India on brink of defeat, loss of No. 1

Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 17:46 [IST]
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India on brink of defeat, loss of No. 1

Birmingham, Aug 13: With their backs squarely against the wall at 35/1 and trailing England by 451 runs, India went through a disastrous first session of Day 4, sliding to 116/6. English paceman James Anderson tore through the top order, getting the wickets of Gautam Gambhir for 14, Rahul Dravid for 18 and VVS Laxman for 2 before Graeme Swann pitched in with the scalp of Suresh Raina for 10 and ran out Sachin Tendulkar for 40. At Lunch, M S Dhoni was at the crease on 9 and Amit Mishra on 16.

No sooner had the day's proceedings begun than India's task to draw the match got even more daunting when James Anderson had Gautam Gambhir caught at slips for 14. Sachin Tendulkar came out to the middle and soon settled in with a four off Stuart Broad.

But Dravid couldn't hold up his end for too long and was caught behind off Anderson for 18 as India's score read a dismal 40/3. Replays were inconclusive whether the ball had touched the bat's edge, but since Dravid hadn't appealed for a decision review, he was out.

With VVS Laxman the new batsman in, Sachin Tendulkar decided to launch a counter-offensive and smacked two consecutive fours off Anderson in the 20th over as the score moved past 50/3. But the rot continued when two overs later Laxman was caught behind off an exceptional outswinger from Anderson which sent the batsman on his way for 2.

With the score at 56/4, Suresh Rain and Tendulkar buckled down to do some repair work. The two fended off Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan quietly before Tendulkar came down heavily on the latter in the 28th over, dispatching him to the boundary twice. Then Suresh Raina got into the act by clobbering off-break Graeme Swann for two more fours, but almost immediately was trapped in front for 10. India were 87/5 in 29 overs.

Then came the biggest shock of the day. Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 40 while backing up at the non-striker's end when Swann deflected a straight drive from Dhoni onto the stumps. India were 89/6 in 32.2 overs at that juncture. The captain who was sinking with the ship, tried to jettison some of India's overwhelming woes as he and Amit Mishra took India's pathetic score to over 100 and into lunch at 116/6 in 38 overs.

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