England vs India 4th Test Day 2: Pujara and Moeen star, but neither side gain the upper hand

Cheteshwar Pujara 132 not out England India 4th Test Day 2 Southampton cricket

Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates after scoring his 15th Test century

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored a sensational 132 not out, but his efforts only gave India a slim lead due to England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s fantastic five-wicket haul.

Starting off the day on 19/0, India added 18 runs to their overnight score before opener Lokesh Rahul was trapped lbw off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 19.

Rahul reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the top of middle stump.

Shikhar Dhawan, who opened the batting with Rahul, scored 23 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Broad.

Pujara and India captain Virat Kohli stabilised the inning with a 92-run partnership before Kohli was caught by Alastair Cook at first slip off the bowling of Sam Curran for 46.

Once Kohli was gone, India began to collapse, starting with batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who was given out lbw off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 11.

Like Rahul, Rahane reviewed the decision, but it didn’t go in his favour as replays showed the ball was pitching in line and going on to crash into leg stump.

Moeen took over from that point as he removed Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma in quick succession to complete a superb five-wicket haul.

With India struggling at 227/9, Pujara upped the ante and dominated the 46-run partnership he put together with Jasprit Bumrah.

India were eventually bowled out for 273, which gave them a 27-run lead, when Bumrah was caught by Cook at slip off the bowling of Broad for six runs.

Pujara was left stranded on 132, which came off 257 balls and included 16 boundaries.

Moeen was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Broad snapped up three, and Stokes and Curran chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 27 runs, England scored six runs from the four overs they faced before stumps was called.

Keaton Jennings finished on four off 11 balls, which included a solitary boundary, while Cook remained undefeated on two.

England ended day two on 6/0 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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