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IND vs ENG 3rd Test – Day 5: England Roar Back As India Crumble To Moeen

By on July 31, 2014

England 569 for 7 dec (Bell 167, Ballance 156, Cook 95, Buttler 85) and 205 for 4 dec (Cook 70*, Root 56*) beat India 330 (Rahane 54, Dhoni 50, Anderson 5-53) and 178 (Rahane 52*, Moeen 6-67, Anderson 2-24) by 266 runs…

Within 10 days, the high of Lord’s was replaced by ignominy at Southampton. Lack of application from India’s middle order and frequent strikes from James Anderson, and later Moeen Ali’s maiden five-wicket haul, meant England wrapped up the third Test by 266 runs to level the five-match series.

IND vs ENG 3rd Test - Day 5: Moeen AliAfter 10 Tests without a victory, England conjured up the perfect Test at the Ageas Bowl to snap the streak: batsmen scored runs, bowlers took wickets and India were never given an inch.

Given little over four sessions and 132 overs to save the match, India folded inside two and 66.4 overs. Four wickets were lost on the fourth evening, and resuming on 112 for 4, the last six fell in a heap on the final morning as India folded for 178.

Moeen finished with 6 for 67, giving him eight wickets in the match and 15 in the series, but James Anderson’s first-innings five-wicket haul turned out to be game-changing. While India succeeded at Lord’s for sticking to a gameplan, they fell to England’s superior skill at Southampton.

Where Anderson bowled with supreme control and excelled in his partnership with Stuart Broad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was left with too much to do. In the absence of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami’s lack of form, the medium-pacer’s performance dropped throughout the game.

Ajinkya Rahane’s second half-century of the match wasn’t enough as batsmen continued to be confounded by Moeen’s accuracy and spin.

Four of the last six wickets fell to Moeen and three of them – including Ravindra Jadeja – were bowled. Despite the first-session implosion, however, allowing England to score 569 for 7 in five sessions meant India were behind the eight ball.

While England needed 25 balls to break through on the fourth morning, Anderson struck with his second ball of the day as he forced an outside edge from Rohit Sharma for 6. India hadn’t added a run to their overnight score, and eight runs later MS Dhoni was sent back in the same fashion.

Wickets continued to tumble even as Ajinkya Rahane compiled a half-century. Lord’s was tailor-made for Jadeja; Southampton was anything but. India’s tail couldn’t provide the same resistance we have become accustomed to on this tour, and as Pankaj Singh was castled by Moeen for his sixth wicket, the collapse from day three began to ring louder.

The two changes India made to their winning side will continue to rankle as Pankaj Singh and Rohit Sharma couldn’t make a strong impression. Replacing Ishant Sharma was always going to be tough, and for all of Pankaj’s misfortune, not having a wicket against his name will make his selection difficult for Old Trafford.

Stuart Binny was replaced by Rohit to bolster the batting, but the Mumbai batsman’s first-innings dismissal will not be an encouraging image.

Source: gocricket

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