Mumbai: Since he took over from Anil Kumble as India's Test captain, MS Dhoni has often complained of never getting the pitches that turn and bounce enough to make the most of India's spin-bowling strengths. On the first day of this Mumbai Test, his wish was finally granted. The slightly grassed but bone-dry surface made for an engrossing contest, and India ended the opening day on 266 for 6 after Alastair Cook lost another toss.
Though not as crumbly as the surface on which India and Australia contested a Test in 2004 – it lasted just 202.4 overs – there was significant bounce and appreciable turn from the first session. It needed another marvellous hundred from Cheteshwar Pujara to hold India's innings together, as Monty Panesar marked his return to the England fold with a four-wicket haul. (Adjoining image courtesy BCCI)