Anderson puts India on the back foot

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Updated: December 14, 2012

First debutant Joe Root with the bat, and then Jimmy Anderson with the ball gave England complete control of the fourth Test at stumps of day 2 in Nagpur.

Piyush Chawla collected four wickets to help dismiss England for a respectable 330 after lunch.

Chawla, who produced his best figures in test cricket (4-69) bagged all three scalps after the break, but England will be very satisfied with their performance on a slow and two-paced pitch.

Graeme Swann finished with 56 and Joe Root in his first Test filling the void of the troubled no. 6 spot made an impressive 73.

Jimmy Anderson then assumed control of the Indian batting line up, first dismissing Sehwag, Gambhir then bowling Tendulkar off an inside edge to leave India reeling at 87/4 by the close.

Anderson has been the tormentor for Tendulkar throughout their competitive days, and now has the distinction of being the bowler to have dismissed him on the most occasions, 9 to be exact.

There was much talk before the Test that the wicket would not stand five days, and a result would certainly be on the cards. Judging by the second days play this is entirely accurate and it looks like England will finally walk away from India with their first series win since 1984, barring a miracle from the Indians.

India 87 for 4 (Kohli 11*, Dhoni 8*, Anderson 3-24) trail England 330 (Pietersen 73, Root 73, Prior 57, Swann 56, Chawla 4-69) by 243 runs