Live Cricket Blog: Pujara ton hands India the lead

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Alex Broun 2018/08/31

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9:10 pm – Pujara scores century

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 132 as India made 273 in the first innings of the fourth Test against England.

Pujara rescued India after Moeen Ali snared five wickets in the second and third session. India went from 195-8 to gain a lead of 27.

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7:00 pm – England fight back

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck on Friday.

England dismissed wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for a 29-ball duck to gain the upper hand in the Southampton Test against India.

India took tea at 181-5 with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 70.

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5:30 pm – Rashid picks up three wickets

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan continued his splendid form in Ireland as he snared three wickets to dismiss the hosts for 124 in the deciding third ODI in Belfast.

Rashid picked up 3-18 from eight overs as Ireland could only manage 124 in 36.1 overs. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi picked up 2-26 after the hosts elected to bat first.

Read more here.

4:02pm – India in charge at lunch in Southampton

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Raul (19) early in the morning session of the second day of the fourth Test in Southampton but Virat Kohli (25*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (28*) have put India firmly in control at lunch, safely guiding the tourists to 100 for the loss of just the two wickets.

Joe Root’s men must get a break through early in the middle session or they are facing down the barrel of a big chase to save the game in the second dig.

Follow all the ball-by-ball live scores from Southampton right HERE.

Virat Kohli in charge in Southampton

2:03pm – England need quick wickets on second morning of Fourth Test

After England were skittled out for just 240 on Thursday, a total greatly inflated by Sam Curran’s fighting 78, India began their run chase without loss reaching 19 by the close of play at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The hosts desperately need wickets early in the first session or run the risk of India getting away from them, as happened in Nottingham.

Follow all the ball-by-ball live scores from Southampton right HERE.

Jimmy Anderson needs to strike early for England

11:15am – Three options to solve England’s top order batting crisis

After yet another catastrophic failure from England’s top order on the opening day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton, the selectors are once again looking for solutions ahead of what shapes as a deciding fifth Test at The Oval.

The England openers, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, have been nothing short of a disaster with Cook averaging just 16.16 in the series to date and Jennings a woeful 15.66.

So bad was Jennings latest dismissal that former England captain Michael Vaughan described it yesterday as a “bad a dismissal as you can see in Test match cricket.”

With the Three Lions desperately in need of answers here are our three quick fixes for the top order batting for the Fifth Test starting on September 7.

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