Mumbai: An obdurate century from Alastair Cook and one touched with genius from Kevin Pietersen propelled England to a position of strength, before Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann bowled them to within touching distance of victory on the third day at the Wankhede Stadium. At stumps, India were 117 for 7, only 31 ahead, on a surface that grew more and more spin-friendly as the day wore on.
There were few signs of the drama to come in an opening session that Pietersen and Cook dominated, but the game moved forward at breakneck speed in the afternoon. England lost their last four wickets for 13, and India were already five wickets down by the time they wiped out the deficit. (Also read: British press lavishes praise on team)