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India vs England, 4th Test, Day 2: Rishabh Pant bamboozles England with his smashing hundred

Rishabh Pant with a mind-blowing century on the second day at the Narendra Modi Stadium that puts India in a commanding position as Rishabh, Rohit, and Washington ensure that they end the day at 294/7. Ben Stokes bowled admirably in the first and second session but the third session belonged to Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar as India piled up an 89-run lead. 

Ben Stokes got the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as none of the Indian top-order scored a half-century | Image Source: Twitter.com

The first session was always going to be of primary importance for both the teams with a good first hour going a long way in defining the momentum of this test match. While Rohit Sharma looked solid early on, Cheteshwar Pujara struggled especially against Jack Leach. It was the English left-arm spinner who dismissed Pujara for 17 with yet another sharp straighter ball trapping the batsman LBW.

Ben Stokes was bowling a really good spell after the wicket of Pujara and he troubled Virat with some good seaming deliveries early on and one of them bounced more than Virat’s expectations while taking his wicket off the nick into Foakes’ gloves. Ajinkya Rahane came in with some positive intent early on. His flicks and drives got him started early on and got into a good groove. It was another out-swinging beauty from James Anderson that flicked off the outside edge and was caught really well by Ben Stokes in the slips. That was the last ball before lunch on Day 2 as India headed into the break at 80/4 in 37.5 overs with the session belonging to England.

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While wickets were falling at the other end, Rohit Sharma kept slowly milking the runs at the other end. He scored off any bad balls by the bowlers while showed respect and determination to stay at the crease for a long period of time. Rishabh Pant joined Rohit post-lunch and the duo looked solid while building a good partnership. Rohit was on 49 when Ben Stokes bowled an absolutely fantastic over with the initial 5 balls going away from Rohit while the final ball came in sharply and got the wicket of the Indian opener. The review didn’t save Rohit Sharma as Ben Stokes picked up yet another important wicket in the middle of a beautiful spell to end a 41-run partnership.

Rishabh Pant was watchful while scoring the occasional boundary on the weaker deliveries. Ravi Ashwin couldn’t stick along for a longer duration of time as he was caught at mid-wicket by Pope of Leach’s bowling. Ashwin was early on his attempt to find the gap between square leg and mid-wicket while the ball bounced more than he expected. Pant & Washington ensured India went into Tea at 153/6 in 62 overs with another session perhaps going slightly towards England.

Rishabh Pant scored 101 off 118 balls to help India build a substantial lead | Image Source: BCCI Twitter

The final session of the day entirely belonged to two Indian batsmen- Rishabh Pant and Washington Pant. Pant and Sundar ensured that after the initial burst from England, they got stuck into the bowling lineup. Rishabh got to his half-century and started being more aggressive as India approached the second new ball. Rishabh Pant absolutely bamboozled James Anderson by taking him down the ground in the first over of the new ball and reverse swept Anderson over the slips in the second over of his with the new ball.

Rishabh Pant continued on his merry way as he swept Root over square leg for a six to complete his hundred. A magnificent inning from the modern-day test batsman in Rishabh as he & Sundar put on 113 runs for the 7th wicket. Washington Sundar also looked at ease to both seam and spin as he ground out 60 off 117 balls in the final session to stay not out with Axar Patel at the end of the day. The day belonged to Sundar & obviously Rishabh Pant after Ben Stokes bowled well initially.

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