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

Alex Broun 31/08/2018
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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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Moeen Ali has helped England steady the ship.

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.

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