TNI Bureau: Cheteshwar Pujara came to India’s rescue on a wicket that showed cracks and took huge turns on Day 1 of the test match. Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli and Yuvraj failed on the Mumbai pitch, but Pujara showed great resolve and hit his 3rd Test hundred and second in the series.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. Monty Panesar struck four times, as India slumped to 119/5 and then 169/6. However, Pujara and Ashwin added unbeaten 97 for the sixth wicket to save the day and put India on top.
At close, India finished at 266/6. Pujara was batting on 114, while Ashwin was on 60. Sehwag and Dhoni contributed 30 and 29 respectively. Panesar took four wickets. If India score over 300, it would be too difficult for England to stage a comeback in this match.