India vs England 2021 – England scripts a comeback with the ball on Day 2

England Cricket Team (Image source: Wisden Twitter)
England Cricket Team (Image source: Wisden Twitter)

Day 2 of the second Test match between India and England saw the hosts staging a stunning comeback with the ball. Recovering from their horrid show on Day 1, England came hard at India.

KL Rahul added only 2 runs to his overnight tally and got dismissed on 129 runs, playing a drive straight to the fielder’s hand as Ollie Robinson drew the first blood of the day for England. Ajinkya Rahane, who was looking like a cat on a hot tin roof, also perished, courtesy of a delivery pitched outside off.

Suddenly, India were 5 down and the collapse seemed inevitable. However, Ravindra Jadeja along with Rishabh Pant tried to steer the ship. Pant looked settled and did not let the bad deliveries go wasted. Jadeja trusted his defense and was playing every delivery solidly.

However, a needless stroke from Pant ended their partnership one shy of 50 runs as the southpaw tried to play a cut-shot on Mark Wood’s delivery but could not connect well. He departed after scoring 37 runs. Soon after, Moeen Ali got the better of Mohammed Shami as the flight did the trick for him.

Jadeja accelerated a bit but was running out of partners on the other end. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah also could not do much as Anderson picked up their wickets and completed his fifer. Trying to get as many runs as possible, Jadeja slogged on Mark Wood’s delivery but the poor connection led to his dismissal. As his vital knock of 40 runs ended, India made 364 runs in their first innings.

Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns came out to bat for England. India were in search of early wickets and the duo had not troubled them much in the first Test match. But they started off very well this time and survived the early spells of Ishant and Bumrah.

However, after doing all the hard work, Sibley got dismissed, playing a nothing delivery bowled on leg-side as Siraj celebrated and knew he was lucky there. At the very next delivery, Haseeb Hameed, who donned whites for England after so long, misjudged the line of the delivery as the bowl hit the stumps. England’s score then read 23-2.

Siraj was on a hat-trick but Joe Root blocked the ball with the straight bat. He along with Burns took England ahead. While Burns tried hard not to lose his wicket, Root looked as if he was batting on a different deck and took to the opposition bowlers. However, Shami broke their 85-run partnership as Burns was adjudged lbw.

England is currently sitting at the score of 119 with 7 wickets in hand. While they would look to get somewhere close to India’s first innings total, the visitors would be eyeing for an all-out.

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