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Cricket: India suffer stunning collapse against England as 4th Test begins

Published on Aug 7, 2014 7:40 PM
 
India's Murali Vijay leaves the pitch following his dismissal for no runs during the first day of the fourth cricket Test match between England and India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014. India's cricketers collapsed spectacularly, losing four wickets with just eight runs on the board in six overs, at the start of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER (AFP) - India's cricketers collapsed spectacularly, losing four wickets with just eight runs on the board in six overs, at the start of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, won the toss and elected to bat despite the overcast conditions, but the No. 6 batsman soon found himself in the middle after the top order failed to deal with the swing and bounce of England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

All of India's first four wickets fell with their score on eight, the tourists losing four wickets for no runs in 13 balls, with three of the dismissed batsmen out for nought.

Gautam Gambhir, recalled in place of the dropped Shikhar Dhawan in one of three changes to the India side that lost the third Test in Southampton by 266 runs, was first to go.

 
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