Kohli-Rahane salvage India from first day disaster at Trent Bridge
At stumps of day one at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, India scored 307 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
India has had everything to lose on the brink of opening the third Test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. With England having back to back wins in the first two Test matches of the series, captain Joe Root sent the visitors to bat first after winning the toss.
Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul started the innings promisingly, perhaps not so assuring for five day contest, before Chris Woakes downsized the first partnership of India to 60.
India’s pursuit for a solid foundation was brutally curtailed by Woakes by the eighteenth over; the English pacer became a persistent nightmare for the Kohli’s mate in the series.
Dhawan (35 off 65) edged to the second slip while trying to defend a short of delivery from Woakes. Woakes made the follow up with another brilliant in swinger to trap Lokesh Rahul for a 53 ball 23.
Woakes never stopped since he came back at Lord’s; hit in the deck prior to the batsmen were preparing for lunch of day one. Cheteshwar Pujara might had done nothing wrong in that case, Woakes applied through the perfection leading to a more perfect catch of Adil Rashid standing at deep backward.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane gradually redeemed the disaster; slowly they added 159 runs in the fourth wicket. The host’s desperate trial to make them apart was thrived by Stuart Broad and more spectacularly by Cook who outsmart Rahane by a one handed catch at first slip. Rahane’s fine knock of 81 (131 balls) came to an end abruptly.
When Indian skipper edged the good one to Stokes, he was standing at 97 appearing 152 balls, opening up the tail in front of English pacers.
20 year old debutant Rishabh Pant flipped Rashid for a six to score first international runs and took India’s score to cross 300 runs. Pant is unbeaten at 22 (32 balls) striking 2 fours and a six. They finished scoring 307 runs with four wickets to spare in the second day.
Watch cook’s catch here-
Chris Woakes scalped 3 wickets conceding 75 runs in 20 overs.
England are 2-0 up in the five match Test series; a win in Nottingham would seal the series for them.
India 1st innings 307/6
Virat Kohli 97, Ajinkya Rahane 81, Shikhar Dhawan 35
Chris Woakes 3/75, Adil Rashid 1/46, James Anderson 1/52