Pujara double ton buries England
Cheteshwar Pujara’s 206* helped India post a massive 521/8 before declaring on Day 2 of the first Test at Ahmedabad.
Carrying on from his overnight score of 98*, Pujara played out a few tight overs early in the morning from Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann before bring up his ton with a four. Yuvraj Singh played himself in at the other end to bring up his 50, the duo adding 130 runs for the 5th wicket. England went wicketless in the first session yet again but soon after Lunch, Yuvraj (74) failed to hit a long hop from Samit Patel and was caught at long on. Dhoni stuck around for a while but England’s bowlers did well to contain runs. An attempted sweep from Dhoni (5) took a deflection off his gloves onto the stumps, leaving India at 444/6.
R Ashwin (23) added 64 with Pujara for the 7th wicket, taking India to Tea safely with Pujara on 196*. Pujara brought up his double century, his first in Tests soon after play resumed. The quick wickets of Ashwin and Zaheer Khan (7) saw India declare at 521/8, giving England 18 overs to play.
Ashwin began with a terrible first over in which Cook smashed two fours but Zaheer Khan bowled 3 maiden overs in his opening spell at the other end to balance things. Nick Compton received a strict working over as Zaheer tested the debutant’s temperament. Compton was finally dismissed when Ashwin was brought back into the attack, sharp turn from outside the off on a fullish delivery seeing his off stump disturbed, the score 26/1. England’s tactic of sending a nightwatchman backfired as James Anderson was dismissed by Pragyan Ojha, Gautam Gambhir taking a sharp chance at forward short leg to leave England at 29/2. 5 balls later Jonathan Trott was caught by Pujara at the same position, this time off Ashwin as England slid to 31/3.
MS Dhoni released the pressure, bringing Yuvraj Singh in to bowl to Kevin Pietersen. With Alastair Cook who was batting assuredly at the other end, he took England to 41/3 at Stumps, a deficit of 480 runs still hanging over the score.