India Wins Toss, Will Bat 1st In 2nd Test Against England
CHENNAI, India: Rohit Sharma scored his seventh test century and resisted England’s bowling attack as India reached 189-3 at tea on day one of the second test.
Sharma was unbeaten on 132 runs with Ajinkya Rahane (36 not out) giving him company. The pair added 103 runs for the fourth wicket and rescued India from a precarious 106-3 at lunch.
Sharma hit a six off Moeen Ali, which was the only expansive stroke throughout the session.
Sharma then reached his seventh test hundred off 130 balls, including 14 fours and two sixes, and became the first Indian batsmen to score all of his seven test centuries in home conditions.
In the morning session, England, which won the first test by 277 runs, dismissed captain Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill and took the upper hand after India won the toss and opted to bat.
England made four changes to its side which won the first test by 277 runs. Fast bowler James Anderson has been rested, while Jofra Archer was ruled out with an elbow injury sustained in the previous game. Pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Olly Stone come into the side.
Off-spinner Dominic Bess has also been dropped, despite taking 4-55 in the first innings of the first test. Spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen took over those duties along with left-armer Jack Leach.
Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was Englands fourth change. He replaces Jos Buttler, who has been rested for the remaining three tests and returns home.
India made three changes to its side. Fit-again left-arm spinner Axar Patel replaced Shahbaz Nadeem and Kuldeep Yadav came in for Washington Sundar as the hosts attempted to shore up their middle-order batting. Jasprit Bumrah was rested and Mohammed Siraj replaced him.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association will allow 50% crowd attendance at the 50,000-capacity M.A. Chidambaram Stadium for the second test.
Long queues were seen prior to the game as fans turned up in large number to redeem paper tickets and vouchers. The host association has put in stringent protocols for fans inside the venue, including sanitizing the ball whenever it is hit into the stands.
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