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England crush India

Afp, Manchester

Moeen Ali starred in a dramatic England victory for the second time in as many matches as they crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday with more than two days to spare.
India suffered their second spectacular collapse of the match in losing nine wickets after tea on the third day -- including five for 13 in 21 balls -- as England went 2-1 up in the five-match series ahead of next week's finale at The Oval.
Ali, whose Test-best six for 67 sealed England's 266-run win in the third Test at Southampton -- their first victory in 11 Tests -- took four for 13 in 37 balls on the way to innings figures of four for 39 in 13 overs.
At tea, India were 33 for one in their second innings -- with all-rounder Chris Woakes having taken his first wicket of the series to dismiss Murali Vijay.
But this was quickly transformed into 66 for six.
What made this slump all the more extraordinary was England fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad, who took six for 25 in India'a first innings 152 all out -- where they had been eight for four early on -- was off the field after being hit on the nose by a Varon Aaron bouncer after trying to hook the fast bowler for a third six in as many balls.
This latest collapse started when left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir gloved a short ball from James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Next ball, the start of a new over, saw 53 for two become 53 for three when Cheteshwar Pujara was given out lbw to Ali as he pushed forward.
Pujara looked unhappy but, with India objections meaning the Decision Review System was not in use this series, he had to go.
But there was no doubt at all when Ajinkya Rahane (one) chipped a tame return catch to Ali.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, August 10, 2014

Last modified: 1:04 am Sunday, August 10, 2014

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