England on top after wicket-filled day

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England were in control of the fourth Test against India by stumps on day one at Old Trafford, bowling the visitors out for 152 by tea and then reaching 113 for three in the evening session.

England were in control of the fourth Test against India by stumps on day one at Old Trafford, bowling the visitors out for 152 by tea and then reaching 113 for three in the evening session.

India's score was a good one in comparison to their earlier woes though, as they found themselves losing four wickets with the score on eight, all within the first six overs. MS Dhoni's 71 gave them triple figures at least.

The evening was not as happy as the hosts would have liked though, with both openers falling cheaply again, before Gary Ballance departed in the final over of the day, which ended eight overs short of the 90.

The start of play was delayed by half an hour thanks to a wet outfield, but India then won the toss and chose to bat first, hoping to survive the new ball under perfect swing conditions.

The risk didn't work though, as hometown hero James Anderson, the swing king, and fellow paceman Stuart Broad ripped through the top order. Gautam Gambhir, back in the side after two years, failed and was out for four.

He was out to Broad in the fourth over, and the next over saw Anderson remove Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli, both for ducks and caught at slip off identical out-swinging deliveries. Cheteshwar Pujara soon followed, to Broad, recording his first Test duck.

Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane then played valiantly to try and rescue the innings, and they did a decent job for the rest of the session, dragging the score to 62 before Rahane was removed. He was caught at slip off Chris Jordan for 24.

At lunch, Dhoni was on 24, and Ravi Jadeja had yet to get off the mark. Jadeja's situation remained the same in the afternoon though, trapped LBW by a jubilant Anderson for a duck.

Dhoni continued alongside Ravi Ashwin then, the latter making a quick 40 before playing a ridiculous hook shot to be caught, and then Dhoni did exactly the same thing, having made 71, to chuck his own wicket away.

Broad wrapped up the innings by bagging Pankaj Singh for a duck, India's sixth zero of the innings. This was they first time they'd ever recorded more than five ducks in a Test innings, and Broad walked off with a six-fer.

India's pacemen also did an admirable job as the Manchester deck seemed determined to produce a shortened match. Sam Robson was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six, and Alastair Cook soon followed, out to Varun Aaron for 17.

Ballance and Ian Bell then batted well, and at a good pace, for the rest of the evening. Bell was especially good, making his 45 at a strike rate over 80. Ballance was gutted at falling in the final over though, out for 37, trapped LBW by Aaron. Jordan will resume on day two as the night watchman.

<b>England:</b> Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

<b>India:</b> Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh.

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