England thrashes India in Mumbai Test by 10 wickets to level series 1-1

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 07:20 hrs

England has levelled the four Test match series against India 1-1 after winning the second Test in Mumbai by ten wickets with left-arm spinner Monty Panesar finishing with a career-best match haul of 11 for 210.

England's magnificent win was achieved chiefly on the back of Kevin Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook's wonderful first-innings centuries on Sunday.

On Monday, they just had to complete an apparently clear-cut task and fittingly did so with the minimum of ruckus at the Wankhede Stadium, the Guardian reports.

Panesar recorded innings figures of six for 81 as he and Graeme Swann accounted for 19 of the 20 home wickets to fall and India mustered just 142 all out.

India, beginning 31 runs in front and with just three wickets remaining, hoped their opener Gautam Gambhir could somehow inspire enough resistance to set England an awkward total.

Harbhajan Singh made his intentions clear from the first ball of the morning, clubbing Panesar for four high over mid-off in an over, which cost 10 runs.

But Swann (four for 43) dismissed Harbhajan in the next over, finding extra bounce with an off-break that took the glove and was neatly caught by Jonathan Trott at slip.

Zaheer Khan also tried to slog India into more credit, but managed only a single before his sweep at Panesar resulted in a gentle skier safely held by wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

The No 11 Pragyan Ojha then appeared to have been caught by Trott off Panesar, only for the umpire Aleem Dar to miss a clear inside-edge.

There were no complaints from England, of course, and fewer still after Cook and Nick Compton passed their target of just 57 well before lunch in under 10 overs. (ANI)

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