Cook and Pietersen prosper
Unbeaten fifties from Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen saw England bear down on India’s 327 all out on the second day at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
The experienced third-wicket duo survived varying turn and bounce from the hosts’ three specialist spinners to add 110 in response to Pragyan Ojha’s double strike just before tea.
Ojha had Nick Compton, who calmly put on 66 with Cook, caught at slip for 29 and trapped Jonathan Trott lbw for nought in his next over to leave England 68 for two.
However, Cook continued the form that earned him 176 in the second innings at Ahmedabad and Pietersen made his first significant batting contribution of the series as the tourists closed 149 behind their opponents. Cook ended the day on 87 and Pietersen 62.
Monty Panesar earlier completed a deserved five-wicket haul and Graeme Swann claimed the last three India scalps, including his 200th in Tests, to dismiss the hosts just prior to lunch.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin extended their overnight seventh-wicket stand of 97 by 14 before Panesar had the latter lbw for 68. Swann dismissed Harbhajan Singh likewise for his landmark breakthrough.
Pujara, who had batted for more than 1,000 minutes in the series without dismissal, was then stumped for 135 and Zaheer Khan was caught cheaply at short-leg as Swann returned 4-70 and Panesar 5-129.
Live Text Commentary
11:01am - STUMPS; Eng 178/2; Cook 87, Pietersen 62 - In the last over of the day Cook firmly cuts Harbhajan on to first slip Virender Sehwag’s left foot. It can hardly be called a chance and Cook plays out the rest of the over to end a fine day for his side.
10:52am - Cook plays Zaheer with soft hands to edge comfortably short of first slip during a maiden.
10:45am - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - Pietersen glances Zaheer to the fine-leg boundary, heralding a hundred alliance that is creating a stronghold for England. Cook misses a sweep at Harbhajan and is fortunate to survive a leg-before appeal with the ball heading for middle and off stumps.
10:37am - Zaheer Khan returns for only his sixth over with a maiden to Cook and Harbhajan follows up economically.
10:21am - FIFTY! Pietersen (63x4, 8x4, 0x6) - Pietersen punches Ashwin for four off the back foot to reach a swift half-century that has put England in a healthy position. Cook, who missed with a sweep, survives an lbw shout later in the over.
10:16am - Cook pulls Harbhajan for four. Later in the over Pietersen chips just short of midwicket and then lands a blow to substitute short-leg Ajinkya Rahane, who requires on-field treatment just as the man he replaced before tea did.
10:11am - Following a calm couple of overs either side of drinks, Ashwin comes round the wicket and Pietersen survives a loud bat-pad appeal.
9:50am - Cook pulls Ashwin for four through mid-on and, after two boundaryless overs, strongly sweeps Ojha to the rope. He repeats the swept four against Ashwin to move to 70.
9:33am - Cook is beaten by Ashwin either side of top-edging a sweep that falls safely. The left-hander immediately edges just short of Virat Kohli at second slip. Pietersen then does likewise off Ojha, but responds by striking a lofted straight four.
9:26am - FIFTY! Cook (134b, 6x4, 1x6) - The left-hander works a low Ashwin full-toss through midwicket for two, which heralds his 30th Test half-century to go with his 21 format hundreds.
9:22am - Ravichandran Ashwin has replaced Harbhajan but Ojha continues and Pietersen uses his feet to drive an exquisite four wide of mid-off that takes the total to three figures. Pietersen then cuts Ashwin for four more.
9:12am - Following Pragyan Ojha’s tight over, Pietersen cracks Harbhajan off the back foot to the cover boundary. England’s number four is asserting himself.
9:05am - Kevin Pietersen opens England’s evening-session account by cutting Harbhajan Singh for four, after which he immediately lofts a one-bounce four over midwicket.
8:42am - TEA; Eng 77/2; Cook 43, Pietersen 5 - Cook and Pietersen play out the last over before the interval, bowled by Ojha, to leave the game finely poised.
8:37am - Kevin Pietersen opens his account by cover-driving Harbhajan for four.
8:33am - WICKET! Trott lbw Ashwin 0; Eng 68/2 - Trott is put under pressure early in his innings and is trapped plumb in front playing back to Ojha. There is a hint of an inside edge but, with no Decision Review System, Trott has to go.
8:22am - WICKET! Compton c Sehwag b Ojha 29; Eng 66/1 - Ojha replaces Ashwin and soon gets Compton to edge low to Sehwag, who takes a regulation slip catch in a wicket-maiden. Although that is an important breakthrough, Compton’s 90-ball innings has laid a firm foundation.
8:12am - Harbhajan gets one to rear at Cook whose leading edge towards mid-off falls to ground well short of the fielder there. In the next over the left-hander sweeps Ashwin and substitute Ajinkya Rahane does well at short leg to stop a run, almost taking a superb catch in the process.
8:05am - England may have found a way of stopping Cheteshwar Pujara from scoring runs. Cook powerfully sweeps Ashwin into Pujara at short-leg and lands a nasty blow to his midriff. Joking aside, Pujara receives treatment and is able to walk off the field for further assessment. Cook then clips Ashwin to leg for four.
7:57am - Harbhajan Singh, playing his 99th Test and with 406 format wickets, is into the attack and begins with a tight over. In Harbhajan’s second, Compton nudges four to fine-leg.
7:48am - Compton edges Ojha for a chanceless two, bringing up England’s fifty. The openers, who put on 123 in the second innings at Ahmedabad, have given the hosts the steady start they needed here.
7:39am - Compton has to adapt an attacking shot against Ojha but still lofts a four that bounces just inside the long-on rope. The drinks break follows the over.
7:32am - Cook’s confidence grows as he comes down the pitch to Ojha and clips him over mid-on for four. Ashwin then beats Cook’s outside edge with a beauty.
7:28am - Ashwin and Ojha restore calm with a maiden each. Compton enjoys a moment of fortune when he advances to Ashwin, bowling round the wicket, and edges low for four just out of Virender Sehwag’s reach at slip.
7:16am - Cook cuts Ashwin uppishly but safely for four and then lifts Ojha, who has taken over from Zaheer, for a six over long-on and into the stands. The latter shot showed the left-hander’s fine form.
7:04am - Cook wins a battle of patience with Zaheer by pulling the left-arm seamer for four. Ravichandran Ashwin replaces Ojha and has an lbw appeal against Cook turned down due to an inside edge.
6:53am - Compton clips Ojha to fine-leg for his first four.
6:44am - Zaheer Khan is into the attack in the over after lunch and Nick Compton edges comfortably short of second slip. Alastair Cook then advances to Pragyan Ojha and lifts the spinner over midwicket for four.
6:01am - LUNCH; Eng 7/0; Compton 3, Cook 4 - England’s openers survive four overs up to the interval and end a morning that the tourists will, by and large, be happy with.
5:55am - India begin with spin from both ends. Alastair Cook plays out a maiden to Ashwin and, once Nick Compton is off the mark, cuts Pragyan Ojha for four.
5:39am - WICKET! Zaheer c Bairstow b Swann 11; Ind 327 all out - Zaheer is given out caught at short-leg although he appeared not to hit the ball and India are all out. Given how much the pitch is already turning, they have a reasonable score but one England can challenge if the tourists bat as well as they did in the second innings at Ahmedabad.
5:35am - Zaheer slogs Panesar for four over midwicket and then launches a maximum over long-on as 11 come from the over.
5:31am - WICKET! Pujara st Swann 135; India 316/9 - Pujara is out for the first time in the series. He advances to Swann who gives extra width outside off stump and beats a defensive bat. Prior does the rest. The number three, who faced the game’s third ball, tackled 350 deliveries and hit 12 fours.
5:21am - WICKET! Harbhajan lbw Swann 21; Ind 315/8 - The right-hander advances to Swann and is hit on the line of leg stump for the spinner’s 200th Test wicket. Pujara, who is joined by Zaheer Khan, has now batted for more than 1,000 minutes in the series without dismissal.
5:16am - MISSED CHANCE - Harbhajan edges Panesar to Swann’s right at second slip for four and later in the over smashes six over long-on. By international standards Swann should have got a hand on the edged opportunity.
5:04am - Drinks are taken with India 293 for seven. Pujara has 128 and Harbhajan five. Harbhajan then inside-edges Panesar for two towards fine-leg to bring up the hosts’ 300.
4:54am - MISSED CHANCE - Harbhajan edges Panesar just past wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves and to the left of Jonathan Trott at first slip. Neither fielder touches it and the ball goes for four. Swann then gets one to turn sharply past Harbhajan’s inside edge and off stump.
4:49am - Harbhajan gets going with a single to cover just before Panesar has an lbw shout against Pujara, who padded up, turned down. Pujara takes a quick single to cover at the end of the over when Harbhajan would have been run out by a direct hit.
4:38am - Graeme Swann replaces Anderson to make it spin from both ends. He drops short once and Pujara cuts for four.
4:35am - WICKET! Ashwin lbw Panesar 68; Ind 280/7 - Panesar has one leg before shout turned down but later in the over delivers a quicker arm-ball that traps the right-hander on the back foot for a deserved five-for. Harbhajan Singh, who has two Test hundreds, is the new batsman.
4:30am - Pujara cuts a rare loose Anderson ball for four and the day’s first boundary.
4:27am - During another maiden Panesar twice beats Ashwin’s outside edge with brilliant deliveries like the ones that bowled Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. The first disturbed the surface of the wicket as happened from time to time yesterday and is continuing to do so today.
4:16am - Panesar delivers a maiden, his eighth, to Pujara and Anderson also keeps it tight from the other end. Panesar then beats Pujara in the flight but the right-hander’s lofted drive goes harmlessly to deep cover.
4:09am - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - James Anderson bowls the second over, the 11th with the second new ball, and has a loud lbw shout turned down against Cheteshwar Pujara, who may have got the faintest of inside edges and takes a leg-bye to bring up the hundred stand.
4:04am - Monty Panesar opens the bowling, initially to Ravichandran Ashwin who takes the over’s only run to cover.
3:55am - Panesar could have had a five-for because Pujara, on 60, edged him to second slip where James Anderson could not hold a tough left-handed chance. The bowler, who initially contributed a 23-over spell, had figures of 34-7-91-4 at stumps but, by then, the batsman had scored 361 series runs without dismissal.
3:50am - Despite losing a seemingly crucial toss, the tourists had the better of the first two sessions yesterday as recalled spinner Monty Panesar took three wickets. He added a fourth in the evening to leave India 169 for six but Pujara and Ashwin rallied to frustrate England.
3:45am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage of day two of the second Test between India and England at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The hosts are 266 for six overnight with Cheteshwar Pujara on 114 and Ravichandran Ashwin on 60. So far they have added 97.