Match Report
Indian Openers Shine Before Rain Forces Early Stumps On Day 2, Twitter reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Aug 5, 2021 10:56 pm
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India were looking to tighten the screw on England after dominating the first day’s play of the Nottingham Test. India dismissed England for 183 in two and a half sessions and watched out the remaining part of the day without losing any wicket at 21/0.

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KL Rahul scored a solid fifty on Day 2

At the start of day 2, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul had set their eyes in before playing freely. In the process, Rahul and Rohit added 97 runs for the opening wicket. However, Rohit fell at the stroke of lunch trying to pull the ball into the stands. Ollie Robinson had set the trap for this very shot and Rohit fell right into it.

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Team India was looking to run away with the game until James Anderson changed the momentum in no time. Anderson dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 4 to stretch his poor form further. He didn’t stop there and removed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a golden duck to give India yet another jolt. This is the first time since 2014 that Anderson dismissed Kohli.

India were reduced to 104/3 from 97/0 within no time. KL Rahul was going strong and notched up his fifty in the process. Ajinkya Rahane was expected to weather the storm but he ran for a suicidal run and was caught out of the crease.

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Rishabh Pant replaced Rahane at the crease and looked to take on the bowling from the word go. He swung his bat a few times against Anderson but to no prevail. The poor light stopped the play before the rain arrived at Trent Bridge with India being 125/4.

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James Anderson brought England back in the game

The game restarted to be stopped again one ball later. Another rain break delayed the game for 45 minutes before it could start again. But this time it lasted two balls. The umpires, eventually, decided to call it stumps with India at 125/4. KL Rahul is batting at 57 along with Rishabh Pant, who is at 7. India still need another 58 runs to trail in the first innings.

Have a look at how Twitter reacted to the second day’s play;