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Bowled Over – Australia Complete Ashes Whitewash – By Luqman Liaqat

Australia eased to a 281-run victory inside three day at Sydney to complete a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against England.

The third day was a subject of surrender from the tourists, as they were bowled out for 166 in 31.4 overs after being set a target of 448 with Michael Carberry’s top score of 43.

Ryan Harris (5-25) applied the polishing touches, taking the final two wickets of Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin while Mitchell Johnson claimed three victims to finish with a total of 37 wickets for the series.

The opening day of the fifth and final test begun with a different look for England as Alaistair Cook won the toss for the first time in the series and put the hosts into bat first.

David Warner fell early for 16 when he was bowled by a Broad inswinger and then Ben Stokes saw Chris Rodgers play onto his own stumps when attempting a pull on 11.

Stokes was the beneficiary for the Australian skipper Michael Clarke’s downfall when he edged straight to Ian Bell at second slip. The fourth wicket of Shane Watson was England’s first lbw of the series as the hosts were left teetering on 94-4 at lunch.

After the break, George Bailey became the fifth Aussie batsman to fall cheaply, however as in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne that was a green light for another fightback from Brad Haddin.

Rankin went off with an injury and debutant Scott Borthwick was under an assault having his first three overs go for 21. Haddin raced to his fourth half-century of the Ashes series off 70 balls, with strong support from Steve Smith.

Seeing the end of Haddin’s innings was a huge surprise when he edged to Cook for 75 and the partnership with Smith was worth 128 moving the score onto 225-6.

Smith profited from England’s many short balls and full tosses, the Australian right hander crashed a six and four from consecutive balls to move to his third test ton.

After Johnson’s dismissal, Harris smashed James Anderson for two boundaries before driving Stokes to short extra-cover for 22. Stokes then had Peter Siddle and Smith (115) in next three balls for admirable figures of 6-99 as the Austrian innings closed on 326.

Before the close, more misery was to hit England, this time with the bat as Carberry fended Johnson to a diving Nathan Lyon before Cook and night watchman Anderson survived at stumps on 8-1.

The horror show began from the off on day two for England as soon as the skipper himself left an inswinger from Harris for a plumb leg before. After Bell was dropped by Watson, nightwatchman Anderson followed shortly edging Johnson to a diving Clarke at second slip.

From 14-3 it became 17-4 when Kevin Pietersen pushed Harris (3-36) with hard hands leaving Watson with a simple catch. Bell was still struggling and only got off the mark after 40 minutes at the crease before Siddle produced a beautiful delivery to take his outside edge.

With a target of 127 to avoid the follow-on, there was a chance for the match being finished in two days. After debutant batsman Gary Ballance fell, Stokes provided a dogged effort to add 49 on the eighth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (18).

Stokes was out for 47 when he shouldered arms to have his off stumps hammered back by Siddle (3-23). Borthwick edged to third slip as England collapsed to an abysmal 155-all out.

The hosts started their second innings with a lead of 171, Anderson struck straight away for a leg before of Warner and had Watson caught behind for nine as the English seamers toiled in the warm evening.

Broad had Clarke for six and Stokes saw Smith edge to Cook at slip but Rodgers scored another careful fifty with Bailey who was on a handy 20 not out as Australia were on 140-4 at stumps (311 runs ahead).

Rodgers transformed his overnight 73 into another ton as he cut Pietersen away for his 14th boundary from 143 deliveries and extended the stand with Bailey to 109.

Bailey scored 46, before pulling Broad into Borthwick’s palms in the deep and it was the first of six wickets going down at either side of lunch. Haddin (28) was aggressive before dragging Borthwick onto his stumps and Johnson was bowled by Stokes (2-62), giving him eight victims for the match.

Rodgers 119 run stay at the crease came to an end when Borthwick claimed a diving catch from his own bowling and then had Harris caught in the deep for 13.

Rankin picked the final wicket of Siddle for his maiden test scalp, caught behind, as the hosts second innings closed on 276 and set the tourists a target of 448.

Cook (7) fenced a short ball from Johnson and then edged behind before Bell after a making a promising start guided a cut off Harris straight to gully.

When Pietersen was on his way for six to Harris, a familiar England batting disarray was under way.

Carberry showed some resistance, but was sent packing to the second ball of the evening session by Johnson. Three deliveries later, Balance (7) was hit on the pads from one that kept low from the tourists’ nemesis Johnson.

Lyon then had his say taking two wickets in an over, Bairstow fell for duck to an excellent catch by Bailey at short-leg and Clarke pulled off an absolutely magnificent low catch to see off Borthwick.

Stokes (32) reacted by going on an all-out attack, dominating a stand of 44 with Broad before being bowled out when attempting a slog of Harris.

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Bowled Over – England Take Series – By Luqman Liaqat

England batted out day five to secure a draw in Nagpur to beat India 2-1 and complete a first series triumph over India in 27 years.

It started poor for England as India made early in roads into there batting line up in quest to level the series after picking up five wickets on day one in Nagpur.

England batsmen struggled to adapt to the slow pitch, with only Kevin Pietersen chipping in with 73. Pietersen’s contribution brought about a recovery from 16-2, openers Alistair Cook and Nick Compton fell early to Ishant Sharma.

Pietersen shared an 86 run 3rd wicket partnership with Jonathan Trott bringing the tourists back on track. However, debutant Ravindra Jadeja bowled out Trott off a full delivery and Pietersen clipped the ball to Piyush Chawla at midwicket shortly after tea.

Ian Bell fell cheaply to Chawla, but England debutant Joe Root and wicketkeeper Matt Prior batted out the day with an unbroken stand of 60 to leave the score on 199-5.

Day two saw Root’s maiden test fifty which helped England post 330, while James Anderson struck three times to leave India on 87-4.

It was over for Root when Chawla caught and bowled him for a well played 73 to give England a competitive first innings score of 330.

Before the day was out, England struck with the ball, Anderson produced a cracking delivery removing Virender Sehwag for duck.

Swann had earlier hit a timely fifty, and he then accounted for Pujara’s dismissal with Ian Bell taking a superb one handed catch. Then Anderson bowled out Sachin Tendulkar for two runs and had Ghambhir caught behind by Prior for 37.

The third day of the test match saw India make a fight back with the bat as Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni put on a 198 run stand.

Kohli made 103 and with it became the highest run scorer of 2012, only to fall in Swann, pinned lbw.

Dhoni searching for his hundred on 99 but was run out from the second last ball of the day. Cook threw down the stumps with MS Dhoni fractionally short of his ground.

Jadega in between was dismissed from an in swinger by Anderson, as India  finished the day 297-8 trailing England by only 33 runs.

England were on the brink of a famous Test series victory in India, after reaching four at stumps on 161-3 in Nagpur giving them a lead of 165 runs.

India scored 29 runs in an hour, declaring on 326-9 still four runs adrift of England’s first innings total.

Ashwin finished on 29 not out, while Monty Panesar bowled out Ojha for three. With no rush England began increasing their advantage, as the openers started by sharing a 48 run partnership before both fell in the afternoon session.

For the second time in the match, Cook was left hard done by when he was given out caught behind, replays showed the ball had missed his bat.

Compton fell to spin off Ojha, after appearing to get an edge he was given lbw.

After the break Kevin Pietersen left a straight ball from Jadega which crashed into his off stump. However, the two Warwickshire batsmen Trott and Bell kept India at bay, as they steadied the ship sharing an unbroken 67 run partnership.

Trott survived a huge caught behind appeal by Sharma on 43, but he lived another day reaching 66 not out with Ian Bell on 24 at the close.

A draw was never in doubt on the final day, Trott and Bell both scored centuries before the players shook hands after tea with England finishing on 352-4.

Bell brought up his half century off 130 balls, the pair put on 208 for the fourth wicket. Trott finally found his feet at the centre of action after a tough fourth day, as he reached his century off 232 balls.

The afternoon session moved on smoothly, until Trott was out just before tea for 143 when he tickled Ashwin straight to Kohli at leg slip.

Root joined Bell before tea, and like the result,  Bell’s hundred was a formality as he reached it with a leg glance from 293 deliveries. Root remained 20 not out and with Bell unbeaten on 116, the players called it a day in the final session.

In the end it was a great series for England who came back from a crushing nine wicket first test defeat to take it 2-1. Alistair Cook was given man of the series, scoring well over 500 runs and Swann and Panesar took 37 wickets between them as the tourists left India in bullish mood.

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Bowled Over – England Dominate in India – By Luqman Liaqat

England opened up a 2-1 series lead with a seven wicket victory over India in the third test at Eden Gardens.

The stand out performer during the match was skipper Alastair Cook as he led by example with a knock of 190 in the first innings.

Having won the toss for the third time in the series, India made a positive start at with Virden Sehwag and Gautam Ghambhir very much untroubled in the opening ten overs, however, a mix up between the pair resulted in a run out.

With the pitch lacking pace and bounce it didn’t affect Panesar as he deceived the danger man Pujara with a straight delivery for 16. James Anderson had Virat Kohli caught at slip which at the time left India 136-4.

Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar helped India make a mini recovery, putting on a 79 run partnership, but Yuvraj’s residence was over when Cook held onto a catch at slip off Graeme Swann.

Tendulkar was soon on his way as well, Anderson had him caught behind by wicket keeper Prior for 76.

Dhoni and Ashwin were closing in on seeing out the day without losing another wicket, but Anderson had other ideas as he knocked back Ashwin’s middle stump.

Day two was a historic day, as Alastair Cook became the leading century maker for England, giving his team a commanding position on 216-1.

Earlier, India added 43 to their overnight score, MS Dhoni did his best to frustrate the English bowlers taking his side past 300.

Dhoni was last man out for a well played 52, a great catch from Swann gave Steve Finn his first wicket on his return to the team ending the Indian innings for 323.

England openers, Cook and Nick Compton put an opening stand of 165. Compton completed his maiden fifty but the talking point was Cooks ton giving him his 23rd, eclipsing Willy Hammond’s record set back in 1939 which had only been equalled by Geoffrey Boycott.

Cook looked on course for a third test double century, but was sent back to the pavilion for 190 in rather bizarre circumstances, as he was run out at the non-strikers end by Kohli’s sharp throw, when he tried getting out of the way of the ball before grounding his bat.

England overhauled India’s first innings score after lunch as Trott kept good concentration for his 87 only to lose his wicket poorly as he played at a ball he was best leaving, edging away to Dhoni from Ojha’s bowling.

After Cook’s removal, the hosts fought back removing Bell on five and Patel for 33. Kevin Pietersen achieved another confident fifty in the series. Although after Pietersen’s fall, Prior and Swann shared an unbeaten stand of 56 to finish the day 509-6.

England’s tail didn’t last long losing the remaining four wickets within 13 runs. The first two wickets fell in seven balls, Swann edged a drive off Ojha to slip becoming the left arm spinner’s fourth victim.

Then Prior lost his way to Zaheer Khan and Ashwin concluded the innings by picking up the last two wickets in two balls.

The English seamers did the vast amount of damage in India’s second innings leaving Cook’s side on the verge of victory on the fourth day.

India responded to 86-0 but by tea they were reeling on 145-6, Sehwag was bowled out by Swann, Pujara was run out for eight by Ian Bell’s direct throw.

Ghambhir followed soon, caught off Finn for 40 and Swann found Tendulkar’s edge as Trott held the catch. Anderson came steaming into the attack bowling out Yuvraj Singh and removed Dhoni for duck.

Ravi Ashwin’s superb 83 not out was the barrier in England’s way forcing the game to the final day, with India closing on 239-9 and a lead of just 30 runs.

India’s resistance lasted only ten balls on the fifth day, Ojha was bowled out by Anderson who finished with figures of 3-38. Unfortunately for Ashwin he was left stranded on 91 not out.

This left England an easy looking target of 41; however they gave India a sniff of a miracle as they collapsed to 8-3 in five overs.

Cook, Trott and Pieterson departed to spin of Ashwin and Ojha, however an unbeaten 28 from Bell saw England win their first test at the famous Kolkata ground since 1977.

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Bowled Over – India V England 2nd Test Review – By Luqman Liaqat

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.

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