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Test: England close at 41-3 on Day 2
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Test: England close at 41-3 on Day 2

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Ahmedabad, Nov 16 (IBNS): Riding on Cheteshwar Pujara's maiden double century, India posted a massive first innings total against England and then scalped three wickets of the visitor's at the end of the second day of the first Test match at Sardar Patel Stadium here on Friday.


The Indian spinners made things difficult for England and picked up three wickets of the visitors as their scorecard showed 41 for 3 at stumps.

Resuming from an overnight total of 323 for 4, India declared at 521 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

Pujara batted for 513 minutes and remained not out at 206 runs.He hit 21 boundaries in his 389-ball innings. He played some glorious shots on both sides of the wicket.

Yuvraj Singh, who recovered from a rare germ cell cancer, scored 74 runs in the innings. He hit six boundaries and two sixes.

Pujara and Singh added 130 runs in the fifth wicket partnership.

Skipper MS Dhoni (5), Ravichandran Ashwin (23), Zaheer Khan (7) failed to contribute significant runs with the willows.

Virender Sehwag remained the second top scorer for India with his 117 runs.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann was the pick of the English bowlers as he scalped five wickets by giving away 144 runs in 51 overs.

James Anderson, Samit Patel and Kevin Pietersen picked up one wicket each.

England found themselves in deep trouble in their first innings as Indian spinners picked three wickets of the visitors.

England lost the wickets of Nick Compton (9), James Anderson (2) and Jonathan Trott (0).

Alastair Cook (22*) and Pietersen (6*) will resume proceedings on Saturday as England trail India's first innings score by 480 runs.

Ashwin, who opened bowling for India, picked up two wickets while Pragyan Ojha took one wicket.



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