India off to a good start after England post 537

RAJKOT: Indian openers off to a good start after England posted 537 in their first innings in first Test match on day two at stumps. India managed to score 63 runs without losing a wicket in 23 overs even though the odd ball misbehaved.

Earlier, England continued to dominate the sloppy hosts who added two drops, a catch missed because of the captain’s enthusiasm, and various instances of misfields and lazy legs allowing extra runs.

While the batsmen made England’s bowlers work hard, making the most of India’s largesse in the field was Ben Stokes, who became the third centurion of the innings to go with Joe Root and Moeen Ali.

Put under such intense pressure for the first time under Virat Kohli, India’s fielding went to pieces. Every time the ball went to Gautam Gambhir, the batsmen fancied the extra run. Ashwin and Amit Mishra are not the fastest men either, at one point Mishra conceded three singles in three overs when fielding pretty tight at mid-on.

Shockingly, though, Wriddhiman Saha, reputed to be a good technical wicketkeeper who has also rescued India with the bat on at least three occasions in the last four completed Tests, was shown up as he dropped Stokes twice.

At stumps on Day 2, India were still 275 from saving the follow-on was a sign of the challenge for them on an uneven wicket.

Brief Scores: England 537 (Root 124, Ali 117, Stokes 128; Jadeja 3/86, Ashwin 2/167) India 63/0 (Vijay 23*, Gambhir 28*)

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