2nd Test, Mumbai, Nov 23-26 2012, England tour of India
327 & 142
(9.4 ov, target 57)
413 & 58/0
England won by 10 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Report by David Hopps

Pietersen, Panesar put England on victory course

Kevin Pietersen played one of the great Test innings to leave England scenting victory in the second Test during a day of high drama in Mumbai

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
India327(115.1 overs)1st Innings
England413(121.3 overs)1st Innings
India142(44.1 overs)2nd Innings
England58/0(9.4 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 108 runs
ENG: 58/0CRR: 6 
Nick Compton30 (28)
Sir Alastair Cook18 (30)
Ravichandran Ashwin3.4-0-22-0
Harbhajan Singh2-0-10-0

That's all we have from this Test, people. India will introspect, England will rejoice. We will take a breath. Thanks for joining me, Sidharth Monga, and Andrew McGlashan and Alex Winter throughout this Test. The series is wide open, and we will see you in Kolkata at the iconic Eden Gardens. Cheers


Quotes from presentation

"Definitely outplayed," says MS Dhoni. "Monty bowled really well. All get turn, but the pace he bowled at made sure that the batsmen were on the front foot. To some extent, yes I am disappointed with our spinners. We let England bat back. Could have brought them forwarded. All of a sudden they have to change their plan. Change of conditions from Ahmedabad. Always interesting. When two best sides are playing, series are close. It will be a test of character in the two coming games."

"Without a doubt, great win," says Alastair Cook, who gets a big applause from the crowd. "Can't fault the effort of the lads. I could have called heads. Obviously an important toss. The way we bowled on that first day it was fantastic. You don't need to tell KP anything. Great to watch from the other end. Credit to the way Swanny and Monty bowled. Brilliant performance. It's been interesting two weeks. Both ends of the spectrum. A big thanks to the fans. We get a lot of support everywhere we go."

"Now that we have won, this hundred is at the top," says MoM Kevin Pietersen. "Yesterday I said Test hundreds feel a lot better when you win. Panesar and Swann were outstanding. Cooky didn't talk about himself, but he was outstanding. What a difference a week makes. The boys have come back is great. Cricket wise, it is not bad now. Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management. Every day you put on an England support, it is special. Thanks to the supporters who have travelled, and also the Indian support. They have been great too. You have to trust your defence, that is the big difference. You play sweep shots early on, it doesn't look that good."


Just a recap. The game started with a look of anguish on Cook's face when he lost the toss, and it has ended in ecstasy as he made sure he was there when the win was achieved. Pujara continued his good run to give India a good first-innings total, which most of us thought was about 50 to the surplus.

KP and Cook, though, batted superbly against some ordinary spin from India. They collapsed towards the end, but Monty and Swann showed their Indian counterparts how it is done by bowling India out for a part 140 in the third innings. And to think, England didn't want to pick him because he can't field and bat.

Good teams, though, accept they have made a mistake when they make one, and learn from it. And a thoroughly deserved win for England. Barmy Army will make merry at all those pubs in South Mumbai tonight. Six years after they won at the same venue after losing the toss, which was incidentally the last home Test India lost despite winning the toss


Cook and Compton will take all the stumps with them to keep as souvenirs. One of the greatest feelings in cricket - more than perhaps winning a World Cup - is to go in alien conditions, lose the toss, and then still win the Test. England have done that. Oh what sweet joy it will be. And they didn't even have Finn and Bell

As for India, they might finally start agreeing that something is wrong with the side. It was not the imaginary green tops in Australia and England. The side's quality has eroded from the time they were No. 1

Ashwin to Compton, 4 byes
That's it. Fittingly it finishes with a wayward delivery down the leg side for four byes. One of the great England wins. Shouts of joy from Compton. Looks of satisfaction on Cook's face. Dhoni looks back at the ball racing to the boundary in quiet disappointment. Removes the helmet, wears the cap. Gambhir shakes their hands to congratulate them. Sehwag does so too
Ashwin to Compton, no run
short of a length, Compton charges down to defend
Ashwin to Compton, no run
flighted outside off, defended back to Ashwin
Ashwin to Compton, FOUR runs

Ashwin is back

end of over 95 runs
ENG: 50/0CRR: 5.55 
Sir Alastair Cook18 (30)
Nick Compton26 (24)
Harbhajan Singh2-0-10-0
Pragyan Ojha4-0-16-0
Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run
full, middle and leg, defended back
Harbhajan Singh to Compton, 1 run
flat offbreak, worked away for a single
Harbhajan Singh to Cook, 1 run
punched away for a single into the off side
Harbhajan Singh to Cook, 2 runs
full, on the pads, worked away wide of long-on, comes back for two. Target down to single figures now
Harbhajan Singh to Compton, 1 run
shortish, into the pads, worked away to long leg
Harbhajan Singh to Compton, no run
down the wicket, right to the pitch of the ball, defends
end of over 82 runs
ENG: 45/0CRR: 5.62 
Sir Alastair Cook15 (27)
Nick Compton24 (21)
Pragyan Ojha4-0-16-0
Harbhajan Singh1-0-5-0
Ojha to Cook, no run
beaten on the sweep again, hit on the inside part of the pad, the ball nearly rolls on to the stumps. Cook is safe. Had this been Ranji Trophy, I would have said England on track for all seven points
Ojha to Cook, no run
defends this outside off, well forward
Ojha to Cook, no run
flighted outside off, left alone
Ojha to Compton, 1 run
short, pulled away, but can't beat Yuvraj at square leg
Ojha to Compton, no run
full, middle and leg, pushed back to him
Ojha to Cook, 1 leg bye
outside the line of off again as he is beaten on the sweep. Takes a leg-bye
end of over 75 runs
ENG: 43/0CRR: 6.14 
Sir Alastair Cook15 (23)
Nick Compton23 (19)
Harbhajan Singh1-0-5-0
Pragyan Ojha3-0-15-0
Harbhajan Singh to Cook, 1 run
defended to leg
Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run
flighted offbreak, beats him on the sweep, huge shout, but hit just outside off
Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
186 runs (233)
20 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
54 runs
4 fours
2 sixes
CA Pujara
135 runs (350)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
61 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
MS Panesar
MS Panesar
Match details
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Series result4-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2062
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days23,24,25,26 November 2012 (5-day match)
Aleem Dar
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Pashchim Pathak
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama