1st Test, Day 2: India trail England by 58 runs at stumps
- India lost opener Rohit Sharma on 36
- James Anderson staged a comeback for the home side
- Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were dismissed cheaply
India, after losing a flurry of wickets in the second session of the opening Test, trail England (183) by 58 runs as early stumps was forced on day 2 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Earlier, the play was stopped in the second session due to bad light and tea was taken.
Before tea was forced, India lost both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane cheaply as the visitors kept on losing wickets. KL Rahul was the only Indian batsman who could negate England's bowling attack and score a calculated half-century.
Earlier, the visitors lost Rohit Sharma at the stroke of lunch and from then, it was all downhill for the visitors.
In the second session of Day 2, James Anderson staged a comeback for the hosts by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive balls.
As it happens often in England, wickets fell in a heap after the 97-run stand between Rohit and KL Rahul (57 batting off 148) was broken. The weather came to India's rescue as bad light stopped play after around 45 minutes of play before rain forced an early tea break.
India reached 125/4 in their first innings at tea. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were batting on 57 and 7, respectively.
Both the Indian openers looked solid and ticked all the right boxes until Rohit miscued a pull shot only for Sam Curran to take a simple catch at fine leg.
For England, Ollie Robinson was the only bowler who returned with a wicket in the first session of the day.
India started Day 2 with both openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma at the crease, with the scoreboard reading 21 for 0.
With the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane still in the dugout, India would hope to capitalise on day 2 and put on a significant lead.
Earlier, England won the toss and asked India to field first. India, who played with four pacers, bowled England out for a paltry 183. Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show and picked four wickets for 46. He was not at his best during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, but seemed to be back in his element on Wednesday.
For a packed crowd at Trent Bridge, it was a treat to watch the Indian pacers display their supreme skills. Shami moved the ball both ways, Bumrah bowled his fast swinging yorkers, Thakur flaunted his natural outswinger and Siraj used the scrambled seam to perfection.
India bowled brilliantly but their job was made easier by the English batsmen, who looked underprepared for red-ball cricket after coming fresh from white-ball games in The Hundred.