A magnificent ton by Rishabh Pant, a half-century by Washington Sundar and a defensive 49 by Rohit Sharma on Friday helped India come out of the grip of England that dominated the first two sessions of the second day of the fourth and final Test being played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Resuming batting on Day 2, Chesteshwar Pujara once again became a victim of Jack Leach. Virat Kohli, who came next, played eight balls and gave an easy catch to Ben Foakes on a sharp delivery by Ben Stokes. The Indian captain could not score a run.
Next came Ajinkya Rahane who scored 27 runs in 45 balls before becoming a victim of James Anderson. Thereafter, Rishabh Pant came for batting when India was struggling to keep up with England’s bowling attack.
Rishabh Pant 2.0
For someone, who has always been criticised for his lack of game awareness, it was Pant 2.0 at play where he defended when it was necessary but unlocked his brutal attacking instincts when required. The first 50 came off 82 balls and the next off 33 balls.
After Rohit Sharma’s departure at the score of 49, Washington Sundar developed a much-required Partnership with Pant while occasionally attacking the England bowlers. Rishabh Pant completed his third century in style by hitting Joe Root for a six. However, right after that, he lost his wicket to James Anderson.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly praised Pant’s performance. He tweeted, “How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won’t be the last time..will be an all-time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .thats why will be match-winner and [email protected] @RishabhPant17.”
How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won't be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .thats why will be match winner and special..@bcci @RishabhPant17 pic.twitter.com/1cRmnSw5ZB
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 5, 2021
Ravichandran Ashwin, whose bowling attack had paralysed the England batting lineup on the Ahmedabad as well as Chennai pitch, could not do much and became a victim of Jack Leach after scoring 13 run. Meanwhile, Axar Patel and Washington Sundar remain unbeaten at the crease on Day 2 and will resume batting on Saturday.
India ended Day 2 at a score of 294 for the loss of 7 wickets in 94 overs thereby maintaining an 89-run lead against England.
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