What started as a day of faint hope for England ended in a crushing nine-wicket defeat as hosts India took a 1-0 lead in their test cricket series last night.
A fighting sixth-wicket partnership between captain Alastair Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior late on the fourth day in Ahmedabad have given the tourists a chance of saving the test but that quickly turned into a pipe dream early on the fifth day when Cook (176) and Prior (91) were dismissed with the addition of just eight and seven runs to their overnight totals, respectively.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja snared both scalps and ended the innings with 4-120 - and match figures of 9-165 - as England were dismissed for 406, adding just 66 runs for the loss of five wickets on the fifth morning.
That left India, who had posted 521-8 declared in their first innings and then forced England to follow on after rolling them for 191, 77 to win and they brushed that target off for the loss of one wicket inside 16 overs to get an early jump in the four-match series.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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