Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar starred in a convincing ten wicket victory for England in Mumbai to level the series at 1-1.
Panesar made a sensational return after being overlooked for the first test heartache in Ahmedabad to claim his best test figures of 11-210. Although, it was Pietersen’s knock of 186 earning him man of the match, it proved to be key in pulling the match towards England’s favour.
Panesar was in the action straight away, when he bowled out Sehwag for 30 with a full delivery.
After being put into bowl by the Indians once again, James Anderson struck early trapping Gautam Ghambhir lbw with the second ball of the match. Panesar ripped through Tendulkar’s defence next over, in similar fashion to Sehwag’s dismissal.
Kohli couldn’t hang in for longer either, the left arm spin of Panesar had too much for him as Compton caught him at cover. Graeme Swann managed to slide one past Yuvraj’s edge which cannoned into his stumps, dismissing him for 0.
In the evening session India were soon reeling on 169-6, when Panesar had his fourth victim of the day. Extra bounce was enough for MS Dhoni, the Indian skipper edged into Swann’s palms at slip departing for 29.
But first match double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara continued his superb form ending day one on 114 with good support from Ravi Ashwin (60 not out) in a 97 run stand leaving India 265-6.
The three lions ended the frustrating partnership of 111 from Pujara and Ashwin on day two. Panesar wrapped up his five wicket haul, claiming Ashwin of his back pad on off stump.
Harbhajan Singh dug in helping Pujara steer India past 315, but finally an England bowler beat Pujara’s bat when he advanced Swann down the wicket Matt Prior whipped off the bails. The tourists were bowled out for 327 soon after when Swann polished off the tail, removing Zaheer Khan.
Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen shared an unbeaten century stand, with the skipper scoring 87 and Pietersen 62 not out finishing the day on 178-2, trailing India by 149 runs.
The pair joined together when England were in a bit of bother losing two quick wickets to Praghyan Ojha, Compton edged to the wicketkeeper for 29 and Jonathan Trott was trapped lbw for a duck.
Cook and Pietersen continued to show superb form in the third morning session, the pair both reached their 22nd Test centuries for England and put on 206 for the fourth wicket.
Cook finally departed for 122, when he edged in defence to a turning ball from Ashwin. Pietersen operated his innings on a quick tempo hitting three sixes from Ojha bringing his century up off just 127 balls.
Ojha had his revenge when Dhoni took a sharp catch behind the stumps removing Pietersen for a well played 186 giving England a lead of 53 runs.
Before tea with the ball spinning and bouncing, the England lower order folded from 382-5 to 413 all out, Ojha continued his impressive series, finishing with figures of 5-143.
With an 87 run lead at his disposal, Panesar had his second five wicket haul of the match. Sehwag fell early to the left arm danger man for nine edging to Swann at slip.
Swann snarled up Pujara for a rare failure when Bairstrow held a sharp catch at short leg. Tendulkar also fell to Panesar getting pinned down for lbw for another low score in the series.
The other Indian middle order batsmen falling to Panesar were Yuvraj, Dhoni and Ashwin who sliced to cover. Ghambhir was the only Indian hope on an unbeaten 53 not out, and on a wearing pitch England were left firm favourites to wrap up the match on the fourth day.
It didn’t take England long to finish of India’s tall, India only added ten to their overnight lead collapsing to 142-all out. Panesar claimed his sixth wicket of the innings when he removed Khan, Prior held the catch from the tail-enders attempted slog.
Swann finally closed India’s 2nd innings by trapping opener Ghambhir lbw for 65, taking his eighth wicket of the match respectively. Chasing 57 to win, the English openers Cook and Compton made no mistake in knocking down the target in just ten overs.
It was a great win for England, who now go into the third game full of confidence.