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India 80-1 (15.3 ovs) RR: 5.16 | Target: 77
India vs England, 1st Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
 Toss: India (Batting) /  Date: Nov 15, 2012

India won by 9 wkts
Man of the match: C Pujara


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COMMENTARY
India 1, England 0. That's it from us today. Cheers and bye bye!
The Man of the Match award went to Pujara but a lot of credit should go to Ojha as well. He was brilliant right through the game and ended up with 9 wickets in the match. India's pacers outshone their England counterparts as well. Umesh and Zaheer didn't get much out of the track but they troubled the batsmen with reverse swing. Spare a thought for Cook as well. He played a marathon knock but it wasn't enough to save the game. England can take a lot of confidence from his knock though. If they can learn from him, the series will get a lot more tighter.
Pujara: "Being in Gujarat makes me feel at home. It's a great feeling. Initially the wicket was slow but as the game progressed the ball was coming onto the bat. There was slow turn so it was easy to bat."
Pujara is the Man of the Match
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: "We stuck to our plans. The spinners bowled really well in the first innings. There was low bounce in the second innings but not much turn. The bowlers had to do a lot of work as we asked them to follow on. It was a fantastic effort from the bowlers. Even if you misjudged the flight, you had time to adjust on this slow wicket. The edges were not carrying as well. What's important is to not give too many runs and we did that well. Fantastic effort from Pujara. He has a good temperament and has scored double centuries in domestic cricket. He knows how to get big scores. Ojha looks to bowl tight and never gives a lot of runs. This game he took the responsibility and did well. Overall, I'm happy with the team's effort. Everyone supported each other. The batsmen supported Pujara when he was doing well and the other bowlers supported Ojha during the bowling."
Cook: "500 was a good score on the wicket but we didn't do well in the first innings. It was a great fightback from us from a tough situation. There was a slight hope on the final day but it wasn't to be. We hope to start better in Mumbai. Prior and I knew we had to do a lot of work. It wasn't meant to be though. But we showed a lot of character in this Test to fight back the way it did. The pitch helped turn but it was slow spin. The runs in the first innings is very crucial in the sub-continent and we have to improve on that."
The England players go up to shake hands with the Indians. Ojha is having a conversation with Broad and clarifying his 'send off' after Broad's dismissal. That's good to see. This was touted as a 'revenge' series but the on-field behaviour has not been too bad at all.
The umpires have a word with Kohli after the victory. Not sure what it is about. Probably to do with his celebration after the win? But it wasn't that wild anyways. Whatever, India will be a happy team. They were made to earn the win and they did exactly that. They ran through England in the first innings but remained patient when things got tough in the second. The Cook-Prior stand was frustrating them, but they kept trying and ultimately broke through. The target was never going to trouble them.
15.3 Swann to Virat Kohli, FOUR, flighted delivery on the middle and leg, Kohli drives it down the ground. That ends the match, Kohli is all pumped up while Pujara is standing calm. India go 1-0 up in the 4 match series.
15.2 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, loopy delivery on the off, Kohli gets forward and defends it
15.2 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run
15.1 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, flat delivery on the off, Kohli stays back and blocks
end of over
Just 1 more needed. Looks like Virat Kohli will hit the winning run.
14.6 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, 1 run, flat and just outside off, Kohli cuts it to backward point and retains strike
14.5 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, FOUR, 4 dot balls and Kohli has seen enough. Overpitched delivery, Kohli reaches out and drives it hard to long on. Just 2 more needed
14.4 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, fired in now, Kohli stays back and defends it
14.3 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, in the air but wide of short cover! Kohli drives uppishly but it goes just wide of short cover
14.2 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, given air on the off, Kohli is solid in defence
14.1 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, flat delivery on the off, Kohli defends it
end of over
13.6 Swann to Pujara, no run, outside off channel, Pujara leaves
13.5 Swann to Pujara, no run, uses his feet and defends it solidly
13.4 Swann to Pujara, no run, flat and outside off=, Pujara comes on the frontfoot and blocks
13.3 Swann to Pujara, no run, comes down the track and drives it to mid on
13.2 Swann to Pujara, no run, given air outside off, Pujara shoulders arms
13.1 Swann to Pujara, FOUR, just a flick! Goes deep in the crease and whips it with the turn, the timing is superb and it goes to the fence
end of over
12.6 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, tossed up on the off, Kohli drives uppishly but it lands short of extra cover
12.5 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, pushed through the air, Kohli stays in the crease and blocks
12.4 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, no run, flighted up, driven back to Samit Patel
12.3 Samit Patel to Pujara, 1 run, on the legs, Pujara clips it to square leg for one
12.2 Samit Patel to Pujara, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Pujara shoulders arms
12.1 Samit Patel to Pujara, no run
end of over
11.6 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, flighted delivery on the middle and leg, driven to mid on
11.6 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run
11.5 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, flighted delivery on the middle and leg, Kohli works it to the on side
11.4 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, fired in on the off, Virat Kohli comes on the frontfoot to defend
11.3 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, loopy delivery, Kohli pushes it to the off side
11.2 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, flat and just outside off, Kohli cuts it to the off side
11.1 Swann to Virat Kohli, no run, given air outside off, Kohli drives it to extra cover
end of over
10.6 Samit Patel to Pujara, no run, outside off, Pujara lets it go
10.5 Samit Patel to Pujara, no run, given air on the off, Pujara comes on the frontfoot and blocks
10.4 Samit Patel to Pujara, no run, flat and outside off, Pujara pads it away
10.3 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, 1 run, pushes it to cover and gets a quick single
10.2 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli, FOUR, this man is class as well. A perfect cover drive. Good stride, leans into the shot and place it wide of extra cover, off the mark in style
TEAMS
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav.
England: James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook (c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk).
   
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