England started the test at Trent Bridge on day one slowly. They found themselves in trouble at 124 for 8. It took a gutsy 64 from Stuart Broad, sharing a fine partnership with Graeme Swann to drag them to a respectable 221.
Jimmy Anderson bowled out Abhinav Mukund with the first ball of India’s innings, leaving India 24-1 at the close of play.
…saw Stuart Broad excel again…
India were in complete control on 267-4, giving them a lead of 46. Having already taken Tendulkar early on in the day, up stepped Broad, first dismissing Yuvraj Singh to break up a partnership of 128 with Rahul Dravid.
In his next over Broad had Mahendra Dhoni caught in the slips, Harbhajan Singh out for lbw and then Broad smashed out the stumps to take Praveen Kumar and become the 12th Englishman to take a test match hat-trick.
The Indian tail fell apart and were all out for 288, giving England real hope.
…but not without huge controversy.
Day three saw Ian Bell stride to 159 but not without huge controversy. The last bowl before tea saw Morgan strike for what Bell believed to be a four. Bell left his crease and Abhinav Mukund took off the bails.
India appealed for the run out, but during the interval the two teams held talks and the Indian captain sportingly withdrew the appeal.
Day four saw England extend their runs to 544 and India were set a target of 478. A blistering display from England bowlers skittled the visitors for 158, putting the home side firm favourites for the series.
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