2nd Test, Mohali, Dec 19 - 23 2008, England tour of India
453 & 251/7d
(28 ov, target 403)302 & 64/1
Match drawn
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

India take series after dull draw

India clinched the two-Test series against England 1-0 after the second Test ended in a draw here on Tuesday

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Scorecard summary
India453/10(158.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Gautam Gambhir179 (348)
Rahul Dravid136 (328)
Andrew Flintoff3/54(30.2)
Graeme Swann3/122(45)
England302/10(83.5 overs)1st INNINGS
India251/7(73 overs)2nd INNINGS
England64/1(28 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 281 run
ENG: 64/1CRR: 2.28 
Andrew Strauss21 (83)
Ian Bell24 (70)
MS Dhoni 1-0-1-0
Harbhajan Singh 11-3-25-0

Well, that just about wraps it up from Mohali. India take the series 1-0 and congratulations to them. It caps off a fine year and they move to second in the ICC Test rankings. England now have their long flight home to reach their families in time for Christmas. And that's it for this tour from Cricinfo. Many thanks for joining us and don't forget to tune in for the Boxing Day Test from Melbourne, which should be a cracker. But for now, from Andrew McGlashan, Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller, it's goodbye, Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni "We played very well. We needed a big partnership in the first Test and Tendulkar and Yuvraj stood up. Here there was a bit of moisture in the wicket, but there wasn't much in it for the spinners and there was the lost time. When we went into bat we weren't sure about the fog, we started well today and both Gautam and Yuvi deserved their centuries but sadly couldn't get them. We are just concentrating on our plans and are enjoying the cricket we are playing. We'll just to prepare well in the future."

Kevin Pietersen "There's a lot to learn from a tour of India. We've enjoyed comeback for the Tests. We got into a position to win in Chennai but couldn't pull it off. I'm really proud to be captain of a bunch of lads who jumped on a plane back and their concentrated on their cricket. The way they got themselves into a good position last week they can take a lot from."

Zaheer Khan is Man of the Series. That's a pleasing, if slightly surprising, award. It's often the batsmen who get honoured more, but Zaheer has bowled well especially with his reverse swing. "We are working well as a unit. I was hoping to get more wickets. It's been good since I cam back from injury and we all enjoy the success of each other. It's been a great year for Indian cricket."

Gautam Gambhir is Man of the Match. "I'm very honoured," he says. "If someone told me I'd get so many runs I'd have taken it. I've had a hunger for runs and have been in good form. All innings you play for your country are special. It was a good wicket, we should have won 2-0."

Kevin Pietersen collects a commemorative plate, and traps his thumb in the box, ouch

The security men get there awards, they have done a fine job.

Here comes the presentations...boy, there's a long line officials, almost enough to make a cricket team.

Who will be Man of the Match and Man of the Series? Gautam Gambhir looks the frontrunner for both, 179 and 97 in this Test and he is leading scorer in the series. None of the bowlers stand out above anyone else, although Zaheer Khan was impressive with his reverse swing. For England, Andrew Strauss's twin hundreds in Chennai were outstanding as once Pietersen's 144 here.

So that ends the international year for these two teams, one that has brought great success for India but not as much for England. They will travel home tonight with much to ponder ahead of the West Indies tour in January, while India look forward to their tour of New Zealand in March. Stay with us for the presentations in a few moments.

And the handshakes start as the game is put out of its misery. Such a shame this was a short series, and today's play is hardly an advertisement likely to get crowds flocking back to watch Tests in these parts. The match is a draw and the series is India's by virtue of their win at Chennai, and congratulations to them. The two sides line up and shake hands more formally with each other ... It's all very good natured between the teams, and has been throughout, even the banter between Pietersen and Yuvraj.

Dhoni to Strauss, no run

angled across Strauss and he leaves

And this will be the last ball, and he switches to round the wicket,

Dhoni to Strauss, no run

long hop wide of off stump, cut unattractively to cover

Dhoni to Strauss, no run

again outside off and Strauss lets it pass

He runs in with a slightly crouching, bustling approach. And all at 78mph.

Dhoni to Strauss, no run

outside off, slower, and Strauss whips the bat inside the line

Strauss has four balls to avoid a very embarrassing end to the series.

Dhoni to Bell, 1 run

turned into the leg side

It's a decent medium pace and not too bad.

Dhoni to Bell, no run

good start, swinging in to Bell's legs and defended

And Dhoni will bowl. All this session needs is a funny hat and a comedy nose and it would be a complete farce. Anyhow, this will be the last over. Laxman keeping wicket in short-leg pads and we have two leg slips.

end of over 273 runs
ENG: 63/1CRR: 2.33 
Andrew Strauss21 (79)
Ian Bell23 (68)
Harbhajan Singh 11-3-25-0
Amit Mishra 8-1-16-0
Harbhajan to Strauss, no run

forward and defended

Strauss might start getting claustrophobia if they get any closer. tendulkar finds it all very funny.

Harbhajan to Strauss, 2 runs

forward, it runs off a thick edge through one of the gaps and he picks up two as Sharma has to chug to third man to field

Harbhajan waving his arms furiously and now we have everyone round the bat.

Harbhajan to Strauss, no run

flatter and defended

Harbhajan to Strauss, no run

forward and defended up the pitch

Harbhajan to Bell, 1 run

slightly short, he goes back and turns square on the leg side, Sharma in a sunhat throws the ball to midwicket instead of returning to the keeper

Harbhajan to Bell, no run

forward, pad then bat

end of over 261 run
ENG: 60/1CRR: 2.3 
Andrew Strauss19 (75)
Ian Bell22 (66)
Amit Mishra 8-1-16-0
Harbhajan Singh 10-3-22-0

Two overs and counting. Unless one of the captains decides to be very obtuse, which is unlikely.

Mishra to Strauss, no run

thinks about coming forward, opts to play back and pushes the ball defensively into the off side

Mishra to Strauss, no run

forward, bat well in front of pad, squirted into the off side off a thick edge

Mishra to Strauss, no run

almost a yorker played to short backward square leg

Mishra to Strauss, no run

cut hard to extra cover who bends stiffly to stop it with one hand

Mishra to Bell, 1 run

back and worked square on the leg side for an easy single

Mishra to Bell, no run

comes down to meet the ball and kills the spin

end of over 254 runs
ENG: 59/1CRR: 2.36 
Andrew Strauss19 (71)
Ian Bell21 (64)
Harbhajan Singh 10-3-22-0
Amit Mishra 7-1-15-0

The noise of the crowd has increased in proportion to the pointlessness of the final session.

Harbhajan to Strauss, no run

stands tall and defends

Harbhajan to Strauss, no run

good leave, about two inches outside off stump and odd noises of frustration from Harbhajan

Match details
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir
Player Of The Series
Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan
Series resultIndia won the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1901
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 14.55-15.15, Close 17.00
Match days19,20,21,22,23 December 2008 - day (5-day match)
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Asad Rauf
Australia Image
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
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Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
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Vishwas Nerurkar
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe