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Stats Highlights: Eng vs India, 4th Test - Day 1

MS Dhoni moves ahead of Ganguly by providing the fifth instance of scoring more than 50 runs as captain against England

India were playing their first Test at Manchester in 24 years. They had last played here in 1990.

Gautam Gambhir was making a comeback to Indian side after a gap of nearly 19 months. His last Test was also against England at Nagpur in December 2012.

MS Dhoni was leading India for the 14th time in a Test against England, thus equalling Sunil Gavaskar’s Indian record of most appearances as captain against England.

Alastair Cook was playing his 106th consecutive Test. Now only Allan Border (153) and Mark Waugh (107) have appeared in more consecutive Tests than Cook (India’s Sunil Gavaskar also had a streak of 106 matches on the trot).

When he caught Murali Vijay off the bowling of James Anderson, it was 23rd time Alastair Cook held a catch off Anderson’s bowling – most by a fielder / bowler combination for England.

From 8 for no loss India were soon down to 8 for four – their third worst start ever in Test cricket. Incidentally India’s two worst starts have also come against England. They were four down without any run on the board at Leeds in 1952. In the same series India were 6 for four at The Oval.

With Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli each recording a duck, it provided only the second instance for India of three batsmen out of top four failing to score. The only other instance came at Leeds in 1952.

James Anderson has now dismissed Virat Kohli three times in this series in 23 balls having conceded only two runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for a duck for the first time in his Test career. This was also his first duck in first-class cricket since November 2008. He has now six first-class ducks against his name.

MS Dhoni (71), on 23, completed 1000 runs against England. He became only the second Indian wicketkeeper (after Farokh Engineer) and eighth wicketkeeper in all to do so.

MS Dhoni has now scored 11 fifties against England without ever reaching a hundred. He now shares the Test record of most fifties against a side without reaching the three-figure mark. South Africa’s Dave Nourse had also scored 11 fifties against England without ever converting any of those in to a hundred.

The fifty was Dhoni’s fifth in England. He now holds the record of making the most scores of 50 or more by an Indian captain in England, moving ahead of Sourav Ganguly (4).

James Anderson has now inflicted 54 ducks in Test cricket. He is now only three away from Bob Willis’ England record of dismissing most batsmen for a duck.

The six ducks in Indian innings equalled the existing world record of most ducks in a team innings. India now shares this ignominy with three other teams – Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh.

Stuart Broad's 6 for 25 is the second best effort by an England bowler in the first innings of a Test against India after Alec Bedser's 7 for 49 at Lord's 1946.

Broad has now taken 8 six-wicket hauls in Test cricket. Now only Syd Barnes (12), Derek Underwood (10) and Ian Botham (10) have taken more six-wicket hauls for England than Broad.

During the Indian innings, James Anderson wrested the record of bowling most deliveries by an England bowler from Derek Underwood. At the end of the innings Anderson has bowled 21,910 deliveries in Test cricket. Underwood had bowled 21,862.

Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: England vs India, 4th Test - Day 1

Broad claims six to put England in driver’s seat

England reached 113 for three at stumps on the first day of the fourth cricket Test after Stuart Broad's six-wicket haul had India shot out for 152 here today.

For India Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 71 while Broad took six for 25. Among England batsmen, Ian Bell remained unbeaten on 45 while Gary Ballance scored 37. Varun Aaron took two for 26 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the other wicket.

Alastair Cook and Sam Robson came out to bat and had put together 21 runs when the latter was dismissed. Bhuvneshwar Kumar knocked back Robson’s off-stump with an in-swinger to send him back for six. And 15 runs later, Varun Aaron accounted for Cook with the short ball to leave England on 36/2.

Ian Bell then joined Gary Balance, who has been in good nick, in the middle and the pair collected runs of the Indian attack at a steady pace. Both batsmen timed the ball well and found the boundary at will as they closed in on India’s sub-par first innings total.

Having bent their backs, India finally got a much needed breakthrough late in the day when Aaron had Ballance leg-before. Chris Jordon then came in to see England through the remaining balls of the day.

When play ended, Bell was batting on 45 with the night-watchman.

Earlier, Broad and James Anderson clinically ran through the Indian line-up in 46.4 overs at the Old Trafford. The new-ball bowling pair utilised the seaming conditions and the bounce on offer to their advantage to push India into a corner after a delayed start. Winning the toss was the only thing that had gone India’s way as three of the top four batsmen returned to the dressing room without opening their accounts. By the end of the innings the count of Indian batsmen to return for naught had doubled.

After Dhoni opted to bat, Gautam Gambhir, back in the side after over a year and half, was the first to be dismissed with the visitors on eight. Done in by the bounce, the left-handed opener departed fending Broad to gully. In the next over, Murali Vijay edged a fuller delivery from Anderson to Cook at first slip to return for a duck. A ball later, Virat Kohli too edged the ace pacer to the England captain to return for zero. Cheteshwar Pujara was the next to be dismissed for a duck in the following over by Broad.

With a vigilant slip cordon the fast bowlers ran in hard and kept the Indian line-up on their toes. With Anderson swinging the ball; with it swinging the fortune England’s way and Broad banging the ball hard, India were kept on a tight leash. Rahane and Dhoni braved the storm for a while and stitched a 54-run partnership as they worked to keep the team afloat. Playing watchfully the duo soothed the nerves as they brought up India’s fifty.

Chris Woakes and Jordon too tested the pair with short balls and swinging deliveries as England held the upper-hand. As the morning session had settled into a lull and India looked like they would end it without further mishaps, Rahane pushed at a Jordon delivery to Bell at second slip to depart for 24 in the second last over before Lunch.

Ravindra Jadeja was the next to return to the pavilion for zero. The left-hand bat who was yet to open his account when India resumed on 63/5 after lunch, was trapped lbw by Anderson early in the second session.

Dhoni then found an ally in Ravichandran Ashwin and the duo built a 66-run partnership as they toiled to keep the Indian innings from folding.

Ashwin, playing his first game of the tour had come to the crease in challenging circumstances and kept the score board ticking. However, while on 40 he perished pulling Broad to Sam Robson at deep square-leg.

Dhoni who had stealthily held up one end then brought up his fifty with a crisp drive to the fence. But, there was little to cheer for as Bhuvneshwar lost his stumps to Broad in the next over to return without contributing to the team’s tally.

And a few overs later with the score on 152, Dhoni departed mis-hitting the ball to deep backward square-leg while looking to go over mid-wicket. Two balls later, Broad bowled Pankaj Singh to bring curtains down on the Indian innings.

While England fielded an unchanged squad from their previous Test, India brought in Gambhir, Ashwin and Varun Aaron for Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Brief scores:

Day 1: India 1st inn 152 all out in 46.4 overs (MS Dhoni 71, R Ashwin 40, S Broad 6/25, J Anderson 3/46); England 1st inn 113/3 in 35 overs (I Bell 45*, G Ballance 37, V Aaron 2/26).

Prajakta Pawar

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