Moeen Ali once again became India’s worst nightmare as England was victorious for the second straight match against India. England demolished India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday. England is currently up 2-1 in the series, winning two in a row after a tie in the first Test and an Indian victory in the second.
Ali, who recorded an impressive six for 67 in England’s 266-run win in the third Test, took four wickets for just 13 runs in 37 balls. For the innings, he finished with a statline of four for 39 in 13 overs.
Ali’s performance was crucial as it came moments after England bowler Stuart Broad – who took six wickets in the previous match – was forced off the field due to an injury.
“You don’t often get nine wickets in a session,” said England captain Alastair Cook following the match. “Moeen was terrific — I’ve never seen a bloke work so hard and improve so much in international cricket.”
For India, consistency has not been the issue. The batting side of the team has been extremely consistent, just in the wrong direction – consistently poor. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was forced to accept that India’s poor batting has been a huge point of concern in the current Test series against England.
“Even in the first innings, we weren’t up to the mark,” said Dhoni. “We have to improve before the next Test. So far in this series, our batting has not clicked.”