India beats England by 9 wickets, Ojha and Pujara Shines

The Indian cricket team has won the first test match against England by 9 wickets at Motera here Monday and takes a lead in the four test match series.

Opener from the Indian cricket team Virender Sehwag (25) and Cheteswar Pujara (41 not out) helped India to chase the target of 77 runs in 15.3 overs. Virat Kohli was not out at 14 runs.

Earlier, England team got all out at 406 runs in their second innings at lunch. Captain Alastair Cook was the top scorer with 176 runs and Prior made superb 91 runs, but that was not enough to save them from a defeat.

Ojha was the pick of the bowlers, taking 9 wickets in the match.

Cheteswar Pujara was named as the Man-Of-The-Match, for his superb knock of 206* and 41* in the match.

England captain Alastair Cook said, “We can look at a number of reasons why we didn’t win, but our first innings wasn’t good enough. It was a great fightback, there was a glimmer of hope, but it always had to be something special. We’ll work hard going into Mumbai. The pitch got slower as the game went on. We need runs in the first innings, they are crucial, and we need to keep working as hard as we can.”

Indian captain MS Dhoni said, “There was something in the wicket to start with but as the game progressed there was low bounce but not much turn. It was hardwork for the spinners and it was a fantastic effort from them. Even if you misjudged the flight you had time to adjust and not much carried to the slips. It was important not to give many runs.”

The Man of the Match is Cheteshwar Pujara, he said, “The ball was coming nicely onto the bat. There was turn, but it was slow. As a team we knew we had to put up 500-plus and I had to hang around to play my role. In the second innings the ball was hard and I had a lot of confidence. I was out for almost a year and since I’m back I’m enjoying it.”