England win as India capitulate

2011-08-01 18:43

Nottingham - England routed India by 319 runs in the second test at Trent Bridge on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series, a margin that will give the hosts the No 1 ranking in the world if maintained.

India collapsed to 158 all out with more than a day left in the match for their heaviest ever runs defeat against England.

Tim Bresnan capped a superb all round display with figures of 5-48 after having earlier scored 90 to help set the visitors a record victory target of 478.

James Anderson took 3-51, including the prize wicket of India's top scorer Sachin Tendulkar, while Stuart Broad claimed 2-30.

Tendulkar made 56 from 86 balls, with eight fours.

Earlier, India bowled England out for 544 in the morning session, with Ian Bell hitting 159. The hosts made rapid progress after starting on 441-6, 374 runs ahead.

Bresnan hit 90 from 118 balls with 17 fours before he was caught by Rahul Dravid off Praveen Kumar, while Matt Prior was caught behind off Kumar for 73, from 60 balls with 10 fours.

Broad chipped in with 44 after earlier contributions of 70 from Eoin Morgan and 63 by Kevin Pietersen. Kumar was India's best bowler with 4-124.

Having added 417 runs on Sunday's third day - the most England have scored in a single day since making 437 against Pakistan at this venue in 1954 - the hosts continued to score freely, adding 103 runs in 90 minutes.

Bresnan reached his 50 from 68 balls with the third delivery from the day, a false shot to Sreesanth that he edged for four.

Prior fell to the 10th ball of the day but Broad maintained England's momentum with a rapid 44 from 32 balls that included two sixes off successive balls from Suresh Raina over midwicket, until he was run out by a direct hit from the substitute fielder WP Saha.

Bresnan was caught by Rahul Dravid in the gully off the next ball from Kumar, before Ishant Sharma ended the innings when he had Graeme Swann caught by a substitute fielder for 3.

Abhinav Mukund - who was out to the first ball of India's first innings - narrowly avoided a king pair when he was dropped in the slips off Anderson's first delivery.

England then contemplated a review against Dravid for a catch behind off Broad, but waited too long to ask for the referral.

Replays confirmed Dravid had not hit the ball, but he fell in Broad's next over, caught behind for 6.

VVX Laxman was out in the second over of the afternoon session for 4, when Anderson produced a stunning delivery that sent his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground.

Bresnan struck in his first over with a bouncer that Mukund gloved to Andrew Strauss at first slip for 3.

In Bresnan's next over, Raina fell into a trap when he tried to hook a bouncer but top-edged the ball straight to the substitute fielder Scott Elstone at long leg for 1.

England peppered Yuvraj Singh with short balls, one of which smashed into his glove causing a lengthy delay.

When the barrage resumed, Yuvraj started to walk off after apparently gloving a bouncer from Broad. When the umpires gave him not out, England asked for a referral that confirmed the ball had hit his elbow.

Yuvraj's ordeal lasted until the 26th over, when he tried to fend off another bouncer from Bresnan and was caught by Alastair Cook at silly point for 8.

Bresnan's next ball thundered into Mahendra Singh Dhoni's pads and the India captain, with his bat high in the air offering no shot, was out lbw.

India lurched to 68-6 at tea and Tendulkar was nearly out in the third over of the evening session slogging Swann to long on.

Pietersen got his fingertips to the ball, but spilled it over the boundary for four.

Tendulkar reached 50, from 80 balls, by cutting Anderson through point, and he and Harbhajan Singh put on 52 for the seventh wicket.

By that stage, however, runs were academic and when Tendulkar shouldered arms to Anderson in the 37th over he was plum lbw.

Harbhajan Singh was then dropped by Elstone off Anderson, but he batted so recklessly for his 46 that he soon fell to the same fielder at long leg, holing out to become Bresnan's fifth victim.

Kumar played more correctly for his 25 before he was yorked by Anderson, and the game ended in spectacular fashion when Broad sent a yorker flying into Sreesanth's middle stump.

Brief scores:

England 221 (S Broad 64; P Kumar 3-45, I Sharma 3-66, S Sreesanth 3-77) and 544 (I Bell 159, T Bresnan 90, M Prior 73, E Morgan 70, K Pietersen 63; P Kumar 4-124) v India 288 (R Dravid 117, Yuvraj Singh 62, V Laxman 54; S Broad 6-46) and 158 (S Tendulkar 56; T Bresnan 5-48, J Anderson 3-51)

Result: England won by 319 runs


  • vivienne berry - 2011-08-01 19:04

    England should have made a sporting gesture and let Indian have a third innings,lol

      LACER8 - 2011-08-01 19:52

      Bell should have walked...Talk about sporstsmanship...

      Redback - 2011-08-02 10:08

      That's quite funny. As much as Bell was switched off with "the incident", the additional runs he scored didn't have a huge effect on the end result. India just folded with the bat and England bowled very well. They need to be able to handle the heat without Sachin, Rahul, VVS and of course Sehwag on the sidelines with their newer crop of players. England just playing good cricket with consistency. All teams are going through some kind of a transition, but England have found a core group of players, stuck with them, and then had their contingencies. It's paying off.

      gamal - 2011-08-04 06:19

      Nice comment there Redback

  • Viscount - 2011-08-01 19:59

    Splendid effort, chaps! Number 1 here we come!

      Creeky - 2011-08-01 22:33

      Amazing what Gary Kirsten did for India... Now that the WIT-O has moved on.... they fall apart.... Shame on them!

  • Heather - 2011-08-01 21:57

    India missing Gaza???

  • Creeky - 2011-08-01 22:33

    Well done to England.... you deserve the No 1 spot!

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