England reach 264/5 at tea, trail by 66 runs

Ahmedabad, Nov 18 (IANS) England were 264 for five and trailed India by 66 runs at tea on day four of the first Test at Motera here Sunday.

Skipper Alastair Cook (138) seemed the most comfortable England batsmen against the Indian attack and was supported well by wicket−keeper Matt Prior (40).

The visitors lost Ian Bell (22) and Samit Patel (0) in the session, both departing in successive balls off speedster Umesh Yadav (2/54).

Following−on, England have put a better show in the second innings but they would need to produce something special to save the match. India had declared at 521 for eight.

Pragyan Ojha (2/79) and Zaheer Khan struck for India in the morning.

England, who resumed the day at 111 for none, lost Nick Compton (37), Jonathan Trott (17) and Kevin Pietersen (2).

Compton was the first to go, adding only five more runs to his overnight score. Zaheer took his second wicket of the match and his first in the second innings, trapping the 29−year−old plumb in front of the wicket.

Trott was coaxed by a Ojha ball that spun viciously and bounced and was caught behind by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Pietersen's woeful form against the spinners continued as he once again fell to the guile of Ojha.

Pietersen walked too far across the stumps and tried to sweep a full ball only to be castled.

Ojha continued his dream run in the Test taking his wicket tally to seven in the match as Ravichandran Ashwin failed to make an impact.


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