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Motera Test Live! Cook, Prior take match to fifth day

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November 18, 2012

16:32  Motera Test Live! Cook, Prior take match to fifth day:  Scorecard:

At stumps, Cook was unbeaten on 168, his 327-ball knock inclusive of 20 hits to the fence, and helping him in his endeavour was an equally resolute Prior, his 189-ball innings consisting of 10 boundaries.

16:02  Motera Test Live! Cook, Prior help England take the lead:  Scorecard:

R Ashwin has become India's third centurion in this Test - after Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara. 

He concedes 100 runs in the England second innings (39 overs). 

The visitors eventually take the lead in the 122nd over, courtesy a boundary off Ojha by Prior.

England 334 for five after 122 overs.
15:17  Motera Test Live! Cook, Prior frustrate India:  Scorecard:

A couple in Yuvraj's third over helps Cook reach 150 (in 283 balls). 

A boundary off Ojha, Prior's sixth, helps England reach the 300-run mark in the 110th over. The shot also brings on the 100-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

England 306 for five after 111 overs.

14:47  Motera Test Live! Prior's 23rd Test fifty props England:  Scorecard:

With Ashwin (34-7-90-0) failing to make an impact, Dhoni hands the ball to Yuvraj after tea. Five runs come off his first over.

A couple in Yuvi's second over helps Prior complete a well-deserved half century. It is his 23rd Test fifty, his fourth against India.

England 278 for five after 14 overs.
14:12  Motera Test Live! England reach 264 for five at tea:  Scorecard:

England head into tea at 264 for five (in 100 overs). 

Alastair Cook is batting on 138 and giving him company is Matt Prior on 40, the two having put on 65 runs for the sixth wicket. 

The visitors still require 66 runs to make India bat again.
13:47  Motera Test Live! Cook, Prior help England fight back:  Scorecard:

A single by Cook off Ojha helps England reach the 200-run mark in the 78th over.

The second new ball is taken after 82.2 overs. 

A boundary off Ojha by Prior, his fifth, helps complete a 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket in the 90th over. A crucial stand for England for sure.

The visitors reach the 250-run mark in the same over, courtesy a Cook single. 

England 254 for five after 92 overs.
12:47  Motera Test Live! Umesh Yadav's strikes cripple England:  Scorecard:

It takes eight overs before India make their first breakthrough in the second session. 

Umesh Yadav has Ian Bell (22) out leg before. Replays suggest the ball was going down the leg side. Unlucky for Bell.

His 59-ball knock was inclusive of three boundaries and he helped Cook put on 39 runs for the fourth wicket.

Yadav strikes next ball as well, having Samit Patel out leg before.

England 199 for five after 77 overs.
11:34  Motera Test Live! England reach 182 for three at lunch:  Scorecard:

England go into lunch at 182 for three after 69 overs, trailing by 148 runs.

Alastair Cook is unbeaten on 109 and giving him company is Ian Bell on 11. 
11:05  Motera Test Live! Cook registers 21st Test century:  Scorecard:

Ojha bowls Kevin Pietersen (2) for the second time in the match to put India on top.

A couple off Umesh Yadav helps Alastair Cook complete a well-deserved hundred. It is the 21st Test hundred for the England captain, his third against India.

More importantly, it is his fifth hundred in subcontinent, the most by an England batsman.

England 168 for three after 62 overs.
10:49  Motera Test Live! India hit back with quick wickets:  Scorecard:

England reach the 150-run mark in the 56th over. 

Ojha replaces Ashwin (9-1-19-0) in the 58th over and strikes first ball, having Jonathan Trott (17) caught behind. 

An out of form Trott survived 43-balls, hitting two fours, and helping his captain put on 33 runs for the second wicket. 

Kevin Pietersen comes out to bat. 

England 157 for two after 58 overs.
09:59  Motera Test Live! Zaheer provides India the breakthrough:  Scorecard:

R Ashwin shares the new ball and concedes only a run. 

Cook smashes the third ball of Zaheer's second over past point for a boundary in what is the first authoritative shot for the day.

Zaheer finally makes the breakthrough, having Compton (37) out leg before.

England 123 for one after 45 overs.

09:34  Motera Test Live! A tough day ahead for England:  Scorecard:

Good morning!!!

Welcom to the fourth day live coverage at Motera.

Cook and Compton resume their partnership. Zaheer to start the proceedings for India.

It's a maiden. England 111 without loss.