In­dia beat Eng­land by 9 wick­ets

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AHMED­ABAD

In­dia broke through the stub­born Eng­land re­sis­tance with a morn­ing burst of five wick­ets be­fore surg­ing to a com­pre­hen­sive nine-wicket vic­tory in the open­ing Test for a 1-0 lead in the four­match se­ries on Mon­day. Need­ing 77 runs to record their first win at this venue in seven years on a crum­bling and dusty pitch, In­dia achieved the tar­get when they made 80/1 in 15.3 overs af­ter lunch with more than half a day to spare.

Open­ers Viren­der Se­hwag (25) and Chetesh­war Pu­jara (41 not out), who scored a dou­ble hun­dred in the huge first in­nings to­tal of 521/8 de­clared, pol­ished off the ma­jor part of the tar­get by adding 57 runs in only 9.5 overs. Ear­lier, left-arm spin­ner Pragyan Ojha opened the vic­tory door for the hosts when he broke through Eng­land's res­o­lute bat­ting by pack­ing off overnight bats­men Matt Prior (91) and Alas­tair Cook (176) in 12 balls to vir­tu­ally bring the vis­i­tors to their knees.

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