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India vs England 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Anderson starts on Day 2 after Rohit-Rahul’s opening show

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test, Day 2: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put 97 runs for the first wicket on Day 2.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 6, 2021 4:10:13 pm
Rohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma pull shot, Rohit Sharma Ollie Robinson, india vs england nottingham testIndia's Rohit Sharma in action against England (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got India off to a great start on Day 2. Rohit Sharma lost his wicket at the stroke of lunch after scoring 36 runs. Rahul went on to score his 12th Test half-century. But England made a comeback in the second session as James Anderson got the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli in consecutive deliveries. Ajinkya Rahane also lost his wicket, thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s direct. Rahul had a reprieve as Dom Sibley dropped him in the slips before bad light stopped play followed by rain interruption.

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On Day 1, Indian pacers breathed fire in helpful conditions to dismiss a vulnerable England batting line-up for 183 and put their team in a strong position on day one of the first Test on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah (4/46), who was not at his best during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, was back in his element and ran through the opposition alongside his new-ball partner Mohammad Shami (3/28). Mohammad Siraj (1/48) and Shardul Thakur (2/41) also made the ball talk throughout the England innings lasting 65.4 overs, vindicating the team management’s decision to go for a four-pronged pace attack while leaving out premier spinner R Ashwin from the playing XI.

Playing XIs: 

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Shami.

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Match EndedIndia tour of England, 2021 - 1st Test


183 (65.4) u0026 303 (85.5)


278 (84.5) u0026 52/1 (14.0)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
England drew with India

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India vs England, IND vs ENG 1st Test, Day 2: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put 97 runs for the first wicket on Day 2 but James Anderson's double blow helped England make a comeback.

22:17 (IST)05 Aug 2021
3rd session

It's stumps for Day 2. After incessant rain at Trent Bridge, Nottingham the third session has been abandoned. Once again, James Anderson will run in to complete his over on Day 3 if the weather permits. At this point, the game is delicately poised between the two teams. Joe Root will hope for another cluster of wickets tomorrow whereas India would look to take a substantial lead. IND 125/4 after 46.4 overs, trail by 58 runs

21:33 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rain interrupts Anderson's over again

This James Anderson over does not seem to have an end. After two deliveries, it has started raining again. Joe Root is smiling as he sees the funny side of the proceedings. There are still two hours left in the day's play, we may get some action yet. IND 125/4 after 46.4 overs

21:26 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rain stops

The rain has stopped at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The third session is likely to resume soon if it does not rain anymore. 

20:50 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rain interrupts again

It must be frustrating for players as rain plays spoilsport after just one ball was bowled in the third session. The covers are back on. It is yet to be seen if these are passing showers or will there be a long delay? IND 125/4 after 46.2 overs

20:45 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Third session begins

The players are back in the field. Joe Root is motivating his troops in team huddle. This is going to be a crucial session of play as England will look to take advantage of damp, overcast conditions. Also, just six overs lost due to bad light and rain. IND 125/4 after 46.1 overs, trail by 58 runs

19:53 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Tea Break

The tea break has been taken early. It is not raining heavily at Trent Bridge and there is a chance that we may players take the field in the third session. 

19:28 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rain plays spoilsport

After bad light, rain stops play at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The weather forecast was right and the groundsmen are covering the ground. A long delay is expected. 

19:02 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Bad light stops play

The umpires are not happy with the amount of light at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The lightometer is out and the umpires have made their way back to their respective dressing rooms. Meanwhile, a breather for the Indian batsmen after losing three quick wickets in second session. IND 125/4 after 46.1 overs, trail by 58 runs

18:59 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Broad leaks runs

Stuart Broad's record against left-handed batsmen prompts Joe Root to introduce him in the attack. However, Rishabh Pant finds the gap on the offside to score his first boundary. KL Rahul also got a boundary towards third man playing with soft hands. 10 runs came off Broad's over. IND 125/4 after 46 overs

18:54 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rahul dropped

James Anderson was not happy with KL Rahul taking time to take guard and bowled a brilliant delivery to produce an outside edge. Dom Sibley dived to his left but dropped the catch. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant is doing things his own way. Pant came down the track and hit Andeson over the fielders on the offside. He did not get enough timing on it but got three runs. Even a tensed Ravi Shastri is amused by Pant's approach after three quick wickets. IND 115/4 after 45 overs

18:45 (IST)05 Aug 2021

A brilliant direct hit from Jonny Bairstow and Ajinkya Rahane is a goner. Rahane went for a quick single but KL Rahul said no. Rahane was too far down the pitch to make his ground and Rahane departs after scoring just 5 runs. This is the last thing India wanted at this stage. They have made a mess of a brilliant start just half an hour into the second session. IND 112/4 after after 44 overs

18:36 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rahul hits fifty!

Ajinkya Rahane took his time before taking the guard and survived three deliveries from James Anderson. FIFTY! KL Rahul, the circumstantial opener on this tour has proved himself. This is his 12th Test half-century. His role becomes even more crucial now. ENG 111/3 after 42 overs

18:29 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Anderson on hat-trick

First Cheteshwar Pujara, then Virat Kohli. James Anderson has worked his magic in the second session. Two edges landing in Jos Buttler's gloves. The crowd is alive of a sudden as England make a comeback. IND 104/3 after 40.3 overs

18:21 (IST)05 Aug 2021
DRS saves Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara survives early on in the innings. Pujara did not take the DRS straight away as he was struck in front but height was the only issue. Ollie Robinson gets more bounce from the pitch and it was clearly the case this time as well. The ball-tracking showed that it was going way over the stumps. Reprieve for India's No.3 batsman. IND 102/1 after 40 overs

18:11 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Second session begins

Cheteshwar Pujara has walked in to bat at a pleasant time with India dominating the first session. Pujara gets off the mark with a single. Ollie Robinson bowls another no ball. So far, England have bowled a total of eight no balls. IND 99/1 after 38 overs

17:31 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rohit departs

Once again, Rohit Sharma throws his wicket away after playing himself in. Ollie Robinson bowls the final over before lunch and bowls a bouncer. Rohit took on the challenge but Robinson got more bounce off that one. The pull shot went straight to fine leg fielder Sam Curran. Rohit fails to covert once again, which is something he rarely does in white-ball cricket. Nevertheless, a solid start for India. The trail is now 86 runs. Meanwhile, KL Rahul walks back unbeaten on 48. IND 97/1 after 37.3 overs

17:16 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rahul accelerating

KL Rahul has moved into the 40s having hit seven boundaries in his innings so far. A big discussion between the bowlers and Joe Root in the middle as the partnership continues to frustrate the hosts. The trail is now below 100 runs. IND 88/0 after 35 overs

16:57 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Runs flowing

After playing multiple maiden overs, the Indian openers are attacking as there is not much swing on offer. KL Rahul has moved into 30s after facing over 100 deliveries. Will we see Joe Root rolling his arm soon? IND 66/0 after 31 overs

16:40 (IST)05 Aug 2021
50 up!

This has been a tremendous start to India's first innings. There have been barely any loose shots from both openers. It is clear that India are not worried about the scoring rate having bundled out England for 183 on Day 1. Sam Curran and Stuart Broad are currently looking for a breakthrough but the technique displayed in overcast conditions from Indian openers has been on point. IND 53/0 after 28 overs

16:29 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Broad into the attack

Not an ideal start for Stuart Broad. Rohit Sharma pushes for a couple of runs and then scores a boundary towards third man. Broad was able to beat the bat only once in the over. IND 45/0 after 26 overs

india vs england 1st test, india vs england nottingham test, r ashwin rested, shardul thakur, joe root, virat kohli reviews India's Jasprit Bumrah, center, celebrates the dismissal of England's Stuart Broad, right, during the first day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

So dominant were the Indian pacers that Jos Buttler, England’s most natural stroke-player, resembled a cat on a hot tin roof during his 18-ball duck. His dismissal hastened a batting collapse that saw the hosts lose six wickets for 22 runs to go deeper in the mire. Twenty-three more runs were added for the last wicket, limiting abject capitulation, as England’s first innings folded for 183. In response, India batted for about an hour and finished the day on 21 for no loss.

The England middle-order was on a free fall, but Sam Curran’s presence gave a 2018 déjà vu feeling. Line and length from the Indian bowlers, however, were much better than what they had offered three years ago. England were swung out.

Mohammed Shami triggered the collapse with the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence inside four balls on either side of the tea break. The Nottingham sky became overcast and Jasprit Bumrah began to make the ball talk. He returned with four wickets and Shami bagged three. Shardul Thakur then removed Joe Root with a late reverse before making short work of Ollie Robinson. Save Root’s class, the England batting looked inept.

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