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Five-star Panesar leaves India in a mess

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November 25, 2012

17:00  India crumble on a spinning wicket:  What a thrilling day of Test cricket. Kevin Pietersen's sizzling innings of 186 combined with Alastair Cook's gutsy innings of 122 put England in the driving seat despite a few quick wickets in the end.

Monty Panesar rocked the Indians once again with a five-wicket haul.

The day belonged to England as 352 runs were scored in 89.3 overs for the loss of 15 wickets.

The wicket was made to suit India who won the toss but England showed great resolve to turn things in their favour. In short, India fell in their own trap!

A lot of question marks now against the Indian team. Tendulkar's form has been a cause of concern for the hosts, while Dhoni's captaincy has also come under a lot of criticism. The form of R Ashwin must be analysed for he has unable to make the desired impact with the ball and Harbhajan fared no better on his comeback.

This Test match is as good as gone, but India need to come up with solutions for the next Test in Kolkata!
16:45  10 wickets for Panesar in the match:   - Scorecard


India 2nd inns: 117-7 (33 ovs)

Panesar has five for 61 in 16 overs to follow up on his five for 129 in the first innings. And can you imagine, he was not picked for the first Test in Ahmedabad!

Gambhir cuts a short ball from Swann through point for a four to bring up his fifty from 105 balls. He has stood tall among the ruins to save the blushes for the hosts.

India manage to play out the day as they reach stumps at 117 for seven in 33 overs, with a slender lead of 31 runs.

The only question now on everyone's mind is how long can India last in this match?

With two days to go, England will look to secure an easy victory on the fourth day.

With wickets falling at the other end, Gambhir stood like a rock, defying everything the English spinners threw at him to finish on 53 not out from 109 balls, while Harbhajan Singh was not out on one.

Panesar was virtually unplayable on this wicket as he took five for 61 in 16 overs, while Swann claimed two for 39 in 13 overs.
16:38  Panesar gets 5, India lose 7th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 110-7 (32 ovs)

R Ashwin has come out with a positive approach. He lofts Swann back over his head for a six but falls to Panesar in the very next over. He looked to loft Panesar over the off-side but holed out to Patel in the covers for 11.

India are 110-7 with a lead of just 24 runs and three wickets in hand.
16:21  Dhoni flops again, India continue to sink:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 92-6 (27.3 ovs)

Dhoni also does not last long with the bat. He made just 6 before he was caught off the edge at first slip off Panesar as the turn does another Indian batsman in.

Panesar has taken his fourth wicket of the innings and he has nine wickets in the match so far!

The crowds have started pouring out of the Wankhede stadium! India lead by six runs with four wickets in hand.
16:14  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 87-5 (26 ovs)

Poor batting performance by India's top order, in both the innings. How the mighty fallen?

Captain Dhoni will have to produce something special to save the blushes for the hosts. He wanted a spinning wicket, which he was given, but his team are struggling for survival as early as Day 2.

Gambhir is holding one end up. He drives Panesar through the covers for three runs to take the score to 86 for five in the 26th over and avoid the ignominy of an innings defeat, so in effect India are five wickets down for no score.
16:09  Yuvraj falls for 8, India's top order flops:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 79-5 (24 ovs)

The procession continues. Yuvraj Singh made just eight before he was caught off the gloves at short fine leg playing forward to Panesar.

That was Panesar's 150th wicket in Test cricket and he is having a ball out there in the middle.

Just wondering if India will take the match into the third day? Nine overs left for stumps!
15:55  India lose fourth wicket:   - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 65-4 (20.2 ovs)

The wickets continue to tumble. And now Virat Kohli gifts his wicket away as he holes out a full toss from Swann to the fielder at mid-off. India are collapsing quickly out there!

Kohli made just seven and his wicket puts India in further strife at 65 for four, with 21 runs needed to wipe off the deficit.

Two wickets each for Swann and Panesar as England are sniffing a big win against the Indians, and that too on a pitch meant for the spinners!

What pitch will Dhoni ask for next? Flat wicket, Green top, Dust bowl? Any ideas guys?
15:38  Tendulkar falls for 8, India in tatters:   - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 52-3 (15.3 ovs)

Tendulkar has failed yet again, in what could be his last innings at the Wankhede stadium. The veteran batsman played back as he missed a straight delivery from Panesar and was trapped plumb in front of the stumps for eight.

The crowd are stunned into silence! Tendulkar never looked comfortable against Panesar, who got him twice in the match.

For the 10th innings in a row Tendulkar has fallen for 28 or less. He has been dismissed bowled four times and has trapped leg before wicket thrice.
15:20  India in trouble after early wickets:   - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 46-2 (12 ovs)

Tendulkar is clearly struggling out in the middle against Panesar, who had bowled him in the first innings. Gambhir took a single from the third ball and Tendulkar let the fourth ball go through to the keeper. Tendulkar then attempted a reckless paddle sweep, missing the ball completely, that was a nervous shot from the veteran.

Tendulkar is then beaten completely by another beauty from Panesar as he looks to defend off the backfoot but the ball spins right across him. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior took off the bails as Tendulkar's backfoot was off the crease for a brief while but came down just in time and the third umpire took his time before turning down the appeal. India not breathing easy at the moment!

Tendulkar then calms down everyone with two boundaries in Panesar's next over. The first one was a trademark straight drive back past the bowler and he flicked the next past the short fine leg fielder. Suddenly the chants of "Ohhhhh" are turned into "Sachin, Sachin".

Panesar then bowls another screamer that turns and bounces viciously after pitching and Tendulkar gets his bat out of the way in time. Superb contest out in the middle. Tendulkar forced to bring all his experience into play to keep India in the hunt.

15:07  Pujara out for 6, India in trouble:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 37-2 (9 ovs)

With Sehwag falling to Panesar, Swann comes on from the other end. Gambhir plays forward as the ball lobs on the leg side on the right of the short leg fielder who could not react in time to take the catch.

Cheteshwar Pujara shows off confidently as he slams a full toss from Swann on the leg side for a boundary. He will be key to India's hopes and they will be hoping for another marathon knock from the in-form youngster. His wicket will set the cat among the pigeons.

But Swann strikes in his very first over with the wicket of Pujara to leave India reeling at 37 for two in the ninth over, still trailing England by 49 runs.

A big task ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who is struggling for runs in the series.
15:00  Panesar claims early wicket:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 30-1 (8 ovs)

Sehwag cuts a short ball from Panesar behind point for a four before the left-arm spinner gets revenge.

Sehwag looks to defend off the front foot but the ball spins away, taking the edge to Swann at gully.

A big breakthrough for England as Sehwag, who made a century in the first innings, is dismissed for nine.
14:49  Cautious start by Gambhir, Sehwag:  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 19-0 (6 overs)

Gambhir gets the first boundary of the Indian second innings, as he pulls a short ball from Anderson behind square on the leg side for a boundary.

Five singles from Panesar's second over as India look to play cautiously in the initial overs. Sehwag is again focussed on playing out the new ball and dealing just in singles at the moment.

Sehwag has a nervy moment in the sixth over as he gets a leading edge off Panesar, who bowls it in the rough outside the off-stump.

England have left huge vacant spaces on the leg side for Sehwag for Panesar and that time the Indian opener nearly fell in the trap. He was out playing a similar shot in the first innings when he looked to flick Panesar across the line on the leg side but missed and was bowled.

A steady start for India with 19 runs from six overs.
14:30  - Scorecard

India 2nd inns: 4-0 (2 overs)

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir walk out to open the innings and they have their task cut out. England starting with a pacer as James Anderson will bowl the first over.

Anderson starts with a maiden to Gambhir as Monty Panesar comes on to bowl the second over. Sehwag gets India off the mark with a single to the covers before Gambhir cuts it through extra cover for two runs followed by a single on the leg side.
14:12  India's spinners helped their team stage a late fightback as England lost four wickets for seven runs in the space of 12 deliveries.

England scored 115 runs in 27 overs for the loss of six wickets in the post lunch session. They still hold a slight advantage as India will look for a big stand from their openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to revive their hopes.

14:08  - Scorecard

England 413 all out vs India 327

A great fightback by India after Pietersen and Cook helped England dominate with their record 206-run partnership for the third wicket.

Pietersen hammered 186 from 233 balls, while Cook played a steady knock of 122 before a late burst of wickets helped India inch their way back in the contest.

Pragyan Ojha continued his good recent run with the ball to claim five for 143 in 40 overs. Ashwin failed to impress, taking two for 145 in 42.3 overs, while Harbhajan took two late wickets in 21 overs.

England will be looking to claim a couple of wickets in the final session before India can wipe out the deficit.
14:04   - Scorecard

England 413 all out vs India 327

Monty Panesar slog sweeps Aswin but holes out to Yuvraj at deep square leg for four as England are bowled out for 413.

The visitors have managed to take a first innings lead of 86 runs.

14:01   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 408-9 (121 ovs) vs India 327

India have another wicket now. And Harbhajan gets his first wicket of the match. Stuart Broad (6) leans forward to defend but lobs a catch to silly point where Pujara holds a sharp catch, diving to his right.

England are collapsing. Harbhajan gets his second wicket of the over with the wicket of Anderson, who is given leg before wicket for two.

England have lost four wickets in the space of ten balls.
13:55   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 406-7 (120 ovs) vs India 327

India have another reason to celebrate now! England are slowly letting India off the hook here. Matt Prior is run out for 21 as he attempts a quick single on the off-side but is sent back as Dhoni quickly runs to the ball and throws to the batting end to catch him short.

England are 406 for seven in 120 overs for a lead of 79 runs.
13:28  England lose 6th wicket:   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 383-6 (113 ovs) vs India 327

Ojha gives India some hope with the big wicket of Pietersen. The right-hander throws his bat a wide delivery which spins and bounce to take the edge to Dhoni.

Pietersen slammed 186 from 233 balls, hitting 20 fours and four sixes during 317-minute stay at the crease. And once again he has fallen to a left-arm spinner! But today there will be no complaints, he has put England in a strong position to win the Test match.

That was also Ojha's fifth wicket of the innings for figures of 5-137 in 39 overs.

England have stretched their lead to 56 runs with four wickets in hand.
13:20  Pietersen closes in 200:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 381-5 (113 ovs) vs India 327

There is no stopping Pietersen at the moment. He slog sweeps left-arm spinner Ojha over the midwicket fence for his fourth six before paddle sweeping the next ball fine for a four.

You can't help laughing at Piers Morgan's comment on KP on Twitter: "KP has a terrible problem with left-arm spin - he can't decide whether to hit them for 4 or 6."

First hour after lunch, England have scored 71 runs in 16.3 overs, while losing one wicket.

KP has decided to cut loose it seems. He sweeps Ashwin and gets two to deep square leg before reverse sweeping the next ball for two more runs.

Matt Prior also joins in the fun with a boundary back past the bowler.
13:09  Ojha gets 4th wicket:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 357-5 (109 ovs) vs India 327

Patel drills a full delivery from Ashwin past the cover fielder for a well-timed boundary that takes England past the 350-run mark in the 108th over. Ashwin then fires one way down the leg side which Patel helps round the corner for the second four of the over.

Patel, however, falls in the next over as he is caught at gully for 26. Ojha gets one to turn and bounce as Patel tries to defend it off the front foot but it takes edge to give India some relief.

Pietersen is looking good for a double century, batting on 169 from 221 balls.
12:58   Pietersen's assault puts England on top:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 346-4 (107 ovs) vs India 327

Patel clips Ojha through square leg for a boundary, his second of the innings.

Pietersen starting to make a mockery of the Indian attack now. He casually lofts Ojha over extra cover for his third six to take his score to 165.

He is comprehensively beaten off the last ball as Ojha gets one to turn and goes past the edge of the bat.

12:39  Pietersen helps England take lead:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 328-4 (102 ovs) vs India 327

Zaheer bowls a short delivery to Patel which he ducks under before pulling the next ball but the top edge carries over the fine leg fence for a six. Two balls later he steers a full delivery through point for a boundary.

Pietersen crashes Ojha through point for a four before slog sweeping the spinner over midwicket for a six to bring up his 150 from 201 balls with the help of 19 fours and two sixes.

He then took a quick single off the next ball as England reached 327 for four in 101 overs to level with India's first innings score. The right-hander drove Zaheer into the covers in the next over for a single to give England the lead.
12:30  Was Bairstow unlucky to be given out?:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 300-4 (96 ovs) vs India 327

Bairstow's controversial dismissal has triggered some reactions on Twitter.

Here is an interesting one from the Sky Sports Cricket: "News from our man on the ground M Atherton - thinks umpires asked Dhoni to reconsider decision which they did in the huddle."

Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult is unhappy with the umpires for not having spotted the ball hitting the grill of Gambhir's helmet before he took the catch.

"Some blaming Bairstow for not knowing laws. What about the umpires? May not have had a clear view but they've not had a great series so far."

12:18  Pietersen takes England past 300:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 300-4 (96 ovs) vs India 327

Replays confirm that the ball had hit the grill of Gambhir's helmet before he took the catch to dismiss Bairstow at silly point. Bairstow was unlucky to be given out in that case. Will he be recalled?

The two umpires had a chat with the India captain Dhoni before they walked out to resume the post lunch session. But there is no recall for Bairstow as Samit Patel comes out to bat with Pietersen.

Zaheer concedes the first extra of the Indian innings, after 95.2 overs with England's score on 298-4. He bowled a high bouncer to KP which went way over his head and was called a wide.

11:48  Cook, Pietersen tons hoist England:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 298-4 (94.3 ovs) vs India 327

England are just 29 runs behind India's first inning score. They will need Pietersen to last atleast till the tea break as they aim to score around the 500-run mark and look to bat India out of the match.

India's only hope is if England's lower order collapses immediately after lunch else they have another long session coming up.

Ashwin finally managed a wicket when he got Cook out for figures of one for 105 in 33 overs, while Ojha claimed three for 95 in 29.3 overs.

Harbhajan Singh was the most disappointing Indian bowler, giving away 67 runs in 18 overs without making any impression at all with the bat and was rightly not used much by Dhoni.
11:36  Pietersen unbeaten on 138:   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 298-4 (94.3 ovs) vs India 327

England lose the wicket of Jonny Bairstow off the final ball of the morning session. He is caught off a leading edge at silly point for nine to give Ojha his third wicket of the innings.

Pietersen is still giving the Indian bowlers some punishment out in the middle to finish unbeaten on 138 (178 balls, 17x4, 1x6) at the lunch break.

The session belonged to India completely and was only spoilt somewhat with two quick wickets towards the end of the session.

Cook continued his good run with the bat before he was dismissed for 122 by Ashwin.

England dominated the morning session as they hammered 120 runs in 29.3 overs while losing two wickets in the process.
11:00  England lose 3rd wicket:   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 274-3 (87 ovs) vs India 327

Ashwin finally makes the long awaited breakthrough for India. Cook is dismissed for a superb innings of 122 from 170 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six, before he edges one that turns away slightly to be caught behind.

It took India 22 overs and 85 minutes on the third day to make the breakthrough.

Cook added 206 runs off 318 balls in 212 minutes for the third wicket with Pietersen to put his team in control.

That was the first wicket for Ashwin in his 31st over. The wicket meant that India took the second new ball after 87 overs.
10:35   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 256-2 (81 ovs) vs India 327

The first hour has belonged to England as they scored 78 runs in 16 overs.

Cook and Pietersen both completed their centuries and are looking good for a big knock out in the middle.

In the last over before the first drinks break of the day, KP lofted Ashwin over mid-off for a six.

England are only 71 runs behind India's first innings score and they would be looking to erase the deficit by the lunch interval.

Nothing seems to be working for Dhoni and India at the moment. Can they bounce back?
10:26  England in complete control:  - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 247-2 (78 ovs) vs India 327

Ojha replaces Ashwin but it hardly matters to England. Cook continues to milk the bowling as he hammers a short delivery from Ojha through point for a boundary.

The field is well spread now as India have gone on the defensive and just waiting for the batsmen to make a mistake and throw their wickets away. The odd delivery is doing things but England are still in control.

England have scored 69 runs in the first 15 overs on the third day as Cook and Pietersen continue to dominate.
10:17  England in complete control:   - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 238-2 (78 ovs) vs India 327

KP completes his century in Harbhajan's next over. He reverse sweeps the first ball to beat the thirdman fielder for a four to bring up his 22nd Test century.

The two batsmen have put England in complete control as India's bowling looks totally out of sorts.

England in the driving seat and India will need a miracle to bounce back from this position.
10:13  Back to back centuries for Cook:     - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 224-2 (75.2 ovs) vs India 327

Cook completes his century in superb fashion as he caresses a full delivery from Harbhajan Singh through the covers.

It took him 236 balls, 284 minutes to complete his second century in a row, having hit 11 fours and a six.

England are in complete control now as their score advances to 224 for two in 75.2 overs.

Pietersen looks to lift the ante as he gives Ojha and calmly lofts him back over mid-on for a boundary. In his next over, Ojha drops it short and wide and Pietersen helps himself to a boundary through the off-side.

Pietersen is keen to get things going here. He plays the paddle sweep against Ashwin for two runs on the fine leg region and then hammers a full ball through the covers for a four. The right-hander steers the last ball of that over to point for a couple to bring up the 150-run partnership for the third wicket with Cook.

09:47  Cook, Pietersen continue to defy India:    - Scorecard

England 1st inns: 194-2 (70 ovs) vs India 327

Ojha bowls the first over, beat KP with the final ball as he got one to turn and bounce beating the right-hander on the drive. Ojha starts with a maiden over.

Cook cuts Ashwin to point for a couple and Pietersen then sweeps a delivery down the leg side past the leg slip fielder for the first boundary of the day. He then hits it through the covers for a couple as Ashwin concedes 10 runs in his first over of the day.

KP gets a thick outside edge off Ojha that flies past the slip fielder for two runs and then they take a quick single as Ashwin is slow to get to the ball and then gives away an extra overthrow.

A tidy over by Ashwin conceding just a single to Cook as the spinners continue to get good turn and bounce and Ojha does the same in the next over.
09:30  India eye early wickets on Day 3:   - Scorecard

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

India will be desperate for early wickets on day three and check England's progress. The visitors are well placed on 172 for two with Kevin Pietersen (62 from 85 balls) and Alastair Cook (87 from 209 balls) looking in good touch.

India will be hoping their three spinners can come into the game and make a difference on the third day.

The first hour will be crucial. If England can avoid any wickets they will run away with the game with a big first innings score.