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England slide to defeat in Mohali
Second Test, Mohali, day five: India 338 & 144-1 beat England 300 & 181 by nine wickets

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Munaf Patel removes Liam Plunkett for the seventh wicket

India beat England by nine wickets before tea on the final day to go 1-0 up in the series with one Test to play.

Munaf Patel was the hero in the morning with three quick wickets which sent the tourists tumbling to 181 all out from an overnight position of 112-5.

Andrew Flintoff was last man out for 51 but only Steve Harmison (13) offered the captain any meaningful support.

Set 144 to win, India lost one wicket with the score on 39, but Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag guided them home.

Sehwag, in poor form up until this innings, finished unbeaten on 76, with his captain on 42.

The batters need to go on and score big runs
Andrew Flintoff

The hosts were given the perfect start by young debutant Patel, who found excessive reverse swing from the off.

Geraint Jones stroked the first ball of the day to the cover fence for four but had no answer to the fifth ball which he chopped tamely onto his stumps.

That delivery did not swing in, but the balls that dislodged Liam Plunkett and Matthew Hoggard before either man had settled certainly did.

Plunkett was trapped lbw by a yorker while Hoggard was bowled off his left boot.

It left the captain, Flintoff, running a ship that was sinking fast and in need of an able lieutenant in the shape of Harmison.

The Durham paceman staved off immediate disaster by bravely lasting 49 balls - and he even played a delightful reverse sweep off an out-of-sorts Harbhajan Singh that ran away for four.

Anil Kumble was much more of a threat and he took his ninth wicket of the match when Harmison missed with an attempted conventional sweep.

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Sehwag and Dravid celebrate as the winning run is scored

Wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni completed a fine stumping after the batsman had neglected to keep his back foot behind the line.

With last man Monty Panesar as company, Flintoff, who had played Harbhajan and Kumble so well, decided to take on the other Indian debutant Piyush Chawla.

But his first aggressive shot against the diminutive leg-spinner resulted in an easy catch for fine leg and England were bowling before lunch.

Hoggard and Harmison enjoyed no luck in the 25-minute mini session, and some fine drives from the in-form Wasim Jaffer left the home supporters confident of victory later in the day.

Jaffer fell soon after lunch, however, when Hoggard seamed a ball into his pads for a straightforward lbw decision.

But when Flintoff turned to youngsters Panesar and Plunkett, the experience of Dravid and Sehwag served India well.

Both batsmen profited from some well-placed drives against the two bowlers and there were only two further scares.

Andrew Strauss, who has endured a lamentable winter in the sub-continent, dropped a chance at first slip offered by Dravid.

Paul Collingwood then appeared to have Sehwag lbw, but umpire Simon Taufel was unmoved.

Sehwag then decided it was time for Collingwood to get the treatment and he punished the medium-pacer for two fours and a six.

The winning hit was secured by Sehwag with a driven single off the last ball of Panesar's 11th over.




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