1st Test, Ahmedabad, Nov 15 - 19 2012, England tour of India
(15.3 ov, target 77)521/8d & 80/1
(f/o) 191 & 406
India won by 9 wickets
Player Of The Match
206 & 41
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• The Report by David Hopps

Ojha, Pujara secure crushing India win

India went 1-0 up in the Test series with three to play when they rolled over England on the final day at Motera

Match centre 
Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
India521/8(160 overs)1st INNINGS
England191/10(74.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Matt Prior48 (100)
Alastair Cook41 (109)
England406/10(154.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Alastair Cook176 (374)
Matt Prior91 (225)
Pragyan Ojha4/120(55)
Umesh Yadav3/70(23)
India80/1(15.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

Presentation time...Alastair Cook: "We can look at a number of reasons why we didn't win, but our first innings wasn't good enough. It was a great fightback, there was a glimmer of hope, but it always had to be something special. We'll work hard going into Mumbai. The pitch got slower as the game went on. We need runs in the first innings, they are crucial, and we need to keep working as hard as we can."

MS Dhoni: "There was something in the wicket to start with but as the game progressed there was low bounce but not much turn. It was hardwork for the spinners and it was a fantastic effort from them. Even if you misjudged the flight you had time to adjust and not much carried to the slips. It was important not to give many runs."

"It was a fantastic game for Pujara. He has the temperament to play big innings and has shown that on the domestic circuit. He makes sure he converts fifties to hundreds. Ojha looks to bowl tight and he knew it was up to him to take responsibility."

The Man of the Match is Cheteshwar Pujara: "The ball was coming nicely onto the bat. There was turn, but it was slow. As a team we knew we had to put up 500-plus and I had to hang around to play my role. In the second innings the ball was hard and I had a lot of confidence. I was out for almost a year and since I'm back I'm enjoying it."

Well, that just about wraps things up for the live coverage of this Test. First honours to India and well played to them. They were always favourites and showed why. Hard to see how England can come back, to be honest, but they have three Tests to try. David Hopps' match wrap is here for your reading pleasure. The second match starts in Mumbai on Friday and we'll be back to bring you all the action. But, for now, from Andrew McGlashan, Alan Gardner and Sidharth Monga it's goodbye.


"Monty has to be in for the next match," says Tushar. "Without any dis-respect, he is not a world class bowler but a spinner in Indian conditions is always a handful. And Bresnan or Broad have to sit out (until they think about getting rid of Patel for a specialist batsman, which seems unlikely)."

Krithi says: "Now England can go ahead with their trip to local site-seeing."

Harish adds: "I would give all credit to England. The intent and fight that they showed in the second innings was exactly what India did not have during the last overseas season."


India win by nine wickets and thoroughly deserve their victory. They have outplayed England since the first session of the match. Yes, they were made to work to dismiss them second time around but the first-innings advantage gave them plenty of breathing space. In many ways this match followed the path many expected: India dominating with the bat (after winning a good toss) then troubling England with spin. However, the success of their quick bowlers was a big plus-point for them. I think Duncan Fletcher even cracked a smile in the dressing room at the end, this was a result with his imprint all over it too.

For England there is plenty to ponder and much to be concerned about. Apart from Alastair Cook and Matt Prior (plus a little of Nick Compton) the batting was woeful on a surface that was never a minefield. With the ball it was only Graeme Swann that threatened with the pace bowlers poor. Did England get the team wrong? Always easy to assess in hindsight, of course but hard to see how the attack won't be changed for Mumbai. There will also need to be a change in the batting with Ian Bell going home for the birth of his child. Stick with us for the post-reaction which we hope to be able to bring you.

Swann to Kohli, FOUR runs

full, punched down the ground and that's the Test

Swann to Kohli, no run

played softly square of the wicket and Trott fields from slip

Swann to Kohli, no run

defended to silly point

end of over 155 runs
INDIA: 76/1CRR: 5.06 
Virat Kohli10 (18)
Cheteshwar Pujara41 (51)
Samit Patel 6-0-24-0
Graeme Swann 7-1-42-1

Scores are level

Patel to Kohli, 1 run

cut into the off side to point, Kohli races for the single and gets covered in dust for his efforts as he dives at the non-striker's end. That will add to the laundry list.

Patel to Kohli, FOUR runs

no messing about this time, taken from outside off and crunched down the ground straight of mid-on

Patel to Kohli, no run

defended to the on side

Patel to Kohli, no run

driven in the air and just past a diving Compton at short cover...was a fraction early on a shot to a ball that held in the surface

Patel to Kohli, no run

played to cover

Patel to Kohli, no run

pushed into the off side

end of over 144 runs
INDIA: 71/1CRR: 5.07 
Cheteshwar Pujara41 (51)
Virat Kohli5 (12)
Graeme Swann 7-1-42-1
Samit Patel 5-0-19-0
Swann to Pujara, no run

thrown wider outside off, left alone

Swann to Pujara, no run

tossed up a little slower, 78kph, uses his feet but then defends when he's not quite to the pitch

Swann to Pujara, no run

defended to the off side

Swann to Pujara, no run

whipped to mid-on

Swann to Pujara, no run

full outside off, left alone

Swann to Pujara, FOUR runs

short from round the wicket, whipped neatly off the back foot through straight midwicket

end of over 131 run
INDIA: 67/1CRR: 5.15 
Virat Kohli5 (12)
Cheteshwar Pujara37 (45)
Samit Patel 5-0-19-0
Graeme Swann 6-1-38-1
Patel to Kohli, no run

tossed up on middle, Kohli drives and isn't far from lofting a catch to short cover

Patel to Kohli, no run

defended from middle stump to the off side

Patel to Kohli, no run

driven firmly back to the bowler

Patel to Pujara, 1 run

worked off middle stump into the leg side

Patel to Pujara, no run

spins away outside off, left alone

Best performances - batters
Pujara player portrait
206 runs (389)
21 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
74 runs
4 fours
0 six
Alastair Cook portrait
176 runs (374)
21 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
71 runs
5 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Pragyan Ojha portrait
GP Swann ENG
Match details
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara
Series resultIndia led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2058
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days15,16,17,18,19 November 2012 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Nick Compton
Nick Compton
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
India Image
Sudhir Asnani
Reserve Umpire
India Image
Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Roshan Mahanama