England draw level with resounding victory
England needed just 85 minutes on the fourth morning to romp to a series-levelling 10-wicket win at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Less than 45 of those were occupied taking India’s last three wickets, with two today for Graeme Swann and the other for Monty Panesar - whose 11 was his best Test haul.
Alastair Cook and Nick Compton then wasted little time in reaching the straightforward target against an all-spin attack, gaining immediate revenge for a nine-wicket defeat at Ahmedabad.
The series will continue on Wednesday week at Kolkata, where England aim to retain the Pataudi Trophy with a game to spare.
India resumed this morning with a 31-run lead and Swann had Harbhajan Singh caught at slip in the day’s second over before, three overs later, Zaheer Khan skied Panesar to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
The hosts’ last hope was opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, on 53 overnight, but he was trapped in front for 65 by Swann to end the innings on 142. Swann returned 4-43 to Panesar’s 6-81 as the tourists’ spinners continued to make the most of favourable conditions.
Cook and Compton required just 9.4 overs to knock off the runs, finishing on 18 and 30 respectively. That took Cook to 140 in the Test but Kevin Pietersen was man of the match for his 186.
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5:25am - END OF MATCH - ENGLAND WIN BY 10 WICKETS - Compton cuts Ojha for four to leave three needed and the left-armer then strays down leg for four byes to give the tourists victory. England have chased 57 in 9.4 overs with Compton making 30 and Cook 18. The series scoreline is now 1-1 with the third game of four, at Kolkata, beginning on Wednesday week.
5:23am - Cook and Compton are now scoring mainly in singles and take the total to 50 in the ninth over.
5:16am - Harbhajan Singh replaces Ashwin and has a leg-before shout against Cook turned down with the ball hitting the sweeping left-hander just outside off stump.
5:10am - The opening batsmen play out two quieter overs but Compton responds by advancing to Ashwin and striking a dead-straight six. England need just 19 to win.
5:02am - Nick Compton uses his feet for the second time in Pragyan Ojha’s first over and smashes four down the ground at a catchable height. He then advances to deposit an Ashwin full-toss to the midwicket rope and reverse-sweeps for another boundary.
4:54am - Ravichandran Ashwin opens the bowling and Mahendra Singh Dhoni inexplicably misses the first delivery to concede four byes. Alastair Cook survives an lbw shout on the sweep and then thick-edges a cut for four.
4:44am - WICKET! Gambhir lbw Swann 65; Ind 142 all out - Swann traps Gambhir in front as umpire Tony Hill misses an inside edge, which belatedly makes up for Dar failing to spot Ojha’s nick against Panesar. The hosts are dismissed for 142 in 44.1 overs, leaving England needing 57 to level the series.
4:37am - Following Swann’s maiden to Gambhir, the batsmen only just scramble a second run off Panesar. Swann then beats the left-handed Gambhir’s outside edge with a beauty.
4:29am - Swann has a confident lbw shout against number 11 Pragyan Ojha turned down. At the start of the next over Gambhir surprisingly takes a single to expose Ojha, who responds by striking Panesar down the ground for four to take the lead to 50. England are then convinced they have got Ojha caught at leg-gully, but Aleem Dar fails to spot an inside edge on to pad and gives it not out.
4:19am - WICKET! Zaheer c Prior b Panesar 1; Ind 131/9 - The right-hander skies a slog-sweep and wicketkeeper Matt Prior does not have to move far to take a steepling catch that was far from straightforward. Panesar, who now has 11 match scalps, completes a wicket-maiden.
4:17am - With close fielders surrounding the batsmen - the new man is Zaheer Khan - Panesar and Swann produce tight second overs to keep the pressure on.
4:08am - WICKET! Harbhajan c Trott b Swann 6; Ind 128/8 - Graeme Swann bowls the second over and gets one to rear from a short of length at the right-handed Harbhajan, who can only glove the ball to Jonathan Trott at slip.
4am - Monty Panesar begins the day bowling to Harbhajan Singh, who hits the first ball over mid-off for four. Later in the over Gautam Gambhir, who had 53 overnight, flicks four more to the fine-leg boundary.
3:50am - There have been some outstanding performances by England players in this game. Monty Panesar has taken 10 wickets while Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen have hit hundreds, the latter’s 186 establishing an advantage yesterday that Panesar and Graeme Swann capitalised on.
3:45am - Good morning and welcome to what will hopefully be a short fourth day’s play as England push for a series-levelling win at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. India will resume in 15 minutes on 117 for seven in their second innings, just 31 runs ahead.