England suffered a blow by the Indian spinners who routed their batting and bend them to follow on while the visitors made a strong comeback in the 2nd innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara hammered his maiden double ton as the Indian spinners stunned England in the dying moments of the second day’s play by grabbing three wickets.
A sparkling ton by Virender Sehwag followed by 98 runs by Cheteshwar Pujara lead India to a stable position vs. England on the 1st day of the opening Test.
England tuned up in a nice manner playing their last tour match against Haryana as their batsmen and bowlers found rhythm before the opening Test vs. India.
India was beaten badly 4-0 by England in 2011in the home series but their batsmen including Tendulkar, Gambhir and Kohli are anxious to pay back the visitors.
The Indian bowlers and their think tank have to chalk out a strategy to get rid of the thundering batting duo of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in the Test series.
The Indian selectors have announced the national team for the first two Tests against England while Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have made a comeback.
England XI continued strengthening their armoury in all departments of the game during the side matches while the youngsters of Mumbai A also impressed.
India is hosting a four Test series against England in November-December 2012, Virender Sehwag and Alastair Cook will make an impact while opening the innings.
England started their tour on a positive note as their batsmen gained an advantage while Alastair Cook and Samit Patel registered their centuries in the game.