Monty Panesar was delighted with his form on his return to the England side but is fearful India can build a big total

Last Updated: 24/11/12 12:10am

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Monty Panesar says England must restrict India to a manageable first innings total if they are to have a hope of squaring the series in Mumbai.

Panesar claimed four wickets to help reduce the hosts to 169-6 at one stage but an unbroken 97-run partnership from Cheteshwar Pujara (114) and Ravichandran Ashwin (60no) saw India close the first day of the second Test on 266-6.

"Tomorrow we have to look to restrict them to maybe 100 runs and then we can see how things go for us," said Panesar, who was left out of the side for the opening defeat in Ahmedabad.

The Sussex spinner claimed the prize scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag on the way to returning figures of 4-91 and he felt that a more lively pitch had allowed him to snare them.

"There is a bit more bounce and turn in the wicket, enough to keep the seamers and the spinners interested," he said.

"For me it was about trying to get my action in order and get the ball in the right place. From there I pushed on.

"With the way the pitch is there is a chance to get turn and bounce and to get two world-class players, I needed the pitch to do that. It was nice to take scalps like that."

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