November 19, 2012
First Test, Ahmedabad
Day 5: India 521-8 dec & 80-1 beat England 191 & 406 by nine wickets
India wrapped up the first Test in Ahmedabad by nine wickets dismissing any chance of a dramatic England fight back on day five.
England produced a superb batting display on day four thanks to Alastair Cook and Matt Prior but both men fell victim to Pragyan Ojha early on day five meaning the Test was all but over. Cook eventually fell for 176 and Matt Prior made a battling 91.
England were eventually dismissed in their second innings for 406 just before lunch with Ojha finishing with 4-120. This meant that India required just 77 for victory in the final innings of the match.
India reached their target in 16 overs with 9 wickets in hand having lost Virender Sehwag along the way. Sehwag was caught at long on, off the bowling of Graeme Swann for 25.
India take a 1-0 series lead in the four match Test series and the teams will now head for Mumbai where the second Test match gets underway on Friday.
Despite a spirited fight back in their second innings from Cook and Prior England know that the majority of their top order have yet again let them down, and will know they must improve in their method against spin bowling if England are to stand any chance of success in the second Test match.
The Scoop 19/11/12