Mumbai: Nov 25, 2012
England skipper Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen challenged the Indian spinners successfully on a turning wicket to carry England to 178 for two in response to hosts’ first-innings score of 327 on day two of the second cricket Test on Saturday and will aim to continue on Sunday.
Left-handed Cook (batting 87) once again led from the front and shared a 110-run stand with Pietersen (62 not out) to put England in a promising position going into third day at the Wankhede Stadium. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took both the wickets to fall.
England also did well not to allow India’s last four wickets to add more than 66 runs when they resumed at the overnight 266 for six. Cheteshwar Pujara (135), who at last was dismissed for the first time in the series after scoring 382 runs in three innings, and Ravichandran Ashwin (68) stretched their seventh-wicket partnership to 111 runs.
Brief Scores: India 327 (Cheteshwar Pujara 135, Ravichandran Ashwin 68; Monty Panesar 5 for 129, Greame Swann 4 for 70) lead England 178 for 2 (Alastair Cook 87*, Kevin Pietersen 62*; Pragyan Ojha 2 for 65) by 149 runs.