Mumbai: After 1016 minutes of frustration, England finally managed to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara. And after restricting India to 327 in the morning session, they were indebted to contrasting innings from Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen for a promising position at stumps on the second day. Cook was on 87, in sight of another hundred, while Pietersen had progressed fairly untroubled to 62. India’s lead was 149.
Cook provided the rock-solid foundation yet again, and Pietersen gave India’s spin trio plenty to think about with a wonderful display of attacking batsmanship. There was certainly assistance for the slow bowlers, but Pietersen’s ability to pierce the inner ring often ensured that they couldn’t settle down enough to establish a stranglehold. (Also read: Day 2 in Mumbai, in stats)