IND Vs ENG: KL Rahul’s century and Rohit Sharma fifties made Team India strong, England upset


With the sixth century of KL Rahul’s career and Rohit Sharma’s lucrative half-century, India scored 276 for three on the first day of the second Test against England. Rahul scored an unbeaten 127 off 248 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six. Rohit missed his maiden Test century on foreign soil. He played an innings of 83 runs in 145 balls which included 11 fours and a six. Both of them added 126 runs for the first wicket. This is India’s third century partnership for the first wicket at Lord’s and the first since 1974.

Cheteshwar Pujara (nine runs off 23 balls) failed again. Captain Virat Kohli also played a struggling innings of 42 runs off 103 balls but he shared a 117-run partnership for the third wicket with Rahul. Ajinkya Rahane was playing on one run with Rahul at the time of stumping.

Among the bowlers of England, James Anderson (two wickets for 52 runs) was seen to be effective. He lacked a good ally from the other end. His teammate Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the series due to injury. England took the new ball soon after the completion of 80 overs, taking advantage of which Olly Robinson (1 for 47) took the wicket of Kohli.

Captain Joe Root looked desperate for a wicket and he also lost two ‘reviews’ in the meantime. India kept fast bowler Ishant Sharma in the playing XI in place of injured Shardul Thakur for this match. England included Moeen Ali, Haseeb Hameed and Mark Wood in place of injured Stuart Broad, Dan Lawrence and Jack Kroll. The first test match in Nottingham was a draw. In this way, the five-match series is currently tied at 0-0.

After a slow start, India picked up the pace After. 


India were invited to bat first, Rohit played an innings of 83 runs in 145 balls. It included 11 visible fours and a six. He added 126 runs for the first wicket with Rahul (55 not out off 143 balls). This is India’s third century partnership for the first wicket at Lord’s and the first since 1974. Among the England bowlers, James Anderson (two wickets for 28 runs) was only effective but he lacked support from the other end. Rohit adjusted to the conditions in the first hour of the rain-hit session but after that he batted in his natural style. India scored 11 runs in the first ten overs but the batsmen did not appear under pressure at any point of time.


India’s first four in the 13th over The first four of the innings was hit by Rohit on Sam Curran in the 13th over. He had scored 13 runs in the first 50 balls but after that the hitman ‘changed’ the gear and gave momentum to the scoreboard by hitting four fours in the next over of Karan.


Rohit completed his 13th half-century in Test matches by taking a run on Olly Robinson and then sent Mark Wood’s ball for six runs. When India’s score reached 100 runs, Rahul’s contribution was only 16 runs. When it seemed that Rohit would score his first century on foreign soil, then Anderson, after making two outswingers, dropped Rohit’s bails on the ball coming in.


Anderson made the record


Rahul first enjoyed Rohit’s batting. He opened his hands by hitting Moeen Ali for a six in the long off area and then hit two beautiful boundaries on Wood. He completed his 13th half-century by taking three runs on Robinson. Cheteshwar Pujara (nine runs off 23 balls) did not look comfortable at any point after reaching the crease. He tried to tamper with out-going balls and was caught at slips on a similar ball by Anderson. Anderson became the highest wicket taker (30) against India at any one ground.


For India, however, the form of its two top batsmen is a matter of concern. Anderson initially kept Kohli in trouble, who was dismissed off the first ball in Nottingham. He hit his first boundary while facing the 49th ball. Despite this, Kohli could not regain his natural rhythm and returned to the pavilion with a simple catch at slips in the last moments of the day.

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