In­dia make solid re­ply to Eng­land’s 537 runs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

RA­JKOT, In­dia (AP): NDIA’S OPEN­ERS Gau­tam Gamb­hir and Mu­rali Vi­jay made a solid start to In­dia’s first in­nings on day two of the first Test, reach­ing 63-0 at stumps in re­ply to Eng­land’s 537.

At stumps, Vi­jay was on 25, while Gamb­hir was 28 not out. The open­ing duo didn’t look in any dis­com­fort ne­go­ti­at­ing the fi­nal ses­sion of play.

Seam­ers Stuart Broad (0-20) and Chris Woakes (0-17) shared the new ball, but spin was in­tro­duced in the sixth over as Moeen Ali (0-6) came on to bowl. Za­far An­sari (0-3) and Adil Rashid (0-8) also bowled short spells as Eng­land sought a break­through.

Eng­land’s in­nings fea­tured three cen­turies from Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. Ali (117) and Stokes (128) guided Eng­land to their third-high­est to­tal in Test cricket on In­dian soil.

It was the first time since 2012-13 that a vis­it­ing team had crossed the 500 bar­rier on In­dian soil. Eng­land was also the last to do it when they scored 523 runs in Kolkata.

IHAPPY WITH THE EF­FORT

Ali was happy with the col­lec­tive ef­forts of the mid­dle or­der, es­pe­cially af­ter the col­lapse in Dhaka when Eng­land lost to Bangladesh.

“We have changed our men­tal­ity a bit and want to spend some time on the pitch. Bat­ting at No.5 al­lows me to do that. I can work on the time needed to bat and play for sin­gles. I en­joy such sit­u­a­tions,” said Ali.

He was also full of praise for team­mate Stokes, whose at­tack­ing dis­play helped Eng­land ac­cel­er­ate the scor­ing rate. It could have an im­pact on the game as a wear­ing pitch comes into fo­cus.

Ali reached his fourth Test hun­dred off 195 balls. He put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket with Stokes. Mo­hammed Shami (2-65) then bowled Ali as he in­ex­pli­ca­bly shoul­dered arms to an in­com­ing de­liv­ery.

Keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha dropped Stokes twice off Umesh Ya­dav (2-112), mak­ing it five drops in this in­nings for In­dia in to­tal. The all-rounder reached his fourth test hun­dred off 173 balls. His stay at the crease lasted 235 de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing 13 fours and a six.

AP

Eng­land’s Ben Stokes on the go dur­ing the sec­ond day of the first Test be­tween In­dia and Eng­land in Ra­jkot, In­dia, yes­ter­day. Stokes made 128.

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