India Vs England: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara Script Apt Response To Formidable Total


Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted with elan as India gave a fitting reply to England’s first innings total of 400 on the second day of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Thanks to Vijay (70*) and Pujara’s (47*) unbeaten 107-run stand, India ended Day 2 on 146/1, trailing the visitors by 254 runs.

After a late assault by Jos Buttler (76) helped England put up a big total, Indian batsmen gave a good account of themselves on a pitch that offered turn to the spinners.

Though opener KL Rahul was out for 24, Vijay and Pujara ensured that there were no more hiccups for the host on the second day.

England tried seven bowlers, including four seamers, but apart from Moeen Ali nobody could scalp a wicket.

Earlier, Buttler was involved in a 54-run ninth-wicket stand with Jake Ball that frustrated the hosts’ bowlers.

India were once again left looking for a formula to do away with the last three England batsmen after Ravichandran Ashwin (6/112) and Ravindra Jadeja (4/109) had done away with the England middle-order at lunch.

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