India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 4th day

India's middle-order meltdown

Stats highlights from an incredible England victory, their second in successive Tests at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

S Rajesh

November 26, 2012

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Monty Panesar gets congratulations after removing Virender Sehwag, India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 2nd day, November 25, 2012
Monty Panesar became the first England bowler to take a ten-for in India since Neil Foster in 1985 © BCCI

  • England's ten-wicket win is their second successive Test win at the Wankhede Stadium: in 2006 they won by 212 runs, in what was Rahul Dravid's 100th Test, while this result spoiled Virender Sehwag's 100th. In seven Tests at the Wankhede, England have won and lost three each.

  • For India, this was only their second home defeat in a Test match since October 2008, during which period they've played 23, and won 14. Their only other defeat during this period was to South Africa, by an innings and six runs, in Nagpur in 2010.

  • Monty Panesar's match haul of 11 for 210 is the ninth instance of an overseas spinner taking ten or wickets in a Test in India, and the second by an England spinner, after Hedley Verity's 11 for 153 in 1934. Had Aleem Dar not erred in giving Pragyan Ojha not out, Panesar would have finished with the best bowling figures by an overseas spinner in India.

  • Panesar's haul is the fifth ten-wicket haul by any bowler at the Wankhede Stadium. The only Indian in that list is L Sivaramakrishnan. He is also the eighth England bowler to take a ten-for in India, but the first since Neil Foster's 11 for 163 in Chennai in 1985.

  • With Graeme Swann taking 8 for 113, this was only the fourth occasion that England's spinners had taken 19 or more wickets in a Test, and the second such instance in India. The last time it happened was in 1958 against New Zealand at Headingley, when Jim Laker and Tony Lock took 19 for 109.

  • India's second-innings total of 142 is their third-lowest in the second innings of a home Test since 2000. All three of those totals, and five of the seven lowest, have come at the Wankhede Stadium. The lowest during this period was also against England at the same ground, when India were bundled out for 100 in 2006.

  • In India's second innings, the six batsmen from No.2 to No.7 (Virender Sehwag to MS Dhoni) scored a total of 44 runs, with none of the batsmen reaching double figures. It's the lowest total by these six batsmen since 2000, and the first time during this period that none of them touched double digits.

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Posted by Hurricane08 on (November 27, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

We play best on dead pitches when quality of bowling gets neutered by the placid pitch.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I dont mind India loosing the remaining matches... it that is what it takes for Dhoni to step down ad Test team captain, Sachin to retire and Bajji to be dropped.

Posted by DravidTheMonk on (November 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Unless India find 3 bowlers who can strike at less than 60 balls per wicket, the way to the top is impossible. Even when we did reach the top, it was on the weight of some extravagant batting riches !

Posted by ChiranjibiSahu on (November 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Team is going off track in test, the team has the potentiality to win matches but has lost its momentum and is giving up early in critical situation. The batting order must be slightly modified and each one in the team should understand his responsibility and his role in the game. Apart from it India should appoint a batting coach like Gangully or Dravid who understand the depth of indian batting.

Posted by Akash_23 on (November 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

No more excuses left now, green top, away conditions, injuries, nothing.. The fact is clear: We lost in England and Australia because we could not play quality fast bowlers, and our fast bowlers were not as good as them, and now we lost here because we could not play quality spin bowling, and neither bowl spin as good as them. This Indian team lacks class..

Posted by PraveenMangu on (November 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Clearly, shows the importance of VVS and the Wall over the years!

Posted by suman2 on (November 26, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Indian cricket is going backwards under the present dispensation.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

As per Statsguru, India's 50th loss at home and 10th since start of 2000.

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