Kohli, Pu­jara res­cue India

> Duo tons give India open­ing day honours

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SKIP­PER Vi­rat Kohli and Chetesh­war Pu­jara hit ma­jes­tic cen­turies to help India take open­ing day honours as they reached 317 for four at stumps against Eng­land in the sec­ond Test in Visakha­p­at­nam yes­ter­day.

Kohli put on a marathon 226-run stand for the third wicket with Pu­jara (119) af­ter the hosts lost their open­ers early to the Eng­land seam­ers.

Fit-again pace­man James An­der­son en­joyed his re­turn with three wick­ets only to see the rest of the English at­tack face a tough time af­ter the hosts opted to bat first.

Kohli on 151 and Ravichan­dran Ash­win on one were at the crease when stumps were called.

Kohli made full use of his re­prieve on 56 when Adil Rashid dropped him at long leg off Ben Stokes to record his 14th Test cen­tury.

The star bats­man mixed the right dose of cau­tion and ag­gres­sion to thwart the English bowl­ing at­tack at India’s new­est Test venue.

“I think he (Kohli) likes to play his shots and the kind of runs he has scored in all the for­mats of the game, I al­ways en­joy bat­ting with him be­cause he likes to dom­i­nate,” Pu­jara said of his skip­per.

Bring­ing up his 10th Test ton with a six off leg-spin­ner Rashid, the in­form Pu­jara tack­led the English bowlers with aplomb.

Pu­jara, who scored 124 in the first in­nings in Ra­jkot, dom­i­nated play dur­ing his 204-ball knock, laced with 12 fours and two sixes, be­fore be­ing caught be­hind off An­der­son.

“I just wanted to con­tinue that form and once both of us were set, we just wanted to cap­i­talise on the sit­u­a­tion,” Pu­jara told re­porters.

Kohli car­ried on the good work in the com­pany of Ajinkya Ra­hane (23) who lost his cool in the penul­ti­mate over of the day as An­der­son struck with the sec­ond new ball.

An­der­son, Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing Test wicket-taker with 466, stood out with fig­ures of 3-44 as he en­joyed his come­back with a pumped up vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion of opener Mu­rali Vi­jay’s wicket in the morn­ing ses­sion.

“It was great, I’ve spent the last two months work­ing re­ally hard try­ing to get back into this side,” said An­der­son, who has re­cov­ered from a shoul­der in­jury that kept him out since Au­gust.

“It has been frus­trat­ing at times but it has been worth it and worth all the hard work that I’ve put in.

“And get­ting back out there with the lads is a great feel­ing and to get on the board with a cou­ple of wick­ets was even bet­ter.” – AFP


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