Indian fans and media will outrage while England will celebrate. The next Test starts only on December 5th and there is a long gap. We'll leave you with that. Bye bye!
Kevin Pietersen: "Now that we've won today, this century stands right at the top. Panesar and Swann were outstanding. Cook will break every England record in the future - Test 100s, career runs. He is a fantastic cricketer. Cricket-wise, it's not bad. Thanks to the dressing room guys and the management for sorting out all the issues I had with the board in the past. Thanks to the supporters as well. It meant a lot. Trusting defence is key to handling spinners. You have to get through the first 10-20 balls. It was a great team performance, this victory is for the team."
Kevin Pietersen is the Man of the Match
Alastair Cook: "It was a tough week at Ahmedabad but the character we showed here was brilliant. It was an important toss but we bowled well in the first day. KP took the game away from India. You don't need to tell KP anything, he was fantastic to watch from the other end. But a lot of credit to Swann and Monty to not let India get away. It's been an interesting 2 weeks we've seen both ends of the spectrum now. Thanks to the fans for turning up"
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: "We were definitely outplayed for most part of the game. Monty bowled really well. All the other spinners were effective but Monty bowled at great pace. He was the major difference. KP and Cook also batted well but the major difference was Monty. Our spinners couldn't get England's batsmen to play off the frontfoot. It was a change of conditions from Ahmedabad. Around a target of 200 could have been competitive but we couldn't get there. When 2 good sides are playing, the series will be good. I think it will be a good couple of games coming up."
A lot of talk about the pitch. Dhoni had wanted a quick turning track and he got exactly that. However, the result has made that look quite embarrasing now. But to be fair, this was a much better wicket than the one at Ahmedabad. At least, the match was exciting and tested the batsmen a lot more. And just like Dhoni had wanted, the toss wasn't a big factor in the end!
Not much to say about the Indian performance. Their spinners were not consistent enough and thus didn't extract as much from the pitch as Monty and Swann did. The lesser said about the batting, the better. Pujara and Ashwin made runs in the first innings and Gambhir made a half century in the second, but no one else contributed. Remember, the squad was picked only for the first 2 Tests so things might change. Might.
Who will be the Man of the Match now? Panesar or Pietersen? Panesar was not picked for the first Test and has made a stunning comeback, picking up 11 wickets in the game. He was almost unplayable in the second innings especially and triggered a major batting collapse. Pietersen, on the other hand, provided the X-factor that England needed to win the game. On a pitch where batting was very difficult, he took on the Indian bowlers and scored at will. And of course, the skipper Alastair Cook scored a century. That is almost a regular feature these days.
Great moment for England. Not many expected it to happen after India won the toss and picked 3 spinners for this match, but England have totally outplayed the Indians here in Mumbai. They were better in every department, the batting was much better and their spinners outplayed India's spin trio.
9.4 Ashwin to Compton, byes, FOUR, Compton roars! And then he takes out the stumps. Alastair Cook is calm. What a thumping victory for England in just over 3 days. This is how the victory happened: Ashwin fired in a flat delivery on the legs, the ball turned and beat everyone to the fine leg fence. That ends the match - England square the series 1-1.
England have won.
9.3 Ashwin to Compton, no run, comes down the track and defends it
9.2 Ashwin to Compton, no run
9.2 Ashwin to Compton, no run, loopy delivery on the off, Compton leans and blocks
9.1 Ashwin to Compton, FOUR, flat, short and outside off, Compton goes on the backfoot and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. Just 3 more
end of over
Ravichandran Ashwin [3.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
8.6 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, no run, tossed up on the off, Cook leans and blocks it
8.5 Harbhajan to Compton, 1 run, works it to backward square leg and brings up the 50 run opening stand
8.4 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 1 run, to point
8.4 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 1 run, pushes it to point and gets a quick single
8.3 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 2 runs, to mid wicket
8.3 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 2 runs, flighted delivery on the leg, Cook works it to mid wicket and gets a couple
8.2 Harbhajan to Compton, 1 run, turning in, Compton works it to fine leg for a single
8.1 Harbhajan to Compton, no run, flighted delivery on the off, Compton leans and blocks
end of over
7.6 Ojha to Alastair Cook, no run, flat and on the middle and leg, Cook looks to sweep and the ball goes off the gloves and rolls to the on side
7.5 Ojha to Alastair Cook, no run, loopy and outside off, Cook gets forward and blocks
7.4 Ojha to Alastair Cook, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Cook lets it go
7.3 Ojha to Compton, 1 run, flat, short and on the middle and leg, Compton pulls it to backward square leg
7.2 Ojha to Compton, no run, flat and full, Compton digs it out
7.1 Ojha to Alastair Cook, leg byes, 1 run, loopy and outside off, Cook looks to sweep and it goes off the pads to the off side
end of over
6.6 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 1 run, works it to deep square leg for a single
6.5 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, no run, an appeal for lbw but the impact outside off, Cook misses a sweep again but he survives
6.4 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, no run, tossed up on the off, Cook stays back and blocks
6.3 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, no run, fired in on the legs, Cook looks to work it across but gets hit on the back-pad. Would have gone down the leg side
6.2 Harbhajan to Compton, 1 run, charges down the track and drills it to long on for one more
6.1 Harbhajan to Alastair Cook, 3 runs, tossed up on the off, Cook drives it to long on for 3
end of over
Harbhajan Singh, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
5.6 Ojha to Compton, no run, works it to mid wicket and ends the over
5.5 Ojha to Compton, no run, tossed up on the off, Compton leans and blocks
5.4 Ojha to Compton, no run, flat and on the off, Compton gets forward and blocks
5.3 Ojha to Compton, SIX, Compton is in a hurry. Charges down the track and smashes it straight to long on, superb use of the feet. This little innings could do him a world of good for the rest of the series
5.2 Ojha to Alastair Cook, leg byes, 1 run, tossed up on the off, Cook sweeps and the ball goes off the pads to short third man
5.1 Ojha to Alastair Cook, no run, flat and skiddy outside off, Cook looks to punch but misses it
end of over
4.6 Ashwin to Compton, no run, flighted delivery on the off, Compton drives it back to the bowler
4.5 Ashwin to Alastair Cook, 3 runs, Cook is strong on the cut, plays it wide of backward point, was in the air for a while but fell wide of the fielder and they take 3