Trent Bridge, Aug 1: The end of India's reign as the No. 1 Test team in the world is imminent after a disastrous second session of Day 4 in the Trent Bridge Test, which left the visitors reeling at 68/6. Defending a mammoth 478, England put a stranglehold on the visitors by taking the wickets of VVS Laxman, Abhinav Mukund and Suresh Raina in quick succession as India slumped to 37/4 in 15.5 overs. Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar offered brief resistance, taking India past 50/4. But a short while later, India lost Yuvi and M S Dhoni, which left them at 55/6. Then Harbhajan Singh and Sachin played out the last few overs to tea with the score at 68/6. Tim Bresnan emerged India's nemesis this time around, taking 4/17.
In just the second over after lunch, Laxman hit James Anderson for a four only to be bowled by him three balls later. It was an off-cutter that did the trick as Laxman played down the wrong line to see his off-stump uprooted. He was on his way for 4 and India were 13/2 in 7 overs. With Sachin Tendulkar coming in at the other end of the 22 yards, Mukund tried to stick around.
But despite the Little Master striking three fours off Anderson to offset the pressure, Bresnan snared Mukund with a bouncer which deflected off the top of the blade to slip. The Tamil Nadu batsman was out for 3 off 41 balls and India were 31/3.
The rot continued two overs later when Suresh Raina attempted to hook Bresnan only to get a top edge and be caught for 1, as the score now read a dismal 37/4. Then Yuvraj Singh and Tendulkar took India past 50/4 in the 22nd over. But then disaster struck in the 26th over when Tim Bresnan removed Yuvraj with a short ball and off the next ball, trapped M S Dhoni in front with an off-cutter to which the Indian captain offered no shot. India were 55/6, before Bhajji and Sachin stuck around till tea.