England romp to innings-win

Hosts needed just 43 overs to wrap up India's second innings and take a 2-1 win in the fourth of five-Test series.

    England eased home despite the absence of Stuart Broad [Reuters]
    England eased home despite the absence of Stuart Broad [Reuters]

    England's Moeen Ali and James Anderson made light of the injured Stuart Broad's absence with a devastating bowling display as the hosts skittled India out for 161 to win the fourth Test for a 2-1 series lead.

    Third day scorecard

    India first innings 152
    England first innings 367
     
    India second innings

    M Vijay lbw b Woakes 18
    G Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 18
    C Pujara lbw b Ali 17
    V Kohli c Bell b Anderson 7
    A Rahane c & b Ali 1
    MS Dhoni c Ballance b Ali 27
    R Jadeja c Jordan b Ali 4
    R Ashwin not out 46
    B Kumar run out 10
    V Aaron c Buttler b Jordan 9
    P Singh b Jordan 0

    Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 4
    Total (10 wickets; 43 overs) 161
    Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-53, 3-53, 4-61, 5-61, 6-66, 7-105, 8-133, 9-161

    Spinner Moeen took four wickets and also contributed with an accurate arm for a run out as India, facing a first innings deficit of 215 runs, collapsed again on the third day at Old Trafford.

    England, having scored 367-9 in their first innings, won by an innings and 54 runs and after dominating the last two Test matches will be full of confidence ahead of the final match at the Oval starting on Friday.

    India totalled 152 in their first innings after recovering from eight for four and almost collapsed again in Saturday's final session when they lost five wickets for 13 runs.

    Broad, who took 6-25 in India's first innings to win the man-of-the-match award, retired injured while batting after being struck in the face, with the ball splitting his nose, but his departure was more than covered for by England's other bowlers.

    As Broad left for stitches, scans and a rest, Moeen stepped into the role of chief destroyer alongside Anderson, who had climbed from his sick bed to wreck the foundations for any Indian recovery with two early wickets.

    "This is why you hang in during the tough times - to appreciate the good times," said England captain Alastair Cook, whose future was questioned after the second test at Lord's where India extended England's winless run to 10 matches.

    "There are a lot of good things going on at the moment and we just have to keep going.

    "Stuart Broad has got a broken nose and we are going to have to wait and see. It's pretty sore and we hope it doesn't spoil his good looks! Jimmy has had the lurgy and has been really under the weather - so that's a great effort by him."


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