New Delhi: Coverage of 1st Test, Day 2 between India and England from Rajkot.
INDIA 1ST INNINGS
OVER 23 | SCORE 63/0 (Gambhir 28, Vijay 25)
That's that on Day 2. Gautam gambhir and Murali Vijay get India off to a comfortable start after they were smashed for 537 by England in 1st innings. Day 3 morning session will be the most crucial one for India, if the hosts survive that, there's no reason why they can't pull themselves back in the match.
OVER 20 | SCORE 54/0 (Gambhir 20, Vijay 24)
Cautious approach being implemented by Gambhir and Vijay as they look to end Day 2 without losing wicket. England bowlers toiling hard to get their first success.
OVER 15 | SCORE 49/0 (Gambhir 17, Vijay 22)
Comfortable outing for the Indian batsmen so far. India about to touch 50 runs with 15 overs gone. Need to take this partnership forward and convert into a 150-200 plus total.
OVER 10 | SCORE 35/0 (Gambhir 11, Vijay 19)
Spinner Moeen Ali introduced by Alastair Cook inside 10 overs. May be he wants to test all of his options before stumps on Day 2.
OVER 5 | SCORE 17/0 (Gambhir 9, Vijay 7)
No early trouble for India. Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay begin proceedings comfortably. Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes attack with the ball for England.
Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir begin India's charge with the bat.
ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS
OVER 159.3 | SCORE 537/9 (Broad 6)
Phew! India concede 537 runs to all-out England in first innings. To those who were expecting this to a one sided tie, Test cricket too is as unpredictable as its other forms. Remains to be seen how India responds. TEA also taken.
ZS Ansari lbw b Mishra 32 (83b)
OVER 155 | SCORE 522/9 (Ansari 19, Broad 0)
Ben Stokes' stupendous knock of 128 runs comes to an end. Stuart broad the new batsman to walk in and he can bat well too. Remember, Broad has a century and several 50s to his name despite batting at the foot of the English line-up.
BA Stokes c Saha b Yadav 128 (235b)
OVER 150 | SCORE 513/8 (Stokes 125, Ansari 17)
Partnership already worth 47 runs as England continue to score at more than 3 runs an over. Are they looking at a total of 600 runs?
OVER 145 | SCORE 507/8 (Stokes 121, Ansari 15)
500 up and England show no signs of handing the bat to India. Stokes-Ansari continue to build another solid partnership.
OVER 140 | SCORE 495/8 (Stokes 117, Ansari 7)
Ben stokes understandably taking the aggressive rout after completing his century. Challenge for India to wrap-up England quickly as runs continue to flow.
OVER 135 | SCORE 474/8 (Stokes 99, Ansari 4)
Stokes just one run away from his century, following which even more attacking play is expected form the visitors.
OVER 125 | SCORE 465/8 (Stokes 94, Ansari 0)
England 8 down! Rashid the latest batsman to depart as Stokes continue his march towards century.
AU Rashid c Yadav b Jadeja 5 (20b)
OVER 125 | SCORE 452/7 (Stokes 86, Rashid 0)
Chris Woakes falls to Ravindra Jadeja, as India get their 7th wicket soon after lunch. Remains to be seen if England is able to reach the 500 run mark.
CR Woakes c Saha b Jadeja 4 (8b)
OVER 123 | SCORE 450/6 (Stokes 84, Woakes 4)
LUNCH! India did claim two wickets in the session but England claimed 139 runs in the first session. Easy to say, so far, the visitors have been very dominant over the hosts, courtesy dropped catches by Virat Kohli and Co.
JM Bairstow c Saha b Mohammed Shami 46 (57b)
OVER 120 | SCORE 441/5 (Stokes 80, Bairstow 46)
Runs flowing at over 4 runs per over. England look extremely strong in the Test as Stokes and Bairstow near century and half-century respectively.
OVER 115 | SCORE 407/5 (Stokes 62, Bairstow 29)
Butterfingers episode continues for India. Saha drops two catches, both of Stokes, both on Yadav's bowling. Terrible from the Indian wicket keeper.
OVER 110 | SCORE 379/5 (Stokes 51, Bairstow 18)
50 up for Ben Stokes! Spinn duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra attack English batsman but the pitch is hardly offering any help to slow bowlers thus far.
OVER 100 | SCORE 343/5 (Stokes 33, Bairstow 0)
Success for India. Shami knocks out Moeen Ali's off stump after the English batsman tried to leave the ball thinking it will pass well outside off stump but a misjudgment saw his off stump going for a walk.
MM Ali b Mohammed Shami 117 (213b)
OVER 95 | SCORE 326/4 ( Ali 100, Stokes 21)
Two overs gone in the day so far. Indian seamers getting some pace and bounce from the pitch. Would want to make these conditions count and hand England an early blow.
09:32 AM IST: Players on pitch as 2nd new ball is taken by India. Shami to begin India's proceedings on Day 2.
09:30 AM IST: Pitch being analysed by experts. Play to begin shortly!
Opening day of play between India and England saw Joe Root and Moeen Ali first rescue the visitors from the hands of Indian spinners after they had removed Alastair Cook, Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett on meagre scores of 21,31 and 12 respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin with 2 wickets and Ravindra Jadeja with 1 had provided India early breakthroughs after multiple catches were dropped by Indian fielders on Day 1 morning.
Umesh Yadav later dismissed centurian Joe Root, whose effort was the first Test century by a visiting batsman in India since Michael Clarke's 130 at Chennai in February 2013.
The 25-year-old Root's maiden ton on the Indian soil was laced with one six and 11 fours, while Ali struck nine boundaries. The duo shared 179 runs for the fourth wicket to bail England out from a tricky 102/3.
At stumps, Moeen Ali was batting on 99 and Ben Stokes on 19, as England will resume their innings at 311/4.
What might work in India's favour on Day 2 is that they had had not taken the second new ball till stumps and will be eager to use to perfection in the morning session today. Pacer Mohammed Shami going off the field with a hamstring injury turned India's day from bad to worse but Sanjay Bangar has revealed that the seamer is fit to resume play today.
It was the first time after as many as eight Tests that India had lost the toss at home. Virat Kohli and Co. didn't help themselves with sloppy fielding too, giving the visitors multiple lifelines.
Ashwin with his 2 for 108 in 31 overs and Jadeja with his 1 for 59 were India's best bowlers yesterday.
Amit Mishra, included as the fifth bowler, is yet to make an impression after being hit for 42 runs in his 10 overs.