Ton-up Pujara gives India upper hand

Southampton: Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 132 even as India’s middle-order faltered to give the visitors a slender lead against England on Day 2 of the fourth Test on Friday. India were cruising as skipper Virat Kohli and Pujara stitched together a 92-run partnership for the third wicket but once the former departed, the visitors lost the plot losing wickets in bulk.

Spinner Moeen Ali claimed a five-for reducing India to 195 for eight before Pujara forged two important partnerships with tailenders for the ninth and tenth wickets. He added 32 runs for the ninth wicket with Ishant Sharma and put on a 46-run partnership with Jasprit Bumrah for the last wicket. England were six for no loss at stumps.

Brief scores: England 246 and 6/0 vs India 273 all out (Pujara not out 132, Kohli 46; Ali 5/63).

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