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India vs England Test 2, Day 4: England Thrash India By 319 Runs In Second Test At Trent Bridge

By on August 1, 2011

England 221 (Broad 64, Praveen 3-45) and 544 (Bell 159, Pietersen 63, Morgan 70, Prior 73, Bresnan 90, Praveen 4-124) beat India 288 (Dravid 117, Laxman 54, Yuvraj 62, Broad 6-46) and 158 (Tendulkar 56, Bresnan 5-48) by 319 runs…

India crashed to one of their biggest defeats in terms of runs when they lost the second Test against England by 319 runs on the fourth day at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday.

Tim Bresnan took five wickets and James Anderson took three as India were bundled out for 158 in their second innings chasing a mammoth victory target of 478 runs.

With this win, England have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

India lost their ninth wicket when Anderson clean bowled Praveen Kumar for 25.

Bresnan registered his maiden five-wicket haul when he dismissed Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan hit a six and 8 fours in his 44-ball 46 before Bresnan had him caught by substitute fielder SL Elstone at fine leg.

James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the seventh time when he trapped the Indian icon plumb in front of the wicket.

Tendulkar made a grave error in judgement when he shouldered arms to an incoming delivery.

Fighting a lone battle, Tendulkar hit his 60th half-century and hit eight boundaries in his 56-run knock.

With a 52-run partnership, Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh took India over the 100-run mark in their second innings after tea.

England took five wickets for 60 runs in the second session to leave India tottering at 68/6 at tea.

Tim Bresnan dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Indian captain MS Dhoni off successive deliveries to reduce India to 55/6.

Yuvraj (8) was peppered by short deliveries and the plan finally paid off as he was caught by Alastair Cook on backward short leg close to the bat.

Dhoni shouldered arms to an incoming delivery and was trapped plumb in front of the wicket for a first ball duck.

Bresnan dismissed Abhinav Mukund and Suresh Raina in his successive overs to reduce India to 37/4.

Raina (1) edged a bouncer by Bresnan straight into the hands of substitute fielder SL Elstone at fine leg.

India lost their third wicket when Bresnan had Mukund (3) caught by Andrew Strauss at first slip off a bouncer.

James Anderson clean bowled VVS Laxman in the second over after lunch to reduce India to 13/2 in their second innings.

Anderson got the breakthrough with a delivery that held its line and did not swing in as expected by Laxman (4) and uprooted his off-stump.

India were 8/1 at lunch after Stuart Broad dismissed Rahul Dravid in the fourth over of the visitors’ second innings.

Broad had the in-form Dravid caught behind by Matt Prior to ensure that India got off to a bad start in pursuit of 478-run victory target.

Earlier, Praveen Kumar took four wickets as India finally managed to bowl out England for 544 runs in their second innings.

England batted with supreme confidence in the second innings after an average first innings performance.

Ian Bell was the star with the bat with a magnificent ton and he was involved in a few crucial stands as well.

The English tail also added vital runs and piled on India’s agony.

The visitors were toothless with their attack but Praveen succeeded in claiming a four-wicket haul.

This is a massive task for the formidable Indian batting line-up to chase the target.

Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth took two wickets each as India finally put an end to their leather hunt.

Ishant had Graeme Swann caught by substitute Wriddhiman Saha at mid-off to end England innings.

Stuart Broad was run out by a direct hit from Saha and on the next ball Praveen had Tim Bresnan caught by Rahul Dravid.

With an 82-run partnership, Bresnan and Broad took England over the 500-run mark.

Broad hit 2 sixes and 5 fours in his 32-ball 44, while Bresnan hit 17 fours in his 90-run knock.

The stand came after the dismissal of Matt Prior for 73.

Bresnan reached his half-century in the first over of the day but in the next over, Praveen had Prior caught behind by MS Dhoni.

The breakthrough came after Prior and Bresnan resumed England second innings.

On Day 3, India won the hearts of jeering Trent Bridge fans by an act of benevolence, recalling a batsman who was clearly and stupidly out; but they lost the day’s battles, and along with them, probably, the match, the series and the No.1 ranking too.

Source: Times of India

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