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Last Updated: 24/11/12 11:04am
And that's stumps on a brilliant day for England. Having struggled to split the Pujara-Ashwin alliance they reduced India from 280/6 to 327 all out and since then have - led once again by the estimable efforts of the skipper - completely blunted two of the prongs in India's triple-threat spin attack. England trail by 149 runs and still have work to do but, with eight wickets in hand, will be looking towards first parity and then a precious first-innings lead tomorrow. Do join us for that.
Close! Nervy moment for Cook in the final over of the day. In fairness to Cook, he strikes this back-cut well, but it cannons into Sehwag's boot on the full at slip and could conceivably have ricocheted in the air. It doesn't, skidding away instead towards fine-leg and allowing the England captain to pick up another couple of runs as he closes on what would be his fourth century in four Tests as captain. Some record.Ojha bag for one last attempt to bring Pietersen's left-arm demons back to the surface today. No joy.Good, probing over from Zaheer. He's bowled chiefly well outside Cook's off stump today, but the line is tighter in this over and produces an outside edge that bounces a good yard short of slip fielders who are, to be fair, about as close as they could realistically get.Huge let-off for Cook. He tries to sweep Harbhajan and is hit halfway up his pad in front of everything. Absolutely plumb lbw, but Aleem Dar continues his iffy series by shaking his head. Harbhajan unimpressed, but as ever when an India player looks aghast at a decision like that he would be better advised to aim his displeasure in the direction of his board than the umpire. Pietersen fiddles the last ball of the over past slip off the outside edge and saunters two runs.Zaheer bowling round the wicket to Pietersen, who uses the angle to flick the ball away fine on the legside for four to bring up the hundred partnership with Cook. It's their 12th three-figure alliance and all that effort to repair the damage of the summer is paying off now.Big spin for Harbhajan sends the ball into KP's thighpad, which should give you a clue as to why the optimistic lbw appeals were swiftly dismissed by Aleem Dar.Change of pace now as Zaheer comes back into the attack looking for a bit of reverse swing with this ageing ball. There's a tiny hint of something, but Cook has few problems negotiating a maiden over. Twenty-five minutes until the close now. We're into the dreaded nightwatchman territory if a wicket falls.Every now and then, something occurs. Ashwin gets this one to rear up and past Cook's outside edge to be well-taken by Dhoni. Both keepers have dealt well with some very awkward work on these first two days. Cook's unperturbed, though, and is soon back on his way with a paddle-sweep for two and a cut to deep point for a single.Two singles off Harbhajan's over. Batting looked pretty easy for Pujara and Ashwin on the first evening, and the same is true now for Cook and Pietersen.A powerful back-foot punch through cover brings Pietersen four runs and takes him to a 63-ball half-century of quality, composure and real assurance. This is why he's worth all the nonsense; England simply have no-one else who can bat like he does. Few teams do. Big appeal from Ashwin for lbw against Cook on the sweep, but he's got a long way across and safely outside the line.The only way is the midwicket boundary as Harbhajan drops short and Cook smashes the ball to the fence with little trouble. A single brings Pietersen back on strike, and we've got another short-leg in trouble as a thumped sweep shot connects with Rahane's body. Long delay while he receives treatment. Looks like it's hit him on the elbow, which is going to be sore. Two short-legs down for India now. Ishant Sharma is the latest sub fielder. He doesn't have short-legs, and isn't fielding there either.Just realised that the whole time Harbhajan's been bowling to Cook I could have been making ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT jokes about how The Only Way Is Essex. Seems too late now. Moment's gone. Meanwhile, back in Mumbai, there's a big appeal for a bat-pad catch as Pietersen tries to work Ashwin through the legside. Doesn't look like there's any bat or glove involved. Completely in-out field now, with almost all fielders either five yards or 65 yards from the bat, so many singles sauntered in between the appeals.Cook drives Harbhajan to mid-off and scurries through for a single. Pietersen clips the ball to midwicket and jogs through to reach 43. Not even a hint of a wicket. My powers grow weak. Must need more Lucozade. I'm very sleepy.Very encouraging signs for Pietersen here, twice getting solidly forward and defending against the sort of deliveries from Ojha that have in the past produced the old 'curtain rail' shot with the bat and hands moving in a sort of crazed S shape in the vague direction of the offending orb as it spins into middle stump. So that's Cook batting serenely and Pietersen's problems against left-arm tweakers sorted in the last two overs. With the instajinx power of those updates, plus the wicket-taking threat of the drinks break, it will need a miracle for England to get through the next over unscathed.Freebie from Ashwin here down the legside, and Cook helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary to move on to 70. At the risk of the dreaded instajinx, Cook seems to have come through that wobbly couple of overs and is back in full control of proceedings.Best sweep yet from Cook, hammering the ball all along the ground and behind square this time to beat the man on the fence. Ojha bowling over the wicket to Cook at the moment, and the England captain eases him down the ground for a single. A thick outside edge brings Pietersen two runs. The KP effect in evidence here: this partnership has produced half of England's runs in a third of the over.Cook using the sweep shot far more since tea. Generally used it well, with a couple of minor alarms. Gets a single for it this time as Ashwin gives him a bit of width to play the shot more comfortably.England avoid the follow-on. Chortle, guffaw, etc. but I don't think there would've been too many people predicting that with a huge degree of confidence when India were 280/6. Pietersen uses the depth of his crease to punch Ojha for three and Cook sweeps for a single before an absolute snorter spins and bounces past the shoulder of Pietersen's bat. Well taken by Dhoni; that bounced alarmingly. Every now and then there's something to keep you honest as a batsman."I read on a blog that Prior's test average in India is in the 70s. Is that really true? Of so, why on earth is he batting with the bowlers? Just a thought over my morning cuppa." It's actually 56, Terence. Which is obviously still handy. He's perfectly capable of batting at six, but England like him at seven and you can see why. He can bat time - as he did in Ahmedabad - but he's also an aggressive batsman when the situation allows or warrants. He's one of the most selfless batsmen I've seen, completely willing to throw away his wicket or curb his attacking instinct depending on the match situation and that ability to react and adapt is precious down the order.Curious moment here as a short ball from Ashwin bounces right up to Cook's chest height. He deals with it successfully if not particularly elegantly, baseballing the ball through mid-on for four.First moment of strife for Pietersen against Ojha as he edges the ball just short of slip. Pietersen's response? Smacking the next ball down the ground for four.From nowhere, batting suddenly looks a struggle for Cook. A top-edged sweep has deep square-leg interested before he's twice beaten by Ashwin outside the off stump and then edges just short of gully. This pitch seems to have a nap for 20 minutes every now and then before sudden;y waking up and causing mischief again.Solid drive through the covers brings Pietersen three as Sehwag gives reluctant but successful chase. Cook then exposes all three stumps to sweep Ojha but makes safe contact."Cook playing magnificently. More expansive today - witness the straight six - but in total control. Key partnership this and it could well shape the game to come. With Bairstow and Patel in next Cook will know how important his wicket is but he seems to thrive rather than shy away from the responsibility."KP still going at better than a run a ball as he cuts Harbhajan in the air but short of and through Sachin Tendulkar at point for four more. A single brings Cook on strike, and he calmly picks up two more runs to reach a quality half-century.Advantage Pietersen so far despite his Woes Against Left-Arm Spin as he hammers a glorious cover-drive off Ojha to the boundary to take England to three figures in grand style. A scampered single is slightly less convincing, but safe enough in the end.Cook one away from another half-century as he works Ashwin through the legside off the back foot for two.Cook clatters another short-leg, Rahane this time, with a well-struck sweep. That's eight runs saved. Rahane able to continue after getting a whack on the backside as he tried to get out of the way. Ojha bowling a bit quicker since tea.Three singles early in the over before Pietersen once again goes after Harbhajan and crunches a short ball through cover off the back foot for what is already his fourth boundary.Cook sweeps Ojha for a single to bring us back to the contest within the contest. A no-score draw this time as Pietersen defends the last two balls of the over.Pietersen on the attack straight after tea, taking Harbhajan for two boundaries. The first is cut hard behind point and the second blasted over mid-on and almost carrying the ropes for six. Key partnership for England this, with Cook still accumulating steadily and KP having the capacity to really up the run-rate.Looked like being a cracking session for England until that late double strike from Ojha to remove Compton and Trott. Cook, though, is still there and batting beautifully. This series seems to have involved either Pujara batting or Cook batting.Ordinary piece of cricket here from India. Understandably keen for Ojha to have a go at Pietersen in the last over before tea, they're happy to give Cook a single. But so content are they to give up the single, the nonchalant fielding allows the batsmen to scamper a second run. Only delays the inevitable temporarily, though, as a single from the next ball does bring Pietersen on strike against the left-armer. So far, so good: A solid forward defensive followed by a push into the legside for one.Cook cuts hard to deep point for a single, bringing Pietersen on strike against Harbhajan. "Two fiesty characters," chirps Nasser gleefully on commentary. Pietersen promptly strides forward and slaps the first ball he faces to the cover boundary.The good news for the incoming Kevin Pietersen is that the wicket fell from the final ball of the over, so the KP left-arm demons are delayed awhile.Trott goes! Didn't look comfortable at all, beaten on the outside edge lunging forward he's then trapped plumb lbw playing back and missing a ball from Ojha that straightened enough to be on course to take out the middle stump.Close again! Same as in Harbhajan's last over, Cook goes for the paddle-sweep and Rahane moves to his left in anticipation. This time he does manage to gather the ball, but it's on the half-volley. Be careful with that shot, skip. Rahane's a bit special in there. An altogether safer cut shot brings a single to deep point.Jonathan Trott sees out the last two balls of a wicket-maiden. Seems fairly ridiculous, but Trott could do with some runs. Has struggled in this series so far after a year in which he seems to have misplaced his ability to relentlessly convert starts into massive scores.Ojha back into the attack to break Compton's resistance, spinning the ball enough to find the outside edge. Sehwag stays low to take a regulation catch safely and India finally have the breakthrough.Harbhajan looking the most threatening of the three spinners already. He's seemingly got the right pace - like Monty - to extract the turn and bounce that so frequently made life awkward for India's batsmen.Chance! Well, hardly a chance. And if it is one, it's entirely of the fielder's own making. Cook going for the premeditated paddle sweep and Rahane at short-leg, seeing the shot coming, moves to his left in anticipation and is almost in the right spot to pull off a miracle catch. Close! Short-leg in the game again as Cook gets an inside edge that just fails to carry to Rahane. Good over from Ashwin, and some superb work in close from the sub fielder.Big slice of luck for Cook as he looks to work Harbhajan to leg but gets a leading edge that loops to safety at cover. Bhajji bowling slightly quicker than Ashwin and Ojha and, so far, getting slightly more out of the surface than they managed. That ball stopped and bounced on Cook, producing the leading edge. It was something that Monty managed to do on a few occasions but we'd not really seen it so far in this innings.Thwack! Cook takes out 1000 minutes of frustration here as he absolutely nails a slog-sweep into the body of Pujara at short-leg. My word that's hit him hard. Pujara in some pain after getting hit in the back as he took evasive action, and that's going to be sore. Would go down as a chance and a fine on a club tour. Pujara gingerly makes his way off the field, and sub fielder Ajinkya Rahane moves into the firing line. Cook, like all batsmen, will be thinking only of the four lost runs. He makes them up with a well-placed and sweetly timed punch through midwicket off the back foot as Ashwin drops short.Four for Compton has Harbhajan gets his line wrong and is flicked past leg slip for four. If we apply a reasonable and in no way arbitrary minimum of three partnerships, Cook-Compton is now the most successful in England's long Test history with an average stand of 104 as we speak.Cook cuts Ashwin for a single, Bit straighter than Cook thought, that delivery, but he gets the middle of the bat to the ball and there's no harm done. Compton gets a single for a defensive push after noticing that mid-on is on his heels.And here is Harbhajan. That's why I get paid the very, very small bucks. Cook mistimes a cut shot and has to settle for a single when he might have expected to garner rather more from a Harbhajan half-tracker.Cook nurdles Ashwin to leg for a single. Crowd gone quiet. Might be Harbhajan time. If only to get the masses going a bit.Thick outside edge from Compton brings two runs and a 50 partnership. It's a fine start from this pair who, crucially, appear to have definite, clear plans for dealing with the spinners and finding a way to score runs. Cook's footwork has been eye-catching, while Compton has been looking to get right back and across after that through-the-gate dismissal in Ahmedabad.Cook plays out an Ashwin maiden, ever alert to the wicket-taking potential of the drinks break.Good bit of cricket here. Compton advances at Ojha who sees him coming and drags the ball down a touch shorter. Compton deceived really, but manages to adjust his shot slightly and drag the ball over mid-on for four. England have got through 21 overs unscathed; fine effort from this opening pair who are justly rewarded with a drink.Compton shovels to leg for a single before Cook is beaten by a wonderful Ashwin delivery. No blame against Cook here, who was obliged to play forward to a ball that dipped and spun sharply past the outside edge.Cook growing in confidence here, advancing again and hitting Ojha down the ground for four. The left-arm spinner switches to over the wicket, and immediately causes a spot of bother as the ball lobs safe off inside edge and pad.Slice of luck for Compton, who gets in a right tangle against a non-spinning ball from Ashwin and edges it just wide of Virender Sehwag. Picks up four runs as well.Cook calming himself down after whacking that six, and plays out a maiden. Surprised to learn it was Cook's eighth maximum in Tests.Genuinely concerned I've dozed off and dreamt that six down the ground from Cook. But now Compton plays out a maiden from Ashwin, and even I wouldn't dream about that.Shot! Don't see this very often: Cook skips down the ground and launches Ojha down the ground for a big, big six. Good, aggressive running brings two runs from the final ball of the over as Cook maneouvres the ball into a gap.Compton works Ashwin behind square-leg for a single before Cook gets a slightly streaky boundary. He's looking for his favourite square-cut but a bit of extra bounce from Ashwin takes the ball on to the top edge, and the ball slices away in the air past gully for four. A thick inside edge brings Cook a single from the final ball of the over.Zaheer strays onto Compton's pads and gets clipped away for a single. Cook leaves the last couple of deliveries as Zaheer continues to bowl outside the off stump to the England captain.Compton sweeps Ashwin for a single to deep square-leg. Getting a long way across his stumps, as well as looking to defend almost exclusively off the back foot. A response to his first-innings dismissal in Ahmedabad, perhaps. Big lbw shout against Cook, but he's whacked the cover off it. Massive inside edge."I wonder if I can trouble Cook with a short ball on this pitch," Zaheer muses. "No," he concludes as the ball bounces back off the boundary boards at square-leg.Thoughts on the state of play from our man in Mumbai, Mike Atherton: "A good morning for England, I thought, getting rid of the last four wickets, and Pujara after another incredible feat of stamina and concentration. I'm not quite so pessimistic as some: I think that is a good score - especially so after being 169/6 - but not an impossible one for England to address. The pitch is spinning and they will have to play well. These next two sessions will determine the shape of the game to come..."Ashwin back into the attack. With a maiden. Compton looking to play him off the back foot, and is getting right back. Must be careful not to cross the line between 'using the full depth of your crease' and 'embarrassingly treading on stumps and getting laughed at'.Maiden over from Zaheer, but not a great one. Generally a bit too wide, and Cook more than happy to leave.Boundary for Compton off Ojha, nurdling the ball past short fine-leg and away to the fence. Things have been surprisingly straightforward for England so far, but the spinners will surely start having more of an impact once the lacquer's off the ball. Heavy roller may also have temporarily deadened the pitch.Compton pokes a drive to the left of cover for a single, and Cook plays out the over. Defending when it's straight and, on this evidence, lining things up pretty nicely when it's not and letting the ball through to MS Dhoni.Ojha continues, and is smashed over wide mid-on for four by Cook. Classy shot, greeted by almost total silence in the Wankhede.Zaheer Khan kicks off the afternoon session with a maiden, carefully played out by Compton. Zaheer does find the outside edge with the final ball, but it bounces way short of the slip cordon.India will be very happy with their 327, although it could've been worse for England when Pujara and Ashwin took the score to 280/6 this morning. And there were pleasantly few alarms in that four-over mini-session just now. Positives, reasons to be cheerful and such.Compton may be new to international cricket, but he's been around long enough to know the best way to deal with this sort of thing: nurdle a single, lean on your bat at t'other end. Cook survives, and England have avoided the pitfalls of the TLSBL (Tricky Little Session Before Lunch).Compton nurdles a single. Cook studiously takes his guard. Then retakes it. Then smiles. Then Dhoni smiles. More pitch-scraping. Why, it's almost like Cook's trying to make this the last over before lunch. This is where Trott's so clever: by ingeniously taking 45 minutes to take his guard at all times, it's harder to spot when he's taking the rise. Hasn't even worked. Still time for one more over.In one of the least surprising surprise moves in recorded history, it's spin at both ends with the new ball. Compton gets England's first run off Ojha, before Cook adds the first boundary as the last ball of the over is dragged down short to give the skipper the chance to cut.Straight away there's turn and bounce for Ashwin, but Cook's defence is solid as he takes some deep breaths and plays out a maiden over.Brilliant recovery from India having been 119/5 yesterday afternoon. Pujara magnificent, and he got superb support from Ashwin in a partnership that at this early stage already has the look of a match-defining one. It's a very good total, but let's not be calling this GSM for the Indians just yet. Let's at least wait until England are 63/5. I'm joking. A bit. They might do all right. What? They might. We initially thought that was lunch, but no: England have to bat for 11 minutes. That can only go brilliantlyShocking decision from Aleem Dar, but Swann has four and India are all out. Swann spins the ball past Zaheer's defensive lunge, and the ball bounces out to Bairstow at short-leg via pad and chest. Never anywhere near the bat, and bouncing far too much for it to be lbw.Valuable runs here for Zaheer who slogs Panesar over midwicket for four before absolutely nailing a hit down the ground for six. A swipe to leg brings a single, and the crowd are enjoying themselves hugely. It took 1016 minutes, 790 balls and 382 runs for England to dismiss Pujara, by the way.Pragyan Ojha in at number 11 for India. England now in the position of knowing that taking the final wicket in the next couple of overs will lead to the worst of all cricketing situations for the opening batsman: A Tricky Little Session Before Lunch.Just popping off to check the world is still turning on its axis. Pujara is out. I repeat, Pujara is out. Advances at Swann who sees him coming and pushes the ball wider of off stump. Pujara can't get there, and Prior completes the formalities of a straightforward stumping.England happy to give Pujara a single, and he's happy to take and place his faith in Zaheer. It's rewarded as he sees out Panesar's over after Cook bizarrely takes four balls to decide a silly point might be a good idea when the tailender's on strike.It's all well and good Pujara getting runs, but he is getting them slowly. The session is under 2 an over...can't help but see that attitude as selfish from Pujara. England can't afford to bat at Pujara's pace, it will take them an age to get to par. Come out and attack boys!" Can't agree about Pujara there, Jack. This has been a monumental effort on a difficult pitch. He's the primary reason India have got a total that's going to be so very difficult for England to match.Zaheer Khan sees out the last two balls of the over.Harbhajan gets across his stumps again, but this time the delivery from Swann is straighter and hits the batsman on the knee-roll with middle and leg stumps clearly visible. Aleem Dar nods his head and raises the finger. And that's Swann's 200th Test wicket.Another outside edge from Harbhajan, but a thicker one this time and wide of a diving Swann at gully to run away for four. Panesar tosses the next one up a little higher and Harbhajan is prepared to go after and smears it way over the wide long-on boundary. Worth a go from Panesar, but Harbhajan very much up to the task. A couple of singles complete the over as Pujara ticks over to 1000 minutes of batting in the series.Couple of big leg-before shouts from Swann, but Harbhajan is getting a long way across and outside the line. A swat-sweep falls just short of Samit Patel at cow corner and brings a single.Pujara works Panesar through midwicket for two and then pulls to deep square-leg for a single. An inside edge to fine-leg brings Harbhajan two runs and sends India through the psychologically-significant 300 barrier.It's striking how utterly unfazed Pujara is by the difficulties of this pitch, trusting his defensive technique, not letting the spin and bounce faze him in the slightest and then calmly taking the chance to score when it's presented. You can't help but think England would've been reverse-sweeping through sheer panic several hours ago.Always interested in your thoughts and views on the game. Far more interesting than my own. Mails to Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com please.Pujara calmly plays out a maiden over from Panesar to complete an Attritional First Hour and take us to drinks.Short-leg massively in the game here with Swann getting the ball to spin and bounce towards the right-hander's body. And Cook showing he's starting to learn the art of captaincy; he's no longer under the lid, with that task now falling - as tradition dictates - to the junior member of the side, Jonny Bairstow's Moustache. Harbhajan grinning away as the last ball of the over spins sharply between his bat and pad but just clears the bails.Chance! Classic left-armer's delivery from Panesar, luring Harbhajan into a forward lunge and spinning the ball enough to find the edge, but Jonathan Trott is up slightly early at slip and can't get back down and to his left to grab the chance. Renowned as a slipper in his youth, Trott's been out of that position for a while now and doesn't look entirely comfortable. Seems far happier (not sure happier is quite the right word, but you know what I mean) grazing at deep square-leg and muttering to himself.Might have just spotted one tiny weakness in Pujara's game. He is trying to play a few more shots now against Swann, who's getting the ball to turn and bounce alarmingly, but hammers three big drives straight at fielders. Two hit mid-on, and one extra-cover. If he can start threading those shots through gaps, he's got this game pretty much figured out.Harbhajan gets off the mark with a single into the offside, but is then dozing at the non-striker's end. Pujara wants a single from ball five to farm the strike, but Bhajji is leaning on his bat and has no interest in the run. He then almost does the same thing from the last ball and saunters the easy single to such an extent that a direct hit would've seen him run out.Another lovely cut shot from Pujara off Swann, this time a deft back-cut past slip, brings two runs. No sign of Pujara changing his game while the capable Harbhajan is in. Interesting to see if he does come out of his bubble should another wicket fall. He showed during the short fourth-innings run chase in Ahmedabad that he has gears to go through.Monty's got a glint in his eye here. Knows he's well in the game here and spins a couple of beautiful flighted, dipping deliveries past the outside edge. Harbhajan, though, has the contented look of a man who will soon get his chance.Graeme Swann into the attack for the first time this morning, and spoils a decent enough over by dragging down a short ball outside the off stump. Pujara rocks back and crunches the ball well in front of point to take the sweeper out of the equation.One off-spinning useful batsman replaces another as Harbhajan Singh strides to the crease. Three Test centuries between them. The Hawk-Eye elves have appeared to whisper in our ears the word's "umpire's call" for the point of impact on that lbw decision.Five for Monty. Ashwin survives one huge lbw shout having craftily used his bat instead of his bat, but he then foolishly abandons that policy and is undone by a quicker, flatter arm ball from Panesar. Ashwin is back looking to cut and the ball flicks the flap of his VVS pads before striking the bat and Tony Hill raises the finger. Might have just him outside the line looking at the replay, but he has to go.First four of the morning as Anderson offers width and Pujara clinically dismisses the ball through the offside off the back foot.Maiden over from Panesar, including one ripper of a delivery that turns and bounces, squaring Ashwin up as it passes both outside edge and off bail. Matt Prior takes it cleanly, continuing his masterclass of standing up to the spinners on this spinning, bouncing track. He's been quietly excellent.If this carries on much longer, Ashwin will acquire Genuine All-Rounder status and we will have to start speculating on just how far up the batting order he could climb. Stuart Broad will tell you what a dangerous and fickle road that can be.Ashwin drives uppishly but safely between point and cover for a single. Like the ball that got Kohli yesterday, that stopped on the batsman after disturbing the surface. You can't drive without due care and attention on this pitch.Three singles off The Haircut's second over of the day as Ashwin continues to bat like a Proper Batsman.Maiden over from Panesar. Turn and bounce there for the left-armer, but everything met by the wide, wide middle of Pujara's bat. Can we get it measured?James Anderson's Haircut (seriously, that man is so lucky there are no photographers in) shares the still-newish ball and is absolutely convinced he's Sarah Connored Pujara and metaphorically crushed him in a factory by pinning him lbw. Looks dead straight, but is there a slight inside edge? Aleem Dar thinks so, shaking his head and then offering no signal after the batsmen jog through for a run as the ball squirts away to third-man. See? Even when you think you've beaten him, you haven't. Can't be stopped. Hundred partnership.No surprise to see Monty Panesar in action straight away this morning. Ashwin gets the first run of the day's play before Pujara shows us two copybook forward defensive shots. He likes showing us those.What if he never gets out? I'm serious. The man could break cricket. He's currently 361 not out for the series and has batted for approximately four weeks. He's looked like possibly getting out three times: once when he chipped the ball over James Anderson in Ahmedabad, when he edged Panesar just to the left of Anderson yesterday, and when he whacked the ball into Alastair Cook's boot at short-leg. How do you deal with him? Listen, and understand. That Pujara is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop batting, ever, until it runs out of partners or the captain declares.Stuart Broad struggled horribly yesterday, but we understand he's feeling fine this morning, and has been out in the middle going through the warm-ups with his team-mates. On this tour he's been injured, ill and out of form and yet remains seemingly undroppable.It's day two of the second Test in Mumbai and, in keeping with every Test match ever played ever, This Morning's Session Looks Crucial. The Revolutionary Che Pujara and Of Course, He Started Out As A Batsman You Know R Ashwin rather took things away from a tiring England attack yesterday evening and early wickets are the very thing this morning on a pitch already spinning and bouncing appreciably.