India's Test specialist has finally delivered on English grounds as Cheteshwar Pujara scores his 15th Test century on Day 2 of the fourth Test at Rose Bowl, Southampton. After bowling out England for 246 on Day 1, India continued their dominance despite being taken apart by spinner Moeen Ali, who collected his five-wicket haul. The Test specialist scored his maiden ton on English soil.
Pujara becomes the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli, to score a century in the on-going five-match Test series. Kohli has scored two centuries so far (1st and 3rd Test), however, could not get going on the fourth as he was dismissed for 46.
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With Puajara's century, India managed to reduce the deficit by a huge margin.
Pujara notched up his 15th Test ton in 210 balls and kept the visitors in control despite losing the top and middle order in quick succession.
Veteran Harbhajan Singh congratulated Pujara on his century.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 31, 2018
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also praised Pujara on scoring his 15th Test century.
England enjoyed upper-hand in the post-lunch session despite dogged defiance from Cheteshwar Pujara as India reached 181 for 5 at tea on the second day of the fourth Test.
Rishabh Pant (0) patiently left the deliveries outside the off-stump before Moeen Ali got one to straighten after pitching trapping him leg-before at stroke of tea
Skipper Virat Kohli (46), once again looked good for a big score before Sam Curran managed to draw him forward inducing a thickish outside edge to Alastair Cook in the slip cordon.
Kohli-Pujara added 92 runs for the third wicket after Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Rahul (19) were dismissed cheaply by Stuart Broad (2/50).