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

India vs England

Senior pacer Zaheer Khan gave the initial breakthrough after 28 minutes into the fourth morning by dismissing debutant opener Nick Compton, who had a charmed life, for 37.

Compton was lucky not to be declared out when he was rapped in front by Ashwin and then survived a clear stumping chance off the same bowler before he fell to Zaheer.

Cook and Bell, who was out first ball to Ojha in the first innings when he charged out to the bowler, prevented further damage after the fall of Trott and Pietersen in quick succession.

Compton, 34 last evening, was lucky to escape a leg before appeal off Ashwin, umpire Aleem Dar turning down the vociferous shout from the Indians.

The right handed debutant was again fortunate when on 36, wicketkeeper Dhoni missed an easy stumping chance off Ashwin who drew him well out of the crease.

However, his luck did not hold out for long as after the addition of one more run he was trapped leg before by Zaheer when he played across.

Brief scores:

India 1st Innings: 521 for 8 decl in 160 overs

England 1st innings: 191 all out in 74.2 overs & 340 for five in 128 overs (Alastair Cook 168 not out, Matt Prior 84 not out).

Statistical highlights on day four of the first Test

# Matt Prior's excellent 84 not out off 190 balls is the second highest by an England wicketkeeper in a Test innings in India. Dick Spooner had posted 92 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1951-52

# Prior has posted his highest score in Tests in India. His 23rd fifty in Tests is his fourth against India.

# Thanks to his unbeaten innings, Prior is averaging 73.33 in Tests in India - his aggregate being 220 in five innings (twice not out)

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