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India vs England: India wins first test match against England Last Updated : 19 Nov 2012 01:41:17 PM IST File photo: England captain Alastair Cook during test match in Ahmedabad against India
Chasing a paltry target of 77, India won the first cricket Test against England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad on Monday.
India took control of the first cricket Test against England after packing them off for 406 in their second innings at lunch, which left the home team with a paltry victory target of 77 on the fifth and final day in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Pragyan Ojha dealt two severe blows on England in the space of only 12 balls, by breaking the stubborn sixth wicket stand between rival captain Alastair Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior, to provide the spark for India's renewed quest of winning the Test.
Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Zaheer Khan polished off the tail in style to leave the hosts a small target to chase in the last two sessions and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Ojha finished with 4 for 120 after a fine morning spell of 2 for 18 in 11 overs, which included the wickets of Cook (176) and Prior (91).
England trailed India by 330 runs after making 191 in their first innings in reply to India's mammoth for 521 for 8 declared and then avoided the innings defeat on Sunday by reaching 340 for five.
The visitors lost their last five wickets for the addition of 66 runs in 26.3 overs and the final wicket - that of Tim Bresnan - fell seven minutes before the scheduled lunch forcing an early break.
After being frustrated by Cook and Prior since the afternoon session on Sunday, Ojha dismissed the two in superb fashion by deceiving both with his turn off the bowlers' rough to prise open the doors of victory for India before lunch.
Yadav then packed off England vice captain Stuart Broad for 3 to leave the visitors tottering at 378 for 8 in their second innings, in effect 48 for 8 having conceded a 330-run first innings lead to the hosts.
Zaheer Khan ended the England innings by having Bresnan (20 in 75 minutes) caught at short extra cover by substitute fielder Ajinkya Rahane, fielding for the absent Gautam Gambhir who was yet to return from Delhi where he had gone on Sunday.
On Monday morning, Ojha dislodged Prior by accepting the return catch and then struck the biggest blow to the English hopes by clean bowling Cook.
India opened this morning with Zaheer Khan keeping it tight from one end and Ojha attacking at the other and the move paid off in grand style after 35 minutes with the left arm spinner striking two body blows on England.
First he made Prior drive on the up a sharply turning ball that seemed to stop a bit on pitching to accept the easy return catch with the fourth ball of his third over of the morning.
The England stumper had stayed at the wicket for 240 minutes and faced 225 balls in which he hit 11 fours. He also put on 157 runs for the sixth wicket with his captain in 364 balls, the partnership starting Sunday after lunch and ending on Monday morning.
Cook's defiant knock, that had commenced two days ago in the afternoon session and lasted the entire day on Sunday, finally ended 55 minutes after start of play on the last day.
At Cook's dismissal, England were just 35 runs ahead of the hosts with three wickets in hand and their first defeat in the four-game series loomed large. And it was also the 26-year-old Ojha's fourth wicket of the innings and ninth of the match.
The visitors lost 3 wickets for the addition of 22 runs in seven overs to leave India on the doorsteps of their first victory at this venue after December, 2005 when they defeated Sri Lanka by 259 runs, and their 4th here in 12 Tests.
Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan got together to put on 28 valuable runs before the former's off stump sent back by Ashwin as he tried to reverse sweep the off spinner to leave England 76 runs ahead overall.
Ashwin, wicket less in the second innings after his three-wicket haul in the first, was brought on in place of Ojha after the 23rd over, 25 minutes before the end of the first session after the left arm spinner was carted for a six by Swann.
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