James Anderson dismissed Virat Kohli for the fourth time this series © Getty Images
James Anderson dismissed Virat Kohli for the fourth time this series © Getty Images

Aug 7, 2014

 

India are off to a horror start in the fourth Test at Manchester against England on Thursday. The visitors lost the wickets of openers Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay,  Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. From eight for no loss, they are down to eight for four. James Anderson and Stuart Broad ripped through the top-order sharing two wickets each.

 

Gambhir was the first to depart scoring only four. It was a typical Gambhir dismissal edging one in the slip cordon. He was dismissed by Broad. Within no time, Vijay was walking back when he got a beautiful delivery from Anderson and he nicked it to the slips. The horror start just got worse when Kohli, struggling for form once again fell for a delivery outside off.

 

While eight for three was worse, Pujara too edged and was caught superbly by Chris Jordan in the slips.  Social media is already buzzing with taunts of ‘Summer of 42’ when India were bowled out for 42 in 1974.

 

India had won the toss and elected to bat. Both captains were eager to bat as the wicket didn’t look threatening, but Anderson and Broad have pitched it full. MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane are holding fort for India. This is the earliest Dhoni has walked in to bat.

 

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