India v England: Alastair Cook’s men secure ruthless victory in second Test
India v England: England seal an emphatic 10-wicket win over India in the second Test in Mumbai to level the four-match series
England completed an emphatic 10-wicket win over India in the second Test in Mumbai to level the four-match series.
The tourists’ bowlers needed only 45 minutes to dismiss India for 142, leaving them just 58 to chase.
Nick Compton and Alastair Cook were in no mood to hang around and wrapped up the win in 9.4 overs to complete only their second victory in India since 1985.
Somerset batsman Compton was particularly aggressive in his outlook, smashing 30 off 29 balls, which included four boundaries and a six.
The contrast between last week’s first Test in Ahmedabad and the last four days in Mumbai has been extraordinary.
The spotlight has turned from England to India ahead of the third Test in Kolkata on 5 December after the ruthless win.
Monty Panesar was re-called and took 11 wickets out of the 19 to fall to England’s spin partnership bowling much quicker than any of the other four spinners.
The left-arm spinner took career-best match figures of 11-210, making a complete mockery of the England selectors’ decision to leave out the 30-year-old for the first Test.
Much of the focus had been on the capabilities of England’s batsmen going into second Test after being bowled out for 191 in Ahmedabad, with many of the batsmen struggling in the second innings.
But first innings’ centuries from Cook (122) and Kevin Pietersen (186), who won the Man of the Match award, not only showed improvement from England but highlighted how India’s spinners were not as strong as first anticipated.
England know that the pitch in Kolkata will be a return to the slow, low tracks that are common in India but they will go into next week’s match with added confidence after Monday’s superb win.