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England take 2-1 lead, thrashes India

Posted on Dec 09, 03:13PM | IBNS

In a sheer disappointment to all Indians, England went up 2-1 on the scoreboard defeating the hosts in the third test of the four match series, at Eden Gardens.

England needing just 41 runs to complete the formalities of a huge victory came out to bat with a dash of complacency as they lost three wickets with just eight on the board.

But Nick Cromptom (9) and Ian Bell (28) took the team to their first victory on this historical ground since 1977.

The English run machine Alaister Cook's (1) rare failure with the bat in this series came when he was stumped by Indian counterpart MS Dhoni while attempting to hit R Ashwin, coming down the track.

Jonathan Trot and Kevin Pietersen followed Cook immediately giving their wickets to Pragyan Ojha and Ashwin respectively.

Earlier, the tourists took just ten balls to wrap up India's second knock at 247 when part-timer Jonathan Trott trapped Pragyan Ojha in front of his stumps.

R Ashwin, who saved India from the ignominy of an innings defeat, remained stranded in 91, nine short of a well-deserved second Test century.

English skipper Cook swung the match in his favour of the third day itself when he virtually ended the possibility of India's victory with his record-breaking effort in 190.

His marathon knock set the platform of tourists' massive first innings score of 523.

The outcome of the match would trigger as massive soul-searching in the Indian cricket circuit as following this defeat the home team is in the danger of losing a Test series in their own backyard after 28-year.

The failure of Eden, first since 1999 when they were defeated by arch-rivals Pakistan, exposed India's weakness in all the three departments--batting, bowling and fielding.

India opted to bat after winning the toss, but their batsmen failed to take any advantage and were skittled out for 316.

In Virendra Sehwag's word the batsmen lacked patience and application.

On a pitch where Cook and company made merry, none of the famous Indian willow wielders touched the double figure mark.

The highest score by a home batsman was from Ashwin, who is on the side as a spinner. It was followed by Sachin Tendulkar's 76.

Bowling in a match where England bowlers, pacers and spinners, hunted in pack, their Indian counterparts failed to extract any life from the flat Eden surface, against Dhoni's demand of turning track.

James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers and ended with a match figure of six.

England captain Alastair Cook said winning the 3rd Test against India at Eden Gardens on Sunday was finest moment of his life.

The left handed batsman, who missed a double century by ten runs in the 1st innings, said in the post match news conference that "the day is special and the finest moment of my life."

Skipper M S Dhoni blamed the defeat of India to batting failure while resolving to engage all resources for a win against the visitors in the last and final Test in Nagpur from Dec 13.

"Quickly we got out in the second innings, due to failure of the batsmen and resulting in the defeat of the 3rd Test," Dhoni, who made 52 and 0 in two innings, said at the post-match press conference.

"At least top seven batsmen will have to do well to get a good score on the board so that their bowlers can defend," he said.

He said since some legends (batsmen) have gone, the senior players in the side should guide the juniors so that all collective efforts were made to get going.

He, however, praised the spinners saying they did well in the current series, but the pacers needed to do well.

"We are expecting some good bowling from the pacers," Dhoni said while defending the fitness of Zaheer Khan.

Dhoni said they now know the situation well and everyone should pull together and give their best for Nagpur Test.