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India vs England 4th Test, Day 2 Highlights: IND lead by 89 runs at stumps

India vs England 4th Test, Day 2 Highlights: Rishabh Pant hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 118-ball 101. His effort guided India to 294/7 at stumps.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 5, 2021 5:32:51 pm
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India vs England 4th Test, Day 2 Highlights: India were 294/7 at stumps after the end of the second day of the fourth and final Test against England at Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.

India resumed play on the second day on 24/1 with Rohit Sharma (49) and Cheteshwar Pujara (17) in the middle. But England assumed the driving seat of the contest by scalping three vital wickets of Pujara (17), Virat Kohli (0), and Ajinkya Rahane (27) in the first session. Rishabh Pant picked up the scraps and stabilised the hosts’ innings with a well-struck 101 off 118 balls. Washington Sundar (60*) and Axar Patel (11*) will resume the innings on the third day.

India v England Test Series 2021

4th Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 04 Mar, 2021

IND 365 / 10 (114.4)

vs

ENG 205 / 10 (75.5)

ENG 135 / 10 (54.5)

2nd Inn

IND

BatsmenRB
James Anderson1 1
BowlersORWKT
Mohammed Siraj4.0 12 0
Axar Patel24.0 48 5

India win by an innings and 25 runs

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India vs England 4th Test, Day 2 Highlights:

17:03 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Stumps!

ndia end the day with Washington Sundar (60*) and Axar Patel (11*) in the middle on 294/7 after 94 overs, leading by 89 runs.

16:36 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Washington reaches his half-century!

Axar Patel comes on and hits a four to settle his nerves right away. Next over, Washington reaches his half-century with a two off Stokes' bowling. He proves his mettle with the bat yet again... he does have some proper shot selection. IND: 276/7 (87 overs)

16:16 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Pant hits third Test century, gets dismissed!

What an innings! India were dwindling under pressure at one point but Pant completely changed things around! He reaches his third Test century with an outstanding slog sweep of a six! 13 fours, two sixes and 115 balls. He takes a single to rotate the strike next but England have their revenge. Anderson scalps his wicket off a Root catch. A brilliant 101! IND: 259/7 (84.1 overs)

15:51 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Pant helps India take a 12-run lead

Pant has freed up his hand a bit now and he is absolutely slaughtering Root and Stokes' deliveries. Four boundaries in two consecutive overs from him, and now he's on 74 runs from 102 balls. Washington's on 25*. IND: 217/6 (79 overs)

15:30 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Pant, Washington stitch a 50-run partnership!

Pant (55*) and Washington (24*) have done wonders so far, stitching together a first fifty-run partnership of the innings. Another fifty from them will set India in a comfortable position. Root and Leach are still looking for answers. IND: 196/6 (75 overs)

15:17 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Much-needed fifty from Rishabh Pant

The first fifty from Indian innings came from Rishabh Pant's bat after Rohit Sharma got out for 49. Pant took his time and completed his half-century in 82 balls with six fours and 1 six. Seventh of Rishabh's Test career. India trail by just 20 runs now. 

14:55 (IST)05 Mar 2021
India trail by 34 now

With 25 runs between Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar, India have come closer to England's total. Rishabh is at 44 and Sundar is playing at 11, India trail by 34 runs now. 

14:15 (IST)05 Mar 2021
India trail by 52 runs at tea break!

England put on the pressure on the hosts after the loss of Rohit and Ashwin, but Pant (36*) and Washington (1*) showed tremendous resolve to not succumb to it. Root will be hoping to wrap things up soon. Tea break now! IND: 153/6 (62 overs)

14:00 (IST)05 Mar 2021
CAUGHT!

India were on a tight-rope ever since Rohit's dismissal and they falter again. Ashwin came on to provide a brief support to Pant but he walks back on 13 after being dismissed by Leach. Pope with the catch. The hosts still trail by 59 runs. IND: 146/6 (58.1 overs)

13:11 (IST)05 Mar 2021
WICKET!

Pant finally comes into his own as he takes on Root to slam one home over everyone's heads. India gets its first six of the innings and it seems to lift some pressure off their shoulders. But the tale soon takes a turn as England dismiss Rohit in the next over itself. Stokes is at it again and this time, it's a LBW. The opener walks back on 49, so close to his 13th Test fifty. IND: 121/5 (50 overs)

12:44 (IST)05 Mar 2021
India bring up their century!

Despite the downfall of the top-order, Rohit continues to persevere. With a delightful drive to the left of mid-off, Rohit hits his sixth four of the innings and enters his 40s. Pant, on the other side, is taking it slowly until he gets settled. IND: 101/4 (45 overs)

12:21 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Second session underway...

Pant joins Rohit in the middle in the second session. Bess lets four byes but Anderson bowls a maiden next. IND: 85/4 (40 overs)

11:34 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Time for some lunch!

After an eventful first session of the day, the play stops for lunch break. England drew first blood by taking the wickets of Pujara (17) and Kohli (0), but a resolute partnership by Rohit (32*) and Rahane (27) kept the hosts on track of taking a lead for a while. But just when things were going good, India lost their vice-captain Rahane to a catch off Anderson's swing. IND: 80/4 (37.5 overs)

11:14 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Rahane brings back boundaries

Rahane (18*) has finally opened up his bat and has punished Stokes and Leach for three well-timed boundaries in three straight overs. If that's a sign of India changing the tempo, then it's a good one. They need to rotate strike often too. IND: 66/3 (34 overs)

10:55 (IST)05 Mar 2021
England on the frontfoot

England have easily assumed the driving seat of the match now after the dismissals of two stalwarts, Pujara and Kohli. Root's men still have to deal with Rohit and Rahane, but they are being extra careful now. A Rohit four brings some respite. IND: 47/3 (30 overs)

10:40 (IST)05 Mar 2021
CAUGHT BEHIND!

Things are going from bad to worse for the hosts now! Before he even settled in alongside Rohit (21), Kohli is sent back to the pavilion on a duck by Stokes. The India skipper edges one behind to the hands of wicketkeeper Foakes. IND: 41/3 (26.4 overs)

10:26 (IST)05 Mar 2021
WICKET!

And there's the breakthrough for the visitors! Pujara's dry spell and his search for a big score continues. He walks off on 17 after being dismissed by Leach! LBW. The ball hit the pad first and then the bat. Next up, Virat Kohli. IND: 40/2 (24 overs)

10:06 (IST)05 Mar 2021
India taking it slow and steady

Apart from a boundary from Rohit a couple of overs back, things have been quiet. Both the batsmen are happy to wait patiently and slowly build their partnership. Meanwhile, Anderson just notched his seventh maiden in just nine overs. IND: 34/1 (20 overs)

09:46 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Rohit, Pujara restart proceedings for the day

Anderson starts the play on the second day, and both Rohit and Pujara deal with the pace-filled deliveries well. Just a two from the opening over. Stokes starts well too, with a maiden. India are being extra careful now, trying to save wickets. IND: 27/1 (15 overs)

09:35 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the second day of the fourth Test between India and England. Earlier, England were bowled out for 205 after dominant displays from Ashwin and Axar. Now, it's time for India to brave the Motera pitch. Stay tuned!

Playing XI:

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

England: Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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