Broad leads crushing England victory over India

Broad leads crushing England victory over India

An inspired spell from Stuart Broad, during which he took four wickets in seven overs for just seven runs, put England on the brink of victory.

Anderson reached the milestone when he removed India openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul today on his way to figures of two wickets for eight runs in five overs. England had earlier declared on 396-7 - with Woakes 137 not out, his first test century - during the opening session of the fourth day.

India had recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who tormented England during the preceding one-day series, for just his third Test after dropping paceman Umesh Yadav, who bowled well at Edgbaston.

Kohli remains the heartbeat of India's batting line-up and having survived a review the delivery before, with England convinced the visitors captain had gloved the ball behind to Jonny Bairstow, he was not so lucky the next ball.

Broad was on a roll and Virat Kohli was the next to go. England, however, have the cushion of 250 runs and even if the entire day washes out, Joe Root can even declare at the overnight score and give his bowler a great chance of getting 10 wickets of the low-on-confidence Indian batting side on Monday.

England celebrate with man of the match Chris Woakes.

Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch.

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The only question then was whether India could take the game into a final day but the answer emphatically was that they could not, with Anderson again magnificent in going past 100 wickets at Lord's and Woakes again superb.

The very next ball Broad trapped Dinesh Karthik LBW to reduce India to 61-6 as England closed in on a devastating victory.

Broad took over from Anderson to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane, smartly caught at third slip by Keaton Jennings for 13, and then bowled Cheteshwar Pujara off his pads for 17.

Kohli, who did not participate when India took the field at the start of play because of a stiff back, was in obvious discomfort.

Thankfully the late resistance of Ravi Ashwin and Hardik Pandya that took India to 130 was ended before the umpires, who had set a precedent by taking the players off for bad light under floodlights on Saturday, could do so again.

"It's not about batting on flat surfaces, I enjoyed playing on surfaces that were given to us, more so when it was an attacking field", he said.

"Even when the ball is doing a bit you have to pitch it in the right areas and the guys were relentless with the ball, " Kohli said. "I was feeling in really good rhythm". Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs.

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