India's new no.3, Cheteshwar Pujara, appears to have taken off from where his predecessor Rahul Dravid left off, proving himself to be not just the new crisis man for Indian cricket, but a run machine as well. Pujara, who scored in excess of 240 runs unbeaten in the first test at Ahmedabad, followed up with a match saving 114 on the opening day of the second test in Mumbai. The Rajkot lad walked in to bat on just the third ball of the morning, and survived the day keeping the England spinners at bay, rescuing India from a perilous 169-6. Pujara shared in three half-century partnerships with Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin, with the last of these worth 97 with Ashwin getting 60 of those runs. Pujara and Ashwin saw India through to the close of play at 266-6 after Monty Panesar had dominated the first two sessions, taking 4 of the 6 wickets that fell.
The second test of the four match series between former world no.1 sides India and England in Mumbai started off on a happy note for the hosts as the Indian captain MS Dhoni won his second toss of the series and chose to bat on a wicket that looked like one waiting to turn straight away. Dhoni also sprung a surprise for one and all as he picked a third specialist spinner in Harbhajan Singh in place of the unfit Umesh Yadav for this game, hoping to exploit the conditions. England on the other hand had to make two changes from the previous game in Ahmedabad. Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow came in for Ian Bell, who had leave for England for personal reasons and the visitors also predictably drafted a second spinner in Monty Panesar in place of the ineffective Tim Bresnan.