England take a 2-1 lead

Updated: December 9, 2012

Alastair Cook has praised the work of his bowling attack after England went 2-1 up in the series with a seven-wicket victory against India on the final morning in Kolkata.

Having been made to wait by R Ashwin’s impressive batting on the fourth evening, England wrapped up back-to-back wins less than an hour into Sunday’s action although they did slip to 8 for 3 as they chased down 41,  Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen departing for just 8 runs until Ian Bell and Nick Compton steadied the ship and saw them home.

Earlier, India were dismissed for 247 in the second over of the day. James Anderson bowled Pragyan Ojha to wrap up India’s effort, finishing with 3-38. Ravichandran Ashwin was the not-out batsman with a well played 91.

The fourth and final Test begins in Nagpur on the 13th of December.

England 523 (Cook 190, Trott 87, Trott 57, Pietersen 54, Ojha 4-142) and 41 for 3 (Bell 28*, Ashwin 2-31) beat India 316 (Tendulkar 76, Gambhir 60, Dhoni 52, Panesar 4-90, Anderson 3-89) and 239 for 9 (Ashwin 91*, Anderson 3-38, Finn 3-45, Swann 2-70) by seven wickets