India are looking to bounce back from their big defeat in the first Test match against England at Chennai
India are looking to bounce back from their big defeat in the first Test match against England at Chennai and they got off to a good start with captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and electing to bat first.
When asked about his playing XI, Kohli informed that Mohammed Siraj was included in the XI in place of Jasprit Bumrah, whom the team management decided to rest as part of it workload management programme.
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Bumrah played three Test matches in Australia before getting ruled out of the final Test in Brisbane. He played the first Test in Chennai and toiled hard in what was his maiden appearance in a Test match on home soil.
Bumrah is expected to be back for the third Test against England in Ahmedabad which will be a day night affair.
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir backed the decision taken by the team management while speaking during the pre-match show on broadcaster Star Sports.
"I think it is a good decision to rest him. He will be ready to go in the pink ball Test match. There is nothing for the fast bowlers here and he has bowled a lot of overs in Australia and the first Test match, so I think it was a very good decision from the team management's point of view. You would want to have Jasprit Bumrah for the crucial Test matches, the pink ball one and the fourth Test and there will be hardly any gap between the two. So, I think it is the right decision," Gambhir said on Star Sports' show Cricket Live.
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India made two more changes in the playing XI. Kuldeep Yadav replaced Washington Sundar, while Axar Patel will be making his Test debut in place of Shahbaz Nadeem.
England are on a 6-match winning streak in away Test matches and will look to continue that trend.
After 54 overs,India 189/3 ( Rohit Sharma 132 , Ajinkya Rahane 36)
Rohit sets off for a single off the third ball after working the ball through midwicket which is then followed by a quick single to Rahane off the last delivery as Leach concedes two off what turns out to be the last over before tea. Excellent session for the Indians as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane hold fort with a solid partnership worth more than a ton. India collect 83 runs without losing a wicket to head to the interval with the scoreboard reading 189/3.
After 53 overs,India 187/3 ( Rohit Sharma 131 , Ajinkya Rahane 35)
Olly Stone returns to the attack, taking the end where Moeen was bowling last. Ball stays low after pitching full outside off off the fourth delivery, going past Rahane’s outside edge. Maiden for the seamer. Perhaps one more over after this before tea is taken.
After 52 overs,India 187/3 ( Rohit Sharma 131 , Ajinkya Rahane 35)
Rohit cuts the ball through the off side off the second delivery of Leach’s 19th over, bringing up the century stand with Rahane that is accompanied with a roar from the crowd and an applause from the home dressing room.