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India vs England, 4th Test Day 2 at Southampton, highlights: India take 27 run lead, match evenly poised

India vs England , 4th Test Day 2 at Southampton: India took a 27 run lead in the first innings thanks to Cheteswar Pujara’s 15th Test century.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 31, 2018 23:40 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara was the undoubted star of the day as India finished Day 2 of the Southampton Test on 273 all out, taking a lead of 27 Pujara got good support from the tailenders after suffered a mid-innings collapse losing five wickets for 34 runs. India captain Virat Kohli was other Indian batsmen who contributed getting a score of 46. Moeen Ali was the best England bowler taking five wickets for 63 runs. In the second innings England ended the day on 6/0, trailing India by 21 runs. (FULL IND v ENG COVERAGE)

India had won the third Test at Trent Bridge by 203 runs. Here’s a look at our coverage from the 5 days of high-intensity action:

Day 1: 3rd Test Day 1 at Trent Bridge, Highlights

Day 2: 3rd Test Day 2 at Trent Bridge, Highlights

Day 3: 3rd Test Day 3 at Trent Bridge, Highlights

Day 4: 3rd Test Day 4 at Trent Bridge, Highlights

Day 5: 3rd Test Day 5 at Trent Bridge, Highlights

Catch all the live action from India vs England, fourth Test Day 2, below:

11:03 pm IST

Stumps Day 2

England end Day 2 on 6/0, trail India by 21 runs. Keaton Jennings avoids a pair and ends the day 4 not out. Match evenly poised.

22:49 pm IST

Uncomfortable 10 minutes for England

It will be an uncomfortable little time for England as Indian seamers can come charging in. Jennings on a pair.

22:41 pm IST

India all-out

India are all-out for 273, Bumrah the last man out for 6, India have a lead of 27 runs, not much but it could have been much worse.

22:25 pm IST

Something new for cricket fans

We have seen something new today, Pujara hitting over mid on with Broad bowling with the new ball and then we have Bumrah defending like he is a proper batsman.

22:13 pm IST

Pujara, Bumrah frustrate England

Pujara and Bumrah have added 34 runs for the last wicket. You can see frustrations building up for England.

22:03 pm IST

India take lead

India have taken the first innings lead at Southampton. The lead, however big it turns out to be could prove crucial.

21:50 pm IST

India closing in on England score

India are closing in on England’s score. It looked highly improbable at one time. Big effort by Pujara and co.

21:40 pm IST

Century for Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara gets 100 #15. He goes down the ground to Moeen to bring up his hundred. Big innings by India number three.

21:30 pm IST

Ishant departs

Ishant Sharma goes for 14, caught at short-leg. Moeen gets another. India 9 down and still trail by 19.

21:19 pm IST

Ishant looking for runs

Usually stoic, Ishant Sharma is looking for runs rather just to defend. Sharma and Pujara have added 21 runs for the 9th wicket.

21:10 hrs IST

Ishant looking to provide Pujara support

Ishant has shown signs of staying put at the wicket here. Pujara in the meantime is looking to up the ante, but he hasn’t quite managed to do that. He is hitting most of them to the fielders and that has not helped. India need to come as close as possible to the English total here.

21:00 hrs IST

Pujara holds fort

Pujara is fighting a lone battle here, even stuck on the head again, this time by Anderson. He is trying his best to keep the scoreboard moving as he only has Ishant and Bumrah to back him here. Ishant though can bat and he will look to hold one end up and help Pujara take India as close to England’s first innings total as possible.

20:50 hrs IST

Moeen on a roll here

Moeen Ali strikes back to back. Shami is gone now. Cleaned up after Ashwin played the reverse sweep and is cleaned up. The English bowlers are celebrating here and this is pathetic application from the Indian batsmen. Shami goes for 0 after Ashwin goes for 1 as the score reads 195/8.

20:48 hrs IST

Moeen gets Ashwin

What was that? Unbelievable batting from Ashwin here as he plays the reverse sweep and is cleaned up here. The English bowlers are celebrating here and this is pathetic application from the Indian batsmen. Ashwin goes for 1 as the score reads 195/7.

20:38 hrs IST

Moeen Ali strikes

Moeen Ali strikes here and this is big as Pandya goes for 4. This is an important session as India will need to bat well and get a lead here to stay alive in this game. England need a couple more wickets here to sit on top. Pujara is holding fort for India and will look to score a big hundred here. The score reads 189/6.

20:32 hrs IST

Crucial session

Important session this as India will need to bat well and get a lead here to stay alive in this game. England need a couple more wickets here to sit on top. Pujara is holding fort for India and will look to score a big hundred here. India need runs on the board here as they will be batting last.

20:10 hrs IST

Moeen gets Pant on the stroke of tea

Moeen Ali gets Rishabh Pant as he goes for a 29-ball duck. Pant goes at the stroke of tea here and the players walk off for the break. The score reads 181/5 with Pujara holding fort on 70. This game is wide open and England have definitely clawed their way back into the game.

20:00 hrs IST

Pujara looking to pounce on the bad balls

Having spent decent time at the crease, Pujara is now looking to make most of the bad balls. Stokes pitches one up and Pujara goes into the drive and then flicks the next one to send it to the fine-leg boundary. Patience is his virtue and that has seen him do so well even as the other batsmen have failed to carry on after settling down.

19:50 hrs IST

Pant looking to show grit

For a batsman who is aggressive by nature, Pant has played out 15 balls and is yet to score a run. Shows that he is looking to fight it out in the middle. Does not want to take any undue risk against the English bowlers as they have their tails up.

19:40 hrs IST

Pujara takes a knock

Stokes pitches it short and the ball rises to hit Pujara on the helmet. The English players come in to check with Pujara as Patrick Farhat runs in to take a look at the batsman. Looks good from the outside and should not be anything serious. The score reads 167/4.

19:30 hrs IST

Pujara and Pant look to consolidate

With Kohli and Rahane back in the hut, Pujara and Pant are now looking to hold fort and score runs to ensure that India get the lead in the first innings. Having lost 4 wickets, it is only going to get more difficult for the Indian batsmen as the English bowlers look to make further inroads.

19:20 hrs IST

Stokes gets Rahane

Rahane is gone. Luck finally runs out for Rahane as he goes for 11 off 14 balls. A very uncharacteristic knock from Rahane and he could not make much of the life he got earlier in the innings. The review goes against Rahane as he is caught plumb in front. Stokes celebrates as India lose number 4. The score reads 161/4.

19:09 hrs IST

Rahane gets a life

Rahane gets a life on 5 as the Indian deputy flashes hard outside off to a ball that moved late from Stokes. Root tries his best to get a hand to this, but does not manage to hold onto that one. A good attempt at gully, but the batsman survives. Rahane must look to build on this.

19:00 hrs IST

Pujara gets 19th fifty

Good knock here from Pujara as he scores a fifty here. He needs to stick it here and score a big hundred. He missed out on one in the last Test, but he is too good a batsman to miss two in a row. The English batsmen need to get quick wickets here.

18:55 hrs IST

Curran gets Kohli

Sam Curran has done it here. Gets Kohli to drive and that one goes to Cook at first slip and he makes no mistake. A good catch low to his right as Kohli goes for 46. The English players are celebrating as a dejected Kohli walks back. This was an unwanted shot as the ball was almost on the 5th stump.

18:38 hrs IST

Kohli closes in on another 50

Both Kohli and Pujara have moved into the 40s and they will want to make this the stepping stone to a big 100. India need to bat big here and ensure that the English batsmen are on the backfoot when they take strike in the second innings. The Indian batsmen have looked solid in the second session so far.

18:25 IST

England turn to Moeen Ali

With the pacers failing to break the defence of Kohli and Pujara, Root has now introduced Moeen from one end to bring more variation. The wicket has eased off and it is playing really well. This is the best condition for the Indians to bat on and it cannot get any better. The second day is anyway considered best for batting.

18:15 hrs IST

Kohli & Pujara take strike after the break

The players are back after the lunch break and England will look to pick wickets here and make a strong comeback in this game. Kohli and Pujara have looked solid and the English bowlers definitely have their task cut-out. India will want their No.3 and No.4 to play out this session and get a solid score on the board.

17:33 hrs IST

Lunch on Day 2

Moeen Ali bowls the last over before lunch. This session has to be India’s in the way Kohli and Pujara finished off here. While England did pick 2 wickets in this session, Pujara looked rock solid in the company of Kohli. While the India skipper is batting on 25, Pujara is batting on 28. The score reads 100/2 after 31 overs.

17:16 hrs IST

Root turns to Jennings

With the top bowlers failing to break the partnership between Kohli and Pujara, Root has turned to Jennings just before the lunch break to try and use the opener as a change-up. Can he be the man with the golden arm for England? A wicket will be important for England at this stage.

17:06 hrs IST

Pujara starting to open up

Having defended to start with, Pujara is now slowly opening up and looking to play a few shots now with Kohli for company. Kohli has looked positive from the word go and this looks like the Indian batsmen are finding it pretty comfortable here. Kohli is anyway in the form of his life. The score reads 86/2.

16:56 hrs IST

Kohli goes past 6000 Test runs

Outside off and Kohli flashes hard as the ball heads to the boundary. Anderson is not happy, but Kohli has reached another landmark. Goes past 6000 Test runs and does that in 119 innings. Only Gavaskar managed it in fewer innings — 117. What a player.

16:45 hrs IST

Kohli starts in style

Broad induces the drive outside off and Kohli obliges. The shot hits the middle of the bat and races to the boundary. What a start here from the Indian skipper. Clearly, the intent is clear and the English bowlers must be careful here as the wicket will no longer have the movement it had on the opening day.

16:36 hrs IST

Broad sends back Dhawan

The perfect ball from Broad and Dhawan edges to Jos Buttler and that is the wicket England wanted. Dhawan goes for 23 having tried to play out the morning session. The wicket has helped the bowlers and the English bowlers have bowled a nice line. Kohli to come in next.

16:30 hrs IST

First hour shared

The first hour has been shared by India and England. While the hosts picked the wicket of KL Rahul, the Indian batsmen have ensured that they did not give away any more wickets to the English bowlers. The wicket has helped the bowlers and the English bowlers have bowled a nice line. The score reads 50/1.

16:20 hrs IST

Dhawan and Pujara look to consolidate

The English bowlers have bowled well and maintained the pressure on the Indian batsmen. Dhawan is looking to rotate the strike and not get bogged down. Pujara though has once again found it difficult to get going here and is stuck. England must pick wickets fast.

16:10 hrs IST

Root turns to Curran

England need wickets here and Root has turned to Curran as he feels that the left-hand bowler can change the angle and that can help. India will want to play him out as they had in the past struggled against his angles. India will have to play well to ensure they can get a good lead here.

16:00 hrs IST

Anderson and Broad keep India in check

With Pujara taking strike in Dhawan’s company, the England bowlers are looking to make early inroads. The ball is moving around and the English duo of Anderson and Broad are bowling a tight line here. Wickets are the only way for England to make a comeback into this game.

15:43 hrs IST

Broad gets KL Rahul

Stuart Broad has struck early and KL Rahul goes for 19. That was nipping back in after pitching and the umpire took his time to give that OUT. Rahul went for the review, but did not work. The score reads 37/1. Rahul walks back dejected. Pujara will now join Dhawan at the crease.

15:30 hrs IST

Anderson starts proceedings

Anderson starts the show for England as Dhawan and Rahul take strike. Having played out 3 overs on Thursday, the two will now look to play out the first session without losing a wicket. England need quick wickets here to stay alive in this game.

14:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Hello everyone and welcome to our live coverage of Day 2 of the fourth Test between England and India. Virat Kohli and co. will be pleased with how well they did on the first day to get England out on the cheap. The major question now is can they establish a sizeable first innings lead? We shall find out shortly.