In the fourth Test of the England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss at the Narendra Modi Stadium and chose to bat. First Innings, England 205/10, Ben Stokes (55), Axar Patel (4/68). First Innings, India 80/4, Rohit Sharma (32*), Ajinkya Rahane (27), James Anderson (2/7). The first session of the second day belonged to the visitors as they took three wickets and conceded 56 runs.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara (17) commenced the batting for the home team on the second day. The day 2 pitch was helping the seamers with the swing and the bounce. Rohit and Pujara didn’t take unnecessary risks and took their time to settle in. Jack Leach got the first wicket of the day in the form of Pujara when the batsman was struck on his pads right in front of the stumps in the 27th over. Virat Kohli walked in to bat at number four, the Indian skipper couldn’t contribute a single run with the bat before he was departed on Ben Stokes bowling. Kohli couldn’t judge the extra bounce on the all-rounder’s delivery and was caught behind the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane came to the crease after the captain’s departure, the vice-captain didn’t take much time in settling against the English bowlers and started putting the bad balls away. The opener took calculated risks against the spinners and kept the scoreboard ticking. Rohit acquired the defensive approach while Rahane at the other end was quite aggressive with his thinking. The two batsmen churned out 39 runs for the fourth wicket partnership before Rahane was caught at the slips on James Anderson’s bowling.
Rohit stayed unbeaten throughout the first session and the Indian camp would expect a big score from their in-form opener. In the first session, 56 runs were scored in 25.5 overs at the run rate of 2.17 runs per over.