Live Cricket Score: India vs England, second Test at Mumbai - Day Two

Cheteshwar Pujara remains unbeaten on 114 at stumps on day one of the second Test against England at Mumbai PTI

Mumbai: Nov 24, 2012

A sublime hundred by Cheteshwar Pujara and his unfinished 97-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin got India out of trouble on the opening day of the second Test against England on Friday. At stumps, India were at 266 with the loss of six wickets.

Pujara (114 not out) and Ashwin (60 not out) took India to a respectable 266 in 90 overs from a precarious 169 for six on a Wankhede pitch that responded to spin on the opening day itself. Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar made his first opportunity of the series count by picking four crucial wickets.

England were on top in the first session with India making a small recovery in the afternoon to be 167 for five at tea. India seized the initiative in the final session though they lost their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29) soon after resumption. If India notch up any score upwards of 300, England could be put under pressure as they have to bat last on a crumbling pitch with India playing with three spinners, including Harbhajan Singh.

While Virender Sehwag (30), playing his 100th Test, and local hero Sachin Tendulkar (8) disappointed, Pujara seemed to have resumed from where he left off in the first Test at Motera where he was not dismissed scoring 206 in the first innings and 41 in the second.

Coming to face the third ball of the match, his third Test hundred came in much tougher conditions than the one in the first. The 24-year-old endured a testing spell of fast bowling in the morning after India opted to bat. Pujara also showed great skill in tackling the sharp turners of Graeme Swann (1 for 59) and Panesar (4 for 91).

Brief Scores: India 266 for 6 (Cheteshwar Pujara 114*, Ravichandran Ashwin 60*; Monty Panesar 4 for 91, Greame Swann 1 for 59) vs England

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