Pragyan Ojha spins India towards victory

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Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 16:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad, Nov 17: Pragyan Ojha catapulted India to a commanding position against England on the third day of first Test on Saturday. His five-wicket haul pushed England to follow on. And in the second essay, the visitors fought back through captain Alastair Cook's half century to end the day at 111/0.

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Pragyan Ojha spins India towards victory

England are still not out of the woods and will have to bat exceptionally well to save this Test. With two days remaining and spin being India's major weapon, they are favourites to bag this Test.

Cook and Nick Compton applied themselves in the second innings to remain unseparated. Cook brought up his 30th Test half century to go with his 20 tons. He is on 74 while debutant Compton is 34 not out.

Tea report: England 191 all out

Ojha took five wickets for 45 and R Ashwin had three as India bowled out England for a paltry 191 in 74.2 overs and enforced the follow-on at tea on third day of first Test here on Saturday.

With 330 runs behind, England batsmen will walk out for another spin trial in the last session of play. By the way they have batted, it looks like India are all set to go 1-0 up in the series with plenty of time left in the Test match.

Ashwin-Ojha combination took eight wickets for 125 runs in 49.2 overs. 17 overs were maidens between them. For England, Matt Prior top scored with 48 and was the last man dismissed.

Lunch report: England 110/7

England were tottering at 110/7 at lunch on the third day of the first Test against India here on Saturday. Spinners Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin struck in tandem to leave the visitors facing the follow-on, for which to avoid, need 212 more.

The day began with Kevin Pietersen being clueless against Ojha. MS Dhoni opted to start proceedings with spin from both ends. Pietersen was the first to go, dismissed by Ojha, bowled. Soon, Ian Bell, charged down the track off his first ball to only find Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. Ojha was on a hat-trick but Alastair Cook played out that ball.

Ashwin added the scalp of Cook, who was settling himself. Later, Umesh Yadav, bowling his first over of the match, struck by getting Samit Patel LBW. However, Patel should consider himself unlucky as replays showed the ball missing leg stump. Umpire Aleem Dar made a blunder by ruling Patel out.

England could have been eight down if Zaheer Khan had held on to a catch of Matt Prior off Ashwin. A full toss and hit towards the boundary where Zaheer failed to take the catch. Prior was on three at the time and now has moved to 20. Tim Bresnan is at the crease and is yet to open his account.

Earlier, India started the third day of first Test against England with spinners on Saturday. Pragyan Ojha opened the bowling from the other end it was R Ashwin.

Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook have a tough task ahead as England trail by 480 runs. On the second day, they were reduced to 41/3 in 18 overs.

Ashwin had two wickets and Ojha on on Friday.

India declared at 521/8 with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 206 not out.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9:40 [IST]
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