After a solid start to the Test series against host-country England, India seem to have sputtered as England’s bowling has completely turned the series around. On the opening day of the fourth Test, India put up only 152 runs at tea break as English fast bowler Stuart Broad took six wickets.
M.S. Dhoni, India’s captain, put up a valiant effort of 71 runs. Lack of production from his teammates, however, have put India in a situation to go down 2-1 in the series. It is currently tied 1-1.
Both Broad and James Anderson took full advantage of the conditions in the morning as the pitch provided a surprising amount of swing to keep the batsmen on their back feet. Anderson and Broad were able to retire Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara quickly and easily.
Anderson took care of Ravindra Jadeja (lbw) to start the afternoon session when India stood 63 for 5.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the only other bright spot as he recorded 40 runs until Broad was caught by Sam Robson (bowled by Broad) running in from deep square leg.
In 13.4 overs, Broad finished with six wickets for 25 runs. It was his third-best innings return in a Test match, a performance that featured a run of four for six in just 21 balls. Anderson – playing in his home grounds of Lancashire – took three wickets for 46 runs in 14 overs.