Half Monty, all Pujara
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Dhoni handled the spin in his own audacious fashion, often contorting his body and feet oddly either while stifling the spin or while getting the ball away for runs. He too stuck to playing with the spin against Panesar but was harsh on anything short. His half-century stand with Pujara brought India back into the game. It was the unbeaten 97-run partnership between Pujara and Ashwin that really handed India the momentum.
Incidentally, Ashwin of all batsmen seemed to have the least difficulty in tackling England's spin inquest. He used his feet more often than his more established colleagues, while his longer reach also proved a great help in fending it. Ashwin also presented the full-face of the bat against both spinners throughout his knock.
It wasn't quite the pitch that could be blamed for the top-order's failure though. While Tendulkar and Sehwag were done in by Panesar's drift, they were looking to play against the turn. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, fell while playing away from his body.
In contrast to Pujara's masterclass, these were examples of how not to play on a turning track.
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