Dhoni in a spin as Panesar bowls England to victory

India's decision to prepare spinning track backfires

India got a taste of their own medicine after their decision to prepare a spinning track backfired spectacularly in the second Test at Mumbai.

England batsmen were expected to struggle at the Wankhede just like they succumbed in the first Test at Ahmedabad.

But left arm spinner Monty Panesar changed the script by bagging 11 wickets after Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook hit classy centuries as England overhauled India's first innings total of 327.

Panesar proved his mettle by wreaking havoc following up his five for 129 with a rich haul of 6 for 81 as India collapsed for 142 on the fourth morning.

The visitors needing just 57 for victory, duly thumped India by 10 wickets.

Panesar had a match bag of 11 for 210 celebrating his return to the side in style.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni looking for excuses after their humiliating defeat blamed the spinners for failing to exploit the surface.

"Definitely outplayed. Monty bowled really well. All get turn, but the pace he bowled at made sure that the batsmen were on the front foot. To some extent, yes I am disappointed with our spinners. We let England bat on the back foot. We could have brought them forward," a disappointed Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.

Dhoni had lambasted the opening Test pitch in Ahmedabad despite India's win and today he said his bowlers just could not get a hold over the pace to bowl at the Wankhede.

"All of a sudden they have to change their plan. Ahmedabad was completely different and it was a change of conditions," he said.

Enland skipper Alastair Cook lauded the contribution made by Pietersen and Panesar.

"You don't need to tell KP anything and it was great to watch from the other end. Credit to the way Graeme Swann and Monty bowled. Brilliant performance," he said.

Man of the match Pietersen rate the hundred high in his personal bests.

"Now that we have won, this hundred is at the top. Yesterday I said Test hundreds feel a lot better when you win," said Pietersen.

The third Test begins in Kolkata on December 5.

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