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Last Updated: 23/11/12 1:00pm
The Pujara and Panesar show with quality support from Ashwin comes to an end - until tomorrow. Monty made the early breakthroughs and will still feel confident of completing a five-wicket haul on the second morning, but Pujara's efforts in batting all but the first two balls of the day for 114 not out were magnificent. The double century on the Ahmedabad motorway was impressive enough, but make no mistake this has been a better innings. Against a better-performing attack and on a pitch asking far more questions his technique and temperament would not be broken. Ashwin so enjoyed Pujara's continued Dravid impersonations that he came in and did a more than passable VVS in stroking his way to an attractive 60 not out by stumps. The addition of almost 150 runs for one wicket from the depths of 119/5 could prove match-winning.
Swann ends the day with a maiden, and it's Pujara, Ashwin and India who will be the happier side at the end of a fascinating day's play on a pitch that looks sure to provide entertainment.Panesar changes ends for his final over of the day. Just two singles from it and Panesar, although he undoubtedly tired towards the end of his efforts, ends with 4-91 and can be mighty pleased with his performance. Plenty of handshakes and bum-pats from his team-mates.Swann replaces Panesar. Ashwin nurdles to leg for a single. Pujara defends. If these two survive the last two overs of the day, it's definitely been India's which didn't look likely at 119/5. Brilliant fightback as England's bowlers, unable to rely on Broad, tire in the closing hour.England have looked tired in this session. Pujara and particularly Ashwin taking toll. If Pujara is the new Dravid, then to these addled eyes Ashwin is starting to look like VVS as he leans into a gorgeous cover-drive as Broad overpitches.Pujara's footwork is superb as he leaps onto the back foot to cut a short ball from an understandably weary-looking Panesar for four, before again using the depth of his crease to find a gap at midwicket and two more runs.Bit of luck for Ashwin, but he's earned that as he top-edges a short ball from the returning Broad over Prior's head for four to reach a second Test 50 to go with that century. Loves this ground. Couple more singles from the over as Broad continues to leak runs. The day is slowly inching India's way.Pujara plays out a maiden from Panesar, who continues to wheel away. Big appeal for lbw as Pujara pads up outside off stump, but you're asking the umpire to guess there.Great stuff from Ashwin, collecting three boundaries in the Anderson over and all of them quality. The first is punched through point, the second glanced fine and the third pulled dimissively over the ducking square-leg umpire. He's on to 48 not out.Panesar back into the attack to share the new ball. See if he can get it to bounce and go through a bit quicker. Certainly seems to be, but Pujara and Ashwin are well set now and seem untroubled.There it is! Anderson back with the new ball, and Pujara pulls behind square for just his ninth four to bring up a quite brilliant hundred in tough conditions. Superb innings yet again. India have rebuilt the Wall. One shudders to think who they've got lined up to be the new Tendulkar if this is their Dravid replacement. Hardly seems fair. Ashwin, meanwhile, continues to play a hugely impressive supporting hand and has moved on to 35 from 58 balls.New ball now available for England. Pujara still short of three figures.Maiden over from Patel. Bumble reprises his Benaud. Marvellous effort, that.Really good partnership this for India. Ashwin's been excellent and adds two more runs here with a deft leg glance that would've brought four but for fine work from Broad on the rope. Pujara, meanwhile, now two away from his hundred and an overexcited Bumble on commentary delivers India's double Nelson score in the style of the great Richie Benaud.Oh, Pujara misses out here. Patel finally unleashes his trusty full-toss but Pujara - four short of a century - slaps it at cover and gets only a single.Swann continuing. Just a single from the over as Pujara inches ever closer to another century. In context, probably an even more impressive innings than his Ahmedabad double.Patel tidy enough here. Call me a daft, sleep-deprived madman if you like, but I might just give Pietersen an over or two if the main bowlers are to be rested awhile. On this pitch he'll get real turn and bounce in between the filthy stuff. Meanwhile, an easy two almost turns into a traumatic one-and-a-half as Pujara slips while turning for the second run, but Ashwin is able to get back.England think they've finally found a way to remove Pujara, albeit a ludicrous one, as he whacks a long-hop at Cook and the ball loops up to midwicket. The umpires just want to check whether the ball reached Cook on the full, though, and sure enough the ball has hit the ground moments before looping up off the England captain's boot. Maybe that's a weakness in Pujara's game, though: let him chip bits off the fielders and eventually one will pop up. It's as good a plan as we have at this stage.England's third spinner Samit Patel into the attack. The lack of wild, high full-tosses is a noticeable plus in an over that costs just a couple of runs. Samit deployment hints at main bowlers being rested for the new ball.Huge lbw shout against Ashwin, and it looks well worth a yell. Pitched middle-and-leg and straightened, but Aleem Dar says not out. Might've been the stride that Ashwin, a tall batsman, got in. Our Hawk-Eye spies (we don't get to see the reconstruction) tell us it's hitting middle-and-off. Score one for DRS. As is customary in such situations, Ashwin applies the salt of a boundary to the wound of misfortune. Cracking shot it is too, whipped through midwicket with genuine authority.Couple of singles from the over. Ashwin, in my experience, is one of those lower-order batsmen who look like genuine proper batsmen and then, just when you're thinking "this chap ought to score more runs really" they get out. Ashwin is doing just that today, apart from the getting out part.Pujara works Panesar smartly - everything Pujara does is smart it seems - for two runs to move into the 90s and bring up India's 200. Che Pujara has now been batting for more than 14 hours in this series. Viva la revolucion! A cut to deep point brings him another single, and that bit closer to appearing on an iconic T-shirt.Maiden over from Swann, Ashwin chipping one ball just short of the man in quite close at midwicket.Panesar really is bowling beautifully here. Since his first over, which was made up of full-tosses and half-volleys he's been largely faultless.Swann back into the attack in place of the expensive Broad - his 10 overs for 49 runs could prove so costly in the final analysis - but the runs still flow as Pujara hammers a sweep shot well clear of the deep square-leg for four.Another fine over from Panesar, but Pujara's defences will not be breached.From Our Man in Mumbai: "Ball turning sharply now, so if India can get anywhere near 300 they will be happy, but that looks a long way off. Pujara superb and a real thorn in England's side. Monty has shown just how much England missed him in Ahmedabad but it must be said this is the kind of pitch a spinner would dream of, much better than there owing to the bounce and likely to get slower as it did there. Terrific cricket to watch."Ashwin showing how he managed to get a Test century here last year by pushing Broad smartly through the covers for two and then driving down the ground for four more. Broad's speeds down in the high 70s, low 80s as he serves up a third half-volley in the over and allows Ashwin to drive attractively once again. Four more.Good from Ashwin, using his feet to meet Panesar on the full and whip through midwicket for four. An expansive drive next ball brings no runs, but does remove one of the men from round the bat so wasn't a complete waste of effort.Broad doesn't tie down Pujara, which is the task asked of him. Strays into the pads to be clipped away for first a two and then a boundary as India's number three closes on another century. Bizarre that Panesar's getting the ball to bounce and spit at one end while Broad is struggling to get the ball through to Prior on the first bounce.R Ashwin is the new batsman. Has a Test hundred, and got it on this ground against West Indies last year. He'll do well to get another one here.Monty strikes again! It's the bounce again that causes the problems, the ball cannoning off Dhoni's gloves to gully where Swann does well to get the fingers of his right hand underneath the ball and take the catch. Swann confident the catch is clean, but there's a delay while the umpires check the TV pictures (this, of course, an umpire review rather than the missing DRS). Replays back up Swann, and Dhoni has to go.Broad, who is yet to take a wicket in the series, bowling to Pujara, who has yet to be dismissed in the series. Easy to see who's feeling better about their game, to be fair. It's a maiden from Broad, though, which at least improves his economy rate a touch. Only Broad's eighth over of the day that, and the first seven cost 33.England have come in from 9/2 to 2/1 with Sky Bet to win the second Test after a couple of fruitful sessions with the ball, while the draw is now out to 7/1. Pujara - 77 not out at tea - is 4/11 for a century. Head to skybet.com for all the in-play markets you could wish for.It's poised. Beautifully poised. India five down but recovering well through captain Dhoni and the seemingly unstoppable Pujara. Hard to know what's a good score here, but they are undoubtedly closer than they were at 119/5. Cracking insight there.Panesar switches ends to bowl the final over before tea and immediately gets one to bounce and strike Dhoni on the gloves. Ball goes straight to ground, though. A couple of singles bring a fascinating session to a close as the recovery partnership reaches 48.Pujara picks up his first boundary for an hour-and-a-half, slapping a cut shot to the point boundary as Anderson offers width.A single apiece for Pujara and Dhoni from Swann's over. Good partnership this, albeit one that's needed a dash of assistance from lady luck along the way.Dhoni not looking too comfortable against India here, playing a bizarre half-leave half-prod at one that shapes back into him. The leave ultimately trumps the prod, and the ball misses the off stump by a whisker.Pujara's Test average has just crept north of 80. Will probably be 180 by the time he's next dismissed on current evidence. Close! For all that talk that Pujara simply cannot be dismissed, he ends Swann's over by getting an inside edge on to his pad that lobs agonisingly over Cook at short-leg and lands safely.Pujara carves Anderson to third-man for a single before a two-tap piece of fielding from Compton cuts off a Dhoni square-cut. Trott and Patel the fielders to reward Compton in the now customary England fashion. Anderson just getting the ball to tail away from the right-handers here. Useful alternative to simply relying on spin; good move from Cook to get him on.Two more legside singles for Pujara either side of a leg-bye after that extra bounce is in evidence once again as the ball comes off Dhoni's body somewhere up near the armpit as he tries to defend.Anderson back into the attack to give Monty (23-5-62-3) a breather. Pujara immediately refers to his default seamer setting, nonchalantly knocking the ball into a big gap on the legside for a single, before Dhoni makes no contact with an optimistic swoosh outside off stump. Don't see Anderson troubling Pujara much here, but he might be a good option to Dhoni with a hint of reverse swing around. Dhoni defends the ball to Panesar at mid-off and, rather picking his fielder, scampers a single. Pujara - you guessed it - works the last ball of the over into the legside for a single. Even on this quicker pitch, he seems to have oceans of time against the seamers.Lots of excitement for no result here as Dhoni runs at Swann and misses with his attempted heave. No chance of a stumping as a deflection off the back pad takes the ball to Trott at slip. Swann appeals for a catch, but the bat was nowhere near the ball in the end. Dhoni tries to sweep the last ball of the over, misses, but is comfortably outside the line.This last 20 minutes is the most difficult batting has looked for Pujara in this series, but he's still there calmly working the ball into the legside for a single before Dhoni thumps a cut shot for four as Panesar drops short. The India captain has a quickfire 22, and an hour of batting like this could make a heck of a difference to what looks right now like being a low-scoring game.Almost a slither of a chance for short-leg as Pujara works the ball to leg off a thick inside edge, but it's wide of Cook who has no time to react.Maiden over from Panesar to a still-watchful Pujara. Really good battle between this pair. Panesar on top right now, but Pujara still there and trusting his defensive technique to get him through these tough times.Slice of luck for Dhoni now as he sweeps Swann and gloves the ball between Prior and leg-slip for four.Chance! Tough one, but it's unlikely Pujara is going to offer an easy one. Genuine outside edge to a sharp-spinning Panesar delivery, but Anderson flinging his left hand out from gully can only get a fingertip to the ball, which also scuppers any (slim) hope Jon Trott had of taking the catch diving to his right at slip. He's dropped a few recently, has Anderson, but I think there are plenty of players who wouldn't even have got a hand to an instinctive chance like that."As requested sharing my morning delight. With an offshore team of 100+ I tentatively checked my mail this morning expecting a barrage to find NO cricket related banter! Imagine my delight to log on and find India 5 down :) woo hoo."Swann drops short to Dhoni who is quickly on the back foot to smash the ball between point and cover. So swift to pick up the slight error in length from Swann there. A well-struck sweep brings a single as Panesar fields at long-leg and looks as surprised as the rest of us when the ball goes into his hands cleanly, and he can tell his friends all about it at drinks.Dhoni lands a counter-punch with a crunching drive through the covers after getting a good stride in to smother any turn or bounce from Panesar.One doesn't like to be pessimistic, but what the hey let's do it anyway. England are going to have to bat brilliantly against India's triple-threat spin attack on here. In the first session it was a good pitch that offered a bit; in this the second session it's already crumbling and becoming untrustworthy.Blimey. A length ball from Panesar spits at Pujara and loops off the shoulder of the bat to safety short of point. Close to unplayable, and further indication that this may well be a very exciting Test but is unlikely on today's evidence to be a very long one.Dhoni off the mark with a single down the ground off Swann. Pujara keeps the strike with a legside nurdle. At roughly this point of the first Test, Sehwag was completing his century...England's spinners bowling beautifully in tandem here. After the double-strike, it's Monty keeping the pressure on with a maiden. Two right-handers in again now, so the wickets should be going Monty's way.Dhoni strides out to the middle and is given a long briefing by Pujara. India under pressure.Left-hander in, left-hander out as Swann gets in on the act by spinning the ball past Yuvraj's tentative half-forward defensive and knocking back the off stump. That's 199 Test wickets now for Swann, while Monty is five short of 150.That wicket ball disturbed the surface and seemed to stop a bit on Kohli, who was nonetheless not quite in position to play the shot this time. Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman, and he defends his first ball in the air but safely to cover.Panesar making his point to the selectors in fine style here, picking up his third wicket of the day as Kohli drives at a ball without quite getting to the pitch this time. The result is a slap to cover, where Nick Compton holds on safely moving to his left. England on top here.Pujara cuts Anderson through point for two runs. Not quite timed, off the toe of the bat, so England should claim that as a moral victory. A sign of Pujara's human frailty despite all the evidence to the contrary. He's now scored over 300 runs in this series. England haven't got him out yet."Much better start for England than any of us could have ever imagined, now England need to really put the pressure on Pujara, getting round the bat, frivolous appealing, putting doubts in his mind or trying to make him lose concentration (no sledging, I don't believe in that). Perhaps throw in the the odd quick over, try and see how much the short ball does on the wicket, he won't be used to that. England need to be ruthless, once you have the door opened you need to go through it." You've got your wish for a quick over, Ian. Anderson's coming back on.Another wonderful cover-drive from Kohli brings four more. Panesar just overpitched enough to allow the right-handed number-five to use his hands to go slightly inside-out and place the ball wide of Kevin Pietersen.If you're just waking up and checking the score, why not share your delight that it's not 150/0 (or England 75/6) by sending an email? It's fun, safe and all the cool kids are doing it. Dave.Tickner@bskyb.comIndia's batsmen both now rewarded for early post-lunch patience with boundaries as Kohli laces a wide half-volley from Swann to the cover fence.Good shot from Pujara, riding some extra bounce from Panesar to guide the ball through gully for two. Discussions among the England brains trust about the possibility of moving silly-point into that gully position. Not a bad shout with the bounce Panesar's getting. Don't need a gully for these next two shots as Pujara works into the legside for two before clubbing a full-toss for four. Bowling full-tosses is rarely a good move for a spin bowler; bowling full-tosses while the captain's standing at short-leg is even less advisable. Hundred for India, 50 for Pujara who right now looks capable of outwalling the Wall. Some talent.Good stuff from England's spinners since the lunch break. Giving very little away and, while the batsmen are not exactly in dire strife, there's a sense that something could happen.Just a single from this over, Kohli cutting a short ball out to the cover sweeper.Swann joins the maiden party. Glimpse into India's future is this, with Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar dismissed. We'll see plenty of Pujara and Kohli batting together over the coming decade.Maiden over from Panesar. Right now, this is a really good pitch. Spin, bounce, enough pace to allow everyone to get something from it. But the fact it's spinning means you'd probably be docked points if you produced this for day one of a County Championship match in England. And we wonder why our batsmen don't play spin all that well.Spin at both ends with Swann also continuing after the feed. Couple of singles before Pujara shows how good his hands are to play a controlled glide past the slips for a couple of runs.Panesar continues after lunch. India's batsmen start with some fence-building and three singles before Monty ends it with three dots.Good start for England, but it's the draw price that's been affected raither than India's with Sky Bet. The hosts are still odds-on shots at 4/6, while England and the draw are both 3/1 chances. Pujara is 1/8 for a 50 and 11/8 for another century. Head to skybet.com for a full range of in-play markets.England's session. Monty's session. Anderson was excellent as well, removing Gambhir and seriously troubling Sehwag. Long way to go, though. Pujara looks superb again, and there is already plenty of turn and bounce for the spinners.One day, England will get Pujara out. Wouldn't bet too much on it being this day, though. He just looks unbreakable right now. Still, when you look back at Cook's face after the toss there's no doubt you'd be minus a hand if you'd offered him this score.Panesar's work for the morning is done. And, after a ropey start, it's been a fine morning's work for the left-armer.Maiden over from Swann. Been a great session for England; they'll be in dreamland if they can nip out one of this pair in the couple of overs remaining.A controlled outside edge brings Pujara a run. Kohli scampers a quick single after pushing to mid-on. Panesar now bowling from wider on the crease since umpire Tony Hill had a word with him about encroaching on the danger area.Graeme Swann into the attack for the first time. Kohli tries a couple of risky-looking flicks into the legside before a safer, better-looking and far more successful cover-drive brings him four.Kohli off the mark, pushing Panesar just wide of mid-off for a quick single.Messy over from Broad, who is clipped through midwicket for a two and a four by Pujara either side of a glorious uppercut over the slips that almost carries for six.A slightly mistimed drive to the left of mid-off brings Pujara one run in another excellent Panesar over.All going on at the other end, but Pujara continues on his unflustered way as he greets the return of Broad with an on-driven four of total authority.Virat Kohli is the new batsman for India, who find themselves in real trouble on the first morning of this second Test.Sensational delivery from Panesar to remove the Little Master, pitching on middle-and-leg and spinning sharply past the outside edge to clip the off stump. Panesar off on a leaping, high-fiving lap of honour in celebration. Quite right too.Tendulkar gets a single from a solid defensive push into the covers. Crowd enjoyed it. Anderson tries the short ball against Pujara, who avoids it expertly.Lovely bit of cricket here as Tendulkar gets off the mark with a gorgeous on-drive that Anderson does brilliantly to haul in just inside the rope after diving full-length at a ball that looked sure to beat him. Sachin has to settle for two, and adds a single with a drive to the cover sweeper.It's suddenly got significantly louder in the Wankhede as Sachin Tendulkar strides to the crease for what might just be his final Test appearance in Mumbai.Monty strikes! Bit more flight this time, and it deceives Sehwag who tries to work the ball through midwicket and, via a flick off the pad, sees his off stump disturbed. Got himself in a bit of a tangle there did Sehwag. Pretty much yorked himself in the end.Anderson having no luck here. Pujara the batsman this time, slapping an admittedly ordinary delivery towards point, where it just fails to carry to Nick Compton who dives forward to scoop the ball up on the half-volley.Cook still has much to learn about captaincy; he's still in under the helmet at short-leg with Panesar bowling. Delegate, man, delegate!The host broadcaster just treated us to slow-motion footage of Cook's reaction at the toss. It was the very definition of wry smile. I think you'd fancy your chances against him at poker. Another excellent over from Anderson, a maiden, takes us to drinks.Fifty up for India as Panesar is worked around for three singles.Close! Anderson changes ends to replace Broad and almost gets Sehwag straight away. The cap-centurion is uncertainly half forward as he gets an inside edge just past the stumps and away for four. Close again! Anderson ticking now as a second Sehwag edge - the outside one this time - flies wide of a diving second slip and away for four more. Anderson could've had Sehwag twice, but the net result is eight runs to the India opener.Monty settling nicely into his work now. Signs of both turn and bounce - that second ingredient has always been crucial for Monty - as Sehwag edges wide of the slips for a couple while a slightly surprised Pujara finds himself defending off the splice later in the over.Broad tests Pujara with a bouncer, and it's neatly played by Che who controls his hook shot out to long-leg for a single. A clip off the hip brings Sehwag two before a genuine inside edge squirts through square-leg for a single. Two more singles complete the over, as this pair continue to accumulate solidly off the seamers. I don't think Pujara has played a false shot since that leading edge when he had about eight in the first innings at Ahmedabad.Much better second over from Panesar, dragging that length back to a point where the batsman has a decision to make about lunging forward or rocking back. Couple of misjudgements from Sehwag, but he's able to adjust safely enough.Big lbw shout from Broad (is there any other kind?) against Sehwag, but it's squeezed betwen bat and pad. Umpire would be guessing. In fact, looking at the replay it's clearly bat first.An Early Look At The Spinner as Monty Panesar is brought into the attack as early as the seventh over. In keeping with recent Test tradition for spin bowlers (see also: Ahmedabad, Adelaide) Panesar starts his spell with a full-toss. Sehwag clubs it through midwicket for an uncomplicated boundary. After six overs, we didn't know whether this pitch would spin; after 6.1 we still don't. Panesar does use the faciliies after that, but without much assistance. Pujara strokes a drive to the cover boundary as Panesar completes an unconvincing first over. Too full, even when it was pitching.You can tell just from the speed gun that Anderson and Broad are happier with this pitch. Both of them up about 5mph in pace on Ahmedabad, with a clear tactic of testing Pujara with a bit of short stuff. He's not looked much bothered by it so far, to be fair.Three singles from Anderson's over. Pujara mixes things up a bit by getting one of them on the offside for a change of pace after another clip to square-leg. Lingering shot during the over of Jonny Bairstow's Movember effort. Interesting.Pujara mixing studious defence with legside nurdlage. It's working well enough so far as Broad completes his second over of the morning.Pujara nurdles another legside single before an Anderson bouncer forces Sehwag into evasive action. This already looks a better cricket pitch than in Ahmedabad - albeit we don't know how quickly it will wear having been used previously for a four-day game. At the moment there's real pace off the deck which has seen the ball both fly through to the keeper and whistle to the boundary. Everybody's happy.We've got a direct line to Our Man In Mumbai Mike Atherton, and he'll be giving his views regularly throughout the game. Here's his first update: "Important toss one feels, with the proviso that there can be more swing and bounce here than at other Indian venues, so the new ball becomes very important for England - cue Gambhir second ball dismissal, to one that swung! England team as expected- not much else they could really do I think. India playing three spinners - they came a whisker away from doing that at Ahmedabad. Nice to have a spinner with more than 400 Test wickets to come in!"Huge cheers as Pujara works the ball carefully into the legside for a single. Nicely played as it was, I think the ovation is more for the fact that it brings Virender on strike. He doesn't disappoint; after surviving a half-hearted caught-behind appeal down the legside he threads a perfect cover-drive through the infield and away to the boundary.The revolutionary Che Pujara in at number three. England have already seen quite enough of The Wall II at Ahmedabad. A good short ball from Anderson climbs sharply and whistles past Pujara's grille before being grabbed at head height by Matt Prior. That's a bit more like it. Pace in the wicket is good for everyone; batsmen, seamers and spinners. A clip to long-leg gets Pujara off the mark and leaves Sehwag still waiting to face his first ball of his 100th Test.Sensational start to this Test match. Gambhir nonchalantly clips the first ball of the day to the midwicket boundary but is then defeated by a hint of swing to fall leg-before to the very next delivery. Two balls into the Test and India are 4-1. Replays show it's a good decision from Tony Hill; pitched leg and would've hit leg.England's players out in the middle in a huddle taking in some last words of wisdom from Alastair Cook. Probably including an apology for calling wrong again; never mind these heroic backs-to-the-wall centuries. Please start getting that right, Alastair. Cheers. Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag not far behind; it's almost like they're keen to get going under hot, cloudless skies.Up early, bleary-eyed and confused? Why not break up the monotomy of reading my sleep-deprived half-formed views on the game and send in some of your own? Dave.Tickner@bskyb.comBig day for India opener Virender Sehwag, who is playing his 100th Test match today. It's his 99th proper one for India, plus the so-called (and misnamed) Super Test against Australia in 2005. Going to have a huge effect on the way he plays, I'm sure. These things do. (They don't.)Two changes for England, both expected. Jonny Bairstow comes in for Ian Bell, who is back home with BabyBell, while Monty Panesar replaces Tim Bresnan. Stuart Broad is passed fit to play. For India, Umesh Yadav is out with a back injury, and MS Dhoni will be even more pleased to have won the toss now because the seamer has been replaced by yet another spinner as Harbhajan Singh comes back into the side.India win the toss and bat first. Bad start for England; the pitch for this Test is a used one and batting first on it could be an even bigger advantage than in Ahmedabad.Morning all. It's day one of the second Test between India and England in Mumbai. England we know will be going in with a different team; they want a different result.