Broad leads crushing England victory over India

Broad leads crushing England victory over India

England record wicket-taker Anderson claimed match figures of 9-43 and Broad took five wickets as the home side built on their opening Test victory at Edgbaston.

Anderson took his tally for the match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the series.

Woakes faced 177 balls including 21 fours, ending the innings unbeaten on 137. Andrew Flintoff's 143 against South Africa in 2003 tops the list.

But the pick of the England attack this time was their other thoroughbred in Stuart Broad, who galloped in from the Pavilion End to take four wickets in a brilliant seven-over spell only ended by another untimely rain delay.

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The best batsman in the world ended it restricted by a back complaint that will be a huge worry for India in the five days leading up to a Test they now can not lose and Kohli will now have the weight of the world on his shoulders too. Joe Root's side batted for a little under 40 minutes in the first session, aware that rain was likely to take time out of the game.

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"Not very proud of the way we played". Jonny and Woakesy were magnificent.

There was a second mature performance in a row too from another all-rounder in Sam Curran while any thoughts of Stokes playing instead of a batsman would surely be ruled out by a debut of promise from Ollie Pope.

This, in the form of the sublime bowling of the master craftsman in Jimmy Anderson and an all-round performance of considerable substance from Stokes replacement in Chris Woakes, was the ideal antidote to Bristol. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honour's board is something that'll stay with me a lot. I wish I'd have soaked it up a bit more out there - it sort of went by in a flash.

"Trying to get the ball out of Broad's and Jimmy's [Anderson's] hands when it's like that can be tricky, " Woakes said.

"For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed", said captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation. Credit has to go to England who were clinical with the bat, ball and in the field. And that might serve as a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli's men and boost their chances of saving the Test match.

Even with a slightly under-par Stuart Broad, England though were much more than just Anderson, and where he left off Chris Woakes soon picked up - India afforded no respite from their trial by swing. The focus has to be on India - they have to be wary of the wheels falling off.

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