Mumbai, Dec 9: Indian opener Murali Vijay struck a brilliant half-century while Cheteshwar Pujara played yet another composed innings as India scored 146 for the loss of one at the end of second day's play of the fourth Test match here on Friday (Dec 9).
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Batting in response to England's first innings total of 400, the hosts lost the only wicket of opener KL Rahul (24) as they trail by 254 runs, at MCA's Wankhede Stadium.
Vijay (70*) slammed his 15 Test fifty while Pujara scored (47*) to put up another hundred-run (107) stand for the third wicket.
Moeen Ali was the pick of the English bowlers who managed to get the only wicket of Rahul.
Earlier in the day, Indian bowlers restricted England to 400 in their first innings after resilient Jos Buttler took the visitors to a respectable total on the second day of the fourth Test match here on Friday (Dec 9).
Resuming at their overnight score of 288/5, Jos Buttler struck a crucial half century to pull England towards a decent first innings score.
A resilient Jos Buttler (76) guided them to mark as he was given company by Jake Ball. They put on 54 runs for the ninth wicket.
India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (6-112) picked up his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests, dismissing Ben Stokes (31) who was caught by Virat Kohli.
India picked up five wickets in the day, shared by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked two and Ravindra Jadeja (4-109), who got the other three.
England added 97 runs in 31 overs in the opening session of play, losing three wickets.
Ashwin provided India with the day's first breakthrough early, edging Ashwin to Kohli to slip.
The ball clipped keeper Parthiv Patel's pads before landing to Kohli, who quickly asked for a review. The third umpire judged it in India's favour.
Chris Woakes prodded his way to 11 runs, before getting undone by a sharp turning delivery that kissed his bat and was sharply caught by Patel.
Adil Rashid also went soon after, leaving a straight Jadeja delivery to be bowled.
England were reduced to 334/8 and were staring of being bowled out under 350.
But Buttler-Ball then began the resurrection work, putting on undefeated 51-run stand for the ninth wicket.
The tourists are 0-2 down in the series and need to win this game to keep it alive for the fifth and final Test, scheduled in Chennai from December 16.
Young Jennings, born in Johannesburg, showed no nerves as he became the 19th batsman from England to make a century on debut against India. It was also the fifth time that a batsman achieved the feat against the hosts since 2010.
Jennings, who had come in as replacement for the injured teenaged batsman Haseeb Hameed after the third game, took full advantage of two close shaves early on, including a dropped catch when he had not even opened his account.