Ind vs Eng 2nd test: KL Rahul shines with a century. While Rohit Sharma barely missing out on his century. James Anderson is again the star for England taking wickets of Rohit and Pujara at crucial times. Day 1 completely belonged to India, sitting comfortably at 275/3 (90). England survives 1st test with rain in their favor.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Mark Wood.
England won the toss and decided to bowl first.
1st Session: Indian Opener calm and patient.
The First hour was full of swing for the pace bowlers. Anderson and Ollie Robinson testing the batsmen with their sharp deliveries. But both batsmen were up to the task.
Rohit Sharma accelerated the innings with a flurry of boundaries. Sam Curran was the target to go after as he was not at his best.
Just 18.4 overs in the session and rain entered the scene. The was closed and early lunch was taken.
1st session: [ 18.4 ocers ], [ 46 runs ], [ 0 wickets ], [ 2.46 run rate ].
2nd Session: James Anderson continues taking wickets.
India started the session where they left off. Quickly scoring runs and taking advantage of every opportunity. Rohit Sharma brought his 50 from 83 balls. A well-played 50 for him.
He started playing freely after that. Taking on Wood and Ali for huge sixes. India reached 100 in 198 balls with no wicket. A century partnership by the openers came after a long time.
Rohit Sharma continued his dominance quickly reaching 83 runs. Anderson was introduced and did the trick with his ball seaming in and hitting the top of the off-stump. Rohit Sharma ( 83 runs from 145 balls, 11(4) 1(6) ) playing lazy and paying the price. India was 126/1.
Pujara ( 9 runs from 23 balls ) had to walk back too not long after. Anderson’s outswing took the outside edge and a good low catch by Jonny Bairstow. A good setup from Anderson by bowling wider of the crease. India was 150/2.
KL Rahul also got to 50 runs mark facing 137 balls. He finished the session with a lovely square drive.
2nd session: [ 33.2 overs ], [ 111 runs ], [ 2 wickets ], [ 3.33 run rate ].
3rd Session: KL Rahul with a magnificent century.
Virat Kohli came in and looking confident despite the golden duck. Rahul was set and was making good use of it by converting every shot to boundary. Australia loses 4-1 vs Bangladesh in T20I Series.
Virat also joined the party with his trademark strike rotation. India reached 200 at 63.3 overs mark. With Virat on the crease with Rahul running between the wickets was superb.
Rahul with a cut shot off Mark Wood reached his 6th-century facing 212 balls. With 80 overs being completed England took the new ball straight away.
Rahul was not at all affected by the new ball. However, Virat Kohli ( 42 runs from 103 balls, 3(4) ) was gone edging to the slips off Ollie Robinson. Perfect delivery from Ollie Robinson. Virat Kohli just standing in the crease with very little footwork was the reason. India was 267/3.
Ajinkya Rahane ( 1* run from 22 balls ) and KL Rahul ( 127 runs from 248 balls ) see the day not out.
session 3: [ 38 overs], [ 119 runs ], [ 1 wicket ], [ 3.13 run rate ].
James Anderson: [ 20-4-52-2 ].
Ollie Robinson: [ 23-7-47-1 ].
Sam Curran: [ 18-1-58-0 ].
Mark Wood: [ 16-1-66-0 ].
Moeen Ali: [ 13-1-40-0 ].