In the first Test of England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat at the MA Chidambaram stadium. First Innings England 578/10, Joe Root (218). Day 3, second session, First Innings, India 154/4, Cheteshwar Pujara (53*), Rishabh Pant (54*), Dominic Bess (2/28). The second session of the day was shared between the two teams as 95 runs were scored at the fall of two wickets in 27 overs.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara walked in to bat in the second session after losing the openers in the first session. The two senior batsmen played the orthodox Test cricket without hitting a single ball in the air. Kohli and Pujara put together a slow-paced 27 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught at short-leg. The Indan skipper went for the defence but due to the sharp spin, he edged the ball to Ollie Pope. Ajinkya Rahane came out to bat after Kohli’s dismissal but couldn’t stay long at the crease, he guided the full-toss in the air on the off-side and Joe Root takes a one-handed stunner. Rishabh Pant arrived at the crease after Rahane’s departure, the southpaw didn’t take much to settle and started playing his shots. Pujara stood at the pitch amidst the fall of the wicket and kept the Indian scoreboard ticking. After understanding the spin and bounce, Pant started dancing down the track and smashed four sixes to the English spinners. Pant and Pujara played the English spinner on the bounce and didn’t let the ball spin.
The two batsmen rescued India from a difficult position, the Indian camp would want them to continue and post a competitive score on the board. In the second session, 95 runs were scored in 27 overs at the run rate of 3.52 runs per over.