Bairstow hits 89 but Eng­land fal­ter in sec­ond In­dia Test

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Jonny Bairstow said Eng­land had a “scrappy” open­ing day af­ter his half-cen­tury re­mained the only bright spot for the vis­i­tors who fal­tered against a per­sis­tent In­dian bowl­ing at­tack in Mohali yes­ter­day.

Bairstow hit a gritty 89 to sal­vage some pride for Eng­land’s bat­ting af­ter they were re­duced to 87 for four in the morn­ing ses­sion fol­low­ing their de­ci­sion to bat first.

In­dian bowlers put up a com­bined ef­fort as Umesh Ya­dav, Jayant Ya­dav and Ravin­dra Jadeja claimed two wick­ets each. The vis­i­tors, who trail the five-match se­ries 1-0, were 268 for eight at stumps with Adil Rashid (4) and Gareth Batty (0) bat­tling on. “It’s been a scrappy day but we’ve dealt with worse in the past and we will carry on to work hard within the game,” Bairstow told re­porters. “Af­ter win­ning the toss, it was dis­ap­point­ing to lose wick­ets, at the same time it could have been a dis­as­trous day as well.

“We’ve also got to take pos­i­tives from that.” Bairstow, who recorded his 13th Test fifty, built cru­cial 50-plus part­ner­ships with Ben Stokes and Jos But­tler (43) to thwart the op­po­si­tion’s bowl­ing. Bairstow re­mained calm dur­ing his 177-ball stay at the crease be­fore be­ing trapped lbw off Jayant Ya­dav in the last half hour of play. The bats­man, who sur­vived a seem­ingly close um­pire re­view on an lbw shout off Jadeja on 72, could not over­turn his own re­fer­ral as the on-field um­pires call was up­held.

Jadeja halted Eng­land’s re­vival twice in the in­nings only to see Bairstow steady the ship with his com­posed bat­ting.

Jadeja got Ben Stokes stumped for 29 in the af­ter­noon ses­sion and then de­nied But­tler, who bat­ted with pos­i­tive in­tent dur­ing his 80-ball

A. Cook c Pa­tel b Ash­win H. Hameed c Ra­hane b U. Ya­dav J. Root lbw b J. Ya­dav M. Ali c Vi­jay b Shami J. Bairstow lbw b J. Ya­dav B. Stokes st Pa­tel b Jadeja J. But­tler c Kohli b Jadeja C. Woakes b U. Ya­dav A. Rashid not out G. Batty not out

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