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Manchester: England all-rounder Stuart Broad has said that their bowling attack made good use of the conditions after losing the toss and they now need to bat India out of the game.
The visitors were bowled out for 152 runs on day one and England reached 113 for three in reply at stumps.
“I was disappointed to find out that we lost the toss and then we got lucky with overhead conditions,” said Broad. “But it wasn’t just about the conditions… We bowled well and hit the right lengths with the new ball and it was swinging nicely.
“We challenged the Indian batsmen with right lengths and took our catches to put ourselves in a really good position.”
India were reduced to 8 for four at one stage as Broad (6/25) and James Anderson (3/46) wreaked havoc. Broad took four wickets for 6 runs in 21 balls after lunch.
“It happened very quickly for us and they were all decent balls. It’s not like the Indian batsmen will be kicking themselves for playing those shots. They certainly had to play at those deliveries. I can’t remember a Test match where we knocked out a top-order like that.
“The bounce was very good and getting a leg before was very hard. So it was good bowling from us, because we didn’t get carried away with that bounce,” said Broad.
“The big thing was that the nicks were carrying and as a bowler, that is a huge advantage. The ball was swinging nicely but when the sun came out, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed that it was a decent wicket to bat on.”
“The zip in the pitch went away to some extent… So we did really well in the first hour and it was really good for us,” he added.
Broad, however, lauded Dhoni’s efforts. “Dhoni showed his team how he wanted them to bat on this pitch. He is perhaps the best batsman in the world today when batting with the tail.
“He has made some changes from the previous tours and comes across more now, and sometimes, when the length is not there to be hit, he can take blows. If our batsmen bat like him, and one of them goes on to get a hundred, we will be in a fantastic position,” he said.