As it happened: Pietersen, Cook put India on back-foot

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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 on Friday.

Pietersen was on the attack from the first ball. Getty Images

But England fought back well to dismiss the hosts for just 327 runs. They got Ashwin early and even though Harbhajan Singh provided some resistance, the Indian team folded pretty quickly. Pujara ended up with 135.

In reply, England have reached 77 for 2 at the stroke of tea on day two. Cook, as always, has looked very solid but the bowlers are starting to make an impact now. The ball is turning and bouncing and batting isn't easy.

Some stats from day 1:

# Ravichandran Ashwin (60 not out off 84 balls) has posted his first fifty against England - his second in Tests.

# Ashwin and Pujara have shared a stand of 97 (unbroken) for the seventh wicket - India's second highest against England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Ravi Shastri and Syed Kirmani had put on 235 in November 1984.

# Yuvraj Singh has registered his first duck against England - his seventh in Tests.

# Monty Panesar's superb bowling figures of four for 91 are his best against India in Tests.

# Pujara is one of the eleven Indians to have recorded two or more centuries in a Test series against England. Azharuddin had registered three in India in 1984-85 and Dravid twice - in 2002 and 2011 - both times in England.

# Sachin has been bowled on 52 occasions. Rahul Dravid (55) and Allan Border (53) have registered more bowled dismissals in Tests than Sachin.


Updated Date: Nov 24, 2012 16:39 PM

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