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India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: Rohit, Rahane & Rishabh put IND on top

India vs England 2nd Test Highlights: Rohit Sharma took India to a stronger position with a brilliant century on Day 1.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 15, 2021 10:13:10 am
India vs EnglandIndia vs England 2nd Test Day 1: Highlights

Rohit Sharma hit a masterful hundred while Ajinkya Rahane scored a sublime half-century to put India in a commanding position on the opening day of the second cricket Test against England, in Chennai on Saturday.

Rohit smashed 17 boundaries and two sixes in his breathtaking innings of 161. Opting to bat on a turning Chepauk track, India lost three wickets in the opening session in the form of opener Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli. While early wickets brought hope, late strikes brought relief for England. With runs on the board, India take the opening advantage on a tricky pitch

Virat Kohli-led India slipped down to the fourth position in the ICC World Test Championship table after the defeat, and one more loss in the series would eliminate India from the tournament. With the crowd back inside the heated cauldron, Kohli would be eyeing a good slugfest against a very resolute opposition. India needs to win two matches and not lose any of the games to make the WTC final.

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India vs England 2nd Test Day 1: Highlights

17:09 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Day 1, Stumps - India 300/6

An all-action first day back in front of crowds unfolds here in Chennai. 111 runs and three wickets from the last session of the opening day and Team India end at 300/6. Rohit, Rahane put on a batting masterclass with a partnership of 162 to put India on top despite England’s late fightback. 

16:56 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Second new ball taken

England take the second new ball after 85.3 overs and Axar Patel clips the first delivery for four. There’s a certain languid elegance to Axar’s batting. IND- 295/6

16:46 (IST)13 Feb 2021
OUT! Joe Root strikes

WICKET!  Ashwin comes down the track but edges the ball from Joe Root to short leg. A wicket for the England skipper. Debutant Axar comes in next.

248/4
249/5
284/6

India have lost their last three wickets for 36 runs

16:39 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Gone ? No! Pant survives

Rishabh Pant is given caught behind to Moeen, but the decision is overturned on review. The new ball is due but England continue to persist with the spinners against Pant and Ashwin. 

16:11 (IST)13 Feb 2021
BOWLED!

The spinners are proving to be the doom for India! Just like Pujara, Kohli, and Rohit... Rahane falls too. Moeen bags his second wicket and it's clean bowled. The batsman walks back on 67. Pant and Ashwin in the middle now. IND: 249/5 (75.2 overs)

15:58 (IST)13 Feb 2021
WICKET!

Elation for England! Leach has finally done it... he has brought an end to Rohit's reign over the bowling attack! The India opener tries the sweep but the delivery takes the top-edge and the ball travels to Moeen for an easy catch. IND: 248/4 (73 overs)

15:52 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit-Rahane cross past 150

Just after Rohit Sharma's 150, the pair of Rohit-Ajinkya also crossed past 150-run mark of their partnership which has given India big hopes. Both have bailed India out successfully from the disaster of 86/3 to 241/3 now.  

15:33 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit reaches 150

Rohit continues his dominance over England attack as the hitman crossed past 150 taking India's total to 229/3. Rohit and Rahane have also had a partnership of 143. Rohit has scored 80 runs in the first session, 52 in second, and 18 in the ongoing session. 

15:03 (IST)13 Feb 2021
FIFTY FOR RAHANE!

Now Rahane lifts his bat in Chepauk! After a single off Moeen's delivery, the Indian vice-captain completed his fifty in 104 balls in a show marked by grit and determination. Both the crowd and the dressing room applaud his effort. IND: 207/3 (60 overs)

14:36 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Third session begins...

Stone resumes play in the third session of the day with a slip, gully and a short mid-wicket in place. Rahane (36*) checks himself and plays the deliveries carefully as India look to assert their dominance even further. Rohit is on 132*. IND: 189/3 (55 overs)

14:16 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Day 1, Tea

The second session of Day 1 belonged to India. Rohit and Rahane get a standing ovation as they make their way towards the dressing room. At lunch, it looked even-stevens but the hosts regain control. A wicketless two-hour phase saw Rohit notching up his seventh Test century and India adding 83 runs.

14:02 (IST)13 Feb 2021
100-run stand for Rohit-Ajinkya

India's pair of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are well set with a 100-run partnership between the two off 181 balls. The Mumbai duo bailed India out from 86/3 when Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had fallen on successive balls. Rohit is currently on 130 and Rahane 35. 

13:33 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit Sharma silences his doubters

After a dismal show with the bat in the series opener, Rohit Sharma silenced his doubters by scoring his seventh Test century on the first day of the second Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. | READ MORE |

13:25 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit Sharma hits 100

So hitman hit it in style and reached the most deserving hundred in 130 balls. Century for Rohit Sharma after 9 innings, 15 Months. First Century in Chennai and 7th in Indian soil. His Last century was against Bangladesh in Nov 2019. 

13:19 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Wait goes on

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad forced Rohit Sharma to wait for his ton as both did not let him score runs. Only one run from Ali's over followed by Broad's maiden and then drinks. Rohit Sharma doesn't want to fall prey to nervous 90s. Wife Ritika can also be seen crossing her fingers. 

13:03 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit Sharma is almost there

Rohit Sharma has adopted a stop and watch technique after the lunch and has moved to 97 with a six over mid off. Has shown his class.  Just three runs short of his hundred.

13:03 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit Sharma is almost there

Rohit Sharma has adopted a stop and watch technique after the lunch and has moved to 97 with a six over mid off. Has shown his class.  Just three runs short of his hundred.

12:33 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit Sharma inching closer to 100

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are back after lunch break to take India to a stronger position post Pujara and Kohli's successive wickets. Rohit, who is looking in a great touch, is inching closer to his ton. He is currently at 82 off 95 balls.

11:35 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Rohit leads hosts to 106/3 at lunch

Despite losing three partners, Rohit (80*) has remained undeterred so far. He continues his fine show of form with yet another boundary, his 12th of the innings. Rahane is on the other end on 5*. The hosts finish the first session on 106/3 after 26 overs.

11:15 (IST)13 Feb 2021
DOUBLE TROUBLE!

England get their breakthrough! Leach removes the persistent Pujara from the middle after the batsman edged a delivery straight into the hands of Stokes. A dent in India's plans, who were looking set for a strong finish to the first session. But it only gets worse... skipper Kohli comes on, sees off five balls and then gets clean bowled. An absolute corker from Moeen Ali! IND: 86/3 (21.2 overs)

Squads

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj

England: Joe Root (captain), Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Olly Stone.