England thump India by 7 wickets to lead 2-1

England scored a convincing 7 wicket victory over India in the third test match at Eden Gardens to lead the series 2 – 1. This is a remarkable achievement as very few teams have managed to win 2 tests on the trot while touring India. The total batting collapse from India ensured that England only needed to chase a modest 41 runs to take the unassailable lead.

Alastair Cook

Cook plunders runs

The success of the England team can be attributed mainly to the phenomenal form of their captain, Alastair Cook. He has been remarkable as a captain and as a batsman he is plundering runs at his own will. The whole team draws inspiration from their captain who has now scored a century in each of the three test matches. Cook scored a fine 190 in the first innings and helped England to take a lead of more than 200 runs. However, India was dismissed for a paltry 247 leaving England to get a mere 41 runs for victory.

A few hiccups

It was a lop-sided contest but there was some excitement towards the end as England lost three quick wickets in succession in the small chase. Some hopes were renewed but Ian Bell and Nick Compton kept their cool to steer England home.This was India’s first loss in a test match in Eden Gardens for more than a decade. R. Ashwin was the lone bright spot for the home team as his gritty 91 ensured that India saved the ignominy of an innings defeat.

India will now have to play out of their skin in Nagpur to save the last test match and draw the series. But this is easier said than done. The England team is now very confident and is hungry for one more test win to register the first series victory since they won a series 2 – 1 in 1984-85, led by David Gower.

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