England face toil and trouble
England endured a foretaste of what may lie ahead as India's Test number three Cheteshwar Pujara made them toil with an extended demonstration of his talents.
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The tourists were warned, of course, there would be days like these at some point on their eight-week Test trip.
On the middle one of three in their second match at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium, they found out at first hand for themselves.
An emerging force in India's Test team but one with whom England would not previously have been familiar, Pujara (87) batted for almost four-and-a-half hours as Mumbai A posted 232 for four.
He and his less heralded third-wicket partner Hiken Shah (84no) each needed 140 balls to reach 50, Pujara slightly more expansive in hitting seven boundaries to the left-hander's four.
They were never in the remotest hurry in a stand of 163, but gradually upped the ante - just 67 runs eked out in the afternoon, then 122 more coming after tea.
Pujara and Shah set an expert tempo in their own stamina-sapping conditions, softening England up on a benign surface and then taking toll of tired limbs and minds.
Pujara proved especially adept off his pads, and effective in defence, but his most telling skill was risk avoidance.
Stand-in captain Stuart Broad increasingly favoured spin over seam, deploying himself in notably short spells and James Anderson and Graham Onions sparingly too.
But nothing he tried could shift the third-wicket pair, until Monty Panesar turned one sharply from a perfect length to have Pujara caught at slip.
England managed a solitary success in each of the first two sessions - courtesy of Onions and Joe Root - and then two in the third, Anderson having Suryakumar Yadav caught-behind with the second new ball just before stumps.
After the tourists had stuttered from an overnight 338 for six to a declaration on 345 for nine this morning, Anderson found early swing but no wickets.
Broad moved fluidly enough to scotch suggestions in some quarters he may be short of match fitness, but it was first-change Onions who got the first breakthrough.
Bahvin Thakkar had needed 33 balls to get off the mark, eventually clipping Anderson off his legs for a single.
Emboldened, he drove the next delivery he faced through the covers off Onions for his first boundary - only to go caught behind immediately afterwards, to a length ball which the opener made it clear he did not think he had hit.
Pujara therefore joined Shikhar Dawan, either side of lunch, until the latter was caught at slip when Root got one to grip and bounce with his occasional off-spin.
There was turn available too for Panesar, and Broad began to favour spin - with Samit Patel also in action.
But save for a sharp chance which went begging to Anderson at slip off Panesar with Pujara on 22, he in particular was suitably assured alongside Shah.
England had little joy, batting on for half-an-hour first thing and mustering just seven runs in as many overs.
Broad was lbw, playing across Shardul Thakur, and at the other end next ball Kshemal Waingankar took his wicket tally to three when Patel (60) edged an outswinger to the wicketkeeper.
Thakur also finished with three, Onions mystified to be given out caught-behind after apparently being completely beaten by one that swung back into him and kept low.
England responded with a prompt declaration.
Their obvious intention was to accelerate proceedings in the hope of forcing victory to follow an opening draw against India A, but they knew one of the first necessary steps would be to see off Pujara.
It was to take them a while to get past first base.