Cheteshwar Pujara carved out one of his finest Test hundreds, a knock punctuated by a mix of trademark tenacity and grace, as India eked out a slender 27-run lead against England in the fourth match Southampton on Friday.
Owing to the 30-year-old’s unbeaten 132, his first century outside the sub-continent since 2013, India recovered from a precarious 195 for eight to go past England and finish at 273 in their first innings.
Leading the five-match series 2-1, hosts England were all out for 246 in their first innings, and finished the second day at six for no loss in their second innings to trail by 21 runs.
Pujara’s innings and his last-wicket stand of 46 runs with Jasprit Bumrah (6) have virtually made the encounter at Rose Bowl a game of second innings.
LIVE Updates and SCORECARD:
#Stumps! At the end of day two, England 6/0 with openers Alastair Cook (2) and Keaton Jennings (4) on the crease. The hosts are traling India by 21 runs.
# India takes lead: India has won the psychological battle against England by taking lead against England in the first innings of the 4th Test. IND 250/9
# Hundred for Pujara! While wickets kept falling from one end, Pujara stayed rock solid on the other and made sure India crosses 240. It is his 15th Test hundred and 5th against England.
#OUT! Fifer for Moeen Ali. Ishant was playing well against Moeen but fall in the trap on the last ball of the over. India 9 down, Pujara 4 away from Century.
# Score after 65 overs: IND 207-8; Ishant 7(10), Pujara 83(179)
# Bowled! Two in two balls. Moeen Ali on a hat-trick here. He is having a great Tes match, First with the bat and now with the ball. Shami too had no clue about that as he hung back as far as he could. The ball swung in and went past his defence quickly.
# OUT! Ashiwn gifted his wicket to Moeen Ali. India is once repeating 2014. Ashwin tried to go beyond the limits with an attempted reverse hit. The ball took an inside edge and dislodged the bells. Needless, irresponsible batting from the Indians.
# Ashwin is the new man in. Can he hold one end with Pujara looking solid at another?
# OUT! Pandya failed to repeat his last match heroics. Moeen removes him at 4. India six down.
#OUT! Rishabh Pant could not open his account. He faced 29 bowls before Moeen Ali removed his lbw. And its TEA as well. India 181-5 at tea on day 2.
#Score: Score after 56 overs: India 181-4, Pant 0(26) Pujara 70(151)
#OUT! Rahane departs. Stokes does the trick with a ripping inswinger.
# After 45 overs, IND 156/3 with Rahane (6) and Pujara (55) out in the middle
# OUT! skipper Virat Kohli removed by Sam Currran at 46, IND 146/3
# FOUR! By Kohli, IND 118/2 after 35.2 overs.
# LUNCH! IND 100/2 after 31 overs with Kohli (25) and Pujara (28) at crease.
# FOUR! Pujara smashes boundary to Anderson on the on-side, ENG 79/2 after 23.1 over
# Virat Kohli kicks starts with FOUR, IND 60/2
# FOUR! by Cheteshwar Pujara, IND 56/2 after 19 overs
# OUT! Stuart Broad scalps Shikhar Dhawan at 23, IND 50/2 after 17.5 overs
# After 17 overs, IND 50/1 with Dhawan (23) and Pujara (3) out in the middle
# FOUR! By Dhawan flicks on the leg-side, ENG 46/1
# OUT! Broad removes KL Rahul early on Day 2. Rahul once again falls prey to one that moves late. Pujara comes out to bat now. India 39-1.
# Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates: After bowling England out for a paltry total of 246, India will start day 2 of the fourth Test from 19/0. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are still on the crease with team India still trailing hosts by 227 runs.