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Batting failure of Indians at Manchester in the fourth test

India: 1st innings 152
Dhoni: 71, Broad gets 6 wickets

Indian batting is again the cause of concern as their batsmen crumpled like a nine pins while facing the onslaught by the English bowling battery. Stuart Broad pocketed 6 wickets. Murali, Virat and Pujara left without scoring. Only the Indian captain showed some resistance on the first day of the fourth test match against England being played at Manchester. The Indians had a disastrous commencement after they decided to bat first after having won the toss. The Indian team now needs to understand that batting has again let them down which had cost them the third test match. England have like always utilised the conditions well. Anderson and Broad know the length and areas to bowl. They mixed it up well using the occasional short ball to their advantage. The Indians should follow the famous adage that ideally during a match the bat and the ball should do the talking after the Jadeja-Anderson episode. India is again saddled with headaches after they have once again failed to perform with the bat. It seems the Indians are still rattled with their loss at Southhampton.

The Indian bowling attack does not have the capability to dismiss the English team twice or get 20 wickets that are essential for winning any Test match. The Indians seemed totally lost and need to find their spirit to fight back at the earliest. On the other hand after close to a year England won their first Test win. From the high at Lord’s Indians seem to have lost their track altogether. Reversal of fortunes can be pitiless in sport. India’s 266-run loss in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl left the five-match series level at 1-1. Now their callous batting in the fourth test seems set to make them ready for plummeting to another defeat at the hands of the English team. The Indian team was dealt a cruel blow with Ishant Sharma being injured just before the third test from which they never seem to have recovered. India lacked passion and a dip in endeavor was a genuinely portrayed though their irresponsible batting. M.S. Dhoni’s men are totally unfit for playing a long series of test matches and that too abroad. Fatigue was evident in the way the seamers bowled in the England second innings. While this caused Bhuvneshwar Kumar to go off the mark and Mohammed Shami thrash about for line and length. It was also a point to consider that during England’s second innings in the third Test Shami bowled only four overs. Considering all this it cuts indeed a very sorry picture for India as they go onto bowl to a rejuvenated English side. It remains to be seen what Ashwin can do for the visitors, as the quality of the Indian spin attack during the last test match at Southhampton could not be fathomed from a nation known to be masters of the art.

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