Cricket: England battle back against India

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
England have fought back after India took the early honours on a tough first day of the fourth test in Nagpur.

After being 16-2 at one stage, England battled back first through Kevin Pietersen (73) and Jonathan Trott (44), then, after slumping to 139-5, Joe Root (31 not out) and Matt Prior (34 no) helped the visitors recover to 199-5.

Ishant Sharma dismissed Nick Compton (3) and Alastair Cook, who fell lbw to a poor umpiring decision for one, to have England in early strife, BBC reports.

Ian Bell, who has struggled for runs on tour, again failed as he chipped leg-spinner Piyush Chawla to short extra cover after scoring just one run in 28 balls.

England lead India 2-1, needing a draw in this final test to win the series.


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