England vs India, 2nd Test: Rohit-Rahul notch up fifties before Anderson strikes twice; India 157-2 at tea

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Rohit

who
threw
his
wicket
away
after
getting
off
to
a
bright
start
in
the
first
Test
at
Trent
Bridge

batted
brilliantly
at
the
‘Home
of
Cricket’ and
curbed
his
instincts
to
pull
the
ball
after
doing
all
the
hard
yards.


Rohit
impresses
with
masterful
83

The
33-year-old
was
the
aggressor
in
the
opening
partnership
with
Rahul
as
he
scored
at
a
decent
pace.
Rohit
notched
up
his
half-century
off
83
deliveries
and
it
was
the
first
occasion
when
the
right-handed
swashbuckler
scored
his
maiden
fifty
outside
the
home.

He
went
on
surpassing
his
highest
individual
score
away
from
home
when
he
reached
81*
but
Rohit’s
dream
to
notch
up
his
first
Test
hundred
on
foreign
soil
came
crashing
as
he
was
outfoxed
by
a
peach
of
a
delivery
from
Anderson.
Bowled
with
the
wobbly
seam,
the
ball
came
into
the
stumps
quickly
to
which
the
Indian
had
no
response.
Rohit
has
played
40
innings
and
scored
1076
runs
but
averaged
below
par
29
from
his
standards.

Rohit’s
dismissal
was
a
heartbreak
for
the
Indian
cricket
fans
as
they
were
hoping
for
a
special
knock
from
the
Hitman.
Everyone
was
hoping
for
Rohit’s
maiden
Test
hundred
outside
Asia.
Nevertheless,
he
would
rate
his
knock
of
83
as
one
of
his
best
overseas
performances.


Pujara
continues
to
struggle

Seasoned
campaigner
Cheteshwar
Pujara
walked
into
the
middle
at
number
three
after
the
dismissal
of
set
Rohit.
The
Saurashtra
cricketer,
who
has
been
under
scrutiny
due
to
the
lack
of
runs
under
his
belt,
was
dismissed
cheaply
for
9
and
it
was
Anderson
who
outfoxed
the
right-handed
batsman.

It
was
an
outswinger
from
the
maestro
which
lured
Pujara
into
going
for
it
and
found
an
edge
and
Jonny
Bairstow
took
a
well-judged
catch
at
third
slip.
India’s
scorecard
read
150
when
Pujara
made
his
descent
towards
the
pavilion.
In
his
last
ten
innings,
Pujara’s
highest
score
is
a
paltry
21.


Rahul
continues
his
good
form

Meanwhile,
in-form
Rahul
slammed
his
second
fifty
in
three
innings.
The
Karnataka
batsman
started
batting
defensively
while
Rohit
scored
freely.
But
once
Rohit
was
dismissed,
Rahul
took
the
onus
on
himself
to
score
runs.
He
went
on
slamming
his
thirteenth
half-century
in
the
longer
format.
Later,
Rahul
(55*)
and
captain
Virat
Kohli
(0*)

who
walked
minutes
before
the
tea
break

ensured
the
tourists
didn’t
lose
any
further
wicket.

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