England's wrath proved to be too good for the Indian team as the hosts blew their opponents away in a mere session, to beat them by an inning and 54 runs and in doing so took an unassailable 2-1 lead.
Two weeks ago, England had a ruined team struggling to do almost everything on the field. Two weeks later, we have a ruthless English side that now seems invincible, thanks to an aggressive brand of cricket. The ones inveighing Cook and co. have gone to hibernation and the ones to have backed him have their heads up.
This was always on the cards to be honest. England's level of humility had reached its limit at Lord's and one could just sense the end to it.
After having bruised the guests badly at Southampton, it was time to batter them. The 4th test started in the right direction of course with India apparently having lost the match within the 1st hour. 152 on an arguably good batting deck was always going to be hard to defend unless there was a Johnson-esque effort made.
At 170/6, the match seemed to have cut wide open but Buttler and Root's patience and then, excellence had India in pieces. Just as the lead crossed 150 then, India were almost out of the contest and then, with the lead surpassing 200, Dhoni's men were done, though they could have felt optimistic about drawing the match with the Bertha threat looming and Broad being out with an injury.
Of course there was always a scope for Moeen, who now is a divaricated bowler, to wreak havoc with the Indian batsmen. The destruction started when Anderson got Gambhir at 52/2 and suddenly it all went bonkers as England's celebrated off-spinner took four wickets in no time and eventually Jordan finished it all off with a perfect yorker to a perfect tail-ender.
It only gets better for England from here.
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