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A meeky surrender by Indians at Manchester

           India succumbed to one of her most humiliating defeats in Test Cricket on the third day at Manchester when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men were inflicted an innings and 54 runs defeat by Cook’s men. With this giganting victory England has taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series.

ind-eng4tha            Indians were never in the match in any of the sessions of the 4th Test. They were at the receiving end through out the match. Their batting was a total failure in both the innings.  India played a total of 89.4 overs in the match with top-five played 91 balls for 28 runs in the first innings and 147 balls for 61 runs in the second. That’s 89 runs by the top-five in two innings – an average of 8.9. Those numbers spell disaster, and India in the midst of that disaster.

         On winning the toss India scored 152 runs in the first innings, Stuart Broad took 6/25. In the second, he didn’t bowl at all, having been struck on the nose when he batted earlier on the third day. England scored 367/9 on this very surface and went on to crush India for 161 in the second, despite the absence of the injured Broad. He was struck on the nose by a bouncer from Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron, early in the morning.

           The Indians showed dreadful application and some distressing flaws inind-eng4th technique in this match. For 10.5 overs, the Indians managed to keep England at bay in the second innings. It was sunny, James Anderson didn’t look menacing, Broad was having his injury attended to, and Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, pacers No. 3 and 4 for England, were unthreatening.

        Yet, the wicket of Murali Vijay opened the floodgates — the fifth ball of the 11th over from Woakes was angled in, and Vijay failed to read the line and connect; it struck him on the pads, in line and going on towards the leg stump. Vijay looked stupefied with the decision, but it was the correct one. Gautam Gambhir threw it away once again, he gloved a short ball from Anderson, going down the legside, to the wicketkeeper after he’d made just 18.

ind-eng4thb            Cheteshwar Pujara was unlucky to be given out — he’d taken a huge stride out to Moeen Ali, and when the ball missed his inside edge and hit his front pad, he nodded to Ajinkya Rahane at the other end, to signify that there was no run to be run there. The umpire then raised his finger for an LBW — it was a brave decision, for the batsman’s front foot was stretched out and the ball had quite a way to go. Pujara looked dumbstruck, as he well might have been, and the replays showed that the ball would have missed the leg stump.

             Virat Kohli lies at the heart of India’s troubles — his scores this series have been 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7. This is a bit off from the four centuries he’d been expected to score. The reason of his failure isn’t difficult to find, but it’s proving impossible to cure. He seems unaware of his offstump, and he seems to have lost his confidence in leaving deliveries — he was out leaving the ball during the Lord’s Test, and he’s now playing at balls that he should be leaving, or pushing ahead with uncertainty. His mind is fried.

             Ashwin offered some resiatence down the order but by then the script of agony and humiliation had been written. India were bowled out for a paltry 161, to concede the fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs. 

             Broad, named man-of-the-match for his first innings six for 25.

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