England finished day 2 on 119/3 as they made a steady start after bowling India out for 364. Skipper Joe Root was unbeaten on 48 and with him was Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 6 as the umpires called stumps on day 2. It was a riveting day’s cricket with key moments from both sides making the day’s play interesting. More about the day’s play in the report below.
India resumed on 276/3 and lost four wickets for 70 runs in the first session of play. KL Rahul added just two runs to his overnight score and was out for 129. Ajinkya Rahane’s poor run continued as he scored just one off 23 balls. Rishabh Pant (37) and Ravindra Jadeja (40) added 49 runs between themselves take India past the 300 run mark. Untimely dismissals of Pant and Jadeja meant that England restricted India for 364. India lost their last seven wickets for 88 runs.
James Anderson took his 31st Test fifer at 39. He holds the record for taking the most wickets after turning 35. After dismissing Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on day 1, he accounted for Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah on day 2. Mark Wood dismissed Jadeja who was the last wicket to fall for India.
England Well Placed At Stumps On Day 2
England, in their first innings, made a sedate start and went into tea at 23/0. In the final session, the side lost two wickets in one over from Mohammed Siraj. Siraj first dismissed Sibley and then dismissed Haseeb Hameed for a first-ball duck. Mohammed Shami dismissing Rory Burns for 49 in the fag end of the day has titled the balance of the game in India’s favour. Before that, the left-hander added 85 runs with his captain.
In between all this, Root stood tall scoring an unbeaten 48 and showing some real classy batting in the process. He is approaching his third consecutive fifty-plus score having scored 64 and 109 in his first two innings.
Virat Kohli’s DRS Calls Grabs Limelight On Day 2
What’s a worse love story? Virat Kohli and the toss or Virat Kohli and DRS?
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The highlight of the day’s play was Mohammed Siraj pleading skipper Virat Kohli for taking reviews. He took two and both were turned down by the third umpire. One among those two decisions was that of Root. Twitter trolled Kohli and Siraj once the decision went against India. On a serious note, they questioned Kohli’s understanding as to when to take the DRS review.
Barring his prodigious DRS requests to Kohli, Siraj had a good day with the ball as had the other three Indian pacers Bumrah, Ishant and Shami.
India 364 (KL Rahul 129, Rohit Sharma 83; James Anderson 5-62, Ollie Robinson 2-73) lead England 119/3 (Rory Burns 49, Joe Root 48; Mohammad Siraj 2-34) by 245 runs