After an exciting first Test in Chennai where the visiting the England team ran through hosts India by securing a commanding 227-run victory, it was very much on the expected lines that the Indian team will definitely bounce back strongly. In the ongoing second Test, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on a surface which had too much for the spinners, however, opening batsman Rohit Sharma played a fabulous knock of 161 runs to put the pressure back on the England bowlers.
England got the wickets of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli quite early in the game before Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit arrested India’s innings with a brilliant partnership of 162 runs for the fourth wicket to help India finish the day in a dominating position with the scorecard reading 300 for 6 at stumps on Day 1. Rahane also played an impressive knock of 67 runs.
However, there was some intriguing drama witnessed on the field during the 87th over of the innings when England slips’ fielder Ben Stokes possibly told something to Rishabh Pant after which the wicket-keeper batsman was seen refused to take his guard back. The umpires were also continuously looking at the turn of events happening on the field and eventually, they were able to solve the issues. Pant was seen talking to the umpires and Stokes before ultimately resuming his batting duties. He is still unbeaten at the crease on 33 and will play a crucial role in leading India to a commanding first innings total.
Here is the video of the incident:
There were a lot of talking regarding the wicket used for the first India vs England Test match where the team winning the toss had great advantage in the game and the visiting England team certainly came out as the better side. However, the Chennai track offered in the ongoing second Test between India and England looks to be a rank turner as ball was literally turning really sharp from the first few overs of the Indian innings especially that delivery from Moeen Ali which turned viciously to get the better of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Looking at the first day’s play, it seems things will move very quickly in this Test match.
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