India’s batsmen were left needing to set a world record for a successful run chase after being given a victory target of 478 by England on day four of the second test on Monday.
India’s task was made all the more difficult by losing opener Rahul Dravid before reaching 8—1 at lunch, 469 runs behind, after bowling England out for 544 at Trent Bridge. The current winning run chase in a second innings is 418, set by West Indies in Australia in 2003.
Dravid was out for 6, caught behind off Stuart Broad. Abhinav Mukund, dropped by Tim Bresnan off the first ball of India’s second innings, was 2 not out.
England made rapid progress after starting the morning session on 441—6, 374 runs ahead.
Bresnan made 90 from 118 balls with 17 fours before he was caught by Dravid off Praveen Kumar, while Matt Prior was caught behind off Kumar for 73, from 60 balls with 10 fours. Broad chipped in with 44.
Ian Bell was England’s top scorer with 159, Eoin Morgan hit 70 and Kevin Pietersen made 63.
Kumar was India’s best bowler with 4—124.
Having added 417 runs on day three – the most England have scored in a single day since making 437 against Pakistan at this venue in 1954 – the hosts continued to score freely, adding 103 runs in 90 minutes.
Bresnan reached his 50, from 68 balls, with the third delivery from the day, a false shot to Sreesanth that he edged for four.
Prior fell to the 10th ball of the day but Broad maintained England’s momentum with a rapid 44 from 32 balls that included two sixes off successive balls from Suresh Raina over midwicket, until he was run out by a direct hit from the substitute fielder WP Saha.
Bresnan was caught by Dravid in the gully off the next ball from Kumar, before Ishant Sharma ended the innings when he had Graeme Swann caught by Saha for 3.
Abhinav Mukund – who was out to the first ball of India’s first innings – narrowly avoided a king pair when he was dropped in the slips off James Anderson’s first delivery.
England then contemplated a review against Dravid for a catch behind off Broad, but waited too long to ask for the referral.
Replays confirmed Dravid had not hit the ball, but he fell in Broad’s next over. Hindu