England thrash India at Trent Bridge to lead series 2-0

By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport at Trent Bridge
Second Test, Trent Bridge (day four):
England 221 & 544 beat India 288 & 158 by 319 runs
Match scorecard
England celebrate another Bresnan wicket
Bresnan enjoyed an outstanding second innings with bat and ball

Tim Bresnan scored 90 runs and took five wickets as England tore India apart to surge to one of their most impressive Test victories in recent times.

After racking up 544 in a blistering batting display, England's seamers skittled the tourists for 158 to complete a 319-run victory on the fourth day at Trent Bridge.

Only Sachin Tendulkar (56) and Harbhajan Singh (46) offered any resistance as England made a mockery of India's status as the world number one Test side to snatch a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

If England win by two clear Tests, they will officially assume top spot in the rankings, but after a second straight mauling of India most will believe Andrew Strauss's men are already there.

England should have taken a wicket from the first ball of the India innings as Abhinav Mukund - on a king pair - was dropped by Bresnan jumping across Andrew Strauss from second slip.

Rahul Dravid, England's nemesis with two centuries so far in the series, fell in Stuart Broad's second over, nibbling at a ball outside off stump and nicking one through to Matt Prior to leave India 8-1 at lunch.

VVS Laxman fared little better, making four before his off stump was uprooted by James Anderson in the second over after the interval.

Mukund was surprised by a brutish lifter from Bresnan and could only fend the ball in the air to Strauss and Suresh Raina was tempted by a bouncer, top-edging a hook straight down the throat of substitute fielder Scott Elstone at fine leg.

Yuvraj Singh looked totally ill at ease in the face of a bumper barrage from Bresnan and it was little surprise when he gloved one in the air and was caught by Alastair Cook, back-pedalling from silly point.

Skipper Dhoni became the fourth Indian to be dismissed for a golden duck in the match as he offered no stroke to Bresnan.

With wickets falling around him, Tendulkar went on the offensive, striking eight fours in reaching his 60th Test fifty as he and Harbhajan frustrated England with a partnership of 52.

But even the Little Master could not save India, his dismissal an exact replica of his captain's as he shouldered arms to an Anderson in-swinger and was rapped on the front pad.

Harbhajan tried one slog too many and was caught in the deep by Elstone to hand Bresnan his first five-wicket Test haul, and an Anderson yorker ended a spirited 25 from as many balls by Praveen Kumar.

India's heaviest runs defeat against England was confirmed at 1725 BST when Broad yorked last man Sreesanth.

England's victory was all the more remarkable given the fact they had been 124-8 after being put in to bat under heavy cloud cover on the opening day.

A phenomenal all-round effort from Broad kept them in the match, before Ian Bell's flawless - if controversial - helped bat the increasingly ragged tourists out of the game.

Having scored a staggering 187 runs in Sunday's evening session, England lost Prior early on to a routine edge, but Bresnan and Broad put India's attack to the sword, scoring 92 off 78 balls in a hugely entertaining run-fest.

The occasional spin of Yuvraj and Raina was given particularly harsh treatment - Bresnan creaming Yuvraj for successive fours before Broad went one better with two sixes in a row over midwicket off Raina.

Broad clubbed 44 off 32 balls before getting run out taking a risky single. And Bresnan motored to within 10 runs off a maiden Test ton, only to be surprised by some steepling bounce from Kumar, the ball ricocheting off the shoulder of his bat to Dravid in the gully.

Graeme Swann was the last man out for three but not before England had reached the fourth highest second-innings total in their history, and one that was to prove way beyond the tourists' capabilities.

Their confidence shattered, India have nine days to regroup before the series resumes at Edgbaston.

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