London, Aug 10 ANI | 4 months ago

England thrashed India in just three days to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 54 runs, and they now lead the five-match series by 2-1 with one match left to play.

The hosts claimed nine wickets after tea to bowl the tourists out for 161, winning the fourth Test by an innings and 54 runs.

England spinner Moeen Ali was instrumental in the final push for the second match in a row as he gave figures of 4-39 as the hosts made light of the absence of injured Stuart Broad, whose nose had been broken from a bouncer by Varun Aaron at the end of England's first innings.

At the end of the first innings England were 367 all out after they had bowled out India for 152 on the first day. When India came in to bat at the start of the second innings, the visitors just managed to score 161 runs and suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the hosts.

James Anderson claimed 2-18 and Chris Jordan took the final two wickets in two balls to the delight of a full house at a sun-drenched ground.

Joe Root hit 77 and Jos Buttler 70 gave England a lead of 215 runs, with 61 overs left in the day to bowl out India before Sunday's predicted downpours.

In the end they needed only 43, completing an extraordinary turnaround by a team that was heavily beaten in the second Test at Lord's to extend their winless run to 10 Tests.

England will hope to carry their winning momentum into the final Test at The Oval, starting on Friday, where only an India victory can deny them the series, the report added.

(Posted on 10-08-2014)

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