England thump India

2012-11-26 09:49

Cape Town -  England have levelled the four-match Test series against India with a 10-wicket win on Monday in Mumbai.

Scorecard: India v England, second Test

Recalled Monty Panesar proved the difference in the Test, taking 5-129 in India's first innings and 6-81 in their second.

It is only England's second Test win in India in 14 matches since 1985.

The third Test in Kolkata starts on December 5, with the finale in Nagpur on December 13.



V Sehwag, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Z Khan, PP Ojha


AN Cook (captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, JM Bairstow, SR Patel, MJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, MS Panesar, JM Anderson


  • daleinn - 2012-11-26 10:02

    now this is exciting test cricket.. test wickets that plays favor to both teams and a result!! well done, I hope OZ groundsmen can learn a thing or two from this ! it can be boring to see teams bat out 5 days!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-11-26 10:08

      Actually, it's the other way around - the Indian groundsmen can learn a thing or two from the Aussies. Test matches should not be finished on the morning of day 4. The Adelaide pitch was great. Going into day five with six wickets left in the fourth innings of the match is perfect. That means it's a proper Test pitch where bowlers have to work hard for their wickets.

      daleinn - 2012-11-26 12:56

      Barnes, Must be your idea of bowling like an animal to get a wicket, i suggest you read the squad for the final test, tells you what a silly wicket has done to the OZ bowlers!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-11-26 16:51

      What does Aus's squad for the final Test have to do with this wicket? They have picked five seamers not because they intend to play five seamers but because there will be question marks over Siddle and Hilfie following their mammoth spells. So they have selected back-ups for those two in case they don't recover fully in time. But the Aus bowlers struggled and had to bowl long spells because they bowled badly, not because the wicket was perfect for batting. How could they knock over our top four batsmen in 20 overs, then fail to get the other six in another 128 overs?? They should have had this one done and dusted by lunch-time. But they didn't bowl well enough to wrap up the Test so they didn't deserve to win. Simple. That's how Test cricket works. And, more importantly, that's WHY Test cricket works. It takes concentration, stamina, perseverance and effort to get rewards. Preparing wickets that deliver results in three days cheapens the qualities required to succeed.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-26 10:20

    I think that this was a case of India being hoisted on their own petard!. Although England only had two spinners, they are two good ones and in this game Pietersen got his head down. If Pietersen had played his 'other game' it could have had a very different result. With a view to the remaining two Tests, if either Swan or Panasar get injured, England will be in a far weaker position.

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