English pacemaker Mark Wood brought his team back into the game when he was sacked Cheteshwar Pujara on day 4 of the current second Test at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
At that point, the hosts got frustrated due to an old-fashioned batting performance from Pujara and the Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. The duo got their side out of trouble as they were once 56 for the loss of 3 wickets.
Pujara and Rahane acted highly against the high-quality English bowling attack and added a much-needed 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, just before the experienced batsmen could score a few more runs, Wood saved to save England. The right armer sent down an absolute snorkeler to get rid of Pujara.
It all happened in the 73rd over when Wood fended off a back of a long delivery that rose out of nowhere, leaving Pujara playing without a chance. The red leather found the split of Pujara’s bat to send the ball into the hands Joe Root, who did not make a mistake in taking the dolly. Pujara scored 45 runs from 206 deliveries
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Following the dismissal of Pujara, India quickly lost two wickets in the form of solid batsman Rahane and versatile player Ravindra Jadeja. Off-turner Moeen Ali chose both the scalps to further worsen the batting list of India.
Rahane was caught behind the wickets for a well-made 61 runs from 146 deliveries. Similarly, Jadeja was bowled clean by Ali.
India previously put 181/6 on the board bad lights forced early stumps on the fourth day.