Gautam Gambhir, England, India, 4th Test
Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: Getty

Last Update on: September 30th, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Recently updated on September 30th, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant century to help India recover from a middle-order collapse and post 273 in the first innings of the fourth England vs India Test.

India started the proceedings on 19 for no loss, trailing England’s first innings total of 246 by 227 runs. It was a mixed first session for the visitors. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul could add only 18 runs to the overnight score before Stuart Broad accounted for the latter.

13 runs later, Broad struck again to remove Dhawan and put India on the backfoot. However, before the hosts could make further inroads in the game, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli steadied the ship. The two added 50 runs before the umpires signalled lunch. They batted in the same manner after the lunch too and looked set to bat India to a position of strength.

ENG vs IND 2018: Twitter Reacts As Cheteshwar Pujara's Ton Helps India Take Lead
Moeen Ali took 5 wickets (England vs India, Credits: Getty)

However, before the two could take the match away from the hosts, Sam Curran dismissed Kohli to end the stand that was worth 92 runs. Kohli departed after scoring 46. Ajinkya Rahane also could not last long and returned to the pavilion after scoring 11.

From thereon, England continued to take wickets at regular intervals.

Rishabh Pant (0) and Hardik Pandya (4) disappointed with the bat as India found themselves reeling at 189 for 6. R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami fell cheaply too with the scoreboard reading 195 for 8. At that stage, it looked like India would end up giving England a handy lead. However, Pujara held firm from one end, scoring a fine ton and shared handy stands with Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to take India past England’s first innings total.

ENG vs IND 2018: Twitter Reacts As Cheteshwar Pujara's Ton Helps India Take Lead
England vs India (Credits: Getty)

Pujara went on to finish on132 not out as Broad ended his stubborn stand with Bumrah by dismissing the latter. India finished their innings on 273.

Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s innings:

England, meanwhile, lead the England vs India series 2-1.



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