At lunch India’s score was 80/4 – still 125 runs behind the visitors with six wickets in their pockets. While Rohit Sharma (32) looked solid on one end, he needs Rishabh Pant and the lower middle tier to keep up with him in the second session.
For the visitors, James Anderson picked Rahane on the sidelines of lunch to give England the upper hand, but Kohli’s precious scalp was chosen by Ben Stokes. In the morning session with the 24/1 result and with Rohit and Pujara at the crease, the hosts would have loved to get closer to the total number of visitors without losing a wicket. But it shouldn’t be the way Jack Leach struck first to send Pujara back with the leg first. While it was a close call, the umpire was spot on when the ball first hit the pad.
In went Kohli and with the hit rate on the slower side it was expected that the captain would start the attack with Rohit. But Stokes had other ideas when he got the Indian skipper to produce a nothing shot at a ball that got big on him and allowed Keeper Foakes an easy catch.
With the result of 41/3, the English determined that they had gotten back into the game right away. But Rahane and Rohit defied the visitors for a while as they tried to build the innings and forge a 39-year partnership. But just when it looked like the duo were taking India out for lunch and starting over after the break, Anderson sent Rahane back.
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