Undoubtedly, the second day of the 2nd Test match between India and England has gone in India’s favour. The start of the day from the hosts were a bit low as they lost wickets in quick sessions but Rishabh Pant made sure to add some valuable runs at the end. His unbeaten knock of 58 helped India post a mammoth total of 329.
Coming out to bat, English batsmen had no answer to Indian bowlers’ bowling as they kept losing wickets at a regular interval. Once again, it was Ravichandran Ashwin’s magical 5 wicket haul that caused the visitors bundle for just 134. Debutant Axar Patel picked 2 wickets including a big fish in the form of Joe Root. Ishant Sharma also added 2 wickets to his name and Mohammed Siraj got his first Test wicket on home soil.
Having a lead of 195 runs, Indian openers were looking confident and kept playing shots to add as many runs as possible. Shubman Gill gave away his wicket to spinner Jack Leach on the second ball of 12th over. But then Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara made sure to avoid any further damage towards the end of the day. India ended day 2 at 54-1 and would be looking to set a massive target for England on Day 3.
Flying Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant has made into the headlines numerous times for his poor wicket-keeping performances. But this time, he has surprised everyone with his skills on the second day of the second Test match. He took two acrobatic catches during the first innings of England and impressed everyone out there.
The first catch came off Mohammed Siraj’s very first ball which also saw him pick his first Test wicket on home soil. Siraj bowled a shortish delivery which went down the leg with Ollie Pope getting a nick off it. The 23-year-old dived to his left and grabbed a one-handed stunner to effective the dismissal.
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Adding cherry to the cake, Pant took another brilliant take in the 59th over of England’s innings. Again driving to his left, he grabbed a ripper off Ishant Sharma’s delivery to put an end to the innings of Jack Leach.