After the duck-out walk show from the top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has delivered a sharp revival on the first day of the second test against England in Chennai on Saturday. The sharp revival and momentum were built by 'hitman' Rohit Sharma through his splendid display on the bat through which India has ended the first day with getting the thread to carry on the momentum.
India is playing against England and the latter is on the Indian tour for four test matches, five T20s, and three ODIs. The visitors had a splendid opening of the tour after defeating the Virat Kohli-led Indian team in the first test match by 227 runs. The second test began on Saturday in Chennai and India won the toss and chose to bat first. However, the batting line-up came to the crease only to disappoint the fans with a shocking opening.
India's innings was opened by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill and the bowling line-up of the visitors powered by the spinners and pacers had applied strong brakes on the host and containing Kohli's team from putting a big score on the board. Shubman Gill was dismissed for 0 off 3 balls by Olly Stone and following the walk out of a key batsman, experienced hand Cheteshwar Pujara came to the crease to lift the Indian team on the first day of the second test match. However, Jack Leach spoiled Pujara's play after dismissing him for 21 off 58 balls. After the departure of Pujara, India's score was at 85 for 2.
Virat Kohli came to crease to join Rohit Sharma. While the team and audiences expected Captain's knock, Virat Kohli has got dismissed for a duck in Gill's way. When Virat Kohli walked out of the crease, India was at 86 runs for three wickets and Ajinkya Rahane came to the crease to give a stable partnership for Rohit Sharma, who was smashing the English bowlers. The hitman has batted in every direction and ascended towards putting the big score on board. With support from Rahane, Rohit Sharma has scored a century and put out a brilliant show to take the team to a big score.
Rohit Sharma was on fire and reached 100 runs off 130 balls, which has become his seventh century in Test. Through the Rohit-Rahane partnership, India had cleared the fear as both the batsmen had added 162 runs for the fourth wicket. After the splendid knock, Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 161 runs off 231 balls that included 18 fours and two sixes. While India had lost its third wicket for 86, the team had lost the fourth wicket when it had put 248 runs in total, and in a short time after Rohit's dismissal, Rahane also got dismissed for 67 runs off 149 balls that included nine fours.
Following Rahane, India has lost its fifth wicket when the team had put 284 runs in total after the dismissal of Ashwin, who walked away from the crease by scoring 13 runs off 19 balls. Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel are currently standing on the crease and the first day came to an end by putting 300 runs by losing six wickets. On the visitors' side, Jack Leach and Moeen Ali have taken two wickets each while Olly Stone and Joe Root had got one wicket each.
After the first day, Rahane said, "The key was to use good footwork. We had the strategy, we did discuss the game plan on this, and wanted to make them bowl to our strengths, good that the plans came off". By recording an unbeatable don, Rohit Sharma has added his seventh century in his Test career. In what has become an interesting fact, Rohit has made all these centuries in India, and his century on Saturday is the first against England and it has come after a year. Lastly, he scored a century against South Africa on 19th October 2019, in Ranchi.