Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava
New Delhi: As English pacers ripped through the Indian batting line up on the first day of the fourth Test, the MS Dhoni-led side equalled the Test record for the most number of ducks in an innings.
Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are the other three teams who own the record.
Playing against West Indies in 1980, six Pakistani batsmen were dismissed for ducks as the team was bundled out for 128 runs. It happened in the first innings, where Windies pacers Sylvester Clarke and Colin Croft shared seven wickets between them and sent Pakistan on the back foot. The Test was drawn.
The Proteas matched the record against India in 1996. In the fourth innings, Javagal Srinath bowled a match-winning spell for the Indian team, where he picked six wickets for just 21 runs as South Africa were bowled out for 105 runs and India registered a 64-run win.
The Windies pace attack was too hot to handle for Bangladesh in 2002/03 season. After bowling out Bangladesh for 139 runs in the first innings, West Indies posted a mammoth total of 536, which included a ton from Ramnaresh Sarwan. Bangladesh were under immense pressure in the second innings and six of their batsmen couldn`t open their accounts, courtesy a six-wicket haul from Jermaine Lawson. The Ridley Jacobs-led side won the match convincingly by 310 runs.
At Old Trafford, Stuart Broad and James Anderson displayed a breathtaking spell of swing bowling, and shared nine wickets between them, six of which were dismissed for duck. The only five batsmen who could open their accounts were Gautam Gambhir (4), Ajinkya Rahane (24), MS Dhoni (71), Ravichandran Ashwin (40) and Varun Aaron (1).
England carried the momentum from the third Test and are currently on the driver`s seat having scored 113/3 in reply to India`s 152 in the first innings.