Rohit Sharma scored a dazzling 161 to propel India to a wholesome rating in entrance of returning followers as England’s bowlers hit again late on the opening day of the second Take a look at on Saturday. India reached 300 for six at stumps after electing to bat in Chennai. Rishabh Pant, on 33, and Axar Patel, on 5, had been batting at shut of play. Spinners Jack Leach and Moeen Ali claimed two wickets every on a pitch that provided flip. Ali bowled skipper Virat Kohli for nought to place India in hassle at 86-3. Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 67, put collectively a fourth-wicket stand of 162 to boost the noise of cheering followers who had been allowed into the bottom for the primary time for the reason that pandemic.
The opener hit his seventh Take a look at century — and first in opposition to England — and crossed 150 in his thirty sixth five-day match to a standing ovation from the ecstatic crowd.
However Leach broke by way of together with his left-arm spin to ship Sharma trudging again to the pavilion within the remaining session after the batsman holed out a catch to deep sq. leg.
Sharma, who survived a good stumping probability — given not out by the TV umpire — off Leach on 159, hit 18 fours and two sixes in his 231-ball keep.
Rahane, who hit type after scores of 1 and nought within the first Take a look at, quickly fell to Ali, bowled on one other good supply by the off-spinner. India misplaced three wickets within the remaining session.
Skipper Joe Root chipped in together with his off spin to get Ravichandran Ashwin caught at brief leg by Ollie Pope.
Earlier, Olly Stone had Shubman Gill leg earlier than for a duck in solely the second over of the day, however Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship with an 85-run second-wicket stand.
However then Leach took Pujara for 21 and Ali’s prized scalp of Kohli left India 106 for 3 at lunch.
Ali bowled Kohli by way of the gate because the Indian captain stood shocked for a couple of moments whereas the TV umpire checked to see if the bail had been dislodged by the wicketkeeper’s gloves, earlier than strolling off to surprised silence.
The Indian gamers had been greeted by whistles and chants of “Rohit, Rohit” as Indian cricket welcomed again a restricted variety of its raucous fanbase for the match.
England made 4 adjustments from their opening win with Stuart Broad, Ali, Stone and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes making it into the facet.
India handed left-arm spinner Axar Patel his Take a look at debut and introduced in paceman Mohammed Siraj and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav into the workforce.
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