Live Cricket Score: India vs England, second Test at Mumbai - England look to respond to India's total on Day Two

Alastair Cook (right) will be aiming to provide England a good start with Nick Compton as England begin the second session of day two 320 runs behind India Getty Images

Mumbai: Nov 24, 2012

England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton will walk on to the field in the second session of day two of the second Test against England with a task of providing the visitors a good start, after India posted 327 on the board in the first innings at the Wankhede Stadium.

Captain Cook, coming off a face-saving 176 for England in the first Test at Ahmedabad, will be India’s biggest wicket as they prepare to deploy three spinners on the Englishmen.

Earlier in the first session, Monty Panesar took five, while Graeme Swann got four wickets as England bowled out India for 327.

The English spinners ran through the Indian lower order, as Cheteshwar Pujara waged a short-lived, yet lone battle for India, scoring 135. India will be happy with their 300-plus total on a dust bowl of a track that has a lot of turn and bounce, perfect for the three-pronged spin attack of Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh.

Pujara started the day with No 8 Ashwin (68), who had scored a defiant fifty on day one. But the Indian off-spinner was soon to fall to Panesar (five for 129) leg-before. Harbhajan Singh then walked in and smacked a couple of boundaries and a six before becoming Swann’s 200th wicket in Test cricket.

But the big wicket for England came when Swann got Pujara; it was the first time in the series that he had been dismissed . The Saurashtra batsman was been beaten in the flight after leaving the crease after Swann tossed it up wide. The ball refused to turn and beat the outside edge; Prior did the rest to get a much coveted wicket for the Englishmen.

Brief Scores: India 327 (Cheteshwar Pujara 135, Ravichandran Ashwin 68; Monty Panesar 5 for 129, Greame Swann 4 for 70) lead England 7/0 (Alastair Cook 4*, Nick Compton 3*) by 320 runs.

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