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Rampaging England beat India by innings and 54 runs in Manchester

Last updated on: August 10, 2014 09:22 IST

Moeen Ali and James Anderson made light of the injured Stuart Broad's absence with a devastating bowling display on Saturday as England skittled out India for 161 to win the fourth Test and take a 2-1 series lead.

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Moeen AliSpin bowler Moeen took four wickets and also contributed with an accurate arm for a run-out as India, facing a first innings deficit of 215 runs, collapsed again on the third day at Old Trafford.

England, having scored 367-9 in their first innings, won by an innings and 54 runs. 

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India had scored 152 in their first innings after recovering from eight for four and almost collapsed again in Saturday's final session when they lost five wickets for 13 runs.

Broad, who took 6-25 in India's first innings to win the man of the match award, retired injured while batting after being struck in the face, with the ball splitting his nose. However, his departure was more than covered for by England's other bowlers.

As Broad left for X-rays that showed he had fractured his nose, Moeen stepped into the role of chief destroyer alongside Anderson, who had climbed from his sick bed to wreck the foundations for any Indian recovery with two early wickets.

"This is why you hang in during the tough times - to appreciate the good times," said England captain Alastair Cook, whose future was questioned after the second Test at Lord's where India extended England's winless run to 10 matches.

"There are a lot of good things going on at the moment and we just have to keep going.

"Stuart Broad has got a broken nose and we are going to have to wait and see. It's pretty sore and we hope it doesn't spoil his good looks! Jimmy has had the lurgy and has been really under the weather - so that's a great effort by him."

The England and Wales Cricket Board later tweeted that Broad "will be treated over the course of the week and the medical team anticipates he will be available for the fifth Test." 

England, 237-6 overnight, ended their first innings on 367-9, with Broad forced to retire injured after being struck by a bouncer from Varun Aaron that he glanced into his own face. The ball flew between his protective visor and helmet and struck Broad across the bridge of his nose, an injury that left him groggy and bloodied.

Broad, on zero, had resumed after lunch by pulling Aaron for two sixes in succession before mistiming a similar effort as he aimed for a third big hit.

Earlier, India paceman Pankaj Singh, who made his debut in the third Test at Southampton, claimed his first wicket in Test cricket when he removed Joe Root (77) to end a robust 134-run partnership with Jos Buttler.

Singh soon doubled his wicket tally when he dismissed Buttler for 70 as England hurried to press home their advantage.

Broad's bloody departure brought in Anderson, who joined Chris Woakes in adding 29 before he was out lbw to his recent antagonist Ravindra Jadeja.

Anderson was soon back in the middle to lead the England attack with Woakes, who trapped Vijay lbw for 18.

With heavy rain forecast for Sunday, England attacked relentlessly and India buckled as Anderson and Moeen took the initiative, the paceman removing Gautam Gambhir, caught by Buttler for 18, and Virat Kohli, caught by Bell at second slip for seven.

Moeen then took beguiling control.

Having trapped Cheteshwar Pujara lbw for 17, he caught and bowled Ajinkya Rahane for one as India crumbled. A diving catch by Gary Ballance at midwicket removed Dhoni for 27 before Chris Jordan helped mop up the tail.

Image: Moeen Ali of England celebrates dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day three of 4th Investec Test at Old Trafford in Manchester

Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images