Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 2 – Review

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Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs)

Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10(157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – 60/0(20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs

It was a strange end to the second day of the fifth test match. Murali Vijay was injured while fielding, which resulted in Parthiv Patel not Pujara, to take to the crease as Rahul’s opening partner. A few overs into the Indian innings, the young batsman from Karnataka struggled with a bout of cramps, but the 31-year-old Parthiv Patel looked completely comfortable in the middle.

Rahul would be happy that he remained could get reach the 50-run mark without losing a wicket. It is just the second time that India have managed to get a 50+ opening partnership in this series, Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir last reached the mark during the first test against New Zealand at Rajkot.

With India having already won the series, Rahul would be looking to capitalize on this situation and improve his average and home before his chances run dry. This also the first time the right-hand batsman has remained not out after the 19th over in the six innings he has played in India, so he has start which he would look to convert.

 KL Rahul Batting stats in Home and Away – in Tests

Earlier in the day, Ashwin got rid of Stokes for the 5th time in this series, in the first over of the day. On a pitch which behaved sluggish, Ashwin slowed the pace which forced Stokes to reach for the ball without any feet movement and got the edge going straight into the keeper’s gloves.

The new batsman, Buttler however didn’t last long as he moved well across and missed a straighter delivery trying to flick it on the on-side, was trapped in front by Ishant.

Indian bowlers then came out with a specific intent against Moeen Ali. Ishant Sharma started by peppering Moeen Ali with the short deliveries, since the left hander has previously been vulnerable in the past. After a few chances, Ali eventually top edged one of Umesh Yadav’s deliveries straight to Jadeja.

By the time the session was over, England lost 3 wickets for 68 runs leaving India on top. Losing wickets early in the day has been a problem for England throughout the series, even in the fourth innings of the last game at Mumbai, India were able to swindle the last four wickets in a matter of 48 balls since the morning.

The story of the first session though was Liam Dawson. The right-handed batsman, who was brought in after a promising first class season in 2016, handled the Indian bowlers with ease. Adil Rashid too was also able to hang around till the end of the first session, which is all England expected of him.

Liam Dawson batting in County Championship Division One 2016

Soon the pair were able to put together a fifty plus partnership, the first of its kind for the eight wicket this series. The pair of them was united at the middle at 103.4, and they ended up batting together for a little over 40 overs, dragging England from 321/7 to 429/8.  Thanks to Dawson, who finished unbeaten on 66*, the highest score for an English debutant batting at #8.

The Hampshire man has helped England to a challenging total of 477, and if England could dismiss the Indian middle-order for cheap then they are in contention to pull one game back before the end of the test series.

Highest 8th wicket partnership for England in India in tests

At the end of the day India finished without losing a single wicket. India need to capitalize on the start provided after having two settled batsman at crease. India will attempt to near England’s score on the other hand England would hope to pick up early wickets in the morning session of day three.

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