Tim Bresnan followed his smashing 90 with the bat taking a maiden five-wicket haul as India collapsed to an embarrassing 319-run defeat on Day 4 of the Second Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Asked to chase an improbable target of 478, India’s batsmen lasted only 47.4 overs getting bundled out for a platry 158! England had earlier piled up 544 in their second innings.
Tale of the Morning Session :
England resumed Day 4 at 441 for 6 in 101 overs having taken a massive lead already. The overnight partnership between Matt Prior and Tim Bresnan lasted only 1.4 more overs as India found an early breakthrough on the fourth day morning. Praveen Kumar got the wicket with one that landed on the seam around off and got it to dart away, Matt Prior (73 from 60 balls with 10 fours and a six) poked at that to get caught low by the diving Dhoni. It was the end of a 119-run partnership for the 7th wicket.
Stuart Broad who played a crucial knock of 64 in the first innings came good again and with Bresnan kept smashing the Indian bowlers all around the park. The two all-rounders added 82 runs in just 13 overs before both got out in the space of two balls. First to get out was Stuart Broad (44 from 32 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes) when he tried to steal a single from substitute fielder Wridhimann Saha at extra covers who quickly moved around to run out the former at the non-striker end. In the very next ball, Praveen Kumar got one to kick up out of nowhere to force Tim Bresnan (90 from 118 balls with 17 fours) who was lunging forward to jab it straight to widish gully.
The English innings came to an end in the 121st over when Graeme Swann (3) smacked a full delivery from Ishant straight to mid off. England piled up 544 which left India with a target of 477 and a difficult 20 minutes to see through before lunch. Praveen Kumar was the better bowler for India taking 4 for 124 in 36 overs.
India’s second innings got a huge blow in the 4th over itself when first innings centurion Rahul Dravid got out to Stuart Broad. Dravid (6 from 12 balls) was drawn forward in defence to a length delivery that angled in but nipped away with bounce to force a nick to the keeper.
Tale of the Afternoon Session :
The visitors had more trouble in store after lunch as they lost another big performer VVS Laxman (4) who lasted only 7 balls before he was castled by a magical delivery from Anderson. Laxman was unsure of the length, he neither came fully forward nor went back to a delivery which was angled in towards middle but held its line while also staying low to beat the defence and knock out the off stump out of the ground!
Young opener Abhinav Mukund somehow survived 41 deliveries before he got consumed by a red hot bouncer from Tim Bresnan in the 14th over. It was a nasty rising delivery around around middle and leg and seaming away and Mukund (3) was forced to glove it to first slip after trying to get behind the line and was in no position to duck under it or sway away. The problem for Mukund was that he didn’t pick the length early enough and in the end was taking evasive action! The procession started for India as two overs later Suresh Raina (1 from 5 balls) hooked a widish bouncer from TIm Bresnan across the line to give catching practice to long leg.
The score was a miserable 37 for 4 when Yuvraj Singh joined Sachin Tendulkar. Yuvraj Singh as expected got a barrage of short deliveries with one of them going onto hit him nastily on the finger as well. Yuvraj (8 from 32 balls) tried his best to fight the storm but was found wanting to the red hot pace and bounce. In the 26th over, he looked to get behind the line and fend off a rising delivery from Bresnan which just climbed up a lot higher than he had anticipated and Yuvraj taking his eyes off the ball fended it off in the air to get caught at silly point. The very next ball, the Indian Captain MS Dhoni cluelessly offered no shot and padded up to a full length indipper from Bresnan outside off to get dismissed for a first ball duck. Bresnan was on a hat-trick with India at 55 for 6 but he wasn’t as lucky as Broad to achieve it.
India went to Tea at 68 for 6 in 30 overs with Sachin Tendulkar looking good on 30*.
Tale of the Final Session :
Sachin Tendulkar finally got going registering a half century but in the 37th over got out in a similar fashion like MS Dhoni, padding up outside off to get lbw. Tendulkar (56 from 86 balls with 8 fours) was on the backfoot when he padded up to a Anderson delivery which skidded through low outside off and had India at 107 for 7. Harbhajan Singh vented his frustration playing his shots freely with a 44-ball 46 (with 8 fours and a six) before he hooked Bresnan into the hands of long leg in the 40th over. Praveen Kumar too came up with a cameo, making a run-a-ball 25 (with 5 fours) which was cut short by an inswinging yorker from Anderson in the 45th over. Stuart Broad finished the match cleaning up last man Sreesanth (0) with a speedy full toss.
India collapsed to 158 in 47.4 overs with Bresnan taking 5 for 48 in 12 overs, Anderson with 3 for 51 and Broad chipping in with 2 for 30. Stuart Broad got the Man of the Match for taking 8 wickets and also scoring 64 and 44 with the bat.