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Ind vs Eng: Rohit Sharma’s 150, Ajinkya Rahane’s half century take India to 300 on Day one against England

Rishabh Pant (33) and Axar Patel (5) came back unbeaten on stumps as India will look to post a big total on Day 2.

Rohit Sharma
A file photo of Rohit Sharma. (Photo: ICC)

It was an even contest on Day one between India and England at Chennai in the second Test on Saturday (February 13) as Rohit Sharma scored 150 runs and Rahane got a fifty to his name. The English bowlers also bowled brilliantly barring the second session as they took six wickets

Earlier in the day, India won the toss and opted to bowl with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma coming out to bat and it took the English bowlers just nine balls to get the breakthrough as Gill exposed his front pad to be caught plumb lbw by Ollie Stone.

In came Cheteshwar Pujara who along with Sharma started the fightback with the latter scoring at a strike rate of more than as India got to 84 runs at the end of 20 overs. The very next over, Jake Leach who had been bowling in good areas as he got his reward as Pujara edged his delivery straight into the hands of Ben Stokes.

It went from bad to worse for the visitors as  Kohli was gone for a duck as Moeen Ali produced a stunning delivery to remove his bails which left the right-hander dumbfounded as India were in a precarious situation heading into lunch.

Post lunch it was India’s two vice-captains who combined (Rahane in Tests and Rohit in ODI) to bring India back into the match as they went the entire second session without losing any wicket as the pair added 83 runs with Sharma scoring his seventh Test century in the process.

The third session saw Rahane reach his half-century before Sharma kept his flawless innings going as he reached 150 However, England almost had a wicket when Sharma was stumped by Ben Foakes but the umpire gave the benefit of doubt to the batsmen as there was no clear visual of the batsmen getting out of his crease.

The next over Sharma was not so lucky as Leach found his top edge which was easily caught by Moeen Ali at deep square leg. And Rahane departed soon after as Moeen Ali dismissed him in almost the same fashion as Kohli. India were suddenly on the back foot and then the golden arm of Joe Root conjured some magic of its own to send Ravichandran Ashwin back to the pavilion as Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel came back unbeaten on stumps at the end of the day’s play.

Day 1

India: 300-6

Rohit Sharma: 161(231)                                        Jack Leach: 26-2-78-2

Ajinkya Rahane: 67(149)                                      Moeen Ali: 26-3-112-2

Rishabh Pant: 33(56)