IND vs ENG: England pacer James Anderson was all fired up on Day 2 of the first Test on the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England. He jolted the middle-order of the visitors when he clinched the wicket of skipper Virat Kohli for a golden duck and Cheteshwar Pujara (4) in consecutive deliveries. The man has proved that he just refuses to age.
The day started with KL Rahul accompanying Rohit Sharma to open the innings. Sharma scored 36 runs before succumbing to a bouncer off Ollie Robinson’s delivery in the 38th over. On the other hand, KL Rahul comfortably completed his half-century and would be expecting to hammer a century. Ajinkya Rahane spent less than an over on the crease, only to be run-out scoring five runs and invite Rishabh Pant to join Rahul.
Anderson, who is quite fascinated by Pant’s game, had nothing but praises for the player at the end of the day. It remains to be seen how Pant is able to deal with the veteran player.
“We’ve got a taste of what he was planning to do. He used his feet on the third ball he faced today. We know the way he’s going to play. He’s aggressive, he’ll think outside the box. He might play the odd shot that’s out of the ordinary and we just have to accept that he’s a fantastic player, fantastic talent,” Anderson said.
When asked about his strategy for the battle with the 23-year old, Anderson said he has no specific plans for it and hopes him to nick one of the balls.
“So, all we have got to do is concentrate on our areas as much as we can, keep bowling our best ball even when he’s doing different things to try and put us off. We’ve just got to hope he nicks one and that’s all we can do because, as I said, he’s a great player. We have nothing specific planned for him. If he keeps charging me then I’ll bowl my best ball, that’s all we can do.”
IND vs ENG, 1st Test, Day 2
Brief scores: England 1st innings 183 runs (Joe Root 64; Jonny Bairstow 29; Jasprit Bumrah 4/46; M Shami 3/28; Shardul Thakur 2/1) India 125/4 in 46.4 ov (Rohit Sharma 36; KL Rahul 57*; James Anderson 2/15; Ollie Robinson 1/32)
India trail by 58 runs.