England finish off India in Kolkata to take 2-1 series lead

MINOR SCARE::England’s cricketers were wobbling at 8-3 in pursuit of 41 for victory, but Nick Compton and Ian Bell were able to guide them to the win

Staff writer

Mon, Dec 10, 2012 - Page 19

England wrapped up a seven-wicket victory against India yesterday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to go 2-1 up in their Test series with one match to play.

India, resuming on 239-9, only managed to add eight to their overnight total before Pragyan Ojha was bowled by James Anderson for 3 to leave England chasing a mere 41 for victory.

Anderson finished with 3-38, while fellow paceman Steve Finn took 3-45.

Ojha’s dismissal meant Ravichandran Ashwin missed out on what would have been a well-deserved second Test century, finishing on 91 not out. The off-spinner showed India’s batsmen how to do it by defying England’s attack for just over 3 hours, facing 157 balls and hitting 15 boundaries.

Following his first-innings 190, England skipper Alastair Cook was dismissed for 1, stumped by Mahndra Singh Dhoni off Ashwin.

Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen followed in quick succession, Trott trapped LBW by Ojha for three and Pietersen caught by Dhoni off Ashwin for a duck to leave the tourists on 8-3.

It was left to opener Nick Compton (9 not out) and Ian Bell (28 not out) to see England home, with Bell hitting the winning runs off Ashwin to end the contest.

Ashwin finished with 2-31 while left-arm spinner Ojha took 1-10.

The fourth and final Test begins in Nagpur on Thursday.