Highlights, India vs England, 2nd Test at Chennai, Day 1, Full Cricket Score: Pant not out on 33 as hosts end day on 300/6

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17:10 (IST)

Stumps, Day 1

End of the day’s play. It’s been a good day for Team India. The 162-run partnership between Rohit and Rahane was crucial. Both the batsmen made batting look easy whereas it isn’t that easy a wicket to bat on. The ongoing stand between Axar and Pant will be important too, it will be interesting to see how far they can take India tomorrow.

That’s it from us today, but do join us tomorrow as we will bring the live updates from Day 2 of the second Test. We hope you enjoyed our coverage.

17:06 (IST)

After 88 overs,India 300/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 33 , Axar Patel 5)

Stone with the last over of the day. Starts off with two dots. A short delivery off the third, Pant swivels on his feet and pulls it for a four. A sharp bouncer from Stone off the fourth hits Pant on his bicep. Four runs off the over.

17:03 (IST)

FOUR! Short from Stone, Pant swivels on his feet and pulls it towards square leg.

17:02 (IST)

After 87 overs,India 296/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 29 , Axar Patel 5)

Root continues. Just one run off the over as Pant pushes the final delivery towards covers. Meanwhile, an exchange between Stokes and Pant at the end of the over. All in good spirit, it seems, as both the players were smiling.

16:57 (IST)

After 86 overs, India 295/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 28 , Axar Patel 5)

Stone returns to the attack. Finally, England take the new ball after the third delivery of this over. Stone strays on Axar’s pads off the fourth and the left hander flicks it for a boundary. Good use of the wrists there, Axar showing he can bat. Five runs off the over.

16:55 (IST)

FOUR! First boundary in Test cricket for Axar Patel. Angling into Axar’s pads and he flicks it towards square leg.

16:52 (IST)

After 85 overs,India 290/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 27 , Axar Patel 1)

Root continues. He is mixing it up really well, going over the wicket to Pant, so far, the move has been successful. Huge LBW appeal off the second as Pant plays down the wrong line. But Woakes suggests Root not to go for the review. Two runs off the over.

16:49 (IST)

After 84 overs,India 288/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 26 , Axar Patel 0)

Four runs off Moeen’s 26th over, with a boundary from the blade of Pant, who played the pull shot with perfection. Oh, and the ball went just over Pope’s head at forward short leg.

16:47 (IST)

FOUR! Short and wide from Mooen and Pant pulls it towards square leg for a boundary.

16:46 (IST)

After 83 overs,India 284/6 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 22 , Axar Patel 0)

Successful over from Root, a wicket maiden. Ashwin is the batsman the batsman who departs after inside edging the ball straight down Pope’s throat at forward short leg.

16:43 (IST)

OUT! Root with the breakthrough. Ashwin departs after inside edging the ball straight to Pope at forward short leg. Ashwin c Ollie Pope b Root 13(19)

16:40 (IST)

After 82 overs,India 284/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 22 , Ravichandran Ashwin 13)

Pant collects two consecutive fours off the fourth and fifth delivery, the first coming through a reverse sweep, while the second one was hammered down the ground. Huge appeal for caught behind off the final delivery, India opt for a review but the ultra-edge indicated that Pant’s bat was nowhere close. Eight runs off the over.

16:38 (IST)

FOUR! Tossed up from Moeen, Pant dances down the track and whacks it over mid on for a boundary.

16:37 (IST)

FOUR! Cheeky from Pant as he nails the reverse sweep. Backing his instinct there.

16:34 (IST)

After 81 overs,India 276/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 14 , Ravichandran Ashwin 13)

Root returns to the attack. The second new ball is available but seems England will wait a bit longer to take it. The England skipper beats Pant off the first with a delivery that angles into the rough from round the wicket. The left hander nudges the next towards cover point for a single. Ashwin collects two doubles on the trot off the fourth and fifth. Notably, India have scored runs at a good pace. Five runs off the over.

16:30 (IST)

After 80 overs,India 271/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 13 , Ravichandran Ashwin 9)

Moeen continues. Bowls a juicy full toss to Ashwin off the third, who drives it through the covers and collects a boundary. Five runs off the over. 

16:28 (IST)

FOUR! Full toss and Ashwin drives it through the covers. Easy pickings for him.

16:27 (IST)

After 79 overs,India 266/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 12 , Ravichandran Ashwin 5)

Eight runs off Leach’s 26th over as Pant bludgeons one over long on for a maximum. Both the batsmen looking to up the ante. Pant being the aggressor, as always.

16:23 (IST)

SIX! Pant dances down the track and whacks it over long off for a maximum.

16:22 (IST)

After 78 overs,India 258/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 5 , Ravichandran Ashwin 4)

Moeen continues and bowls a maiden over to Pant, who nicely gets behind the line of the ball and defends throughout the over.

16:19 (IST)

After 77 overs,India 258/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 5 , Ravichandran Ashwin 4)

Leach continues. Both the batsmen keep the scoreboard ticking, collecting eight runs off the over. Pant makes his intentions clear as he gets off the mark with a boundary.

16:17 (IST)

FOUR! Rishabh Pant doing Rishabh Pant things! He gets off the mark in style, with a cut shot through point.

16:13 (IST)

After 76 overs,India 250/5 ( Rishabh Pant (W) 0 , Ravichandran Ashwin 1)

Moeen continues. England have the opening they were looking for. Rahane gets out, clean bowled, as he looks to play a sweep shot off a full delivery. Two set batsmen back in the pavilion. Ashwin, the new man in, collects a single off the penultimate ball, bringing up India’s 250 in the process. Just one off the over.

16:10 (IST)

OUT! Rahane looks to sweep a full delivery outside off but misses as the ball rattles his stumps. Needless shot at this stage. Moeen gets the breakthrough. Rahane b Moeen Ali 67(149) 

16:08 (IST)

After 75 overs,India 249/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 67 , Rishabh Pant (W) 0)

Leach continues. England appeal for LBW against Rahane off the first delivery. It was pitched outside leg and spun into Rahane. Another lost review for England as there was a flat line on the ultra-edge. Root and Co not happy with the decision. Just one run off the over.

16:02 (IST)

After 74 overs,India 248/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 66 , Rishabh Pant (W) 0)

Moeen returns to the attack. Right, England will sense that there is an opportunity to get back in the game here. Can they capitalise and get another breakthrough before the end of the day today? Maiden over from Moeen.  

16:00 (IST)

After 73 overs,India 248/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 66 , Rishabh Pant (W) 0)

Leach continues. Rahane collects a boundary off the first with a backfoot punch while Rohit departs for a well made 161 after handing a simple catch to Moeen at deep square leg. Five runs and a wicket off the over.

15:59 (IST)

OUT! Rohit has been good with the sweep shot and the same shot has led to his dismissal. Leach with the breakthrough for England. Eventually, he couldn’t clear the fence and holed out to Moeen at deep square leg. Rohit c Moeen Ali b Jack Leach 161(231) 

15:55 (IST)

FOUR! Rahane waits on the backfoot and punches it through the covers. His backfoot play has been really good today.

15:54 (IST)

After 72 overs,India 243/3 ( Rohit Sharma 161 , Ajinkya Rahane 61)

Three runs off Root’s fourth over. The partnership, meanwhile, is worth 157 at the end of the over.

15:50 (IST)

After 71 overs,India 240/3 ( Rohit Sharma 159 , Ajinkya Rahane 60)

Leach continues after the drinks break. Tosses up the third delivery to Rohit, who dances down the track and smacks it over mid on for a four. Appeal for stumping against Rohit off the fifth delivery and the third umpire signals not out. That was really close. It seemed as though some part of Rohit’s foot was in the crease as Foakes dislodged the stumps. Seven runs off the over.

15:47 (IST)

FOUR! Rohit skips down the track and whacks it over mid-on. He’s not afraid to take the aerial route.

15:43 (IST)

After 70 overs,India 233/3 ( Rohit Sharma 153 , Ajinkya Rahane 59)

Right, spin from both ends as Root continues. Rohit collects a double off the second after running the ball past Stokes at slip. The final delivery strikes Pope, at forward short leg, on the shoulder but no one could come close to gather the rebound catch. Tough chance there. Just two runs off the over and it’s time for a drinks break.

15:38 (IST)

After 69 overs,India 231/3 ( Rohit Sharma 151 , Ajinkya Rahane 59)

Leach returns to the attack, replaces Broad. Huge LBW appeal by Foakes behind the stumps off the second, but Leach wasn’t interested, neither was the umpire. It was clearly going down leg. Rohit nudges the fifth towards cover point for a single off the fifth. Just one off the over.

15:37 (IST)

Bradmanesque numbers for the Hitman!

15:34 (IST)

After 68 overs,India 230/3 ( Rohit Sharma 150 , Ajinkya Rahane 59)

Root continues. Rohit taps the fourth delivery behind square and crosses the 15-run mark. Looks well set for a double ton from here, the Hitman. Two runs off the over.

15:30 (IST)

After 67 overs,India 228/3 ( Rohit Sharma 149 , Ajinkya Rahane 58)

Broad continues. Starts off with three dots. Digs the fourth one short and Rahane does well to keep it along the ground with a pull shot, while collecting as single. Two singles off the last two deliveries.

15:25 (IST)

After 66 overs,India 225/3 ( Rohit Sharma 148 , Ajinkya Rahane 56)

As expected, Root gives Moeen a breather but takes the ball in place of Bess. The first delivery nearly took Rohit’s outside edge. A slip, leg slip and a forward short leg – the field for Rohit. Maiden over for Root. Both the batsman would have liked to capitalise on this over but Root did well to keep a check on the run-scoring. 

15:22 (IST)

After 65 overs,India 225/3 ( Rohit Sharma 148 , Ajinkya Rahane 56)

Broad continues and concedes just three runs in his 10th over. Root would be looking at Bess now in place of Moeen, who has been costly today after getting the prized scalp of Kohli.

15:17 (IST)

After 64 overs,India 222/3 ( Rohit Sharma 146 , Ajinkya Rahane 55)

Moeen continues. Rohit sweeps off the second and collects a boundary, thanks to some shoddy work by Bess, the substitute fielder, at deep square leg. Nine runs off the over. 

15:15 (IST)

FOUR! Rohit sweeps it towards square leg for a boundary. He’s played the sweep shot to good effect today.

15:13 (IST)

After 63 overs,India 213/3 ( Rohit Sharma 139 , Ajinkya Rahane 53)

Stuart Broad returns to the attack. Rohit clips the first behind square for a single as Root brings in a silly mid on for Rahane. The Indian vice-captain looks rock-solid with his defence on the remaining five deliveries.

15:08 (IST)

After 62 overs,India 212/3 ( Rohit Sharma 138 , Ajinkya Rahane 53)

Moeen continues. Beats Rahane’s outside edge off the second but the ball evades Stokes at slip. Five runs off the over. Good rotation of strike by both batsmen.

15:03 (IST)

After 61 overs,India 207/3 ( Rohit Sharma 136 , Ajinkya Rahane 50)

Maiden over from Stone as he gives Rahane no room to free his arms. Top bowling from Stone. The partnership, meanwhile, is worth 121 between Rohit and Rahane. 

15:00 (IST)

After 60 overs,India 207/3 ( Rohit Sharma 136 , Ajinkya Rahane 50)

Moeen continues. Rohit punches the first down the ground for a single. Sharp turn and bounce off the fourth, Rahane goes on the backfoot but fails to get bat to ball there. The vice-captain brings up his 23rd Test half century with a single off the last ball. Two runs off the over.

14:58 (IST)

50! 23rd Test half century for Ajinkya Rahane. He’s made batting look so easy. He has got his eye in and India would want him to convert this into three-figures now.

14:54 (IST)

After 59 overs,India 205/3 ( Rohit Sharma 135 , Ajinkya Rahane 49)

Stone continues. Rahane dealing in boundaries as he collects another one with a pull shot towards square leg. Bit of reverse swing as well, encouraging signs for Stone and England. Five runs off the over.

14:52 (IST)

FOUR! Short from Stone and Rahane pulls it, along the ground, towards square leg for a boundary.  

14:50 (IST)

After 58 overs,India 200/3 ( Rohit Sharma 134 , Ajinkya Rahane 45)

Moeen continues. Two boundaries in that over, both from the blade of Rahane, who drove the first through the covers and played the cut shot for the second boundary. Eight runs off the over.

14:50 (IST)

FOUR! Rahane waits on the backfoot and cuts the ball through point for the second boundary of the cover.

India vs England Live Score, Ind vs Eng 2021 2nd Test at Chennai: End of the day’s play. It’s been a good day for Team India. The 162-run partnership between Rohit and Rahane was crucial. Both the batsmen made batting look easy whereas it isn’t that easy a wicket to bat on. The ongoing stand between Axar and Pant will be important too, it will be interesting to see how far they can take India tomorrow. That’s it from us today, but do join us tomorrow as we will bring the live updates from Day 2 of the second Test. We hope you enjoyed our coverage.

Second Test preview: England will field a new pace attack for the second Test with Jofra Archer ruled out due to elbow injury and James Anderson making way for Stuart Broad as part of the rotation policy. England announced their 12-man squad for the second Test match which also features Moeen Ali and Ben Foakes.

Foakes will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves for England in place of Jos Buttler who has flown back to England.

Archer has had an injection in the joint, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday, and the team expects he will be fit for the third Test in Ahmedabad starting on 24 February.

Archer felt discomfort in his elbow during the 227-run win in the first Test, which was also in Chennai.

“The issue is not related to any previous injury,” the ECB said, “and it is hoped the treatment will allow the condition to settle down quickly.”

India are most likely to include Axar Patel in the second Test, making way for Kuldeep Yadav as well. It will be interesting to see if the hosts make changes in the batting department.

As per a report in the New Indian Express, the track for the second Test is expected to be more friendly to spin. The pitch may start turning from Day 1 itself unlike the one in first Test to throw toss factor completely out of equation. In the first Test, the pitch was batting friendly with Ishant Sharma saying it was like bowling on a road. India struggled to pick wickets on the first two days and by the third day they came out to bat, the pitch had begun to spin. Losing the toss in the first Test caused India a Test match.

The second Test is of huge importance to India. They cannot go to Ahmedabad for last two Tests, trailing in series 0-2. Also, from the standpoint of the World Test Championship, India need a win. They need a 2-1 margin at least to set up final clash with New Zealand at Lord’s.

Here’s all you need to know about when and where to watch India vs England second Test match:

When will India vs England 2nd Test match take place?

The India vs England second Test will take place from 13 February to 17 February, 2021.

Where will the match be played?

The India vs England second Test match will be played in MA Chidamabaram stadium in Chennai.

What time does the match begin?

The India vs England second Test match will begin at 9.30 am IST, with the toss scheduled at 9 am IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast India vs England match?

The match will be telecast on the Star Sports network in both standard as well as HD format, with live streaming on Hotstar. You can also catch the live score and updates on Firstpost.com.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishab Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasiprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Shardul Thakur.

England: Joe Root (captain), Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Olly Stone.

With inputs from AP

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