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India vs England: Visitors Notch Convincing Ten-Wicket Win to Level Series

International Business Times UK

India are supposed to be the masters of spin bowling, but England showed exactly why they are considered one of the top teams in the world right now, easing to a comprehensive ten-wicket win in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium, after their two spinners had dismissed all ten Indian batsmen.

Following a monumental collapse on day three, which left India's chances of pulling off anything in the second Test in tatters, the hosts crumbled to 142 all out in their second innings, after beginning the day on 117 for seven.

Gautam Gambhir was the only one who put up any sort of resistance, the left-handed opener the last man out for 65.

England needed only 57 runs to even the series at 1-1, and similar to the first Test in Ahmedabad when India were set a small target which they duly reached, the visitors notched the runs in under ten overs to seal a memorable victory.

Ironically, this is the first time since India's loss in Mumbai to the same opposition six years ago, that the hosts have lost a Test match after winning the toss.

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The day began with little hope for the Indians, despite Gambhir saying a miracle could not be counted out. Harbhajan Singh, who was giving Gambhir company when play began in the morning, did not last too long.

The off-spinner fell to his English counterpart Graeme Swann, caught at slip by Jonathan Trott while trying to cut a delivery that was too close to his body.

Zaheer Khan, after that, lasted only 11 deliveries, with the fast bowler becoming Monty Panesar's sixth victim of the innings. Zaheer top edged Panesar (6 for 81) while going for a slog-sweep, allowing wicketkeeper Matt Prior to take a simple catch.

Gambhir, now knowing the match was as good as over, tried to get as many runs as possible, but fell lbw to Swann, who took the other four wickets in the second innings, thanks to a poor decision from umpire Tony Hill.

England's 57-run target was just a mere formality, as Nick Compton helped himself to 30 runs off just 28 deliveries, and with it ending the game with well over five sessions remaining.

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