Indian skipper M S Dhoni’s wish for a turner has been granted, but it is the English spinners that have made the best use of the conditions. While Pragyan Ojha did manage to pick up a five-wicket haul in England’s first innings, even hewasn’t as effective as the duo of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.
Bowlers, they say, hunt in pairs. Thus, Wasim Akram was incomplete without Waqar Younis, Courtney Walsh complemented Curtly Ambrose perfectly while Muttiah Muralitharan’s success had a lot to do with Chaminda Vaas’ presence in the side.
Even as Ravichandran Ashwin has hogged most of the limelight in India’s good performances at home in recent times, his left-arm spinning partner Pragyan Ojha hasn’t been a mere supporting hand. In fact, Ojha has matched Ashwin’s performances in most games where they have featured together.
England pulled off a tremendous fightback in the final session of Day 3 with its opening batsmen putting on an unbroken century stand. Batting out 38 overs in the final session safely, Skipper Alastair Cook led the way with an unbeaten 74 (from 124 balls with 13 fours).
When a Test match ends in four days in spite of the fact that wet weather has caused significant interruptions in the game, you can wonder the kind of domination the victorious side has had against their opponents.
R Ashwin claimed a match tally of 12 for 85 as New Zealand crashed to an innings and 115 run-defeat in the Hyderabad Test. It was all over very quickly for the Kiwis as they got bundled out in their second innings for 159 in 61.3 overs. The tourists lost their last seven wickets for just 26 runs!