England win Mumbai Test
England stunned India with a 10 wicket win in the second Test at Mumbai on Monday, leveling the series at 1-1.
Superlative batting from England in their first innings saw them take a lead of 86 before Monty Panesar ran through India a second time to set England a target of just 57 to win the Test.
Cheteshwar Pujara (135) and R Ashwin (68) had batted India out of trouble and post a first innings total of 327. Alastair Cook (122) and Kevin Pietersen (186) then built England’s formidable reply with a 206 run partnership for the third wicket. After Cook’s departure, Pietersen and Samit Patel added another 59 for the fifth wicket to increase England’s lead.
India’s off spinners R Ashwin (2/145) and Harbhajan Singh (2/74) struggled to extract purchase from the pitch as well as Panesar and Swann had done earlier. Pragyan Ojha (2/143) was more successful but wasn’t economical as England posted 413 in their first innings for a lead of 86 runs.
India’s second innings which began post Tea on Day 3 saw them lose 7 wickets in one horrifying session. Panesar ran through the side taking 6/81, only Gautam Gambhir showing some resistance with a scratchy 65. Cheteshwar Pujara’s (6) first failure in the series and Virat Kohli’s (7) poor shot to a full toss saw India’s most dependable batsmen in the past few months back in the pavilion with the score 65/4. India finished Day 3 on 117/7, a lead of 31 but couldn’t build on it the next day, collapsing to 142 all out.
Poor umpiring saw both sides miss out on opportunities but England’s spinners created more chances with their constrictive lines and attacking lengths. Nick Compton and Alastair Cook came out ready to attack the Indian bowlers and took just 9.4 overs to cross the set target and seal a 10 wicket win.
The win levels the series 1-1. The teams will play the 3rd Test at Kolkata beginning on December 5th.