India vs England: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul notch up first fifty-run opening stand for India at Lord's since 1952

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Rahul
and
Rohit
opened
the
Indian
innings
after
English
captain
Joe
Root
elected
to
bowl
first.
The
duo
started
batting
cautiously
against
the
quality
England
pace
attack
led
by
James
Anderson
and
blunted
the
new
ball
brilliantly
under
testing
conditions.

The
duo
thus
notched
up
their
second
fifty-stand
in
consecutive
Tests
to
give
the
tourists
a
decent
start.
With
their
gritty
partnership,
the
duo
claimed
a
record
for
themselves.
This
is
the
first
opening
partnership
of
fifty
runs
in
the
first
innings
for
India
in
Tests
at
Lord’s
after
legendary
Vinoo
Mankad
and
Pankaj
Roy
forged
a
partnership
in
excess
of
50
for
India
at
the
Home
of
Cricket
back
in
1952.

With
that
fifty-run
opening
stand,
Rahul
has
been
involved
in
four
out
of
the
last
five
fifty-plus
opening
partnerships
by
Indians
in
England.
The
stand
between
the
duo
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
converted
it
into
a
century
stand
and
it
was
the
first
hundred-run
opening
partnership
in
England
since
2007.
India
went
on
winning
the
series
in
2007
under
the
leadership
of
Rahul
Dravid.

Later,
Rohit
went
on
notching
up
his
13th
Test
half-century
off
83
deliveries.
It
was
his
first
fifty-plus
score
in
England
in
the
longer
format.

Earlier
in
the
day,
the
Indians
made
a
cautious
start
to
the
second
Test
under
cloudy
skies
as
the
openers
guided
them
to
46
for
no
loss.
Rohit
was
batting
on
35
and
Rahul
was
unbeaten
on
10
when
a
heavy
drizzle
forced
the
players
indoors
and
an
early
lunch
was
taken.

On
a
start-stop
Day
1
of
the
second
Test,
Rahul
and
Rohit
batted
with
determination
and
focus,
leaving
tempting
deliveries
outside
the
off-stump.
England
used
Sam
Curran,
James
Anderson
and
Ollie
Robinson
in
the
first
session,
and
did
not
use
the
extreme
pace
of
Mark
Wood.



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