MONTY Panesar cherished the memory of his and England’s early successes after Cheteshwar Pujara subsequently stifled their progress on day one of the second Test.
India’s Pujara (114 not out) refused to bow to the pressure applied by Panesar in the first two sessions at the Wankhede Stadium, where England are seeking to bounce back from their nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad.
In his first Test for eight months Panesar took four for 91, including the prized wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
But he could not shift Pujara, England’s chief tormentor with an unbeaten double-hundred last week and the principal reason here why they could not press home the afternoon advantage of 119 for five as India closed on 266 for six.
Left-arm spinner Panesar said: “I thought we stuck at it really well out there. We put a lot of pressure on the Indian batters early doors, which is something they probably didn’t expect.
“They won the toss, looked to have a bat and probably thought maybe they’d only have a few wickets down for 200-plus.”