Watch: James Anderson rips through the defence of India’s batting line-up on Day 5

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James Anderson against India

When Team India ended Day 4 with 39/1 and with 381 more runs required to win the Test on the final day, experts added that India would go for the win since they are well aware of the conditions. However, as it happened, England dictated terms and brought the situation in favour of them with ease.

Earlier, Indian bowlers did a remarkable job in restricting England to 178. The tourists set a target of 420. However, the Indian batsmen failed to live up to the reputation and expectations. Resuming the play on Day 5, Jack Leach who dismissed Rohit Sharma on Day 4 went on to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara for 15.

James Anderson weaves the magic yet again

However, Shubman Gill showed some resistance as he scored a brilliant half-century. But, that wasn’t enough as he himself was clean bowled by England’s veteran pacer James Anderson. The fast bowler stuck to his line and length and got rid of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for a duck. Anderson made a total mess of Rahane’s stumps.

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The 38-year-old fast bowler continued to torment the Indian batsmen with superb deliveries. In the process, he also got rid of Rishabh Pant. Pant who scored an impressive 91 in the first innings made his way back to the dressing room after making 11 runs. Anderson’s experience turned out to be a massive advantage for England as it was so easy for them to finish the job.

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Once the key players got out, England bowlers took wickets at regular intervals. Washington Sundar who scored an unbeaten 85* in the first innings was dismissed for a duck off Dom Bess’ bowling. Jack Leach was the highest wicket-taker for England in the second innings as he took 4 wickets. James Anderson took 3 wickets to his name.

Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Ben Stokes took 1 wicket each as India were bowled out for 192. England won the game by 227 runs and took an opening lead in the four-match Test series. England captain Joe Root was named the man of the match for his batting performance against India. The fab 4 batsman was the top-scorer for his team in both innings where he scored 218 and 40 respectively.