Ashwin delays the inevitable defeat of India

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Kolkata: India to face another huge defeat here at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. But Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is standing between the famous win in Kolkata and England. Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha are remained unbeaten on a fine 83 and 3 respectively. India ended the day 4 on 239 for nine with both the batsmen will try to delay the defeat of India on day 5.

The start of day 4 was very good for India as the Indian bowlers picked up the remaining 4 wickets for just 14 runs. Later, Sehwag and Gambhir added 86 runs without losing a wicket in the first session.

But in the second session, after lunch, Indian innings were starting to rattle. Sehwag was clean bowled by Greame Swann for 49 and after that Cheteshwar Pujara was run out on 8 while trying to steal a cheeky run. Gambhir too, got out when he attempted to play a very wide delivery of Finn outside the off stump and nicked it to the wicket keeper Matt Prior.

First innings highest scorer for India master blaster Sachin Tendulkar got out as he nicked a straight ball of Swann and gave a simple catch in the slips to Jonathan Trott. Sachin scored only 5 runs. Yuvraj was also clean bowled by James Anderson as the ball kept very low and took the bottom edge of Yuvraj’s bat and hit straight to the stumps. Yuvraj scored 11 runs.

Virat Kohli was at the other end and was watching the wickets falling. After Yuvi, skipper MS Dhoni was not able to open his account and was got out by giving a simple catch in the slips to England skipper Alastair Cook.

Ravichandran Ashwin came to the crease and within 5 minutes Virat Kohli also got out by nicking a ball to Matt Prior. Later, Ashwin and Ishant Sharma extended the inevitable as they added 38 runs for the ninth wicket. Only Ashwin provided some resistance for the home side.

Brief ScorecardIndia 316 & 239 for 9 (Ravichandran Ashwin 83*, Virender Sehwag 49, Gautam Gambhir 40; Steven Finn 3 for 37, James Anderson 2 for 38) leads by 32 runs England 523 (Alastair Cook 190, Jonathan Trott 66, Kevin Pietersen 54; Pragyan Ojha 4 for 142, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 183)

 

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