Live Cricket Blog: Pujara ton hands India the lead

Alex Broun 31/08/2018
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9:10 pm – Pujara scores century

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 132 as India made 273 in the first innings of the fourth Test against England.

Pujara rescued India after Moeen Ali snared five wickets in the second and third session. India went from 195-8 to gain a lead of 27.

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7:00 pm – England fight back

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck on Friday.

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck on Friday.

England dismissed wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for a 29-ball duck to gain the upper hand in the Southampton Test against India.

India took tea at 181-5 with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 70.

Catch the live updates here.

5:30 pm – Rashid picks up three wickets

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan continued his splendid form in Ireland as he snared three wickets to dismiss the hosts for 124 in the deciding third ODI in Belfast.

Rashid picked up 3-18 from eight overs as Ireland could only manage 124 in 36.1 overs. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi picked up 2-26 after the hosts elected to bat first.

Read more here.

4:02pm – India in charge at lunch in Southampton

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Raul (19) early in the morning session of the second day of the fourth Test in Southampton but Virat Kohli (25*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (28*) have put India firmly in control at lunch, safely guiding the tourists to 100 for the loss of just the two wickets.

Joe Root’s men must get a break through early in the middle session or they are facing down the barrel of a big chase to save the game in the second dig.

Follow all the ball-by-ball live scores from Southampton right HERE.

 Virat Kohli in charge in Southampton


Virat Kohli in charge in Southampton

2:03pm – England need quick wickets on second morning of Fourth Test

After England were skittled out for just 240 on Thursday, a total greatly inflated by Sam Curran’s fighting 78, India began their run chase without loss reaching 19 by the close of play at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The hosts desperately need wickets early in the first session or run the risk of India getting away from them, as happened in Nottingham.

Follow all the ball-by-ball live scores from Southampton right HERE.

Jimmy Anderson needs to strike early for England

Jimmy Anderson needs to strike early for England

11:15am – Three options to solve England’s top order batting crisis

After yet another catastrophic failure from England’s top order on the opening day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton, the selectors are once again looking for solutions ahead of what shapes as a deciding fifth Test at The Oval.

The England openers, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, have been nothing short of a disaster with Cook averaging just 16.16 in the series to date and Jennings a woeful 15.66.

So bad was Jennings latest dismissal that former England captain Michael Vaughan described it yesterday as a “bad a dismissal as you can see in Test match cricket.”

With the Three Lions desperately in need of answers here are our three quick fixes for the top order batting for the Fifth Test starting on September 7.

Ian Bell has been in vintage for Warwickshire

Ian Bell has been in vintage for Warwickshire

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England v India fourth Test LIVE: Pujara century brings India back into contention

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored a fine century as India took the lead on the second day of the Southampton Test.

After England were skittled out for just 246 on Thursday, a total greatly inflated by Sam Curran’s fighting 78, the hosts fought hard on day two at the Ageas Bowl.

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan for 23 and Lokesh Raul for 19 early on. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara guided India to lunch on 100 for the loss of just the two wickets.

Kohli was dismissed by Curran for 46 before Ajinkya Rahane was controversially given lbw off what seemed a no-ball from Ben Stokes. Thereafter, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a 29-ball duck as the Indians took tea at 181-5.

In the final session, Moeen Ali completed his five-wicket haul before Pujara completed his century to take India ahead. India were bowled out for 273, for a lead for 27.

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Left-hander Sam Curran justified his recall to the England side as he led the fightback on the opening day of the fourth Test after a disastrous start in Southampton.

Having elected to bat the home side were 57 for four and 86 for six as the ball moved around alarmingly before Curran and Moeen Ali shared a 79-run stand to stop the rot.

When Moeen eventually went for 40 in the 60th over top-edging a slog-sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin to square leg Curran continued the fight, reaching his second Test half-century in four innings.

He put on 63 with Stuart Broad (17) for the ninth wicket but was eventually last man out for 78 when trying to force the score along with last man James Anderson, but he had dragged England to 246.

India reached 19 without loss in reply after England’s bowlers failed to make them play at enough deliveries in the four overs possible before the close.

The tourists will have been disappointed not to press home their early advantage after their seamers found prodigious movement in the air to cause all kinds of problems for the batsmen.

England were fortunate to reach lunch at 57 for four as, having lost Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant put down a difficult chance off Jos Buttler.

Buttler and Ben Stokes both departed in the first hour of the afternoon session to leave the hosts staring at more humiliation but left-handed duo Curran and Moeen launched the rearguard action.

Jasprit Bumrah finished with three for 46, with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin all taking two apiece.

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