The Indian cricket team lost five wickets before the team’s century was completed due to the failure of the top order in the Edgbaston Test. It seemed that the visitors might soon be finish their innings. Then wicketkeeper-batsman Rishav Pant fought like a hero and Rabindra Jadeja gave a worthy company.
Pant has picked up the fifth century of his career by batting in a natural storm. Jadeja, on the other hand, is on the verge of a third century. India reached a respectable position at the end of the first day with the sixth wicket partnership of 222 runs.
On the first day because of the rain, 17 overs were lost in several stages. India lost 7 wickets in 73 overs and scored 338 runs. Pant made 146 off just 111 balls before being bowled out by the English bowlers. Jadeja is unbeaten with 83 runs.
After losing the toss and opting to bat, India had a terrible start. Cheteshwar Pujara, who is out of form, was given the responsibility of starting the innings with Shubman Gill. The duration of the pair was only 6.2 overs. Shubman was out for 17, Pujara for 13.
Hanuma Bihari hinted at something good but could not score more than 20 runs. Virat Kohli got out strangely.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is having a bad time. On the contrary, this batter is one of the best batsmen of the time who is not getting his luck in bad times. The batting superstar was unfortunately bowled in the last Test match against England.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said before the start of the match that if Kohli could cross the 30 mark, he would end the long wait and pick up a century. But those thirty did not touch Kohli, did not get a century, the wait has increased.
Kohli came down to bat at number four. He started cautiously. With a pair of fours, he seemed quite confident. But the momentary indecision seems to be Kohli’s fate.
The second ball of the 25th over of the innings by right-arm pacer Matthew Potts was an inswinging delivery outside the offstump. Kohli tried to pick up the bat and let go later rather than drive at the beginning as he was quite out of the offstump. But it was too late to make this decision.
Before Kohli could lift the bat completely, the ball hit the edge of his bat and went to the stumps. As a result, his innings of 11 runs from 19 balls stopped. And this prolonged Kohli’s centuryless time. When will he score a century again, that is the big question now.
Later, Shreyas Iyer also scored 15 runs with two runs left in the team’s century and left for the dressing room. Despite losing five wickets for just 95 runs, Pant’s bat had no impression of it. He batted aggressively from the beginning. At the other end, Jadeja gives absolute reliance.
Playing in ODI style, Pant completed fifty off 51 balls. From there he took 38 balls to go to the century. Pant became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper in Test cricket with a century off 89 balls. Earlier, the record was held by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, off 93 balls.
Pant did not stop even after the century. He hit four fours and three sixes in the next 21 balls for 46 runs. It seemed that Pant would probably score the fastest double century. But then Joe Root brought a breakthrough to England.
Pant was caught on the slip of the root ball while playing a deadly shot keeping the rhythm. Before being dismissed, he made 146 runs off just 111 balls with 19 fours and 4 sixes.
At total 320 runs, Pant broke the pair’s 222-run partnership. Which is the fourth highest at sixth wicket of India in Test cricket. After returning, Shardul Thakur was dismissed for 1 run. However, Jadeja remained unbeaten on 83 off 163 balls with 10 fours. And Mohammed Shami is batting on the other side.
The second day’s game will start at 3:30 pm today.
ENG vs IND Scoreboard
India (1st Innings) – 338/7 (73)
ENG vs IND – Playing XIs
|ENG||Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (wk), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Matty Potts, Jonny Bairstow, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson|
|IND||Jasprit Bumrah (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj|