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England laid low by spinners

India closing on victory despite an improved showing from the tourists

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AHMEDABAD : England restored some pride on the third day of the first Test against India in Ahmedabad but their improved performance did little to slow the hosts' inexorable march toward victory. 

England captain Alastair Cook yesterday made an unbeaten half-century but will need more runs if his side is to avoid defeat.

After their top-order collapse the previous evening, England began the day's play on 41-3, in response to India's imposing first-innings total of 521-8 declared. The tourists' hopes of avoiding the follow-on rested heavily on Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen but after a fraught first hour, in which Pietersen never looked settled, England's resistance gave way.

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