Ind vs Eng: Cook leads England fightback, visitors wipe off deficit

India vs England

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought on Yuvraj Singh to bowl his first over in the England second innings after 10l overs without success in breaking the sixth wicket partnership.

In the second session, Yadav struck two body blows by making the ball reverse swing to trap Ian Bell (22) and Samit Patel (0) leg before wicket off the fifth and sixth balls of his first over of a new spell to leave the tourists gasping at 199 for 5 in the first hour.

Ojha had done similar damage in the first session by dismissing Jonathan Trott (17) and Kevin Pietersen (2) within a space of seven balls spread over two overs to push England on the back foot after Cook and Nick Compton (37) had put on a stand of 123 runs.

These four batsmen's dismissal by Ojha and Yadav on either side of lunch, in the space of 20 overs and for the addition of only 45 runs, pushed England firmly on the back foot.

But Cook stood tall with his reach, excellent technique and calm demeanour against the spinning ball as he cracked his third century against India and the 21st in his 84th game.

Cook, who made 41 in the first essay, and Prior prevented further damage till close to renew the battle tomorrow.

Prior edged Ojha once but the catch fell short of a diving Virender Sehwag at slip while Cook's edge also fell short once off Ashwin. But otherwise they batted without much trouble.

Dhoni took the second new ball in the 83rd over when England were 219 for 5 just before the end of the first hour in which the visitors added 42 runs in 14 over for the loss Bell and Patel.

Earlier, in the first session, some tight bowling by Zaheer Khan and Ojha kept them down to 71 runs from 31 overs for the loss of Compton, Trott (17) and Pietersen (2), the opener falling to Zaheer and the last two to Ojha.

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