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 153/6, Rohit Sharma (49), Rishabh Pant (36*), James Anderson (2/19). The second session of the second day belonged to the England team as they took three wickets and conceded 56 runs. India trail England by 52 runs.
Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant started the proceedings with the bat for the hosts. The new batsman at the pitch Pant and the well set Rohit didn’t take unnecessary risks against the English bowlers but they both seemed to be interested in punishing the bad deliveries. The two batsmen had a small entertaining partnership of 41 runs before England dismissed the in-form opener. Ben Stokes’ unplayable incoming delivery got the better of Rohit as he was struck on his back pad right in front of the stumps. Ravichandran Ashwin came out to bat at number seven and looked comfortable against the likes of Stokes and Jack Leach. Pant and Ashwin conjured 25 runs before the latter fell victim to a soft dismissal. Ashwin was caught by Ollie Pope on Leach’s bowling. Stokes have been accurate with his line and length which is creating issues for the hosts.
The Indian camp would be aiming to give a healthy lead to the visitors. Washington Sundar was Ashwin’s replacement at the crease along with Pant before the second session concluded. Stokes, James Anderson and Leach pocketed two wickets each. In the second session, 56 runs were scored in 25.5 overs at the run rate of 2.17 runs per over.