India cruised to an easy 9-wicket win at the Motera stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series against England. Alastair Cook scored a valiant 176 but the other batsmen just didn’t come to the party.
England batted well in their second innings but it was too little too late. After being bowled out for 191 in the first innings, they had little hope. All the Indian bowlers got some wickets but the star of the show was definitely Pragyan Ojha with match figures of 9-165.
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Earlier on day 4, a brilliant 141-run partnership between skipper Alistair Cook and Matt Prior helped England wipe out the deficit and score 340 for five at close of play.
Cook (batting 168) and Prior (batting 84) led England’s fightback as India’s bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough.
In the first innings, India, batting first, scored 521 for 8 declared. In reply, Pragyan Ojha claimed five wickets to bowl out England for just 191. The second innings has been a very different story though.
If England do manage to save the Test, it will be a huge confidence boost for them. India, on the other hand, will have to once again search for answers.
Some stats from Day 4
# Matt Prior’s excellent 84 not out off 190 balls is the second highest by an England wicketkeeper in a Test innings in India. Dick Spooner had posted 92 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1951-52
# Thanks to his unbeaten innings, Prior is averaging 73.33 in Tests in India – his aggregate being 220 in five innings (twice not out)
# Prior’s run-aggregate of 132 (48 + 84 not out) is his highest in a Test match on Indian soil.
# Compton and Cook put on 123 – England’s second highest for the opening wicket against India at Sardar Patel Stadium – the highest is 124 between Butcher and Trescothick in December 2001.
# Alastair Cook’s brilliant unbeaten 168 is the highest individual innings by a visiting England skipper and the fourth highest by a visiting captain in India. West Indian, Clive Lloyd, with an unbeaten 242 in the 1974-75 Mumbai Test, is the only one with a double hundred as captain in a Test match in India.