India ended the fourth day of the second test against England at 181/6 after quickly losing Pujara and Rahane who put up a strong 100-run partnership to get the visitors back in the game. On Day 5 of the test, India will start with a lead of 154 runs with Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma on the crease.
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After an initial slump, it was the Pujara-Rahane duo that got India back into the game. Ajinkya Rahane scored 61 runs of 146 balls, the highest by an Indian batsman this innings. Cheteswar Pujara who stuck the crease and displayed some classical test batting was dismissed for 45 runs scored of 206 balls. Ravindra Jadeja could not make any impact on the match and was out of 3 runs.
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Early on, India’s champion batter in the first innings, KL Rahul was dismissed for just 5 runs. Rohit Sharma tried to go on the offensive but lost his wicket to Mark Wood at 21. Virat Kohli was dismissed for 21 runs.
Pujara and Rahane have not had the best series so far. Pujara has made 4, 12* and 9 in the three innings in England so far, while Rahane managed just 5 and 1 in the two innings he got to play. Both of them posted their highest totals till now in the series in this innings.
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The first match of the five-Test series ended in a draw after the final day’s play was washed out.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson.