SunstarTV Bureau: An all-action first day back in front of crowds unfolds here in Chennai. 111 runs and three wickets from the last session of the opening day and Team India end at 300/6. Rohit,Rahane put on a batting masterclass with a partnership of 162 to put India on top despite England’s late fightback. Rohit Sharma hit a masterful hundred while Ajinkya Rahane scored a sublime half-century to put India in a commanding position on the opening day of the second cricket Test against England, in Chennai on Saturday.
Rohit smashed 17 boundaries and two sixes in his breathtaking innings of 161. Opting to bat on a turning Chepauk track, India lost three wickets in the opening session in the form of opener Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli While early wickets brought hope, late strikes brought relief for England. With runs on the board, India took the opening advantage on a tricky pitch
Virat Kohli-led India slipped down to the fourth position in the ICC World Test Championship table after the defeat, and one more loss in the series would eliminate India from the tournament. With the crowd back inside the heated cauldron, Kohli would be eyeing a good slugfest against a very resolute opposition. India needs to win two matches and not lose any of the games to make the WTC final.