LAST UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2021, 2:37 p.m.
New Delhi (Aarti Pokhriyal): India, who had lost three wickets in the first session, didn’t lose any in the second session and both Sharma and Rahane handled the England bowlers with ease.
After a striving first session, India look a little calm during the second session. Rohit Sharma is playing the role of a leader. It will be a relief for Sharma fans. He finished his century with 14 fours and two sixes. This is the seventh hundred of Rohit Sharma’s career.
Rohit Sharma got India off the mark with a boundary through extra cover even though fellow opening partner Shubman Gill had fallen in only the second over of the match. He then dealt in boundaries reaching 41 off 36 balls at the first drinks break, hitting six fours and a six.
India had lost Shubman Gill early with the team total at zero. But then Sharma and No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara shared an 85-run partnership for the second wicket to help India move into a commanding position. The partnership was dominated by Sharma as he unleashed his strokes.
However, just as they looked like they were taking the game away from England, the spinners got into action. Leach got rid of Pujara having him caught at slip by Ben Stokes.
Soon after, off-spinner Moeen Ali, who was proving expensive, spun one back in through the gap between skipper Virat Kohli’s (0) bat and pad to reduce India to 86 for three.
Even as his 85-run with Cheteshwar Pujara ended and Virat Kohli fell for a duck, Sharma continued playing shots.
Day 1: Tea Break