MS Dhoni scored his 32nd Test fifty © Getty Images
MS Dhoni scored his 32nd Test fifty © Getty Images

By Abhijit Banare

Aug 7, 2014

Stuart Broad bagged a six-for to bundle India out for 152 on Day One of the fourth test at Old Trafford, Manchester. MS Dhoni scored a valiant 71. India equalled the world record of most ducks in an innings with six here.

Minutes after the teams took a break from the mayhem where five wickets fell, James Anderson was at it again. This time, it was the sweetest revenge he could get removing Ravindra Jadeja for a duck. Every time Anderson came in to bowl, he spit venom, not with his words but with the ball. He swung better than anyone else and the batsmen looked more nervous.

After Jadeja’s dismissal, Ravichandran Ashwin walked in to bat. There are some predictable aspects of Ashwin’s batting. Composed on the crease, excellent timing and running with that lazy running between wickets. It was all at display as Ashwin was comfortable against Anderson. The clever mix of inswing and outswing can leave a batsman flummoxed but Ashwin had it all covered. He was least concerned about the bouncers and even went after one and top-edged for six.

Dhoni on the other end was waging his own battle. He was making a conscious effort to meet the ball early. By frustrtaing the pacers, he forced them to bowl a bit short and when they eventually did, he was at ease leaving the short ones or pulling it with ease.

The duo batted positively as India looked heading to 200 at least. Ashwin was dropped off Anderson’s bowling by Buttler. The young keeper had a tough day behind the wickets missing a few deliveries. Eventually, it was Ashwin who threw his wicket away. The Broad-Anderson spell was about to end in an over or two when he lazily pulled a short ball from Broad and ended up giving an easy catch to Sam Robson running in from square-leg towards mid-wicket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been a reliable tail-ender looked solid for a while until he left one from Broad that seamed back in sharply to see his stumps disturbed. It was the fifth duck of the Indian innings. They equalled their record of most ducks in an innings which they first set in 1948, then in 1952 and 1999.

They soon achieved the world record with Pankaj Singh bowled out for a duck making it six in the innings.

With Varun Aaron and Pankaj Singh left, Dhoni switched gears to One-Day mode and went after the bowlers hitting and flashing more frequently. Not sure whether India would have scored these many runs at least if a thirdman was there in place to block off the runs. Dhoni’s innings came to an end when he holed out to deep squareleg. Pankaj didn’t last long as Broad bagged a six for 25.


Brief scores:

India 152 (MS Dhoni 71, Ravichandran Ashwin 40; Stuart Broad 6 for 25, James Anderson 3 for 46) vs England.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)