Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane returned to form and handled India by early blows, but England secured their place on the fourth day of the second Test with three more wickets in the last session. Earlier, England fast bowler Mark Wood had sent a couple of Indian openers to the pavilion for cheap, while Virat Kohli also lost wickets. India lost the first three wickets for 56 runs. Rahane and Pujara scored 49 runs in 28 overs in the second session, but India lost no wickets. Rahane scored 61 off 146 balls and Pujara scored 45 off 206 balls and shared a 100-run partnership.
IND vs ENG: Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket brings joy and tension to England
India were 181 for six with a 154-run lead when the match was quickly stopped due to poor lighting. Rishabh Pant is 14 and Ishant Sharma is playing after scoring four runs. Rahane and Pujara, who are struggling with poor form, batted on a tough pitch with strict restraint. Johnny Bairstow also gave Rahane a life of 31 off Moeen Ali. The match was in the hands of England after they were out one by one in the last session. Pujara was dismissed by Wood in a very dangerous delivery, caught behind by wicket from Rahane Ali. Three overs later, Ali also increased India’s misery by sending Ravindra Jadeja to the pavilion.
Once again, Virat returned to the bargaining pavilion in the dressing-room, looking at the video
Earlier, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who had dealt with middle-order failure earlier in the series, could not run in the innings. In such a scenario, captain Virat Kohli was expected to become a captain like Joe Root, but he could not. Kohli scored 20 off 31 balls and Sam Curran was caught behind the wicket. Root quickly handed the ball over to Wood and took advantage of the extra speed, with Wood giving India the opening shots. Rahul scored a century in the first innings, scoring five runs off 30 balls. At the same time, Rohit lost his wicket after scoring 21 off 36 balls, playing a pull shot for the second time in the series. After hitting a six off Wood, Rohit was unable to control the same shot in one over and was trapped in a deep backward square.