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2nd Test: Cook, Pietersen thwart India's spinners

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November 24, 2012


16:40  - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 2

England 1st inns: 178-2 (65 ovs) vs India 327

India got exactly the wicket they wanted, with a lot of assistance for the spinners but England's spinners made better use of it than the Indian spin trio.

Ojha took two wickets before the tea break but failed to get any in the last session for figures of two for 65 in 21 overs. Ashwin opened the bowling and was wicketless in 22 overs while giving away 54 runs and Harbhajan was not used as much but went for 47 runs in 14 overs.

Pacer Zaheer Khan was used sparingly and gave away 12 runs in eight overs.

England showed a great deal of application and focus to deny the hosts a breakthrough in the final session of the day. They also ensured that they kept the scoreboard and scored at a brisk rate after tea with 101 runs coming in 29 overs.
16:35  England 178 for 2 at stumps on Day 2:  - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 2

England 1st inns: 178-2 (65 ovs) vs India 327

England the second day on a high after a good session with the bat courtesy of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, with both hitting unbeaten half-centuries.

England finish the day on 178 for two in 65 overs, and now trail India by 149 runs with eight wickets still in hand.

Cook continued his good run with the bat to score a patient 87 from 209 balls, while Pietersen provided the boost with a brisk 62 from 85 balls. The duo have so far added 110 runs in 186 balls to thwart the Indian spinners and help the visitors end the day with a slight edge.

16:18  Cook, Pietersen put England in control:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 172-2 (61 ovs) vs India 327

Pietersen brings up the 100-run partnership for the third wicket with Cook from 162 balls as he flicks Zaheer fine on the leg side for a four.

The duo have put England in control with this fluent partnership to leave India frustrated. India's three spinners have not made the same impact as Panesar and Swann did with the ball for England.

Cook on 84 looking good for his second century of the series, while Pietersen has hit a fluent 58.
15:58  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 159-2 (56 ovs) vs India 327

Harbhajan comes back for his second spell. India's over rate has been quite good with a minimum of 10 overs left in the day and we still have an hour to go for stumps.

Cook takes a single from the first ball to mid-off and Pietersen flicks it to midwicket for another single.

Ashwin replaces Ojha from the pavilion end as the two Indian off-spinners will bowl in tandem for the first time in the match.

KP reverse sweeps his first ball for a single to the thirdman region and Cook plays the paddle for a single from the next.

Harbhajan is yet to make an impression with the ball. A rank long hop which Cook pulls effortlessly through midwicket for his 10th boundary to take his score to 78.

Meanwhile, another Indian fielder is hit on the body at short leg. Pietersen plays the sweep which hits substitute fielder Rahane on the body and now he is down as the physio runs out to attend to him. Earlier, Pujara was forced to go off the fielder after being struck on the ribs by a sweep shot from Cook.

Pietersen slams Harbhajan, who continues to drop short, through the covers for a four to raise his fifty in style from 63 balls.
15:38  Cook, Pietersen put England on top:   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 142-2 (52 ovs) vs India 327

India's spin twins Ashwin and Ojha bowling a couple of good probing overs. Cook top edges a sweep shot off Ashwin that fell on the leg side and then edged one which fell short of Kohli at gully.

In the next over, Pietersen edged Ojha which fell just short of Sehwag at first slip. KP then gave it back to the bowler by lofting one back over his head for a four.

An interesting phase of cricket here with the pitch doing enough for the spinners, while Cook and Pietersen ready to attack at any possible opportunity.

Cook pulls a short ball from Ashwin past the mid-on fielder for a four and Pietersen cuts a short ball through the covers for three more runs. Ojha then gets one to bounce a bit extra as Pietersen leaps forward to defend but is beaten and is lucky not to have edged it.

Cook is using the sweep to good effect as he gets it in the gap on the leg side for a boundary to take his score to 65 as England take their score to 136 for two after 50 overs.

AShwin then bowls it wide down the leg side as Cook helps it round the corner for his ninth boundary to continue England's good progress in the post tea session.

Pietersen and Cook have put on 72 runs for the third wicket in 18 overs so far, having scored at four runs per over.

Ojha and Ashwin have bowled majority of the overs in the post-tea session but apart from a couple of deliveries that took the edge or beat the batsmen, England have looked quite secure out in the middle.

It has been England's session so far with 65 runs scored in 16 overs without any wickets.
15:29  Cook hits fifty to lift England:    - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 108-2 (43 ovs) vs India 327

Harbhajan starts after the tea break. Pietersen on the attack right away. He cuts the fourth ball behind point for a four and then charges down the wicket and lofts the next ball over mid-on for another four, in the 37th over.

In the off-spinner's next over, Pietersen is quick to rock back and hammer a short ball through the covers for another boundary.

Harbhajan has looked quite flat after tea and hardly caused any problems and is duly replaced by Ashwin. Harbhajan conceded 29 runs in his first spell of eight overs and didn't manage even a single maiden over.

Pietersen chips down the track and drives Ojha through the covers for a four to bring up England's 100 in the 42nd over.

In the next over, KP is quick to rock back again and cuts Ashwin through point where Sachin Tendulkar fails to get down to stop the ball and gives away a boundary. Cook then drives a full toss the midwicket region for two runs to bring up his half-century from 134 balls.
14:22  England stumble after good start:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 77-2 (36 ovs) vs India 327

Pragyan Ojha took two quick wickets to peg back England after a good start as they were reduced to 77 for two at the tea break on the second day.

At the break, Cook was unbeaten on a patient knock of 43 from 115 balls to continue his good batting form, while Kevin Pietersen made five.

Nick Compton made 29 from 90 balls, putting on 66 runs for the opening wicket with Cook before he was caught at first slip off Ojha.

Jonathan Trott's miserable series continued when he was dismissed leg before wicket for a six-ball duck, his second duck in three innings.

Ojha turned the tide slightly in India's favour in his three over spell before tea when he took two for five in three overs.

Harbhajan Singh, playing in the Test side after a year, also bowled a good probing spell of six overs, while R Ashwin bowled 13 overs for 20 runs.

Earlier, India were bowled out for 327 in their first innings as Cheteshwar Pujara top scored with 135. Monty Panesar took five for 129 and Graeme Swann claimed four for 70.

14:09  Trott out for a duck:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 68-2 (34 ovs) vs India 327


Ojha makes it two wickets in two overs. Jonathan Trott is out for his second duck in the series as he tries to play from the backfoot but misses and is trapped plumb leg before wicket.

After a good start, England are looking in some sort of trouble with two quick wickets.
13:59  England lose first wicket:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 66-1 (32 ovs) vs India 327


Ojha replaces Ashwin and he strikes in the very first of his new spell. He got one to turn just enough to take Compton's edge and is easily pouched by Sehwag at first slip for 29.

India were made to wait for 31.4 overs to strike the first England as the three Indian spinners kept toiling hard.

Compton did a good job with his patient knock as he stayed at the wicket for 90 balls and spending 112 minutes at the crease to lay a good foundation for England.
13:41   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 59-0 (27 ovs) vs India 327


Finally ends the wait for Harbhajan Singh, who replaces Pragyan Ojha at the press box end, to bowl the 25th over of the innings. Not surprisingly he gets a loud cheer from the Wankhede fans, remember he is also the captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians.

Shockingly, England's spinners have got more purchase from the track than the Indian spinners so far.

India have used three spinners so far but none of them have come close to even picking a wicket.

England's openers, Cook and Compton, look quite confident out in the middle.

A good first over from Compton as he gets it on a good line and length and Compton and Cook play him watchfully. Compton flicks Harbhajan fine past the leg slip fielder for a boundary in his next over as England continue to build their good start.
13:13  Cook, Compton give England good start:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns:49-0 (21 ovs) vs India 327


Cook gets a streaky boundary as he looks to cut Ashwin but the thick outside edge flies past Virat Kohli at second slip.

Zaheer bowled a first spell of five overs for six runs before he gave way to Ojha from the press box end.

Meanwhile, Cook jumps down the track to Ojha and lofts him down the ground for the first six of the England innings.

Compton has a close shave as he chips down the track to Ashwin, who is bowling round the wicket, and is beaten in the flight but somehow gets a thick outside edge that goes past Sehwag at first slip for a boundary.

Cook continues to build England's good start as he jumps down the track yet again to Ojha and lofts him over mid-on for a four to take his score to 29 with the help of five fours and a six.

Compton seems to have taken a cue from Cook as he gives Ojha the charge and lofts him over mid-on for a boundary.

England look comfortable on 49 for no loss in 21 overs, with Cook on 29 (66 balls) and Compton 20 (60 balls).
12:45  - Scorecard

England 1st inns:21-0 (12 ovs) vs India 327


R Ashwin comes on to replace Ojha, who bowled a first spell of four overs but didn't get much out of the wicket.

Ashwin starts with a maiden before Cook pulls a short ball from Zaheer behind square on the leg side, in the 11th over.

England are treading with caution here as they reach 21 for no loss in 12 overs.

Zaheer into his fifth over and this could be his final over of his first spell. It would be interesting to see when Dhoni brings on Harbhajan Singh, the third spinner in the Indian line-up. He can also call upon Yuvraj Singh if need be to bowl some left-arm spinners.

12:19  - Scorecard

England 1st inns:11-0 (6 ovs) vs India 327


Zaheer starts off from the press box after the lunch break as he comes on to bowl the fifth over of the innings. Ashwin and Ojha had opened the bowling before the lunch break.

Cook got the first runs of the session when he stepped down the wicket to Ojha and lofted him over midwicket for a four.
12:17  India opened the bowling with spinners R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. Mohandas Menon points out some stats on Twitter: "First time 2 Ind spinners (Ashwin/Ojha) have opened the Indian bowling in 1st/2nd innings of a Test match.Several times 3/4 inngs."

Meanwhile, this was the first time Pujara was out stumped in first class cricket. Rajneesh Gupta provides the complete details on Twitter: "Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissals in first-class cricket: Caught-50, Bowled- 23, LBW-14, Run-out - 5, STUMPED-1 (today)."
11:35  India bowled out for 327, Pujara scores ton:  - Scorecard

LUNCH, Day 1

England 1st inns: 7-0 (4 overs) vs India 327


With 10 minutes to go for lunch, India decide to start off with spinners, so they can bowl as many overs as possible before the break.

Ashwin bowls the first over and Ojha bowls from the other end.

Ashwin starts with a maiden over as the in-form Alastair Cook is watchful at the start. Nick Compton gets England off the mark with a single on the leg side and Cook ends that over with a boundary as he cuts a short ball past the point fielder.

England are seven for no loss at the lunch break on Day 2.

It continues to be an action packed first Test match. 68 runs were scored in the morning session in 29.1 overs for the loss of four wickets.
11:20  Panesar, Swann limit India to 327:  - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 327 all out (115.1 ovs)


After a disappointing performance on day one, Swann bounced back in style to finish off the Indian tail.

Swann took three wickets in 10 balls without conceding a run to wrap up the Indian first innings. He finished with good figures of four for 70 in 34.1 overs.

Meanwhile, replays shows that Zaheer was unlucky to be given out. The bat was nowhere close to the bat and there was no case to rule him LBW too! Poor decision by Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar as the case for DRS gets stronger!

Panesar took five for 129 in 47 overs to emerge as the most successful bowler for England.

The two spinners bowled 81.1 overs between them out of England 115.1 overs, taking nine wickets in total.
11:14  Panesar gets 5, Swann takes 4:  - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 327 all out (115.1 ovs)


Zaheer Khan used the long handle to good effect as he slogged Panesar for a boundary and a six on the leg side.

But Swann ended his innings, getting him caught at short leg for 11.

India were bowled out for 327 in 115.1 overs in their first innings.
11:09  What an effort by Pujara as he walks back to a standing ovation from the Wankhede crowd!

The 24-year-old is finally dismissed after batting for 1015 minutes and scoring 382 runs in the series! He scored an unbeaten double century in the previous match and got a century in this match.

His century has made a big difference in this second Test as all the other batsmen struggled on this Mumbai wicket offering a lot of help to the spinners.
11:05  Swann claims Pujara's wicket:   - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 316-9 (114 ovs)


England have finally managed to get the prized wicket of Pujara. The right-hander was stumped off Swann for a superb knock of 135, hitting 12 fours in his 350-ball knock. He stayed at the crease for 452 minutes and single-handedly rescued the Indians after a few quick wickets on day one.

Swann was criticised for his ineffective bowling on Day 1 but he has showed his worth on the second day. For once Pujara was beaten in the flight as he stepped out of the crease and Prior completed an easy stumping.
11:00  Pujara: India's New Wall?:   While Swann has completed 200 wickets in Test cricket, Pujara has now batted for 1000 minutes in the series without being dismissed.

He is currently batting on 135 (345 balls) and has taken India's score to 316 for eight in 113 overs.

10:54  India lose 8th wicket:   - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 315-8 (111.4 ovs)


Swann gets his 200th wicket in Test wicket as he traps Harbhajan Singh leg before wicket for 21. The right-hander shuffled across his stumps and looked to play it on the leg side but missed and was struck in front of the stumps.

Playing in his 48th Test match, Swann has completed 200 wickets to become the 14th Englishman to achieve the feat.

Meanwhile, the crowds continue to swell at the Wankhede stadium. Once again, there have been huge queues outside the venue and the attendance could be good on the weekend.
10:51   - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 314-7 (111 ovs)


While Panesar continues to pose threat with the ball, England's No. 1 spinner Swann has so far failed to make the desire impact with the ball.

Panesar is bowling a bit quicker than Swann and the left-arm is pushing the ball through and not giving it much flight.

Harbhajan decides to take on Panesar as he lofts him mid-on for the first six of the match. Earlier in the over, he had got a thick outside edge which went past gully for a four.
10:46  Pujara continues to frustrate England:   - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 292-7 (105 ovs)


Graeme Swann comes to replace Anderson, who bowled a four-over spell on the second morning.

Pujara got the first boundary when he cut Anderson through point and he repeated that shot two balls later against Swann to take his score to 124.

Spinners from both ends now for England as they look to finish off the Indian tail but Pujara is holding forte from end.

Harbhajan Singh (1) gets an outside edge to Panesar in the 105th over but wicketkeeper Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott at first slip fail to take the catch and it goes for a boundary.

Pujara has quietly advanced his score to 127 as India are 292 for seven in 105 overs, having added 26 runs in 15 overs.
10:08  Ashwin dismissed leg before wicket:  - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 280-7 (99 ovs)


Panesar makes the crucial breakthrough for England, in the ninth over of the second day.

Ashwin rocked back and tried to play the cut shot but was beaten by the quicker delivery from Panesar that struck him right in front of the stumps.

Ashwin is dismissed leg before wicket for 68, having hit nine fours in his 114-ball knock. He added 111 runs in 224 balls for the seventh wicket with Pujara.

Panesar's figures now read five for 93 in 39 overs.
09:52  - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 273-6 (95 ovs)


Monty Panesar bowls the first over on Day 2. AShwin faces, takes a single from the fourth ball before Pujara defends the next ball with the full face of the bat.

Anderson to bowl the second over. There is a huge appeal for leg before wicket against Pujara (114) as he is struck on the pads but it seems he had gone a thin inside edge on that and they also pick a quick single on the leg side.

Pujara plays out a maiden over from Panesar looking to play with caution in the initial overs.

India have scored seven runs from the first five overs as both Ashwin and Pujara are content to defend and preserve their wicket.
09:30  England eye quick wickets on Day 2:   - Scorecard

India 1st inns: 266-6 (90 ovs)


England will be looking to strike a few quick wickets early on the second day and restrict India to below the 300-run mark.

The in-form Cheteshwar Pujara, who will resume on 114, will once again look to bat as long as possible. He is yet to be dismissed in three innings in the series.

R Ashwin boosted India's hopes with a fluent knock of 60 from 84 balls.