November 16, 2012
First Test, Ahmedabad
India 521-8 dec v England 41-3
England lost three wickets in the final 20 minutes of day two, leaving themselves an uphill battle to save the first Test match against India in Ahmedabad.
England closed on 41-3 after India had declared their first innings on 521-8 in the third session of day two. India’s hero was Cheteshwar Purjara who made a sensational 206 not out, and frustrated England throughout. He was well supported by Yuvraj Singh who made 74 on his return to the side.
Graeme Swann was the only shining light for the tourists finishing with figures of 5-144 and in doing so became England’s most successful off-spinner of all time, over-taking Jim Laker.
Although India’s first innings with the bat has given England little hope of winning the match, it would have been the tourist’s efforts with the bat which would have disappointed Andy Flower the most.
England lost three wickets in the final 20 minutes of the day and all were victim to India’s spin attack. This mini spell was further vindication that England missed a trick in not selecting Monty Panesar.
Nick Compton on debut lasted 53 balls but he was bowler by R.Ashwin for just 7. England decided to send in James Anderson as a night-watchman to protect Jonathan Trott, but Anderson fell, caught shot leg to Pragyan Ojha. And sure enough, in the very next over Trott was also on his way back to the pavilion when Ashwin removed him for a duck.
Alastair Cook will resume tomorrow morning 22 not out, and he will be joined by Kevin Pietersen who is 6 unbeaten on his return to International cricket.
England will know they need a substantial partnership from these two tomorrow if they are to stand any chance of getting anything out of this match. Both batsmen can expect to start against spin first thing with fielders crowding the bat.
The Scoop 16/11/12