Cheteshwar Pujara scored an undefeated century (132 *) to help India post 273 in the first innings and take a 27-run lead on day 2 of the fourth round at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium on Friday. England was 6/0 after four overs, behind India by 21 runs, before the game of the day was over. In response to the 246 from England, India mounted Pubara's brilliant-paced trial, which lasted 257 balls and was tied with 16 fours to overtake England, even after losing ground in a hurry after lunch. Along with Captain Virat Kohli (46), Pujara sewed the third 92-race wicket to lay the foundation and then joined the tailleurs Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah for the associations of 32 races and 46 races, respectively.
Pujara's innings and his final 46-run outing with Jasprit Bumrah (6) virtually made the game at the Rose Bowl a second-chance game. He reached his 15th century, and secondly out of Asia, with a double over the head of the bowler, and aware of the importance of the blow to the final result, the modest number three of India raised his bat and his helmet in celebration. It was appropriate, even when the visitors were closer to the effort of the first entry of England.
Pujara's footwork against the spins, always a feature of his game in home conditions, jumped to the fore in the first innings of a Test overseas, and helped India. When he calmed down, the batter was comfortable against the pacemakers and made sure there was no setback from at least one end. In what turned out to be another day full of cricket events, India dropped from 161 for four to 195 for eight in the final game session, with veteran veteran Moeen Ali doing most of the damage.
Had it not been for Mooen's impressive return of 5/63, India would have escaped with the game as the visitors denied the duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the first session, reaching 100 for two at lunch.
England enjoyed the advantage in the post-lunch session despite Pujara's tenacious challenge when India entered tea at 181 by five. Rishabh Pant (0) patiently left the deliveries off the stump before Moeen Ali got one to straighten it and catch it in the leg before the tea hit.
Pujara, however, batting in his usual style, reaching 70 of 151 balls with nine limits under his belt. Pujara took time to settle down and waited patiently for loose deliveries to push them to the limit. The Virat Kohli (46) pattern once again looked good with a high score before Sam Curran managed to pull him forward, inducing a thick outer edge to Alastair Cook in the slip cord.
Kohli and Pujara added 92 runs for the third wicket after Shuart Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Rahul (19) were fired at a low price by Stuart Broad (2/50). The 71-ball Kohli hit had six limits.
However, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (11) would be considered unlucky since he was stuck in the leg before a no-ball by Ben Stokes. The TV replays clearly showed that Stokes had exceeded himself, but a howler from third referee Joel Wilson proved to be Rahane's ruin.
Despite calling for a review, Wilson, after repeated repetitions, ruled it as a legal delivery.
England led the five-game series 2-1, after winning the first two Tests at Birmingham and Lord & # 39; s, while India won a victory in Nottingham.
(With the PTI entries)