India vs England: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara guide hosts to safety at lunch

FP Sports, Nov, 17 2016

Visakhapatnam: India recovered from early jolts to reach 92/2 at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against England at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Skipper Virat Kohli (35 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (37 not out) resurrected the innings after England's leading pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad dealt early blows by sending back openers Murali Vijay (20) and KL Rahul (0) early in the session.

Virat Kohli was batting on 35 at the end of the first session. AP

Virat Kohli was batting on 35 at the end of the first session. AP

Electing to bat on a fresh Vizag track, India were reduced to 22/2 before Kohli and Pujara battled a few anxious moments to put an unbeaten 70-run stand for the third wicket.

Kohli had earlier won the toss, and elected to bat, with the hosts making two changes to their playing XI for this match. While Rahul came in place of Gautam Gambhir as Murali Vijay's opening partner, as was discussed in the lead-up to the match, off-spinner Jayant Yadav replaced Amit Mishra as the third spin option, and subsequently was handed his maiden Test cap by cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri before the toss.

England, on the other hand, made the solitary change of replacing Chris Woakes with veteran pacer James Anderson.

The series is currently level at 0-0 after the first Test at Rajkot ended in a draw, with Kohli putting up a defiant, unbeaten 49 in the second innings to save the hosts from losing their first Test on home soil in four years.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Nov 17, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 17, 2016

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
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