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01-Sep-2018 05:08:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 4th Test, Southampton, day 2

Pujara unbeaten century gives India narrow lead

Southampton: Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 132 on Friday helped India post 273 in the first innings and take a 27-run lead against England on the second day of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl cricket ground.

After restricting England to 246, thanks to strong bowling by pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, the Indian innings didn't start well as openers Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Rahul (19) were dismissed cheaply by Stuart Broad (2/50).

Pujara, now on 96, now had only No 11 Jasprit Bumrah for company.

But a swept two off Ali took him to 99 and he then survived the bowler's review for lbw after third umpire Joel Wilson ruled he had been playing a shot.

India number three Pujara, with the field up, lofted Ali down the ground to complete a deserved century, his 15th in Tests, off 210 balls including 11 fours.

Later on, Pujara came in and added 92 runs for the third wicket in a partnership with skipper Virat Kohli (46), who once again looked good for a big score before Sam Curran got his wicket.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also got out cheaply and could only manage to add 11 runs to the team total. What happened next was something that India could have never imagined as the side slumped from 161 for four to 195 for eight in the final session of play.

Brief scores:
England 246 (Curran 78, Bumrah 3-46) and 6 for 0 trail India 273 (Pujara 132*, Moeen 5-63) by 21 runs

Pujara, now on 96, now had only No 11 Jasprit Bumrah for company.

But a swept two off Ali took him to 99 and he then survived the bowler's review for lbw after third umpire Joel Wilson ruled he had been playing a shot.

India number three Pujara, with the field up, lofted Ali down the ground to complete a deserved century, his 15th in Tests, off 210 balls including 11 fours.

England off-spinner Moeen Ali (5/63) provided the major wickets and shined for his side. Ali didn't allow Rishabh Pant (0), Hardik Pandya (4), R Ashwin (1) and Shami (0) to do any damage.

Tailenders Ishant Sharma (14) and Jasprit Bumrah (6) gave momentum to the Indian innings through their pivotal partnerships with Pujara. England finished the second day at six for no loss in their second innings to trail by 21 runs.


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