First Test, Day 3: Alastair Cook, Nick Compton fightback for England after following on

Pragyan Ojha completed his fourth five-wicket haul as England were all out for 191 runs in their first innings but captain Cook and debutant Nick Compton fought back with vengeance in the second

updated: November 17, 2012 17:59 IST
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Ahmedabad: Two innings from England that bore no resemblance to each other left India on top, but working hard, after they bowled England out for just 191 in their first innings and enforced the follow on. Pragyan Ojha, consistently miserly but producing the aggressive delivery exactly often enough, picked up 5 for 45 and R Ashwin snapped up three wickets as England imploded against the sustained pressure of two skilful spinners operating in tandem.


For a team that had just collapsed to 191, England batted beautifully in the second dig. Nick Compton's approach against spin – Ojha bowled the second over of the innings – was markedly different, with judicious use of the feet matching a straight bat. Only when Ashwin packed the leg-side field did Compton improvise, reverse-sweeping well to pick up a boundary.

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