It was Chiteshwar Pujara, who played an important role in putting up a respectable score for the Indian team in the first match, with his fantastic century, but the match is evenly poised with the second day holding the key for a result.
The Indian team did not start off well as India
lost their first wicket in the form of Gautam Gambhir
, with the score reading only four runs. There were lots of expectations from local favouroite, Sachin Tendulkar
and the in-form player, Virender Sehwag
, and both of them failed to live up to the expectations, as Sehwag returned to the pavilion for just 30 runs and Tendulkar with only 8 runs.
Soon, the Indian batsmen began to fall like a pack of cards, and were struggling for 169 for six but it was the partnership between Ravichandra Ashwin and Pujara, which helped them stablise the Indian innings with the latter coming up with a brilliant individual performance. Ashwin looked comfortable with an innings of 60 runs, and tomorrow when play resumes he could score another Test century. Rest of the Indian players such as Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kohli fell cheaply to the English bowlers.
The Indian team's score while not yet a big or safe enough can quickly turn below par if the team is bowled out quickly. The second day of the Test match is going to play an important part with India eager to put first cross 300 runs and then pile the agony for the English side, which would target to dismiss the Indian team for less than 300 runs. Monty Panesar was the pick of the bowlers for England with four wickets and the England team would look towards him for an early break through, especially Pujara's wicket, which could tilt the game either side.