Despite tasting the defeat’s dirt in the previous game, the hosts muscle it again with England at Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai on Saturday.
Riding on the losing streaks, the hosts appeared dominant to take off the fearless Joe Root & Co, on the same venue which recorded 227 runs shattering defeat of India. Despite the hosts winning the toss and batting first, they were pricked early when the paceman Olly Stone hunted the red hot Shubhman Gill for a duck right away in the second over.
Considering a devastating performance in the previous game, the Indian batsmen showed a positive intent to score runs where the pitch in itself was a mystery. Showing off his class with ease, Rohit Sharma was the oozing fuel to run the team, when required after the loss of Captain Virat Kohli. Rohit goes all gun blazing to smash his 7th century, a magnificent knock of 161 to pump the hopes of surviving the World test Championship, and also the series in line.
Making him the top pick of the batsman, Rahane too contributed with his half-century (67) while the duo stitched a handy 162 runs for the 4th wicket. England’s bowlers hampered the runs to the extreme without much leaking loose balls. Jack Leach being the top pick of the bowler for the visitors accounting 2 wickets, Moeen Ali grabs the crucial 2 wickets in his name too.
India dominates on day-1, which leaves them on 300/6 by the end of the day stumps, the further days will be as tough as ever imagined. Both the teams looked menacing as they equally controlled the game, while India has a slight upper hand of 4 wickets still in their shed.
Rishabh Pant looks solid with his 33* along with Debutant Axar Patel 5*. the tone and tempo are set for another extraordinary match as the do-or-die hooter is blown loud.