Manchester - Moeen Ali starred in a dramatic England victory for the second time
in as many matches as they crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to
win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday with more than two days
India suffered their second spectacular collapse of the
match in losing nine wickets after tea on the third day - including 5-13 in 21 balls - as England went 2-1 up in the five-match
series ahead of next week's finale at The Oval.
Test-best 6-67 sealed England's 266-run win in the third Test at
Southampton - their first victory in 11 Tests - took four for 13 in 37
balls on the way to innings figures of four for 39 in 13 overs.
tea, India were 33/1 in their second innings - with all-rounder
Chris Woakes having taken his first wicket of the series to dismiss
But this was quickly transformed into 66 for six.
made this slump all the more extraordinary was England fast-medium
bowler Stuart Broad, who took six for 25 in India'a first innings 152
all out - where they had been eight for four early on - was off the
field after being hit on the nose by a Varon Aaron bouncer after trying
to hook the fast bowler for a third six in as many balls.
latest collapse started when left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir gloved a
short ball from James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
ball, the start of a new over, saw 53 for two become 53 for three when
Cheteshwar Pujara was given out lbw to Ali as he pushed forward.
Pujara looked unhappy but, with India objections meaning the Decision Review System was not in use this series, he had to go.
But there was no doubt at all when Ajinkya Rahane (one) chipped a tame return catch to Ali.
then 61 for four became 61 for five when Virat Kohli's miserable tour
continued when, on seven, he edged Anderson, on his Lancashire home
ground, to Ian Bell at second slip.
That left the talented batsman with a tally of just 108 runs in eight innings this series at an average of 13.50.
a crowd drenched in sunshine -- a marked contrast to the rain which had
cut short Friday's play -- had more to cheer when Ravindra Jadeja was
caught at slip by Chris Jordan off Ali.
India were now 66 for six
with England, 1-0 down in the series after a 95-run defeat in the second
Test at Lord's, on the brink of going 2-1 up.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had defied England with 71 in the first innings.
But trying to attack Ali he was brilliantly caught for 27 by Gary Ballance, diving to his right at midwicket.
India were now 105 for seven, with all-rounder Ali having taken four for 13 in 27 balls.
Kumar, 'caught' off a Jordan no-ball on nine, did not make the most of
his reprieve when run out for 10 by Ali's throw to Buttler.
however, got in on the act by taking the last two wickets in as many
balls, with Varun Aaron caught behind and Pankaj Singh yorked for a duck
as India were dismissed for 161 in 43 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin was 46 not out, the top score in an innings where Dhoni's 27 was the next best score.
England resumed on Saturday on 237 for six.
Singh's long wait for a first Test wicket - after a debut record worst
wicketless return of none for 179 at Southampton - eventually ended
when the 6ft 6in paceman took two for four in 15 balls with the new
He dismissed both Joe Root (77) and Buttler (70) after the pair had put on 134 for the seventh wicket.
England still compiled a total of 367 that gave them a first-innings
lead of 215 - more than enough runs as it proved to withstand Broad's