India vs England, 1st Test, Day 2, Highlights: Steady openers take India to 63/0 at stumps

  • Moeen Ali: There was good spin for us, It is encouraging for tomorrow. The slower ball spun a bit more than the rest. We have to be patient. I was happy I got some runs and contributed to the team.

  • Stumps on Day 2: India reach 63/0 in 23 overs with Gambhir (28 not out) and Vijay (25 not out) going strong. England will have to target the first session tomorrow, when the pacers are likely to get some purchase. After that the pitch will slow down considerably. With the depth and quality in batting that India has, they will be looking to wipe out England's lead of 474 runs and post a substantial lead of their own.   

  • Bounce and turn. Rashid beats Gambhir comprehensively. 

  • Rashid bowling the last over of the day.

  • Legbreak bowler Adil Rashid introduced into the attack with three overs to go. Bowls a full toss and Gambhir dispatches him to the long on fence.

  • Big appeal against Gambhir off Ansari, but the ball was clearly going down leg. Turned down by umpire Dharmasena.

  • Left-arm spin for England now, with Zafar Ansari in the attack. 

  • Fifty up for India in the 16th over, with both openers going strong. 

  • After 15 overs,India 49/0 ( Murali Vijay 22 , Gautam Gambhir 17)

  • Meanwhile, Gambhir is looking very solid. The open stance has really helped him, it seems. India 49/0 after 14 overs. 

  • Close shave for India! Sharp turn from Ali, beats Vijay all ends up. Misses the off stump by inches. 

  • Four! A juicy full toss outside off stump by Woakes. Thank you very much, says Gambhir. 

  • Vijay hits three fours off Broad - the first a delightful drive through the covers, the other straight past the bowler and the last towards third man. The Indian openers have come out with really thinking positively and look to take the fight to the opposition. India move to 35/0. 

  • Some turn generated by Ali already. His flighted delivery misses Gambhir's bat and eludes the keeper and first slip and runs away for four byes. 

  • India have made a steady start to their innings, moving to 17/0 after first 5 overs, with both openers looking pretty comfortable. The wicket is playing good and the England bowlers haven't probed the Indian batsmen enough in the initial overs. And inevitably, spin is introduced, with Moeen Ali in the attack now.

  • Four! Gambhir punishes a wide delivery from Woakes. India moves on to 15/0. 

  • Four! Gambhir turns one off his pads for a boundary. He will look to make this innings count; has left a few outside off stump and now gets the boundary.

  • Murali Vijay gets off the mark with a boundary. First runs for India.

  • The Indian innings starts. Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir have come out to bat.  

  • Tea, day 2: England's innings ends finally. England's approach in the 2nd session was weird. They didn't score at the same rate as they did in the first session. Maybe they wanted to tire Indian fielders more before asking them to bat. Nonetheless, 537 is a huge score and the hosts have an uphill task cut for them. 

  • OUT! Mishra finally strikes. Ansari attempts a sweep shot, misses and the ball goes onto hit his pads. He reviews it straightaway, and the replays show he's out. India bowl out England for 537.

  • Bowling change: Mishra comes into the attack.

  • After 155 overs, England are 522/8 (Ansari 23, Broad 0)

    Yadav got the all important wicket of Stokes for 128, Broad comes out to replace him. It's the first time he's batting at No 11 in Tests. 9 runs off last 5 overs.

  • OUT! Stokes' innings finally comes to an end for 128, caught behind off Yadav's bowling. Broad comes out to replace him at the centre.

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  • Fifty-run partnership comes up between Stokes and Ansari in 123 balls. Ben Stokes has contributed 32 while Ansari has scored 18.

  • After 150 overs, England are 513/8 (Stokes 125, Ansari 17)  

    Not much happening. India have kept things tight, and slowed down England's scoring rate. Only 6 runs off last 5 overs. But the need of the hour is wickets and Indian bowlers need to find a way to bundle England out. 

  • After 145 overs, England are 507/8 (Stokes 121, Ansari 15)

    Mishra's having a torrid Test so far 10 runs off his comeback over. England have crossed the 500-run mark. Also, Zafar Ansari breaks free and slams a four off Ashwin's bowling. What should we be expecting now? Kohli brings Yadav back into the attack to take two quick wickets, will it work?

  • 500-run mark comes up for India in the 143rd over. Stokes and Ansari are the crease. 

  • Time for Drinks. England reach 495/8 after 140 overs; Stokes batting on 117.

  • After 139 overs, England are 485/8 (Stokes 108, Ansari 6)

    Right, Stokes has completed the milestone. Time to declare or accelerate? The way they are batting it seems like they have no intention of declaring the innings. What are they aiming at? 525-550? Depends on how Stokes approaches his innings now. Amidst all this, missed chances have just not stopped! Stokes goes down the ground to play Ashwin, he misses it, Saha misses a stumping chance and eventually England get a bonus boundary. Fielding coach R Sridhar has lots of work to do before the 2nd Test. 

  • CENTURY! Ben Stokes cuts Jadeja and picks up the bat between point and cover and the ball races away for a four. It's his fourth ton and the 3rd of the innings. 

  • After 134 overs, England are 471/8 (Stokes 97, Ansari 3)

    Wickets are coming, but slowly. The flow of the runs has been curbed somewhat, also because Ben Stokes is in nineties. He doesn't want to give it away and is playing defensively. 

  • OUT! Rashid tries to hit Jadeja over mid-on, miscues and Yadav takes it comfortably.  

  • After 129 overs, England are 465/7 (Stokes 94, Rashid 5)

    India begun the session by taking the Woakes' wicket in the first over itself. But, then the same story has continued. Mishra missed a half chance of run-out by being too laid back. Stokes went for a maximum, it looked like a catch. Kohli ran from mid wicket to catch it, but the ball fell in between Kohli and Vijay who was at long-on. It was Vijay's catch but Kohli had called it and he decided to not for it. 

  • OUT! Woakes nicks off Jadeja's fourth ball after lunch and Saha catches it. He falls for 4, Adil Rashid comes out to replace him at the centre.  

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Day 1, report: Excellent batting by Joe Root and Moen Ali helped England stage a strong recovery in their first innings on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India at Rajkot on Wednesday.

Coming together after England lost three wickets in the first session of the day, Root and Ali added 107 runs between them to help the visitors to a score of 311/4 at stumps.

Root scored 124 before being caught and bowled by pacer Umesh Yadav. Ali was on the cusp of a well deserved century as he was unbeaten on 99 at the close of the day's play.

Virat Kohli and Alastair Cook.

Virat Kohli and Alastair Cook.

Ben Stokes, who was batting on 19, was giving Ali company at stumps.

For India, star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja struck early blows as England struggled in the first session of the day.

Ashwin returned figures of 2/108 while Jadeja notched up 1/59. Yadav toiled hard for 18.5 overs for figures of 1/68.

Electing to bat on winning the toss, England were off to a steady start with the opening duo of captain Alistair Cook and debutant Haseeb Hameed batting cautiously.

Cook was lucky to survive in the first over when he edged a Mohammed Shami delivery into the slips only to see Ajinkya Rahane drop a relatively easy chance.

Jadeja struck the first blow for India, trapping Cook lbw with a delivery that turned into the England skipper's pads after pitching. Cook attempted a flick but could not make contact as Jadeja appealed successfully for the decision.

The 19-year-old Hameed, the youngest opener to debut for England, hit six boundaries during his 82-ball 31 before being trapped leg before after misjudging the turn of an Ashwin delivery.

Duckett was also undone by Ashwin's guile as he edged one to the slips and Rahane made no mistake this time round.

That was the last bit of success the Indians would be able to celebrate for quite some time as Root and Ali proceeded to try and bring the England innings back on track.

The duo ensured that the visitors lost no wickets in the post-lunch session and reached a respectable position by the tea break.

Root hit 11 boundaries and a six during his 180-ball innings while Ali had nine hits to the fence.

By the Root pushed an attempted drive into Yadav's hands in the post tea session, England were in a relatively comfortable position at 281/4.

Stokes then joined Ali in the middle and proceeded to play a patient 41-ball knock even as the latter edged towards his century.

With inputs from IANS



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115