Panesar spins England to 10-wicket victory

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:01 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 26: England, led by their spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, thrashed India by 10 wickets in the second Test here at Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

Scorecard; Pictures from Day 4

Already put on the victory path by Panesar on Sunday, England completed the formalities of chasing just 57 in the first session of fourth day and squared the four-match series 1-1. India had won the first Test in Ahmedabad by nine wickets.

Panesar spins England to 10-wicket win

England opener Alastair Cook (18) and Nick Compton (30) knocked off the runs in 9.4 overs with score 58/0. The winning runs came off four byes.

The third Test starts on December 5 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The fourth and final Test is in Nagpur from December 13.

Panesar had a match haul of 11/210 (5/129 and 6/81). This is his career best, bettering the previous 10/189.

On a pitch designed to help Indian spinners, England slow bowlers fared far better than the hosts' three specialists.

Apart from spinners' domination, Kevin Pietersen's 186 was one of the highlights of this game. His knock was invaluable in the context of this Test. Barring Pietersen's 186 and captain Alastair Cook's 122, rest of England batsmen had never little to contribute against the turning ball.

Pietersen's knock won him the Man-of-the-match award.

Of the 20 Indian wickets, 19 of them were grabbed by Panesar and Swann. James Anderson got the other success when he had trapped Gautam Gambhir off the second ball of the match.

End of India innings: 142 all out

India were bowled out for 142 in 44.1 overs, setting England a target of just 57 to win the second Test here at Wankhede Stadium on Monday. Monty Panesar took six while Graeme Swann had four with spinners taking all 10 wickets.

Gautam Gambhir was the last man out for 65. However, he was unlucky to be given out LBW to Swann by umpire Tony Hill as there was an inside edge. But it made up for earlier Aleem Dar shocker when he failed to spot a huge nick from Pragyan Ojha.

Harbhajan Singh was the first to go in the morning, dismissed by Swann. Zaheer Khan was picked up by Panesar. The left-arm spinner finished with 11 wickets in the match, his career best in Tests.

Start of the day update

India's hopes rest on Gautam Gambhir as play got under way on the fourth day of the second Test against England here on Monday.

India resumed on 117/7, a lead of just 31 runs. Harbhajan Singh is at the other end.

India will need at least 100 to have any chance on this turning track.

On Sunday, Monty Panesar took five wickets to trigger India's collapse.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 9:33 [IST]
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