India demolish England top order after Cheteshwar Pujara slams double ton

Cheteshwar Pujara

Off-spinner R Ashwin, who opened the bowling, scalped two wickets and in the process became the fastest Indian to claim 50 Test wickets in his ninth Test, eclipsing Anil Kumble's record of achieving the feat in his tenth match.

The Rajkot-born Pujara took two singles in the 9 balls he faced this morning to reach his first landmark after 16 minutes into the day and then continued to bat with a lot of resolute.

He added 130 runs in 183 minutes for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj Singh, who scored 74 as the two batsmen denied England any wicket in the first session. The duo had come together late last evening and remained unconquered with 98 and 24 in an overnight total of 323 for 4.

India lost the wickets of Yuvraj Singh soon after lunch and also the wicket of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, both of them falling to spin bowling.

Yuvraj, not out 72 at the end of session one, could add only two runs in under ten minutes before slogging a full-toss from left-arm spinner Samit Patel straight down to long on fielder Graeme Swann, England's most successful bowler in the innings with figures of 5 for 144.

The 30-year-old left hander, coming back to play his 38th Test match after having survived a rare germ cell cancer batted for just over three hours and hit six fours and two sixes while facing 151 balls. It was his 11th half century in Test cricket.

The partnership for the fifth wicket between Yuvraj and Pujara, that started late last evening and proceeded beyond the first session today, yielded 130 runs in 183 minutes and came off 285 balls.

Skipper Dhoni lasted for 39 minutes while scoring 5 before getting bowled trying a wild sweep shot off Swann. This was Swann's 14th five-wicket haul in 47 Test matches.

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