England beat India won by 10 Wickets in Mumbai.India’s ploy to prepare a spinning track backfired heavily as a spirited England inflicted a humiliating ten-wicket victory on the clueless hosts in the second cricket Test to level the four-match series 1-1 in Mumbai on Monday.England pulled back to 1-1 in a four-Test series when they breezed to a ten-wicket victory on the fourth morning of the Mumbai Check. It was a victory which will have roused England’s self-belief in Asia & which brought in to query India’s whole strategy for the series of relying on sharply-turning tracks, leaving them with much to ponder ahead of the third Check in Kolkata next week.
India’s slow bowlers had been outperformed by their England counterparts, with Monty Panesar & Graeme Swann finishing with 19 wickets in the match in favourable conditions they never experience. Panesar’s match return was 11 for 210, Swann 8 for 113, but the Check had turned on an attacking century from Kevin Pietersen that will live long in the memory.
England will anticipate a more traditional slow turner when they move on to Kolkata with MS Dhoni, who has been outspoken about setting a spin trap for beleaguered batsmen, positive to come under criticism. But for all the impressive nature of their victory, after losing the toss on the first morning, England have not yet come to terms with spin – Pietersen & Alastair Cook have. It will be an intriguing week.
England, ridiculed after their heavy loss in Ahmedabad, have now inflicted of India’s last Check defeats at home. They also won at the Wankhede Stadium six years ago &, after India defeats against South Africa in Ahmedabad & Nagpur, England have now triumphed again.Resuming at a precarious 117 for seven after conceding a vital 86-run first innings lead, the Indians were skittled out for a trifling 141 within an hour’s play on the fourth morning, leaving the visitors an simple target of 57 for victory which they achieved without much fuss with over sessions to spare.Only Gautam Gambhir (65) provided a semblance of resistance before being the last man to be dismissed though television replays indicated that they was distinctly unfortunate to be ruled out.
Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was the pick of the English bowlers with figures of 22-3-81-6 for a match haul of 11 wickets while Graeme Swann snapped up the remaining wickets in a fine exhibition of spin bowling.The England openers Alastair Cook (18) and Nick Compton (30) overhauled the target in 9.4 overs to complete the rout in a match which was dominated by the visitors in conditions which were tailor-made for the home team spinners.The moment of triumph came through byes off R Ashwin which triggered off scenes of jubilation in the England dressing room with the players hugging each other and celebrating a outstanding victory.
It was a pathetic display by the Indians who were thoroughly outplayed in their own den. While the spinners were a complete letdown on a track which suited them, the famed batting line up also left much to be desired failing to counter the spin threat of Panesar and Swann.England, on the other hand, showed outstanding character and resilience to bounce back and square the series 1-1 after suffering a nine-wicket drubbing in the first Check in Ahmedabad. The turnaround was largely feasible due to Kevin Pietersen and Cook’s centuries in the first innings and the brilliant bowling efforts of Panesar and Swann.The teams will now travel to Kolkata for the third Check which begins from December five.