Mumbai, Nov 25: India captain MS Dhoni had demanded for turning tracks and he did get one in Mumbai. And guess what, who are relishing those conditions? It is England.
Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann wreaked havoc to leave India facing defeat on the third day of second Test at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. India had just 31 runs of lead after ending the day at a dismal 117/7 in 33 overs in second innings.
With the pitch turning and bouncing, Panesar made the ball talk. Barring Gautam Gambhir (53 batting), rest of the Indian batsmen were made to dance to the left-arm spinner's tunes.
Compared to Indian slow bowlers, English spinners were quicker in pace. Panesar consistently bowled at 90kmph and above while Indians were in early and mid 80s.
Panesar started the slide for India with the wicket of Virender Sehwag (9) and then got the big one of Sachin Tendulkar (8), second time in the game. Yuvraj Singh (8), MS Dhoni (6) and R Ashwin (11) were the other three victims of Panesar. He had figures of 5/61 in 16 exceptional overs.
Panesar completed a 10-wicket haul in the match. This was his second 10-wicket haul in his Test career. He had taken five in the first innings.
Swann complemented his spin partner with the wickets of in-form Cheteshwar Pujara (6) and Virat Kohli (7).
The only hope for India to think of victory is set England a score in excess of 100 which would be difficult to chase on this track. In all, 15 wickets fell today for 352 runs.
As Kevin Pietersen, England's batting hero said at the end of the day, "We don't want to chase 100 or 120 on this pitch." Run making is certainly difficult. It is up to Gambhir to bail India out.
Tea Report: England 413 all out
Kevin Pietersen made a brilliant 186 as England took an 86-run lead against India at tea on day three of second Test on Sunday. England were bowled out for 413 in 121.3 overs.
Pieteren's aggressive hundred gave England the lead and the right-hander's magnificent knock was ended by Pragyan Ojha, who took five wickets. Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin had two wickets apiece.
England lost their four wickets for 31 runs.
Lunch Report: England 298/4
Cook and Pietersen both completed centuries early on day three of the second Test. Cook hit his second successive century while Pietersen went to the three-figure mark for the first time in the series. For both it was their 22nd tons.
At lunch, England finished with 298/4. India managed two wickets in the session but England had the upperhand, scoring 120 runs. Jonny Bairstow was dismissed by Pragyan Ojha on the last ball before lunch in controversial circumstances as Gambhir had taken the catch after the ball had hit his helmet. Pietersen is still going strong at 138.
First Cook got to his hundred and soon Pietersen followed his captain. Now, both have joined Geoffrey Boycott, Wally Hammond and Colin Cowdrey in England's highest Test century-makers list.
As a captain, Cook is having a wonderful run, scoring his fourth successive ton as the skipper.
Cook was out to Ashwin after making 122 off 270 balls. He and Pietersen associated for a double-century stand for the third wicket. It was a record partnership (206 runs) at Wankhede Stadium, bettering previous highest of 196.
Start of day update
Cook was in sight of his second successive century as England began batting on day three of the second Test against India here on Sunday.
On second day, England made a good reply reaching 178/2 to India's 327.
For the hosts, Ojha took both wickets. He dismissed Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott.
Another interesting day of Test cricket has unfolded at the Wankhede Stadium. Indian spinners will have a lot of assistance from the pitch and how England batsmen handle make an exciting battle.