England scored a paltry 57 runs, to ease to 10-wkt confidence-boosting victory vs hosts India in Mumbai Test.
While Cook scored 18, he was ably supported by Nick Compton, who got off to a cracker of an innings, nipping in the bud M S Dhoni's efforts to use spin from the first ball against England in their second innings. He scored 30.
With India all out for 142, England needed just 57 runs to win the Mumbai Test.
A woeful display by India with both bat and ball allowed England to heap humiliation on India by winning the Mumbai Test with ease.
Considering that Dhoni had asked for, and received, a rank spin-friendly pitch, that had all the experts and former players like Steve Waugh saying this was not fair, failure to check the English batting and deal with the slow turners of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, led to the infliction of an embarrassing defeat, that too at home.
This has surely put a question mark on exactly how able Indian batsmen are playing against both pace and spin – on current match stats, the answer is clearly negative and cancels out the first Test victory, that was so heavily dependent on Cheteshwar Pujara's double ton and second innings' valuable contribution.
The result would also be sweet victory for former Pakistani spinner Mushtaq, England spin bowling coach, whose inputs ensured this win for England. His tenure in England was not devoid of controversy, but now, all surely must be forgiven and forgotten. The victory itself will be much celebrated by England.
Scorecard England beat India
Resuming at a precarious 117 for seven after conceding a vital 86-run first innings lead, the Indians were skittled out for a paltry 141 within an hour's play on the fourth morning, leaving the visitors an easy target of 57 for victory which they achieved without much fuss with more than five sessions to spare.
Only Gautam Gambhir (65) provided a semblance of resistance before being the last man to be dismissed though television replays indicated that he was distinctly unlucky to be ruled out.
Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was the pick of the English bowlers with figures of 22-3-81-6 for a match haul of 11 wickets while Graeme Swann snapped up the remaining four wickets in a fine exhibition of spin bowling.
The two England openers Alastair Cook (18) and Nick Compton (30) overhauled the target in just 9.4 overs to complete the rout in a match which was dominated by the visitors in conditions which were tailor-made for the home team spinners.
The moment of triumph came through four byes off R Ashwin which triggered off scenes of jubilation in the England dressing room with the players hugging each other and celebrating a remarkable victory.
It was a pathetic display by the Indians who were thoroughly outplayed in their own den. While the spinners were a complete letdown on a track which suited them, the famed batting line up also left much to be desired failing to counter the spin threat of Panesar and Swann.
England, on the other hand, showed remarkable character and resilience to bounce back and square the series 1-1 after suffering a nine-wicket drubbing in the first Test in Ahmedabad.
India, who were tottering at 117 for 7 last evening against the double spin attack of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, lost their remaining wickets this morning in 11.1 overs and 43 minutes.
With Gautam Gambhir the only top order batsman left to carry on the fight to the rival camp, India stared defeat in the face last evening itself and any hopes of a late turnaround was belied.
Gambhir was last out, declared leg before, off an inside edge for a defiant 65, but with the top batsmen collapsing like nine pins against Panesar and Swann last evening after India batted for the second time in the game, there was little hope of escaping defeat.
It was India's seventh Test defeat in 23 games, as compared to nine wins, against all comers at this venue, and their third in 7 games against England and second on the trot.
The hosts had previously suffered reverses against their English rivals in 1980 and 2006 - the last time the two met at this ground. Overall, it was India's 39th defeat, and twelfth at home, in 105 Tests.
Graeme Swann got the initial wicket in his first over itself, after an expensive opening over by Panesar, by dismissing overnight not out batsman Harbhajan Singh.
Singh, who struck a lofted four off Panesar, checked his cut shot to a ball that turned and bounced from the off spinner and offered a tame catch to slip fielder Jonathan Trott to depart for 6 after facing 5 balls.
Panesar, who was hit for two fours in his first over, got rid off no. 10 batsman Zaheer Khan (1) when his sweep shot ballooned up off the top edge for wicket keeper Matt Prior to run a few yards and take it near the square leg position and India had slumped to 131 for 9 in the fifth over of the morning.
Gambhir, with only last man Pragyan Ojha for company, farmed the strike to help the team add 11 more runs before he was last out, leg before to Swann while defending as he was rapped on the back pad.
Replays suggested the left handed opener got an inside edge on to the pad, and Gambhir was understandably not happy with umpire Tony Hill's decision.
Gambhir, who missed becoming only the fourth Indian opener to carry his bat through after Sunil Gavaskar (1983), Virender Sehwag (2008) and Rahul Dravid (2011), showed the only sign of defiance from the home team in the second innings while his other teammates flopped.
The Delhi left hander, not out on 53 last evening, batted for over three hours, and struck six fours in 142 balls before becoming Swann's fourth victim of the innings.
Panesar, who ended the innings with brilliant figures of 6 for 81, thus equaled the late Hedley Verity's record (for a spin bowler) haul of 11-153, in 1933-34 at Chennai (then Madras), on Indian soil.
The left arm bowler's match figures read a superb 11 for 210 while Swann's read 8 for 113 as the two bowlers, with little support from the seam bowlers, brought about the famed Indian batting line-up's downfall on a track where the ball turned viciously and bounced alarmingly.
Panesar's 11 victims included the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in both the innings, in what could be the veteran batsman's farewell Test on his home ground.
For India, Cheteshwar Pujara, who made a splendid 135 in the first innings following his 206 not out in Ahmedabad, was the stand-out batsman while left-arm Ojha was the most successful bowler with his first innings haul of 5 for 143.
Gambhir struck form after a long lean patch in the second innings fiasco to delay the inevitable but all other batsmen flopped on a spinning track, which was desired by skipper Mehendra Singh Dhoni after the hard-earned win at Ahmedabad on a low and slow wicket.
Virender Sehwag, in his 100th Test, could get only 30 and 9, after his run-a-ball 117 in the series opener, while Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh floundered on both the occasions.
In bowling, the biggest disappointment was Ravichandran Ashwin who could not stick to a consistent line and struggled to be penetrative despite bowling 42 overs in the first innings for 2 wickets conceding 145 runs.
Harbhajan Singh, in his comeback 99th Test, was also a pale shadow of the bowler he once was, indicated by his haul of 406 wickets prior to this game.
2 things need to be done asap 1st remove mr fletcher he is good for nothin 2nd some players need to go back to ranji and play and kindly send B team for the test in kolkata and am 100%sure they will do better there was no will from any of indian batsman to stay at the wicket and they played all cross batted shots .ashwin,bhaj,sachin,yuvi,veeru should be replaced by mishra,chawla,rahane,tiwary,rohit or badri immediately seniors should go back to domestic cricket and get back their technique but most important if mr fletcher stays india will never win any test series in india or overseas serious steps need to be taken or the worst is yet to come when india travels to SA
it is the group of selectors and MS dhoni going to test without a leg spinner. history tels that England team is always a weak against leggies. What made MSD to go with bajji on cricketing ground realities only bajji is good friend of MSD.rahul or amit mishra even chawla might have given better performance. bhajji taken two tailenders wicket only msd want bhajji on bowiling chart of wicket takers. On performance of MSD only he can take a call to play for tests or not.
hope MS and indian team youngsters, realise the value of dravid and laxman. Sachin has been overhyped, while these two veterans were hounded out without respect. Our youngsters from Virat to yuvraj in the middle order, do not know how to build an patient innings on bowler friendly spin tracks. This is a well deserved wake up call for the Indian team selectors, as the bowlers have been found short, and in fact it is a matter of concern that the spin cupboard is bare and the middle order is weak....Time to plan for the long term india...
Do'nt blame Tendulkar defeat of India vs England, i think its bad batch of his batting and also luck in not working his way but he is still a great palyer and he is able to comeback quickly and i think he play for india atleat 2~3 more years easily. Good luck Tendulkar(Pakies fan prayers with you).
Indeed England has proved their supremacy and their spinners especially did their best. Our spinners lost their rythm and we had seen only the shadows in the field. More importantly Capt. Cook he shown the way how to lead the team in the front and ofcourse KP he is the best. We too have hitters like Schewag, Kohli, Gambhir but nobody was in their best. Dhoni should learn from Cook instead of making silly comments about the pitch. His comment about the previous pitch could have been avoided. He shoudl blame himself rather than blaming the batters and bowlers. He is an utter failure and he should be removed from the captai ncy and give the leadership to somebody else.
Contrast Indias abject surrender with how the South Africans held on to a gritty draw with the Australians. Indian team is a over-hyped bunch with no Test Match temperament. The Captain is one bereft of ideas and hardly of the type that motivates others with his own performance! There is no hunger or passion anymore in the Indian team... only greed for money!
Before the start of the series Sunny has said that this Indian Test team is the weakest of three decade..His comments came true at last. Today the stars like Virat/Yuvraj/Dhoni etc are bothered about Advertisement & Money only. Dhoni sud be sacked as test captain immdtly. On the track on which our 3 quality spinners were un effective, monty & swan took the advantage. We donot know about our tracks. This is the biggest Jokeof the day.