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India vs England, 1st Test, England tour of India 2012-13

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India won by 9 wkts | India Vs England Live Score, 1st Test

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.
End of over 16, 4 runs (. . . 4 )
IND: 82/1
Virat Kohli - 14(23) This over: 4 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara - 41(51) This over: 0 runs
Graeme Swann
(7.5 - 2 - 46 - 1)
15.3 Graeme Swann to Virat Kohli 4
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 Graeme Swann to Virat Kohli 0
no run, loopy delivery on the off, Kohli gets forward and defends it
15.2 Graeme Swann to Virat Kohli 0
no run
15.1 Graeme Swann to Virat Kohli 0
no run, flat delivery on the off, Kohli stays back and blocks
Just 1 more needed. Looks like Virat Kohli will hit the winning run.
End of over 15, 5 runs (. . . . 4 1 )
IND: 78/1
Virat Kohli - 10(19) This over: 5 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara - 41(51) This over: 0 runs
Samit Patel
(6.0 - 0 - 24 - 0)
14.6 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli 1
1 run, flat and just outside off, Kohli cuts it to backward point and retains strike
14.5 Samit Patel to Virat Kohli 4
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

Match details

Toss : India won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pak) and Tony Hill (NZ)

TV umpire : Sudhir Asnani (Ind)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (SL)

Teams

India : Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

England : Alastair Cook(c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior(wk), Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

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