After a disappointing outing in the first
Test, England bounced back in fine style to register a convincing win over rivals which now leaves the series wide open. The Mumbai Test ended with India England beating by 10 wickets after the Indian batting line-up faltered against the English spin twins in both innings of the match. India
Both teams made changes to their sides from the first Test, deciding to boost their bowling attack by including more spinners.
dropped Tim Bresnan for Monty Panesar, which proved to be a wise move, something they should have done first time round. He ended up playing a vital role in England ’s demise. India too added another spinner, Harbhajan Singh, to their line-up at the expense of a fast bowler. This left them with three specialist spinners and Zaheer Khan as the sole pacer. India
|Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook|
The match was a complete reversal of the first Test and now leaves
with many things to ponder upon. The ease with which Pietersen and Cook negotiated their three spinners (taking absolutely no credit away from the two batsmen) should worry India . Were three spinners at all necessary? And in that case, what was the outcome? Another thing to look at is their batting which has now collapsed far too often, with the big names not firing in unison. The India England camp would be elated at this result and would definitely be carrying the momentum into the next Test at at Kolkata which will be an enticing encounter. The form of their top batsmen, success of their spinners and the inconsistency of the Indian team are all playing in their favour. The spinners took 28 out of 30 wickets in this Test and there was one run-out which gives some indication of the show by the pacers. The inclusion of Panesar in the side and Pietersen’s return to form has put a spring in the step of the Eden Gardens players; and can captain Alastair Cook (4 centuries in 4 consecutive matches as captain) now lead his team to victory in the series? The next Test is now definitely something to look forward to. England