First step to redemption, India go 1-0 up

Nov 20 2012, 00:06 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara (AP) Cheteshwar Pujara (AP)
SummaryHaving smacked the winning boundary down the ground, Virat Kohli walked over to bump gloves with Cheteshwar Pujara.

best even on the speed gun.

Captain M S Dhoni highlighted the role of his fast men in India’s victory. “Zaheer Khan put in a lot of effort. We’ve seen Umesh improve, he’s bowling real quick,” he said. “The contribution of the fast bowlers was really important. They gave us the breakthrough when it was really needed.”

The performances of Ojha, Zaheer and Umesh made day five the highlight reel of India’s impressive bowling through the match. And in his unbeaten 51-ball 41 in the brief fourth-innings chase, Pujara provided another glimpse of the riches he can offer Indian cricket.

During his first innings double century, Pujara, though looking the most comfortable of all Indian batsmen against Graeme Swann, had mostly played the offspinner with care. This time, he spanked six fours in Swann’s 7.3 overs. The contest between these two might well be the one to watch in the three Tests that remain.

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