Ahmedabad: Pragyan Ojha picked five wickets to help India dismiss England for 191 in their first innings and enforce the follow-on for an early tea break on day three of the second Test at Motera here Saturday.
Ojha (5/45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/80) exploited the conditions well to make life tough for the English batsmen, who struggled against the guile of the two spinners.
The visitors trail by 330 runs. India had declared their innings at 521 for eight.
Ojha bowled Matt Prior (48) to end the innings and take his fourth five-wicket haul of his 16-match career.
The follow-on looked very much on the cards after England were reduced to 110 for seven at lunch.
Resuming the day on 41 for three, England lost Kevin Pietersen (17), Ian Bell (0) and captain Alistair Cook (41) in quick succession.
England failed to come to terms with India’s spin attack with Ashwin and Ojha both taking their wicket tally to three.
Except for Cook, no England batsman inspired confidence. They showed no faith in their defensive technique.
Pietersen was the first to go, castled by Ojha. He looked completely at sea against the Indian’s accurate bowling.
Bell was caught at mid-off off the very next ball. Cook, was foxed by a conventional off-spin delivery from Ashwin and was caught by Virender Sehwag at first slip.
Samit Patel (10) was the last English wicket to fall in the morning session. The all-rounder would count himself unlucky as he was adjudged lbw off a Umesh Yadav delivery that appeared to have missed the leg-stump.