India vs England: India allow England to wriggle out, teams share honours


Pietersen, unconquered on 68 after a stay of 193 minutes at tea, fell in the third over into the last session - trying to step out against Jadeja and flicking to short mid-wicket fielder Ojha who brought off a good catch inches off the turf with a forward dive.

It was a huge blow for the visitors, after the morning strike that sent back Cook, the two batsmen who have dominated the Indian bowlers in the series the most.

Coming together in the first hour of play in the 11th over, the third wicket pair saw off till lunch session without being separated and then continued in the same vein post the interval, putting on a partnership worth 86 runs in 39.4 overs in the process, to wrest back the initiative briefly before the home team fought back.

The two batsmen easily negotiated the spin quartet quite comfortably though Trott looked in two minds whenever Sharma dug the ball short.

Pietersen appeared in no trouble at the other end and completed his 50 in 108 balls and 117 minutes with a glanced four off Ashwin who then made way for Jadeja as latter proved to be a partnership breaker.

Pietersen was lucky to survive when on 61, as his flick fell in front of Cheteshwar Pujara fielding at short mid-wicket but he perished to an identical shot 12 runs later.

Chawla, who bowled five overs in his first spell, struck almost immediately in his second spell when Bell, who scored just 1 in 37 minutes and off 28 balls, played a loose drive to a well-tossed up leg break to be snapped up smartly at short

extra-cover by Virat Kohli.

In the morning session, Ishant bowled with good rhythm to rattle the visiting team on a pitch that had uneven bounce.

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