Visakhapatnam: Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in a comfortable position with the hosts reaching 210/2 at tea on the opening day of the second Test against England at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
Both Kohli (91 not out) and Pujara (97 not out) were on the brink of reaching their individual centuries when a dog intervened in the proceedings, forcing the umpires to call for an early break.
Resuming the second session at 91/2, both the right handers registered their respective half-centuries as they stitched a 188-run partnership for the third wicket to bail India out of trouble.
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.
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 India's innings on track.
Brief scores: India 210/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 97 not out, Virat Kohli 91 not out, Stuart Broad 1/32, James Anderson 1/25) vs England.
With IANS inputs.