Ravindra Jadeja: Our pacers did the trick

India spinner Ravindra Jadeja said that the visitors executed plans well as England collapsed on Day one of the final Test.

Ravindra Jadeja played his part by picking two wickets.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Ravindra Jadeja was delighted with India's bowling display on the first day of the fifth Test, stating the team's plans of bowling 'dry' had borne fruit.

"When the partnership between Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook was on, our plan was to stop the boundaries," he said at the Oval on Friday.

"We didn't get any wickets in the second session but we didn't concede many runs either. We believed that they'd panic and play false shots if the runs didn't flow. And that's exactly what happened. From there we got six wickets for 48."

There was not much help from a slow, flat pitch Jadeja remarked.

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"This is a good wicket for batting. There's nothing much in it [for the bowlers]. As the game progresses, the pitch will get slower. It's looking slightly dry. Our three fast bowlers bowled really well," he said.

England's Alastair Cook was full of admiration for Mohammed Shami's spell.

"The way India bowled was fantastic. I think I played one cut and one pull shot all day," he said. "It was an unbelievable spell from Mohammed Shami. I was facing Jadeja so I was quite happy. Moeen and I found it quite hard to know which way it was going.

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One thing Mo did pretty well was he was playing the line. There was a lot of playing and missing but - and it's a bit of a funny thing - there is a skill in that sometimes."

Of his own batting, Cook said: "Because of the emotion, I wanted to get a score. I was so determined – there is nothing worse than going out without contributing. The guard of honour from India was great but I was focussed on my batting."

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