India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1, Highlights: KL Rahul century puts visitors on top

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England
vs
India:
KL
Rahul
slams
a
scintillating
century
at
Lord’s,
cricketing
fraternity
doffs
its
hat

After
the
toss
was
delayed
due
to
a
steady
drizzle,
hosts
England
won
the
toss
and
opted
to
bowl
first.
After
the
first
match
of
the
series
ended
in
a
draw
with
rain
washing
the
final
day’s
play,
the
opening
day
of
the
second
day
saw
India
dominate
the
proceedings.

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Under
overcast
conditions,
India
made
a
cautious
start
as
Rohit
along
with
Rahul
guided
India
to
46
for
no
loss.
A
heavy
drizzle
forced
an
early
lunch
on
the
opening
day.
The
Indian
openers,
who
were
in
tremendous
form,
stitched
together
a
fifty-run
partnership,
the
first
one
at
the
Lord’s
cricket
ground
since
1952.

Against
a
quality
pace
attack
led
by
James
Anderson,
the
India
openers
were
cautious
in
their
approach
as
they
stitched
together
a
second
fifty-stand
in
consecutive
Tests.

The
stand
between
the
Rohit
and
Rahul
was
also
the
first
instance
of
India’s
opening
partnership
surviving
20+
overs
in
Tests
outside
Asia
since
2011.
In
the
last
decade
i.e.
between
2011
and
2020,
there
was
not
a
single
50-plus
partnership
for
Indian
openers
but
in
2021
they’ve
crossed
the
50-run
mark
five
times
in
nine
innings.

The
duo
stitched
together
a
100+
stand,
the
first
hundred-run
opening
partnership
in
England
since
2007.
Rohit
who
led
the
way
at
the
onset,
notched
up
his
13th
fifty
off
83
deliveries,
the
opener’s
first
fifty-plus
score
in
England
in
Test
cricket.
But
Rohit’s
wait
to
bring
up
his
maiden
Test
century
overseas
continues
as
Anderson
broke
the
opening
stand,
sending
Rohit
back
to
the
dugout
for
83
off
145.

It
was
disappointing
for
India
as
Rohit
missed
his
century,
but
Rahul
played
one
of
his
finest
knocks
as
he
remained
unbeaten
on
127
off
248
at
the
end
of
day’s
play.

Seasoned
Test
player
Cheteshwar
Pujara
who
joined
Rahul
in
the
middle
after
the
Hitman’s
dismissal,
failed
to
impress
as
Anderson
struck
once
again
to
remove
Pujara
cheaply
for
9
off
23.
Rahul
took
over
the
mantle
from
Rohit
as
he
picked
up
the
pace.
The
opener
stitched
together
a
117
run
partnership
with
captain
Virat
Kohli
off
208
deliveries.

Kohli,
who
played
with
caution,
to
keep
Anderson
at
bay,
fell
eight
short
of
a
half-century.
Almost
at
the
end
of
day’s
play,
the
Indian
skipper
lost
his
wicket,
but
to
Ollie
Robinson
and
not
Anderson.
A
defensive
shot
by
the
Indian
skipper
and
he’s
picked
up
by
captain
Joe
Root
at
first
slip
as
India
lost
their
third
wicket
with
just
five
overs
of
play
remaining
for
the
day.

At
the
end
of
day’s
play,
a
well-settled
Rahul
remained
unbeaten
on
127,
with
the
Indian
vice-captain,
Ajinkya
Rahane,
on
just
1
off
22.
On
a
day
which
belonged
to
the
visitor’s,
India
ended
with
276
for
3
after
being
put
into
bat.

Despite
losing
Pujara
cheaply,
the
visitors
came
out
on
top
with
the
Indian
openers
putting
up
a
classy
stand
along
with
a
patient
knock
from
captain
Kohli
to
end
the
opening
day
in
control.

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