Bresnan leads England to biggest ever Test win over India on Yorkshire day
It was Yorkshire day on 1st August 2011 and Yorkshire man Tim Bresnan had a wonderful one, first scoring a fine 90 and then picking up his maiden Test five-wicket haul to take England to a 319-run win over India, their biggest win over the Asian giants in terms of runs.
It was the 50th occasion of India playing England in England and the visiting skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni called correctly and opted to field on an overcast morning at Trent Bridge. He was instantly rewarded as Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth dismissed Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott in the first hour. Skipper Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen ensured that there was no more damage and made it an even session as England went in to Lunch in a much comfortable position at 69/2.
And then, it all turned wrong for England. Pietersen was dismissed on the fifth ball after Lunch which resulted into a massive collapse. England slumped to 124/8 at Tea and all was looking lost for them.
Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann then added 73 for the ninth wicket taking the momentum away from India. Broad particularly was hard on the bowlers as England scored 97 runs in 17.4 overs to be bowled out for 221. Broad finished on 64 from 66 balls with 9 fours and ended up with a Batting Momentum of 99. Praveen Kumar, Ishant and Sreesanth picked up 3 wickets apiece with Ishant being the pick with a Bowling Efficiency of 94. India started poorly losing Abhinav Mukund first ball to James Anderson but VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid saw off the tough period to end Day 1 on 24/1, with India trailing by 197 runs.
Day 2 started off pretty solidly for the visitors with Laxman and Dravid assuming command. The pair saw off the dangerous first hour and added 93 for the second wicket before Tim Bresnan got one to nip away off the seam to have Laxman edge behind to Prior for a well made 54. Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar then saw off the remaining period as India went in to Lunch at 117/2, trailing by 104 runs.
England came back superbly after Lunch to have Tendulkar and Suresh Raina removed cheaply. They would have had Yuvraj Singh as well but Kevin Pietersen dropped a simple catch and that went on to prove very costly. Yuvraj proved to be an excellent foil for Dravid and got himself into some form. What started as a poor session ended up in a brilliant one as India went in to Tea at 215/4, with just a deficit of 6 runs.
Things continued to be smooth for India as Yuvraj and Dravid took their stand past a 100. With the second new ball round the corner, Strauss resorted to part-timers and England started leaking runs. But the second new ball did the trick. Broad got rid of Yuvraj with a snorter for 62 and what followed next simply changed the game. He went on to dismiss Dhoni, followed by Harbhajan and Praveen Kumar as he became the first bowler to take a hat-trick at Trent Bridge and also the first against India. India slumped from 267/4 to 288 all down and the lead was just 67. Rahul Dravid top scored with a fine 117 with a Batting Momentum of 187. For the bowling department, Stuart Broad picked up his best Test inning figures, with 6/46 in 24.1 overs and earned a bowling Efficiency of 258. It was a nervous end of day for England as they had 11 overs to see off the day. Ishant Sharma struck in the 4th over to get rid of Alastair Cook caught by Yuvraj at point. Strauss and Bell, who was promoted to number 3, then saw off the remaining overs as England ended Day 2 on 24/1, trailing by 43.
With three days to go in the game, India were on top but the hosts had some momentum thanks to Broad’s late burst. Strauss and Bell managed to see off the first hour on Day 3 but Sreesanth produced a beauty to get rid of Strauss. Pietersen and Bell ensured that there was no more drama as England reached Lunch at 130/2 on Day 3 with a lead of 63.
Post Lunch saw a different form of batting from England. Bell and Pietersen launched a counter-attack and added 162 for the third wicket. Sreesanth it was again to provide the break-through as he got rid of KP caught behind. But Eoin Morgan stepped in next and the runs did not stem. England went in to Tea on Day 3 at 254/3 with a lead of 187, having scored 124/1 in 28 overs in this session.
What transpired in the second session just got even worse for India in the final session. There was some drama as Bell was controversially run out on the last ball before Tea but was called back by Dhoni as a sporting gesture. Bell and Morgan continued attacking as the pair added 104 for the fourth wicket before Yuvraj Singh dismissed the former for a fine 159. Praveen Kumar struck gold for India with the second new ball as England were reduced to 339/6. The lead was under control, having reached 272 with the bowlers to come. But this is where India lost the plot and Prior and Bresnan took the game away from India. The pair got stuck into some poor bowling by the Indians and took England to 441/6 by Stumps on Day 3, with a lead of 374, as the home team added an astonishing 187/3 in 35 overs while the entire day’s play had fetched them 417/5 in 90 overs.
By the time the fourth day had reached, the game was gone well beyond the reach of India. Bresnan and Prior continued to cause more damage to the Indian side before Prior was dismissed for a fine 73 after adding 119 with Bresnan. But the fun did not end there. Bresnan and Broad then got into a partnership of 82 piling on the runs. Broad’s run out eventually put the lid on the scoring and England were finally bowled out for 544, setting India a target of 478 with 5 sessions and a few overs to play. It was a much better reading scorecard for England with Bell making 159 and half centuries from Bresnan(90), Prior(73), Morgan(70) and Pietersen(63). Bell finished with the best Batting Momentum of 231. Praveen Kumar once again toiled hard, picking up 4/124 earning a Bowling Efficiency of 214 while Ishant and Sreesanth took 2 each and Yuvraj got a solitary wicket. India had just 5 overs to go before Lunch and those too, were full of nervous moments. Mukund was dropped first ball by Bresnan and he survived but Broad got rid of Dravid caught behind. Laxman and Mukund were careful enough to see India through to Lunch at a score of 8/1, needing another 470 to win with 5 sessions to play.
India did not have a great start after Lunch as Anderson removed Laxman in the second over. But that was just the beginning as some excellent bowling combined with some magnificent field placing reduced India to 68/6 at Tea on Day 4, needing another 410 to win with 4 sessions to go.
It was now just a matter of time with England needing 4 wickets to wrap up this match. Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh offered some resistance but that was just delaying the inevitable. Anderson became the leading pacer to get rid of Tendulkar dismissing him for the 7th time in 8 meetings and once Tendulkar departed for 56, it was almost over. Harbhajan and Praveen gave some entertainment but India were eventually bowled out for 158, losing by a whopping 319 runs, their sixth worst defeat in Tests, first consecutive Test loss in England since 1974 and also the first time India has lost two Tests in a row under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Nothing much to describe about the Indian scorecard with just 3 men finishing in double figures. Sachin Tendulkar top scored with 56 but Harbhajan Singh finished with a better Batting Momentum of 55.
It was Yorkshire man Tim Bresnan who did most of the damage picking up his maiden Test five-wicket haul and ending up with a Bowling Efficiency of 146. He received good support from Anderson who got 3 scalps while Broad got 2.
England finished on a Castrol Index of 326, 97 clear of India.
England’s Stuart Broad was named the Man Of The Match for his overall tally of 108 runs and 8 wickets in the game and finished with a Castrol Index of 224.
He was also the best performer of the game while for India, it was Praveen Kumar who earned 162 points for his efforts.
By virtue of this win, England have gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 4-match series and are a win away from taking the series and the World Number 1 ranking.
The teams now meet after a bit of a break in Birmingham on 10th of August, 2011 at 1000 GMT for the third Test.