New Delhi. The history of 9 August in Indian cricket is associated with Manchester. On this day in 2014, India was defeated by England in the fourth test match of the series. That team, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had to face a crushing defeat in the match by an innings and 54 runs. This match was over in just three days. While India’s first innings was reduced to 152 runs, in the second innings, the visiting team was able to score only 161 runs. England scored 367 runs in their first innings and took 20 wickets for India.
In this Test match, which started on 7 August at Olt Trafford, Manchester, the then India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first. The bowlers of England caused such havoc that India’s 4 wickets fell till the score of 8 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja could not even open the account. Only Dhoni scored a half-century and scored 71 runs in 133 balls which included 15 fours. Ashwin also added 40 runs. Pacer Stuart Broad took 6 wickets in the first innings while James Anderson got 3 wickets.
England scored 367 runs with the help of half-centuries from wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (70), Joe Root (77) and Ian Bell (58). For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron took 3 wickets each while Pankaj Singh got 2 wickets. After this, India’s second innings was also reduced to 161 runs. This time Ashwin remained frozen till the end and returned unbeaten on 46 runs. The special thing is that he also became the highest run-scorer for his team. Apart from them, captain Dhoni scored 27 and opener Gautam Gambhir scored 18 runs.
In the second innings, the magic of spinner Moeen Ali worked and he took 4 wickets. James Anderson also got 2 wickets. Stuart Broad became the man of the match. The Indian team could win only one match in that five-match Test series. England won the series by winning the last three Test matches of the series.