Tuesday 23 December 2008 

India Take Series Win After Mohali Draw

India Take Series Win After Mohali Draw
Fog Delays Start Of Play On Final Day In Mohali
© REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 
India claimed a 1-0 Test series victory over England after the second and final Test in Mohali was drawn.

Yuvraj Singh hit three sixes on his way to a half-century as India declared their second innings on 251 for seven, 402 runs ahead before England were 64 for one and after an over of Mahendra Singh Dhoni medium pace, the match was ended as a draw.

Yuvraj hit 86 before he was run out by Ian Bell and the declaration came when man of the match Gautam Gambhir fell for 97.

Play got underway some two and a half hours later than planned at 1130 local time (0600 GMT) due to heavy fog but Yuvraj was quickly in to his stride.

He first hit James Anderson for a maximum and followed that up with two in two balls off of Stuart Broad as he raced to a 57-ball half-century.

By contrast, Gambhir took 174 balls to reach his half-century having batted yesterday when India, Yuvraj and Virender Sehwag apart, were in no hurry whatsoever.

England suffered an injury concern just before the break when a Yuvraj reverse sweep hit wicket-keeper Matthew Prior in the collarbone.

Yuvraj looked set to register his first Test century against a nation other than Pakistan until he was sent back by Gambhir and was short of his ground when Bell hit the stumps.

Dhoni failed to score and was caught and bowled by Monty Panesar before Gambhir edged Graeme Swann to Ian Bell in the gully when three short of what would have been his second century of the match.

England lost the wicket of Alastair Cook, caught by VVS Laxman off of Ishant Sharma for 10 before Andrew Strauss (21) and Bell (24) batted through to the end of the match.

Zaheer Khan was named as the man of the series after taking eight wickets in the two matches.

Centuries from Gambhir and Rahul Dravid in the first innings put India in control as they hit 453 despite Kevin Pietersen responding in kind when England batted as the tourists only managed 302 in reply.

India, who won by six wickets in Chennai, were 134 for four at stumps on day four.

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