Dec 172012

cookNagpur: England ended their 28-year wait to win a Test series on Indian soil after they drew the fourth and final Test here at the Jamtha Stadium today.

The visitors won the series 2-1. 

The last time an English side had won in India was back in 1984-8 5 under the captaincy of David Gower. 

England who began the final day on 161-3 made Indian bowlers to toil hard and honours of the day was shared by Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.

Both the batsmen started the day proceeding and batted with caution to slowly take the match away from India.

India required to take early wickets to make a comeback on the final day, but Trott and Bell show denied the hosts any advantage in the day.

Trott scored 147 off 310 deliveries laced with 18 boundaries, while Bell stayed unbeaten on 116 off 306 balls including 16 boundaries and a six.

After Trott was out, Bell and Joe Root guided England safely to 352 when both the captains decided to mutually end the match.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler for India with a haul of 2-99.

This is for the first time since 2004-05 after losing to Australia 2-1, that India lost a series at home.

The series started off on a great note for India as they convincingly beat England in the first Test at Ahmedabad, but after that England made a remarkable comeback to humiliate India in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Brief scores:

England 330 (Pietersen 73, Root 73, Prior 57, Swann 56, Chawla 4-69) and 352 for 4 (Trott 143, Bell 116*) drew with India 326 for 9 dec (Kohli 103, Dhoni 99, Anderson 4-81)

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Dec 142012

England 277 for 7 (Root 65*, Swann 19*) v IndiaLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Joe Root scored 28, Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day, November 3, 2012Joe Root’s impressive Test debut continued on the second day © Getty Images

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The final Test continued to develop in slow-motion on the second day in Nagpur, but England will have been content with their morning’s work as they kept India in the field. Joe Root and Matt Prior, who both reached vital half-centuries, carried their sixth-wicket stand to 102 before India had two swift breakthroughs. But Graeme Swann remained with Root until the interval to maintain England’s ambitions of passing 300.

Root’s highly accomplished Test debut, which began shortly before tea on the first day, spanned 200 deliveries by lunch. His half-century came from 154 balls and even the loss of two quick wickets did not shake his concentration. If anything, it prompted a few more attempts at innovation with some deft paddles and sweeps that would have made Graham Thorpe proud. His one nervous moment came on 64 when he had to dive full-length to beat a direct hit from Gautam Gambhir at cover.

Swann, meanwhile, played a sensible innings to ensure the innings did not fritter away. Off the mark with a meaty clip through square leg, he twice lofted boundaries over deep midwicket against the spinners – the first a full delivery slog-swept and the second as he chipped down the pitch at Ravindra Jadeja.

England resumed on 199 for 5 and the familiar pattern of dead-batted blocks was the order of the day. The first boundary came via an outside edge from Prior against Ishant Sharma which summed up the state of the surface as the nick carried half to MS Dhoni, who was already standing reasonably close.

Sharma’s first spell lasted three overs – he could only operate in short bursts – then it was a return to all-spin which prompted both batsmen to remove their helmets in favour of England caps, Prior’s slightly more worn and sweat-stain than the crisp, fresh-out-of-packet, version Root was wearing. This really could have been Test cricket out of the 1980s in the subcontinent.

Steadily, though, England did begin to make useful progress. Any width was latched onto by both players as Root cut Piyush Chawla through point and Prior repeated the effort against Jadeja and another took him to his fifty. Curiously, both Jadeja, and more so Chawla, were given a bowl before Pragyan Ojha, but in the end the breakthrough came from the man who now appears the fourth-choice spinner having begun the series tipped to be the major threat.

R Ashwin switched his line to around the wicket and floated a straight delivery past Prior’s outside edge. Prior was aghast that he had managed to miss the delivery while Ashwin’s celebrations were those of relief as much as joy.

Although this isn’t a surface where anything is likely to happen quickly, India produced back-to-back wickets as Dhoni, in one of his more alert and innovative pieces of captaincy in what has been a passive series for him, immediately withdrew Ashwin from the attack in favour of Sharma.

Barely before Twitter fingers and commentators had started to question the move, Sharma found reverse-swing to trap Tim Bresnan in front of middle and leg. Sharma, though, could not bowl long spells and the movement he found reinforced the feeling Dhoni would have been better served with another seamer.

Dec 142012

Piyush Chawla gets ready to bowl at the nets, Colombo, September 25, 2012Piyush Chawla said the umpiring mistakes were part and parcel of the game © AFP

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Piyush Chawla believes the Indian batting hasn’t failed, the bowling unit has been doing well, and that there is no need to panic. Replying to England’s 330 on a tacky surface, India – 2-1 down coming into the decider – were 87 for 4 with prospects of batting last on the pitch that can start breaking up any time.

“We have lost a few wickets, but we have two quality batsmen [Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni] at the crease,” said Chawla. “They are having a good partnership, they are seeing the ball really well, and hope for the best because the way these guys are middling it, we will like to have a good session in the morning.”

Asked if the batting failures have affected the bowling unit’s morale adversely, Chawla said: “There are phases. It’s not as if they have flopped a lot. We’re still we are scoring 300-350 every match. I don’t think it has affected the bowlers much. We are doing well as a bowling unit.”

Chawla said it was just one partnership – between Joe Root and Matt Prior – that thwarted them otherwise they restricted England well. England began the day at 199 for 5, and Chawla said they would have been happy if they had bowled India out for under 300. “We thought if we get one wicket at the start, we can stop them around under 300, but Prior and Joe Root batted really well,” he said. “Once we broke that partnership, we recovered well.”

Asked about how disappointing conceding lower-order runs were – England having been 139 for 5 at one stage – Chawla said, “As I said before, they got one big partnership, but after that we restricted them well.”

Chawla, who took 4 for 69, made a surprising comeback to the Test side in a season that he has averaged 54.30 with the ball. His first-class averages over the previous two seasons have been 40.61 and 41.04. He said the stats were bad because he has bowled on seaming tracks, and he hasn’t been getting long spells.

Chawla was asked – citing Cheteshwar Pujara’s disappointment at being given out caught off the elbow and pad – if it was high time that India agreed to using DRS. “Replays suggested that it was not out, but it is part and parcel of the game,” Chawla said. “At the end of the day, umpires are also human, so you can’t really say.”

Dec 142012

India slip yet again to give England the upper handNagpur: India`s batting woes continued to haunt them with the top-order batsmen succumbing tamely yet again as England snapped up four quick wickets to gain firm control of the the crucial fourth and final cricket Test here on Friday.


After posting a decent score of 330 in the first innings, the visitors exploited the slow and uneven bounce of the track to leave India gasping at a precarious 87 for four at close on an eventful second day which saw nine wickets fall.

Paceman James Anderson (3/24) did the bulk of the damage while Graeme Swann chipped in with a wicket as the out-of-form Indian batsmen put up another pathetic display with none of them willing to show the application and temperament to hang in there.

Virat Kohli (11) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (8) were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day, with the hosts still trailing by 243 runs.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 199 for five, England did well to stretch their first innings total to 330 with debutant Joe Root (73), Matt Prior (57) and Swann (56) being the notable contributors.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a career-best haul of 4/69 while paceman Ishant Sharma (3/49) and R Ashwin (1/66) were the other wicket-takers.

The failure of India`s famed batsmen again let the team down badly as Virender Sehwag (0), Gautam Gambhir (37), Cheteswar Pujara (26) and Sachin Tendulkar (2) could not stay for long. Tendulkar was bowled by Anderson who has now dismissed him nine days, the highest by any bowler.

With three full days left in the match, England have put themselves on course for their first series win on Indian soil in 28 years. India, on the other hand, will have to bat out of their skins to save the ignominy of their third successive humiliating defeat.

England struck in the very first over when Anderson broke through the tentative defense of Sehwag with an in-swinger before the hosts adjourned for tea at a nervous 32 for 1.

The opener, who made a two-ball duck, was completely beaten for pace and bowled, his middle stump ripped out of the ground as his lack of footwork let him down.

Gambhir, looking in good touch but for his poor judgment of a run, and Pujara looked well in control of the proceedings when they added 58 runs in 132 balls before the sudden slump when India lost both these batsmen and Tendulkar for just 12 runs and in 9 overs.

Pujara could be termed unlucky to have been declared out by umpire Rod Tucker as the ball seemed to have missed the glove, hit his forearm and bounced off his pad for Ian Bell to take a superb, diving one-handed catch at forward short leg.

The right-handed Saurashtra batsman looked quite composed despite Anderson trying to hustle him with his bumpers in his 89-minute stay during which he also drove the fast bowler to the straight field and hooked him for two fours.

But Swann’s entry into the attack after 20 overs accounted for his wicket.

Tendulkar, whose career is on the line after a string of poor scores, appeared ill at ease and was beaten twice by the sudden turn extracted by his nemesis in the series — left arm spinner Monty Panesar — but it was his other career nemesis – Anderson — who got his wicket for a record 9th time.

Anderson, brought back into the attack after the drinks break, made two balls go away and then brought one back to bowl Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was beaten by the pace and inward movement and inside edged the ball that also kept a bit low which crashed into his middle and leg stump to leave the batsman flabbergasted and thoroughly distraught.

Gambhir, who had batted resolutely for 137 minutes and 93 balls, attempted an ill-advised drive away from the body to offer a catch to wicket keeper Prior.

Kohli and Dhoni managed to see off the day without further setbacks.

Earlier, leg spinner Chawla hastened the end of the England first innings for 330 after lunch by grabbing the visitors’ last three wickets in only 25 balls in the fourth and final Test here today.

Chawla, who finished with his best figures of 4 for 69 in his three-Test-old career, snapped up the wickets of Joe Root (73), to end the eighth-wicket stand between the debutant and Graeme Swann, the latter batsman too for 56 and James Anderson for 4 in a superb post-lunch spell of 4.5-0-17-3.

The 23-year-old Aligarh-born Chawla thus bettered his earlier best figures of 2 for 66 versus South Africa at Kanpur in 2008, his previous appearance in a Test.

Chawla’s excellent spell, after England resumed at the lunchtime score of 277 for 7, helped India wrap up the visitors’ first innings within the first hour of play after lunch.

England had resumed at the overnight 199 for 5 in the morning, added 78 runs in 32 overs while losing the wickets of Matt Prior for 57 — bowled by Ashwin for his only wicket of the innings — and Bresnan who was bowled for a duck by Ishant Sharma.

Sharma, who bowled with a lot of fire on the low and slow track sporting cracks, finished with fine figures of 3 for 49 in his second match of the series while Ravindra Jadeja (2 for 58 in 37 overs) and Ashwin (1 for 66) were the other successful bowlers.

India’s leading wicket taker in the series, left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, ended wicket-less after conceding 71 runs in 35 overs.

Chawla, who had dismissed Ian Bell yesterday, accepted a return catch from Root after the batsman had a sudden rush of blood – after having plodded for nearly six hours in his 229-ball essay in which he hit just 4 fours.

It ended the stubborn 8th wicket partnership between Root and Swann, who faced 91 balls and struck six fours and two sixes, after the duo added an invaluable 60 runs after joining hands at 242 for 7 at the fall of Bresnan before lunch.

Two overs later, the leg spinner then trapped the dangerous-looking Swann leg before for 56 with a quicker ball that went straight and hit him on the pads as he attempted a reverse sweep.


First Published: Friday, December 14, 2012, 16:55

Dec 132012

Toss England chose to bat v IndiaLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook won his first toss of the series and gave his batsmen first use of a heavily cracked, dry pitch that is expected to turn increasingly from the first day. India decided to play effectively four spinners on this surface, with Ishant Sharma being MS Dhoni’s lone seam option.

After losing the Kolkata Test to go 1-2 down in the series, India had made three changes to their squad for the deciding game in Nagpur. Two of the players they called up were named in the XI – legspinner Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja, a left-arm spinning allrounder who scored two triple-centuries in the Ranji Trophy this season, replaced Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. Chawla was playing his first Test since April 2008, while Jadeja was making his debut.

England also made two changes to the XI that won at Eden Gardens. Steven Finn was unfit so Tim Bresnan, who was dropped after a disappointing Test in Ahmedabad, made a comeback. They also gave the batsman Joe Root a debut and left out allrounder Samit Patel.

India: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Ishant Sharma.

England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Joe Root, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar.