December 17, 2012
Going into the final days play, England led India by 163 runs with 7 second innings wickets in hand. On a pitch that was still good for batting England cruised to the draw in style largely thanks to centuries from Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell. India tried hard but they were only able to claim a further one wicket on a frustrating day for the hosts.
Trott scored 143, while Bell made 116 not out in what was the decisive partnership. It was especially pleasing for the Warwickshire pair who had been under pressure for runs from certain parts of the media.
The match was called a draw after England had reached 352-4, a lead of 356. The slow surface was tailor made for England in this match as they went in search of the draw. There was very little assistance to the bowlers during all 5 days of the game, much to MS Dhoni’s frustration.
England’s achievement on this tour was fantastic for a side that was written off due to the conditions they were facing. India have not lost a home series since 2004 and there has already been calls for Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni to be removed from their positions in the team.
After losing the first Test match in Ahmedabad, England outplayed India in every department of the game and thoroughly deserved their accolades. England’s will travel to New Zealand in March before next summer’s Test matches against New Zealand before the Ashes gets under way in July.
The Scoop 17/12/12