India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

Ojha, Pujara secure crushing India win

The Report by David Hopps

November 19, 2012

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India 521 for 8 dec (Pujara 206*, Sehwag 117, Swann 5-144) and 80 for 1 (Pujara 41*) beat England 191 (Ojha 5-45) and 406 (Cook 176, Prior 91, Ojha 4-120) by nine wickets
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Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate a wicket, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, August 26, 2012
File photo: Pragyan Ojha took the crucial wickets of Matt Prior and Alastair Cook on the final morning as India cruised to victory (ESPNcricinfo is not carrying live pictures due to curbs on media) © AFP
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India went 1-0 up in the Test series with three to play when they rolled over England on the final day at Motera, taking the last five wickets by lunch to leave themselves needing only 77 for victory and then gambolling to victory with almost indecent haste in less than 16 overs. India can congratulate themselves on engineering a perfect victory; England must embrace change.

India had to labour long and hard to bowl out England a second time, spending ten-and-a-quarter hours in the field, but when they batted again, it was a breeze as Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara unveiled a succession of unrestrained attacking shots that made a mockery of England's painstaking attempts to save the Test.

Sehwag, a batsman who knows no fear, and who clearly could not care less whether he added a bit of red ink to a formidable Test record, was caught on the boundary trying to hit Graeme Swann for six, but Pujara, whose sterling double hundred in the first innings had been the cornerstone of India's victory, sallied on. He looks to be a formidable young player.

One sublime piece of footwork by Pujara, as he advanced to drive Swann through extra cover, was better than anything produced by England in the Test, a reminder that as staunchly as Cook and Prior resisted, they will need a more enlightened approach in the field and in their selection to force their way back into the series in the final three Tests.

On another still, blue morning in Ahmedabad, Pragyan Ojha claimed the key wickets of Cook and Prior as he found more turn than India's spinners had managed on the previous day. Ojha took 4 for 120, to finish with 9 for 165 in the match.

Cook had organised epic resistance after England had followed on, 330 behind, but India's resolve was reborn after a night's rest and when he was seventh out, beaten by sharp turn and low bounce, the game immediately looked up.

Matt Prior and Cook had joined forces in a sixth-wicket stand which had given England a 10-run lead overnight and stirred tentative hopes among their supporters that they might save the game.

But they added only 16 runs to their overnight score before Prior was out in the 10th over of the morning, pushing too early at a nondescript delivery from Ojha that presumably held on to the surface and offering a simple return catch. They had put on 157 runs in 61 overs.

Cook's innings spanned more than nine hours, one of the greatest rearguard innings ever produced by an England captain, but while it had led England from a sense of despair after their first-innings collapse it looked unlikely to spare them from defeat as, four overs after Prior, he too fell.

Broad's batting has become a liability, the belief that he offers extra depth to England's lower order resting on a reputation no longer backed up by statistics. He provided a second return catch of the morning, a wooden push at Umesh Yadav off the leading edge.

India's anxiety to force victory in a game they had dominated from the outset was evident. As Broad shadow-practised the shot and patted down some damage to the pitch, Ojha, his passions overflowing, sensed that he was trying to damage the surface for England's bowlers and gave him a send-off intense enough for the umpires to intervene to calm things down.

Prior had taken guard outside his crease to nullify the roughest areas and Swann took that to further extremes, standing a good yard beyond the line. India, apparently, were not impressed by the tactic, suspecting foul play and an attempt to make the surface disintegrate.

At eight down, with more than two sessions remaining, England's cause required not just blocking, but something extraordinary. Swann's ambitions were clear when he slog-swept Ojha for six, but a switch hit against R Ashwin had a more calamitous outcome as the ball was too full and his middle stump was flattened. Ashwin, who had taken his first wicket in his 43rd over, on a slow turner that had brought him little sustenance, must have been grateful.

Tim Bresnan, who was lectured by Aleem Dar, the umpire, for running on the pitch, followed in the next over, pushing a driveable ball from Zaheer Khan to short extra. India were almost home.

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Posted by oneupnowuv on (November 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

if it turns square in mumbai like it used to,a left arm spinner will run thru the batting of england.chennai generally keeps low,kolkata is high scoring one with some bounce helpful for spinners but we hv had some very good matches at eden. overall difficult times ahead for visitors.watch out for kohli. really happy for ojha,yuvi and umesh.ojha shld be our first choice spinner abroad he can take wckts with his accuracy#anil kiumble and flight ...smthng ashwin misses.

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (November 21, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Well played India, we were beaten fair & square. No complaints about the pitch or umpiring as it was the same for both teams. The major difference was our first innings collapse, and from then on we were always playing catch up. Hopefully, lessons would have been learnt, and Flower would be better prepared for Friday. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

@JG2704 on (November 20 2012, 08:55 AM GMT) - Yep, I would imagine Woakes would be a better fit for England than Patel (no pun really intended). I think he is more of a batsmen & bowler in his own right & a better fielder & judging by recent performances - the fielding does need to be lifted. Having Woakes @ #6 or 7, makes it easier to select 2 spinners. @GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20 2012, 17:08 PM GMT) - just bear in mind, that the Newlands test was dominated by atmospheric conditions more so than the pitch. When the cloud was down, the ball swung alarmingly - once the sun came out, the pitch was true. There was nothing for the ICC to inspect!

Posted by Agila on (November 21, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

@Satanwish, yeah then the top has to be green, the sky has to be overcast, ball has to bounce and swing , track has to be fast, so used to use the pace of the bowlers. Remove all the conditions above, a normal spinner can bamboozle them.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Even in India also selectors still are considering Zaheer Khan in test. Tour time we can understand, but in India; he has not that much role to do especially he cannot bat. In India selectors need to give chance some bowlers who can bat and ball, Irfan Pathan or Bhuvaneswar Kumar (he proved already in internal matches) or same like that somebody. Otherwise Indian tour time they need to select like RP Sing, or Munaf Patel who are sleeping without matches.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (November 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Well played India and excellent fightback by England in their second innings. Cook, Prior and Swann were the only 3 players however who actually "fought" this game from the English side, especially Cook and Swann. Swann bowled his heart out in the first innings.

It is really nice to see that most of the English commentators here being gracious in defeat and giving India their deserved credit. I believe overall this was a very nice test cricket game, but there are a few things I think to be discussed here more. One is the obvious why and how exactly Trott escaped with that claimed catch ?? There was a Pakistani player who got punished recently and yet there is not even any kind of talk here about that incident, these are the things exactly that set precedents. Another is the actions of Broad on the pitch, though i am not sure but he looked as if intentionally trying to deteriorate the pitch near the crease, Pragyan Ojha had even had a word with him during the match.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@satanswish: well ...i wonder how did u miss out all those test matches in which England ,Australia and SA wrapped up the test match in a matter of three days or four days aginst asian visitors...if it was inability of Asian batsman to survive on green tops ...so is the inability of non asian batsmen to push the test to fifth day (thanks soley to cook and prior ..this match did see fifth day sunshine) on spinning tracks ....

not to mention about the test between australia and south africa in capetown last year in which parts of all four innings are played on same day....and no one complained abt the quality of pitches then.....

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

@WhoWhatWhy: I am not sure what to make of your response as my statement re. 'Pujara the next Dravid' was for all those Indians who claim to have found the new Dravid in Pujara. It' s way too early to make that claim and not enough sample size to make the comparison. Also mate it is a team game when Dravid did not score as much as in AUS and SA as he did in ENG there were Sachin and VVS who scored agnst the Aussies. @Humayoun: Honestly it doesn't surprise me that you feel this way..who r v kidding right. How can anything be better when it is India.

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

@fr600 you are very brave to remind the ranking! FYI when England lost in UAE what was the ranking of PAK? England was on at 1 for sure, very unfortunately they lost it at their HOME SOIL to saffa. Still full marks for you to bringing this subject in conversation.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@ satanswish yeah right!! Did u not watch SA vs Aus match. How amazing was the pitch?

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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