Mumbai Test: Vijay, Pujara steady India after Rahul departs
Mumbai: India got off to a decent start in the Mumbai Test at Wankhede Stadium on Friday after England managed to post 400 runs on the scoreboard in their first innings.
Moeen Ali got the early breakthrough for England by sending Lokesh Rahul, who is returning after an injury, back to pavilion after he scored 24 runs.
With around 16 overs remaining in the third session of Day 2, India were at 104/1 in 35 overs with Murli Vijay (48*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (27*) standing at the crease.
Earlier, due to a commendable performance by Jos Buttler, who made good partnerships with tail-enders during his 76-run inning, England managed to add 112 runs on Day 2 to their overnight total of 288/5 before being wrapped up by Indian spin-duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Ashwin and Jadeja bagged 6 and 4 wickets, respectively.
Ben Stokes fell early on Day 2 after scoring 31 runs while right-arm paceman Jake Ball added a crucial 31 runs later in the innings which helped England at large in posting a healthy total.
In the fourth of the five-Test series, India trail by 305 runs with 9 wickets in hand. Significantly, India lead the five-match series 2-0 with one Test, scheduled to be played in Chennai, remaining.