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4th Test LIVE! England thrash India at Old Trafford, lead 2-1

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August 09, 2014


India: 161
England: 367-9
India: 152

Pankaj Singh lasts just one ball. Jordan yorks him with a perfect delivery. Ashwin remains stranded on 46. 

England thrash India by an innings and 54 runs. And mind you, this is without Stuart Broad bowling. 

A great win for the home team and gives them a 2-1 lead in the series. Most importantly, now they cannot lose the series. 

India: 161-9
England: 367-9
India: 152

Jordan has Kumar (9) caught by Bell at second slip but it is a no ball. However, Kumar fails to capitalise on his luck and is run out by Moeen Ali two overs later.

Varun Aaron is the new man in. He gets a couple of boundaries off Jordan. 

Ashwin too smashes a boundary and a six off Moeen Ali, the latter helping India get past the 150-run mark. He is fighting a lost battle.

However, a snorter from Jordan forces Aaron (9) to nick to Buttler. It's Jordan's first wicket and England need just one wicket. 

India: 126-7
England: 367-9
India: 152

Dhoni hits Woakes for successive boundaries in his ninth over, and again in his 10th. A couple by Ashwin off Moeen helps India reach the 100-run mark, in the 32nd over. 

Chris Jordan replaces Woakes (9-2-37-1) in the attack in the 33rd over. Five runs off the over. 

Moeen strikes again, for a fourth time, having Dhoni (27) caught by Gary Ballance at midwicket. The Indian captain's 22-ball innings was inclusive of four boundaries and he helped Ashwin add 39 runs for the seventh wicket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Ashwin at the crease.

India: 70-6
England: 367-9
India: 152

Moeen Ali strikes again, for a third time in this innings. In his fifth over he has Ravindra Jadeja (4) caught by Jordan at slip. 

It is his 18th wicket of the series. And come to think of it, the Indian team underestimated him. Maybe they still do.

R Ashwin is the new man in. And there's a bowling change for England, Woakes replacing Anderson (9-4-18-2). 

India: 65-5
England: 367-9
India: 152

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are the two new batsmen at the crease. The former survives a bat-pad, just beyond short leg. 

He responds with a superb boundary off Anderson. However, Moeen strikes again having Rahane (1) caught and bowled. 

India in trouble. As if they weren't already. Captain MS Dhoni walks out to bat. 

But he can only watch in disbelief as Anderson has Kohli (7) caught by Ian Bell at second slip. It is the fourth time in the series that Anderson has accounted for Kohli.

Ravindra Jadeja joins his captain at the crease.

India: 55-3
England: 367-9
India: 152

Moeen Ali replaces Jordan (6-1-23-0) in the attack in the 20th over. Gambhir sweeps the final ball to the fence. 

A boundary to third man by Pujara, off Anderson, helps India get past the 50-run mark, in the 21st over. 

But the bowler hits back, having Gambhir (18) caught behind. And it's a double blow for India as Moeen has Pujara (17) out leg before. 

Two wickets in two balls and England are back.

India: 44-1
England: 367-9
India: 152

Jordan starts the proceedings in the final session. Four runs come off the over. 

Jimmy Anderson to bowl the second over from the Brian Statham End. It's a maiden. Six runs off Jordan's second over, including a boundary through cover by Pujara. 

Anderson's second is also a maiden. England is feeling Broad's absence for sure.

India: 33-1
England: 367-9
India: 152

Gambhir has been extra cautious as expected and Pujara has been tentative as well. But it is imperative for India that these two survive. 

Moeen Ali replaces Woakes (6-2-13-1) in the attack in the 15th over, the last before tea. Gambhir hits the third ball past point for his second boundary.

India reach 33 for one (after 15 overs) at tea. The last session is going to be an exciting one for sure. Will Broad be able to bowl? Watch this space.

India: 26-1
England: 367-9
India: 152

England make the first bowling change in the eighth over, Chris Jordan replacing Woakes (3-2-4-0). Two runs from the over. 

It's a twin bowling change for the home team. Anderson (4-2-4-0) has been taken off and Woakes charges in. Vijay welcomes him with a boundary past point. 

Vijay gets a couple of more boundaries in Jordan's second over. However, his innings is shortlived as Waokes has him out leg before. 

It's Woakes first wicket. Vijay made 18. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in. 

India: 8-0
England: 367-9
India: 152

A boundary by Woakes, off Aaron, helps England get past the 350-run mark, in the 102nd over. 

A single by Anderson, in the next over by Singh, helps extend the England lead to 200 runs, a sizeable figure on this ground. 

Ravindra Jadeja ends the England innings having Anderson (9) out leg before. The home team manage 367 for nine (Broad didn't return), an verall lead of 215.  

Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay open the batting for India and it is James Anderson first up for England. 

Chris Woakes bowls the second over. Broad isn't on the field yet. 

India has had a slow start so far, a thickish outside edge off Woakes giving Gambhir a boundary.

England: 342-8
India: 152

Varun Aaron starts the proceedings after lunch. He begins with a slew of short deliveries to Stuart Broad. 

Broad smashes the third ball for a six over deep square leg. The fourth ball is hit further deep, for another six. 

The fifth ball gets lodged in Broad's helmet. Oh my god! Broad is bleeding. He retires hurt.

James Anderson comes out to bat. Pankaj Singh bowls the second over. He gives away just a single.

England: 325-8
India: 152

So 416 balls later, Pankaj Singh finally made an addition to the wickets column in his figures. He got lucky as replays suggests Root didn't nick it. 

Buttler eases the pressure with two exquisite boundaries in the next over by Aaron, both through the covers.

Pankaj gets another wicket when he has Buttler (70) caught by Pujara at mid-off. Two balls later lunch is taken. 

England 325 for eight at lunch (after 97 overs), an overall lead of 173 runs.

England: 304-7
India: 152

Two boundaries in the space of five balls by Root, one to midwicket and the other past cover, in the 92nd over bowled by Aaron, helps England get past the 300-run mark, thereby extending the lead past 150. 

And believe it for faint, Pankaj Singh has a wicket. Finally. In his 69th over. 

He has Root (77) caught behind down the leg side. 

Root's 161-ball knock was inclusive of seven hits to the fence and he helped Buttler add 134 runs for the seventh wicket, a partnership that may well prove to be the game-changer for England. 

Chris Woakes is the new man in.

England: 295-6
India: 152

Varun Aaron is back into the attack in the 88th over. Dhoni has messed up a chance to run Buttler (on 43) out. It's a perfect throw by Aaron. 

A superb boundary off Kumar, through cover, helps Buttler complete a well deserved fifty, his second in his second Test, following his 85 on debut at Southampton.

He celebrates with another boundary off the last ball.

England: 273-6
India: 152

New ball is taken in the 81st over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl. The second ball of the over witnesses Buttler finding the first boundary of the day, one that helps extend the England lead to more than 100. 

Buttler also hits the third ball through cover for another boundary. Pankaj Singh to bowl the second over with the new ball. He gives away just two runs. 

Kumar is unlucky in his second over as Kohli puts down Buttler (on 34) at gully. The batsman celebrates with a boundary off Singh. 

Four runs by Root, he ran all of them, helps raise the 100-run partnership for the seventh wicket. What a stand this has been for England. 

England: 248-6
India: 152

Ravindra Jadeja starts the day's proceedings. He gives away just a single. Pankaj Singh to bowl the day's second over. 

Three runs off his fifth ball helps Root complete a well-deserved fifty. It is his seventh Test half century and third of the series, after his 66 at Lord's and 56 at Southampton. He also made 154 not out in Nottingham.

Varun Aaron replaces Singh (19-3-82-0) after just one over. It's a maiden for him first up. 

England: 237-6
India: 152

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the third day's play of the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford. 

The second day's play was affected by rain so a lot with depend on how things pan out today. 

England have a lead of 85, with Joe Root on 48 and Jos Buttler on 22.