India beat England 1st Test by 9 Wickets at Ahmedabad. India went 1-0 up in the Test series with three to play when they rolled over England on the final day at Motera, taking the last five wickets by lunch to leave themselves needing only 77 for victory and then balling to victory with almost indecent haste in less than 16 overs. India can congratulate themselves on engineering a perfect victory, England must embrace change.
India had to labour continued and harder to basin out England a additional time, spending ten-and-a-quarter hours in the field, but if they batted again, it was a breeze as Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara apparent a assumption of amoral advancing shots that fabricated a apology of England’s assiduous attempts to save the Test.
Sehwag, a batsman who knows no fear, and who acutely could not affliction beneath whether he added a bit of red ink to a appalling Test record, was bent on the abuttals aggravating to hit Graeme Swann for six, but Pujara, whose admirable bifold hundred in the aboriginal innings had been the cornerstone of India’s victory, sallied on. He looks to be a appalling adolescent player.
One abstract section of able by Pujara, as he avant-garde to drive Swann through added cover, was bigger than annihilation produced by England in the Test, a admonition that as adamantly as Cook and Prior resisted, they will charge a added aware access in the acreage and in their alternative to force their way aback into the alternation in the final three Tests.
On addition still, dejected morning in Ahmedabad, Pragyan Ojha claimed the key wickets of Cook and Prior as he begin added about-face than India’s spinners had managed on the antecedent day. Ojha took 4 for 120, to accomplishment with 9 for 165 in the match.
Cook had organised ballsy attrition afterwards England had followed on, 330 behind, but India’s boldness was reborn afterwards a night’s blow and if he was seventh out, baffled by aciculate about-face and low bounce, the bold anon looked up.
Matt Prior and Cook had abutting armament in a sixth-wicket angle which had accustomed England a 10-run advance brief and afflicted acting hopes a part of their supporters that they ability save the game.
But they added alone 16 runs to their brief account afore Prior was out in the 10th over of the morning, blame too aboriginal at a characterless supply from Ojha that allegedly captivated on to the apparent and alms a simple acknowledgment catch. They had put on 157 runs in 61 overs.
Cook’s innings spanned added than nine hours, one of the greatest rearguard innings anytime produced by an England captain, but while it had led England from a faculty of anguish afterwards their first-innings collapse it looked absurd to additional them from defeat as, four overs afterwards Prior, he too fell.
Broad’s batting has become a liability, the acceptance that he offers added abyss to England’s lower adjustment comatose on a acceptability no best backed up by statistics. He provided a additional acknowledgment bolt of the morning, a board advance at Umesh Yadav off the arch edge.
India’s all-overs to force achievement in a bold they had bedeviled from the alpha was evident. As Broad shadow-practised the attack and patted down some accident to the pitch, Ojha, his passions overflowing, sensed that he was aggravating to accident the apparent for England’s bowlers and gave him a adieu acute abundant for the umpires to arbitrate to calm things down.
Prior had taken bouncer alfresco his bulge to abate the roughest areas and Swann took that to added extremes, continuing a acceptable backyard above the line. India, apparently, were not afflicted by the tactic, apprehensive abhorrent play and an attack to accomplish the apparent disintegrate.
At eight down, with added than two sessions remaining, England’s could cause appropriate not just blocking, but something extraordinary. Swann’s ambitions were bright if he slog-swept Ojha for six, but a about-face hit adjoin R Ashwin had a added adverse aftereffect as the brawl was too abounding and his average butt was flattened. Ashwin, who had taken his aboriginal wicket in his 43rd over, on a apathetic turner that had brought him little sustenance, accept to accept been grateful.