England crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday. Victory, achieved with more than two days to spare, put England 2-1 up in the five-match series ahead of next week’s concluding Test at The Oval. India lost six wickets for 52 runs as they suffered a spectacular collapse after tea on the third day, with off-spinner Moeen Ali taking four for 39. Pace bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan took the last two Indian wickets in as many balls, yorking last man Pankaj Singh for a golden duck as India were bowled out for 161 in their second innings.
England posted a score of 367 for nine – with Stuart Broad retiring hurt – giving them a first innings lead of 215 runs. But India’s task of saving the Test got even tougher when they lost opener Murali Vijay (18) early on in their second innings. Post tea it was another flop show by the Indian batsmen who followed one another back to the dressing room. Spinner Ravi Ashwin was the highest scorer in the 2nd innings and in fact the most consistent batsman in the Old Trafford Test match. This explains the dismal performance of the Indian side.
India 1st Innings 152 (MS Dhoni 71; S Broad 6-25, J Anderson 3-46)
England 1st Innings 367 (J Root 77, J Buttler 70, I Bell 58; B Kumar 3-75, V Aaron 3-97)
India 2nd Innings 161 (M Ali 4-39)
Result: England won by an innings and 54 runs
Series: England lead five-match series 2-1.