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Apart from hearts, Eng has not won anything in India


Posted: Dec 18, 2008 at 1351 hrs IST

Mohali: With a new-found aura of invincibility around them, a domineering India will seek to plot a second whitewash of England when the two teams clash in the last of the two-Test cricket series in Mohali on Friday.

Apart from hearts -- by defying terror and continuing with the tour, the team under Kevin Pieteresen has not won anything in India. An Indian win would be a double blow for the Englishmen who were blanked 5-0 in the ODI series on the other side of the Mumbai terror attacks.

To their credit, England did manage to stretch India in the epic Chennai Test but now that the hosts have been jolted out of inertia and complacency, if any, things might get even more difficult for Peter Moores' wards.

Barely a month ago, the same Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium witnessed India, under its talismanic leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni, slay world champions Australia to promise a new world order and the hosts are set to dish out the same ruthless cricket which has become their hallmark of late.

The Chennai Test saw another facade of the Indian team, which has not only made winning a habit but also has mastered the art of achieving it from every conceivable situation.

Thanks to some resolute batting from Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood, England seemed holding the edge till the third day before India thumbed nose at them and ended up on the right side of an epic Test.

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