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Backlash: India register first win against England in the test series

Bhaskar News   |  Nov 20, 2012, 02:43AM IST
Ahmedabad: India were expected to win the first test and they finally got a taste of victory on Monday. England, who put up a spirited batting display in the second innings, gave up in a hurry with their last five wickets adding only 66 runs. England were all out for 406 at lunch.
 
Captain Alastair Cook's epic knock of 176 and his 157-run sixth-wicket partnership with the gritty wicket-keeper Matt Prior (91) could only prolong the inevitable, taking the match into the fifth day.
Needing 77 for a win, India raced to the target in 15.3 overs due largely to Virender Sehwag (25) and the first-innings double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara (41 not out), who opened in place of Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir had to return to Delhi following his grandmother's death.
 
Left-arm spinner Pragya Ojha was the best bowler for India, taking four wickets to add to his five wickets haul in the first innings. While tweakers Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin did maximum damage in dismissing England for 191 in the first innings, the visitors managed to defy the Indians in their second knock.
England, resuming the day at 340 for five, needed to bat at least till tea to save the match. That looked unlikely when Cook and Prior were sent back by Ojha in the first hour as the pitch showed signs of deterioration with the odd ball stopping on the batsman. 
 
Graeme Swann (17) and Tim Bresnan (20) hung on for a while with the off-spinner playing some audacious strokes. But they did not last long, Swann bowled by Ashwin reverse sweeping once too often while Bresnan was the last man to get out, caught in the covers by substitute Ajinkya Rahane.
 
India are now 1-0 in the four match series with the second game beginning in Mumbai Nov 23.
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