Mumbai Test: India post 146/1 at close, trail by 254 runs
India rode on solid batting by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara to post 146/1 in their first innings at the end of the second day of the fourth cricket Test against England in Wankhede on Friday
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India rode on solid batting by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara to post 146/1 in their first innings at the end of the second day of the fourth cricket Test against England here on Friday.
Coming together at the fall of opener Lokesh Rahul, Vijay and Pujara added 107 runs between them. India now trail England by 254 runs
Vijay was unbeaten on 70 at the close of the day's play while Pujara was on 47.
Earlier, England were bowled out for 400 runs in their first innings after lunch. A resilient Jos Buttler (76) guided them to the mark in the second session.
Buttler was given company by Jake Ball (31). They put on 54 runs for the ninth wicket.
Resuming at their overnight score of 288/5, Buttler struck the crucial half century to pull England towards a decent first innings score. He was unbeaten on 64, accompanied by Jake Ball (29 batting) at lunch.
India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (6-112) picked up his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests, His spin partner Ravindra Jadeja (4-109) snared the remaining wickets.
England added 97 runs in 31 overs in the opening session of play, losing three wickets.
India picked up three wickets in the first phase of the day, shared by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked one and Ravindra Jadeja, who got the other two.
Ashwin provided India with the day's first breakthrough early, dismissing Ben Stokes (31) who was caught by Virat Kohli at slip.
The ball clipped keeper Parthiv Patel's pads before landing to Kohli, who quickly asked for a review. The third umpire judged it in India's favour.
Chris Woakes prodded his way to 11 runs, before getting undone by a sharp turning delivery that kissed his bat and was sharply caught by Patel.
Adil Rashid also went soon after, leaving a straight Jadeja delivery to be bowled.
England were reduced to 334/8 and were staring of being bowled out under 350.
But Buttler-Ball then began the resurrection work, putting on undefeated 51-run stand for the ninth wicket.
England 1st innings: (Overnight 288/5)
A Cook st Patel b Jadeja 46
K Jennings c Pujara b Ashwin 112
J Root c Kohli b Ashwin 21
M Ali c Nair b Ashwin 50
J Bairstow c U Yadav b Ashwin 14
B Stokes c Kohli b Ashwin 31
J Buttler b Jadeja 76
C Woakes c Patel b Jadeja 11
A Rashid b Jadeja 4
J Ball c Patel b Ashwin 31
J Anderson not out 0
Extras: (B-1, LB-2, NB-1) 4
Total: (all out in 130.1 overs) 400
Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-136, 3-230, 4-230, 5-249, 6-297, 7-320, 8-334, 9-388.
Bowling: B Kumar 13-0-49-0, U Yadav 11-2-38-0, R Ashwin 44-4-112-6, J Yadav 25-3-89-0, R Jadeja 37.1-5-109-4.
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