LAST UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2021, 6:22 p.m.
New Delhi (Aarti Pokhriyal): Rohit Sharma scored his seventh Test century to help India to reach the 300 on the first day of the second Test against England at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
Pant (33/56 balls), added 35-run with R. Ashwin (13). Axar has played good five deliveries.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara stirred to steady the Indian innings with the attacking shots. Before, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against England in the second Test in Chennai.
Moeen Ali cleans up Virat Kohli with a great delivery as he tried to play a cover drive but missed the line completely. The Indian skipper is shocked and he can’t believe what just happened. He departs for a duck. The wave has certainly shifted in England’s favor.
Cheteshwar Pujara gets on the front foot and tries to play an away turning delivery from Jack Leach wide of first slip but ends up passing a simple catch to Ben Stokes, who makes no mistake. He goes for 21.
India, who lost three wickets in the first session, didn’t lose any in the second session and both Sharma and Rahane dealt 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.
Sharma, however, looked in control and put India in the driver’s seat before a couple of wickets late in the first session gave Joe Root’s team some relief.
India made three changes to their playing XI, Mohammed Siraj replaces Bumrah’s spot. The hosts also made two changes in their spin department as Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel replace Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem respectively. Axar Patel, who is set to make his Test debut.
The visitors also made some changes to their starting XI — Stuart Broad coming in to replace James Anderson, Olly Stone replacing injured Jofra Archer, and Ben Foakes taking over the wicket-keeping duties from Jos Buttler, who has traveled back to England.
Brief scores (Day 1): India 300/6 wkts in 88 overs (Rohit Sharma 161, Ajinkya Rahane 67, Rishabh Pant 33 batting; Axar Patel 5 batting, Jack Leach 2/78, Moeen Ali 2/95)