England Win 2nd Test

November 26, 2012 by  

England Win 2nd Test, After being humbled in the 1st Test, Alastair Cook’s side hit back with Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann doing the damage

Winning for England: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar celebrate the win
England wrapped up an historic, morale-boosting, fist-pumping win in Mumbai to launch themselves head-first into the series.

Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, were the match-winners one and all as India came up second best in every department.

Level at 1-1 after the 10 wicket win before lunch on the fourth day represents an almighty reverse that now sets the rest of the series up to be a humdinger.

For all the well-founded doubts over being able to play cricket in the subcontinent, England turned in a performance that will rank as one of their very finest in recent memory.

Pietersen was immense with his 186, while Cook’s 122 was just as important.

It was the spinners though who won the game in the end, taking 19 of the 20 Indian wickets to fall between them including a match best of 11-210 for Panesar.

It was Swann who started the fun on the fourth morning with India 117-7 getting rid of Harbhajan Singh when he had signalled his intention to swing from the hip.

Jonathan Trott safely pouched the chance at slip and England were off to set up an easy chase.

Panesar did for Zaheer Khan who top edged a sweep to Matt Prior and then it should have been a target of 51 when Pragyan Ojha edged to leg slip but somehow umpire Aleem Dar missed it.

The wait to bat wasn’t long in coming and the final target of 57 was small enough to get stuck in.

Nick Compton didn’t hang around, taking the attack to the spinners as if he were Pietersen, and after learning from the Abu Dhabi collapse, Cook was just as positive in getting his side to glory.

For Cook it was the perfect tonic for his embryonic captaincy after losing the first Test and by leading by example his team followed him.

“Without a doubt we’ve bounced back,” said Cook. “I can’t fault the effort of the lads and the performance they put in over the last four days.

“The way Kevin took the game to India was vital on that wicket. It was a fantastic innings and great to watch from the other end.

“Credit as well to the way Monty and Swanny bowled in the second innings. They didn’t let India off the hook and they bowled brilliantly.

“It has been an interesting few weeks, we’ve seen both ends of the spectrum and this was a brilliant performance.”

The game though was set up by man-of-the-match Pietersen and for all his woes before this tour, he is now as much a part of England’s future as ever before.

And he admitted his knock was just about the best of his 22 so far.

Pietersen said: “Now that we’ve won today that innings probably stands at the top. Hundreds feel a lot better when we win.

“What a difference a week makes. The boys have worked hard, it was a brilliant team performance, this man-of-the-match accolade goes to the team.

“Cricket-wise it’s not bad a bad place to be in. Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management for sorting things out.”

England are indeed sorted and by the end of the series it could mean a whole lot more.

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