IndvsEng, 2nd Test: Kohli, Pujara shine, India 317/4 at stumps
Visakhapatnam: Classy centuries by two of the most dependable batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in very formidable position against England on Day 1 of the second Cricket Test of the five-match series at Dr YS Rajasekhara Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
At stumps, India scored 317/4 with Virat Kohli and R Ashw at the crease. After having lost both the openers at the score of 22 runs, the pair of Virat and Pujara produced some inspiring Cricket scoring their 14th and 10th individual tons respectively while sharing a partnership of 226 runs for the 3rd wicket in the process.
None of England bowlers could trouble both the stars of Indian Cricket team who scored their runs at an average of over 3.5 per over, a fast run rate by the standards of Test Cricket. It was Pujara, who completed his third consecutive Test century with the help of 12 fours and two sixes. He, infact, completed his century with a pulled six off spinner, a welcome change in case of Pujara, who was positive in his approach all through his innings with exemplary footwork against the spinners.
Virat, though offering a difficult chance at score of 56 runs to Stokes, was as solid as ever combining well with Pujara. Playing at a score of 151 runs, Virat has become first Indian skipper to score 150+ against England since Mohd. Azharuddin in 1992 at Eden Gardens.
Rahane (23) yet again threw away his wicket in a careless manner.
Earlier, India had won the toss and opted to bat first. Lokesh Rahul, replacing Gambhir, failed while Vijay got out to Anderson’s unplayable delivery.
For England, Anderson picked 3 wickets while Broad claimed one wicket.
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