England fight hard as Test nears end

2012-11-19 00:00

ENGLAND’S Alastair Cook and Matt Prior staged a remarkable comeback as they guided their team to 340 for five at stumps, following-on, on the fourth day of the first Test against India in Ahmedabad yesterday.

Cook was undefeated on 168 and Prior had 84 as the pair avoided an innings defeat. When the players left the field, the visitors had a slender lead of 10 runs.

Earlier, England reached 264 for five at tea.

Cook and Prior added 65 runs for the sixth wicket after losing Ian Bell (22) and Samit Patel (first-baller) in quick succession after the lunch interval, still needing 66 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Cook recorded his 21st test century, but England were still precariously placed on 182 for three at lunch

Resuming the day on 111 without loss, Nick Compton was troubled by Zaheer Khan and then got trapped in front for 37.

And it was not long before Pragyan Ojha also joined the party, catching the shoulder of Jonathan Trott’s bat, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed a good catch in the slips. Trott made 17.

Four runs later, Kevin Pietersen fell again to the slow left-armer, when he premeditated the sweep-shot just to be bowled around his legs for six.


India 521/8 dec. (Pajura 206*, Sehwag 117, Singh 74, Swann 5/144)

England 191 all out (Ojha 5/45) and 340/5 (Cook 168*, Prior 84*)

England are 10 runs ahead with 5 second innings wickets remaining.

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