Cook, Pietersen lead England's strong reply

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Mumbai, Nov 24: Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen led England's strong reply to India's 327 at the Wankhede Stadium here in the second Test on Saturday.

Scorecard; Day 2 pictures; Day 1 report

At stumps on second day, England were 178/2 in 65 overs with captain Cook (87 not out, 209 balls, 10x4, 1x6) and Pietersen (62 not out, 85 balls, 9x4)) still together after 110-run stand for the third wicket. The entire final session of play was without success for India as the duo added 101 runs in the two hours. England now trail India by 149 runs.

Cook, Pietersen lead England's reply

Pietersen restored to attacking mode as soon as he arrived at the crease with England in a spot of bother at 68/2. He used his feet well to the spinners and brought up his 28th half century off 63 balls. With Pietersen being aggressive, Cook displayed his usual style of batting, which is to stay at the wicket for long hours.

After his marathon effort of second innings 176 in first Test, Cook was again in same form giving little chance to Indian bowlers. Cook now has 304 runs in the series.

Offspinners Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin, playing together in a Test for the first time, were wicket-less. Harbhajan's figures were 14-0-47-0 while Ashwin who opened the bowling, was 0/54 in 22 overs with five maidens. India's both successes came through Pragyan Ojha (2/65).

Though there was assistance for the spinners from the pitch, Cook and Pietersen played very well to help England see off the day.

Tea Report: England 77/2

Ojha struck twice after a strong opening stand just before tea as England went into the break at 77/2.

Cook and Nick Compton were cautious in their approach against the spinners. They were not troubled much by the new ball but Ojha struck in the 32nd over by removing Compton as he edged to Virender Sehwag at first slip. Compton batted for 90 balls for 29.

Ojha was on top in his next over as he trapped Jonathan Trott LBW for zero. Trott played back to and was plumb in front of the stumps. Trott now has two ducks in three innings in the series.

Harbhajan had to wait for 24 overs to get a chance to bowl. He and R Ashwin bowled together, for the first time in a Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara had to be off the field after being hit by a Cook's sweep shot at shortleg. Ajinkya Rahane replaced Pujara.

Lunch Report: England 7/0, India 327 all out

Pujara was finally dismissed after batting for 1,015 minutes in the series and India were bowled out for 327. At lunch, England were 7/0 after four overs.

Pujara was out stumped by Matt Prior off Graeme Swann for 135. This was the first time in his first-class career that Pujara was stumped out. He was the ninth batsman dismissed. Monty Panesar took five wickets and Swann had four. When he removed Harbhajan Singh (21), Swann completed 200 Test wickets. For Panesar, this was his 11th five-wicket haul in Tests.

Pujara had scores of 206 and 41 in first Test (both not out). Now his tally has swelled to 382 in three innings with just one dismissal. In this innings he batted for 350 balls.

Ashwin added just eight runs to his overnight score of 60. He was trapped LBW by Panesar with an arm ball.

Start of play update

Indian batsmen Pujara and R Ashwin have resumed batting on the second day.

India began the second day at 266/6 with Pujara on 114 and Ashwin on 60. So far they have added 97 runs for the seventh wicket.

On the first day, India were in huge trouble at 119/5 but Pujara bailed them out with his third Test century. The number three batsman had come out to bat to face the third ball of the match after Gautam Gambhir had been dismissed early.

Panesar took four wickets on opening day including the big scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who is playing his 100th Test.

The pitch offered turn and bounce on Friday and it will be interesting to see how it plays today.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 24, 2012, 9:29 [IST]
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