India win toss, elect to bat first in second Test match at Mumbai

India include Harbhajan Singh in the playing eleven Getty Images

Mumbai: Nov 23, 2012

Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts included Harbhajan Singh in the playing eleven.

Buoyed by the comprehensive nine-wicket win in the series opener, a confident India will look to maintain their stranglehold over England when the second cricket Test begins on Friday in conditions which is expected to suit the home team spinners.

Already 1-0 up in what has been touted as the ‘revenge series’, another victory for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’smen will ensure that England’s quest for their first series win on Indian soil in 27 years will continue, reported PTI. It will also keep Indian on track for a whitewash and avenge the 4-0 defeat they suffered during their last tour to England.

India totally outplayed England in the opening game of the four-match series on a dusty bowl at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad except for a fightback by captain Alastair Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior that kept them afloat till the final day after the home side took a huge 330-run first innings lead.

Teams:

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

England: Alastair Cook (c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Samit Patel, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

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