Eng vs Ind, 2nd npower Test, 4th day - Live Score,Streaming
Lunch India 288 and 8 for 1 (Mukund 2*, Laxman 0*) need 470 runs to beat England 221 and 544 (Bell 159, Pietersen 63, Morgan 70, Prior 73, Bresnan 90)
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England continued to pulverize India on the fourth morning, with Tim Bresnan joining the list of lower-order batsmen ransacking a hapless bowling and fielding outfit. Bresnan and Stuart Broad, who had singlehandedly extinguished India's best chances of winning this Test, added 82 for the eighth wicket at 6.30 runs per over. England scored 103 runs in 19.2 overs and extended their lead from 374 to 477. India played as though they were waiting for the carnage to end but did nothing special to try and end it. They were put out of their misery 30 minutes before lunch but faced the improbable task of chasing 478 or surviving more than five sessions.
Those hopes of survival, however, received a body blow when Broad, bowling with inspiring intensity, induced Rahul Dravid to push at and edge an outswinger to Matt Prior. India's best batsman had fallen for 6 and England were one substantial step closer to realising their ambition of becoming the No. 1 Test side. India's plight could have been worse. Abhinav Mukund was spared a king pair when Bresnan, fielding in the slips instead of the injured Graeme Swann, dropped an edge off the first ball of the innings. Mukund, like he did in the first innings, had pushed forward and away from his body to nick James Anderson.
The fourth day began as the third had ended - with the ball speeding to the boundary. Bresnan, who had resumed on 47, reached his half-century with an edge that flew over the cordon to third man, which remained empty despite a glut of runs in the region. He was more assured next ball, driving Sreesanth to the straight boundary. Matt Prior, who batted aggressively last evening, also hit consecutive fours - a glance to fine leg and a cover drive off Praveen Kumar. He didn't last longer though, edging Praveen to MS Dhoni to end the seventh-wicket stand on 119 off 20 overs.
Broad gave India no respite, and ran them ragged along with Bresnan. Bresnan's driving, when offered full and wide deliveries, was sublime. And when Sreesanth tested him with a swinging yorker, Bresnan managed to deflect it for four to fine leg. Dhoni also turned to his part-time spinners - Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Yuvraj dropped short on the off side and Broad clobbered him repeatedly towards the cover boundary. When Raina pitched short, Broad heaved consecutive deliveries into the cheering masses beyond the midwicket boundary.
The partnership ended because of a rare moment of brilliance in the field. Broad pushed towards cover and set off for the single. The fielder rushed in, swooped on the ball and threw at the bowler's end in one flowing motion, scoring a direct hit that caught Broad short. That fielder was Wriddhiman Saha, the substitute.
The rest of India's fielders were utterly exposed. Harbhajan Singh, albeit carrying an injury, failed to bend low enough to pick up the ball at mid-off, while the sight of Sreesanth and Praveen diving but failing to stop boundaries was a common one. Bresnan and Broad only needed to place the ball slightly wide of the fielders to reach the boundary. India had not looked so outclassed in consecutive Tests in recent memory. Their ability to bounce back from a first-Test defeat was invisible.