December 7, 2012
The Indian bowlers who have toiled hard for five sessions with scant reward will feel let down by fielding which was often poor and never above average. The most successful bowler was Pragyan Ojha who has picked up three of the six wickets to fall so far.
In the first session, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, continuing their good form of the previous day, batted on serenely. To rub salt in the wounds, Ishant Sharma dropped a dolly caught and bowled from Cook. This was a timely return to form for Trott who compiled a well-crafted 87. Cook’s marathon effort ended on 190 when he was run out – in bizarre fashion – for the first time in his test career.
Kevin Pietersen, welcomed to the crease by his left arm spinning nemesis at both ends, started scratchily. He gradually began to impose himself so it was something of a surprise when he missed a sweep and was adjudged LBW for 54.
Ian Bell, back in the team after his 12000-mile return trip home, has returned to India having failed to pick up any batting tips from his new-born son and seemingly bereft of ideas. He was the only front line batsman to fail. Down the order useful contributions came from Samit Patel (33), Matt Prior (40 not out) and Graeme Swann (21 not out)
With two days left, England will be looking to press on and extend their lead before having a second crack at the Indian batsman on an increasingly wearing pitch.
The Scoop 07/12/12