Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Test

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

First Test

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Byline: Tom Collomosse T

h ed ENGLAND picked the wrong team leaving out Monty Panesar and n Graeme Swann as their only spe spinner. Cheteshwar Pujara (righ made a double-century and Vire Sehwag a hundred as India piled after winning the toss in Ahmed and they pressed home their adv by bowling out England for 191. F position that was almost hopele tourists showed far more charac their second innings, with capta Alastair Cook scoring 176 and Ma mn v c a Prior 91. Their efforts were never going to be enough but at least they showed the resilience and application required on subcontinental surfaces. India took the game by nine wickets and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed nine victims in the match, leaving England with much to ponder before the Second Test in Mumbai. England's bowlers found the going tough but Swann's five for 144 in the first innings emphasised England's selection mistake. It was England's fifth defeat in six Tests in Asia.

SECOND TEST TO their credit, Cook and coach And Flower realised their mistake and picked Panesar (right) for the Secon Test in Mumbai, with Tim Bresnan t man to make way. India won the tos again and once more Pujara made England's bowlers toil, scoring 135, Panesar and Swann served notice o their threat by taking nine of the 10 wickets to fall in the first innings. Then, for the first time since his return to the team, Kevin Pietersen showed the full range of his talents. He scored 186, complemented by Cook's 122, which drove his team towards a first-innings lead. With the door ajar, the spinners barged through it when India batted again, with Panesar claiming six wickets and Swann the remaining four. It left England a small victory target that they reached in less than 10 overs, with Cook and fellow opener Nick Compton unbeaten at the end for a 10-wicket win that set up the series perfectly ahead of the Third Test in Kolkata. …

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