 130 (Ravichandran Ashwin 33*; Stuart Broad 4-44, James Anderson 4-23)
England added 39 runs more to its total before Sam Curran was dismissed by Hardik Pandya in a bid to step up the scoring rate.
As Indian batsmen walked out to the crease, the sunny conditions of Day three were not quite there as the ball did a bit in the air and off the surface. Murali Vijay was the first Indian batsman to perish against James Anderson and hostile batting conditions.
KL Rahul then hit a couple of boundaries but was wrapped on the pads on a hooping inswinger from Anderson. The mindset of the Indian team was quite evident with the way Rahul walked off after getting out. There was certainly a lack of positivity and this was what would cost them the match.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane then showed some resolve before a lapse in concentration led Rahane to poke at a wide one from Broad. Rahane's dismissal was followed by the arrival of captain Virat Kohli who was not at his best and was suffering from back issues.
Pujara' s vigil ended with a beauty from Broad which came a long way in after pitching outside the off stump. Except Hardik Pandya's positive 26 and Ravi Ashwin's unbeaten 33, it was all downhill for India from there on as wickets kept tumbling one after another.
2 innings of the highest quality of Seam & Swing bowling by the England Team ... #ENGvIND— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 12, 2018
Both Anderson and Broad scalped 4 wickets each while Woakes chipped in with two to show in his wickets tally.
England registered a resounding win by an innings and 159 runs. With the batting woefully out of form, an unrelenting English bowling attack and a weather which seemed to be settling past scores, India was totally outplayed in this match. Kohli & Co. would have to come up with something seriously special to bounce back in the five-match series.
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