Panesar double has India in trouble

Monty Panesar claimed two scalps in the morning session on his return to Test cricket

Monty Panesar claimed two scalps in the morning session on his return to Test cricket

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Monty Panesar claimed two prize wickets on his England return in India's shaky 87 for three on the first morning of the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.

Panesar, back for his first Test since Galle in March after a clamour for his inclusion following England's nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad, made short work of both Virender Sehwag and then Sachin Tendulkar.

Sehwag could mark his 100th Test with only 30 runs, and the great Tendulkar - perhaps playing on his home ground at the highest level for the last time - mustered only eight.

It was James Anderson who gave England a near perfect start, in the first over of the match after India had won an important toss on a pitch expected to favour spin throughout. Gautam Gambhir clipped him through midwicket for four first ball, but England's premier pace bowler swung the next past bat on to pad to win an lbw.

There was encouraging pace and bounce for the new ball, but the drawback for England was that both Anderson and Stuart Broad were immediately leaving footmarks in potential danger areas for India's many spin options later on.

For that reason perhaps, while morning dew was still a factor, Alastair Cook took Anderson off after just three overs and gave Panesar an early bowl. England's slow left-armer began with a nervy full-toss, which Sehwag duly clubbed wide of mid-on for four in an over costing nine runs.

But Panesar's next was a maiden to Sehwag, who was having his share of fortune against pace at the other end. He was not convincing against Broad, and then off Anderson inside-edged one four just past leg-stump and - with the outer half of the bat - just evaded second slip for another boundary.

Panesar was to prove his undoing, though. It was not prodigious early turn that did the trick, Panesar tending to operate at a full length and defeating Sehwag in flight to bowl him off-stump off his pads as the batsman tried to push to leg.

Tendulkar also lost his off-stump to Panesar, but this time it was a perfectly-pitched delivery on middle-and-leg that tempted the master batsman to aim towards mid-on and turned enough to beat the slightly-closed face of the bat.

Ahmedabad double-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara did not look so fallible as he and Virat Kohli reached lunch without further loss, and Panesar was spoken to by umpire Tony Hill for adding to those Anderson footprints in his follow-through.

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