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Pujara hits double ton; England in trouble

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Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012, 17:29 [IST]

Ahmedabad, Nov 16: Cheteshwar Pujara registered his maiden Test double century to put India in control of first Test against England on the second day, Friday. Pujara made unbeaten 206 as India declared at 521/8. At close, England were reeling at 41/3 in 18 overs with R Ashwin taking two and Pragyan Ojha one.

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Pujara hits 206; England in trouble

With the ball turning and keeping low, England batsmen have to battle hard from here on to save this Test. Ashwin, who opened the bowling and dismissed debutant Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott, became the fastest Indian to reach 50 Test wickets. Playing in his ninth Test, Ashwin beat Anil Kumble's record of 50 victims in 10 Tests. Ashwin's 50th scalp was Compton.

As three wickets tumbled at the other end, captain Alastair Cook looked good at the crease. He has Kevin Pietersen for company as they will resume batting tomorrow.

Earlier, Pujara's 206 was well constructed over 389 balls with 21 boundaries. If it was Virender Sehwag on the opening day with a ton, today was all about young Pujara driving the England bowling attack to frustration with a magnificent knock.

Tea Report: India 502/6

Pujara's appetite for big hundreds in first-class cricket was on view in Tests too as the right-hander was in sight of his maiden Test double century. At tea, India were in commanding position at 502/6 in 152 overs with Pujara on 196 and R Ashwin on 21.

Young Pujara's well-compiled innings has put England almost out of the first Test. Resuming batting today at 98, first Pujara got to his second Test hundred before lunch and there was no respite for England bowlers and fielders as he went on accumulating runs with ease. He has so far faced 367 balls and hit 21 fours.

In this session, India lost Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. Yuvraj fell for 74 when he failed to dispatch a full toss from Samit Patel into the stands. The left-hander mistimed shot and was caught at long-on by Graeme Swann.

Swann completed his 14th Test five-wicket haul when he had MS Dhoni bowled as the Indian skipper attempted a sweep and managed to play the ball onto the stumps.

Lunch Report: India 410/4

Pujara scored his second Test century as India continued to pile on the runs. At lunch on day 2, Friday, India were 410/4 in 121 overs. England failed to take a wicket in the morning session. Pujara is bating on 133 while Yuvraj Singh is 72 not out. India scored 87/0 in 31 overs in first two hours of play.

Pujara, calm and composed since Thursday, continued in same fashion. The No. 3 batsman never played a shot in anger, and was intent on building his innings.

Having registered in maiden Test ton in the recent home series against New Zealand, Pujara added one more and is growing in confidence with every innings.

Yuvraj made a fine return to Test cricket with his 11th half century. The left-hander, playing in five-day cricket after more than a year, is looking good to register a hundred.

So far Pujara and Yuvraj have been together for 127 runs for fifth wicket.

Earlier, India resumed their batting from 323/4 from first day and Cheteshwar Pujara reached his second Test hundred, here in the first Test against England at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Friday.

After Virender Sehwag's 117 on the opening day, yet another Indian batsman in on the verge of securing a Test century. India will be looking forward to stretch the score beyond 450. On the other hand, early wickets will be on England's mind so that they can restrict India to less than 400.

Graeme Swann, who took four wickets on the first day, had said they were looking to keep India under 450.

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Story first published:  Friday, November 16, 2012, 9:44 [IST]

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