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Pujara hits another century; India finish day at 266/6 against England

Cheteshwar Pujara kept the fight on for India, completing his second century of the series, as England\'s Monty Panesar took 4 wickets in the second Test.

Published: 23rd November 2012 10:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2012 05:35 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Cheteshwar Pujara cracked his second consecutive Test century as India recovered from a precarious situation to restore the balance in the second cricket Test against England here on Friday.

Pujara, who had scored a double ton in the first match, notched up his third Test century to remain unbeaten on 114 on a turning track at the Wankhede Stadium here and steered the hosts to a far more comfortable 266 for six at close on an eventful opening day.

Pujara found an able ally in Ravichandran Ashwin (60 batting) as the duo put on unfinished 97-run partnership for the seventh wicket to bail them out after the hosts were reeling at 119 for five at one stage.

Barring Pujara and Ashwin, none of the batsman in the star-studded line-up could make an impression on a track that started turning from the second session onwards and which was exploited by left-arm spinner Monty Panesar who claimed four wickets.

Coming to the crease after the second ball dismissal of Gautam Gambhir, the 25-year-old Pujara kept one end going by showing superb judgement against the spinning ball to pull India out of a deep hole after the home team opted to bat first on winning the toss.

Pujara stayed for just over six hours in which he had faced 279 balls and struck ten fours. Ashwin faced 84 for his valuable knock.

Pujara came into the game on the back of his unbeaten knocks of 206 and 41 in the two innings of the opening Test at Ahmedabad city in west India, which fetched him the Man of the Match award and paved the way for his team's comprehensive nine-wicket victory. Panesar, who took four for 91 by the end of the day's play, was played with a lot of assurance by Pujara.

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