Pragyan Ojha’s five-wicket haul forced England to follow-on after being reduced to just 191 in their first-innings at Ahmedabad while chasing India’s 521 for eight.
Alastair Cook and Nick Compton did impress the second time round, ensuring the tourists reach 111 for no loss but with India still ahead by 219 runs, the task look enormous for England.
“I am pleased by taking a five-for against England in the first-innings,” said Ojha. “They are a top side and are ranked number two in the world. But this is a long series and a lot of work needs to be done.”
Ojha said the pitch had slowed down a bit and also lacked the bite it had on the first two days.
“It’s slowed down and the bite that was there is missing. KP is a good batsman and has scored lot of runs. I am happy to get him out. The key was to bowl in the right areas and allow the pitch to do the rest.”
Prior expressed his displeasure at the way his team batted.
“It was a shocker to lose wickets quickly,” said Prior. “But, as a professional you have to look ahead and take positives. We are behind but are still in the game.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2012.