1st Test, Day 4: England now in lead against India after Alastair Cook's brilliant knock

It could be an interesting Day 5 now. England already may have gained some psychological advantage but India will still harbour hopes of a win.

updated: November 18, 2012 18:13 IST
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Ahmedabad: One of the finest innings on Indian soil by a visiting captain, a key spinner going wicketless on a fourth-day pitch and some tired captaincy ensured that the first India-England Test was taken into the final day. England, who had their backs to the wall when the day began, fought brilliantly through first Alastair Cook and then Matt Prior to not only erase the deficit, but take a lead, ending the day with their second-innings score reading 340 for five on day four at Motera in Ahmedabad on Sunday (November 18).


While questions will undoubtedly be asked about India's inability to force the situation when they were well on top, the simple explanation is that an extraordinarily committed batsman played Test cricket as it was meant to be, and kept the opposition at bay.

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