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Ind-Eng 2nd Test at Mumbai: Pujara-Ashwin Stand Tall

This certainly does not look like the kind of pitch where any side is going to score in excess of 350 and the match will definitely go beyond the fourth day. Considering this and the fact that India had lost more than half their side for just about 160, the ongoing partnership between R Ashwin and C Pujara is of immense importance. In my opinion, this partnership will decide the course of the match. The two batsmen are batting sensibly with Pujara closing on his second century of the series. To surprise everybody, including me, Pujara has just completed his 2nd century against the visiting English side with an uncharacteristic pull shot. He had been tested with the short ball early in his innings and when batting on 99, most analysts would have bet their money on Pujara not playing this shot. However, Pujara played it perfectly and kept the ball down. India are now about 230-something and if Pujara and Ashwin can hold fort, reaching a potentially match-winning score of around 280 does not look impossible. 

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