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Dec 08, 2012 at 07:30pm IST

'Sticking to plans did wonders for us'

Kolkata: Describing as "frustrating" India's rearguard resistance led by Ravichandran Ashwin which thwarted England's bid for an innings victory, English pacer Steve Finn Saturday credited the bowlers for "sticking to the plans".

"It was frustrating to say the least. The last two wicket partnership was surely very frustrating. I think Ashwin batted really well. India's rearguard action was great," Finn told mediapersons after the fourth day of the third Ttest match against India at the Eden Gardens here.

Trailing England's first innings score of 523 by 207 runs, India were reduced to 159 for 8 in the second innings before an Ashwin joined hands first with Ishant Sharma and then Pragyan Ojha to deny the visitors an innings victory and helping India to limp to 239 for 9 - a slender lead of 32 runs.

Sticking to plans did wonders for us: Finn

The gangling fast bowler took 3 for 37 to help England reduce India to 239 for 9 on day four at the Eden Gardens.

"It was magic to get those six wickets in a single session. The bowlers stuck to the plans and we bowled well to put ourselves in a good position. Also our batsmen did well," said Finn about the post lunch session in which India lost six wickets for a mere 59 runs.

Finn, who took three wickets in the second innings, also warned against his team being complacent after England were on the verge of winning the third Test match to take a 2-1 lead in the four Test match series.

"The 3-0 series defeat against Pakistan was a massive eye opener for us. Since then we have worked very hard to reach here. Let's not be presumptuous here. If we win tomorrow we will only going 2-1 up in the series.

"It is important that going into the fourth Test we have no complacency and we keep looking to get better and better. That is the great point about this England side that we always look at getting better," added Finn.

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