Day 1 of the second Test match between India and England was a complete annihilation by the Indian batters. Barring Cheteshwar Pujara, everyone played their part and gave their side a great chance of posting mammoth total on the board.
After winning the toss, England elected to bowl first. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul again showed the strength of their character as they easily watched through the new ball. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson continued to bowl at the fifth-stump line but could not poke an edge on this occasion.
After surviving the first 10 overs, Rohit decided to cut loose as he smashed 4 boundaries in Sam Curran’s over. He played every bowl on merit and converted the start this time. However, his stay at the crease ended as an inswinger by Anderson led to his dismissal. The late inward movement caused Rohit to not judge the line of delivery and hence, he departed after scoring 83 runs.
India’s no. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara arrived in the middle and showed positive intent early on in his innings. However, he poked Anderson’s delivery outside off with no feet movement at all. As Pujara walked back to the pavilion after scoring 9 runs, India was reduced to 150-2 from 126-0.
There was no stopping Rahul as the batsman looked in sublime touch. Bettering his 84-run knock in the first Test match, the Karnataka-born did not commit a single mistake. Batting at 22 off 107 deliveries at one moment, Rahul quickly accelerated and put every bad delivery to the fence. Registering his name on the Lord’s honours board, Rahul brought up his century in style as he crunched a boundary.
On the other end, Virat Kohli had a nervy start to his innings. While he was beaten very often but got better as the innings progressed. He played a few delightful cover drives and the fans hoped that the wait for his 71st century would end soon. But again, that fifth-stump line got the better of him as Robinson forced him to commit an error. Kohli scored 42 runs and had a crucial partnership of 117 runs with Rahul.
Ajinkya Rahane came a few overs before the end of day’s play. He looked completely out of sorts but saved India from losing another wicket. India is sitting at the score of 276/3 after the end of 90 overs on Day 1.
The day belonged to India and they would be eyeing atleast 450 runs in their first innings. England would want to trigger a collapse tomorrow morning in order to get back in the game.