The England Tour of India has been one of the exciting test series due to two strong sides fighting for the spot in the finals of the World Test Championship. The New Zealand team has already reached the finals of the championship. India is currently at the 2nd position in the rankings and would need to win 2 test matches in this series to hold the spot. While England is at the 4th position and would be upbeat after winning the 1st test match. In the 2nd test match at the time of writing this article, the England team has lost 6 wickets and is struggling to score runs on a pitch supporting the spinners.
The Indian team captain Virat Kohli has to be the happy man due to the performance of the team in the 2nd test. The wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant has found his way to score runs consistently and has put the Indian team in a commanding position under his presence. With the presence of two left-handers, Joe Root decided to bowl from one end to take a wicket but did not have a good outing. The captain Virat Kohli had an epic reaction to Pant’s massive six.
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The Indian team scored 329 in the first innings with the help of Rohit and Rahane who were resilient in their efforts and Rishabh Pant who made an unbeaten 58 and helped the team at the lower middle-order. Until the lunch session, the England team has not looked comfortable in their approach towards the game. After Ishant picked up the wicket of Rory Burns, the spinners Ashwin and Axar Patel have built the necessary pressure to contain as well as picking important wickets. The England captain, Joe Root fell cheaply to Axar Patel and Stokes got outdone by Ashwin which will surely hurt the visiting team and would need a good strategy to counter the spinners. Moeen Ali and Broad have a good experience and would look to evade the follow-on.
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