SunstarTV Bureau: Rohit Sharma’s fantastic innings comes to an end on 161.Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stitched a brilliant century partnership for the fourth wicket to put India in the driver’s seat on Day 1 of the second Test in Chennai. Rohit made the batting look easy on a tricky turning track and raced away to his seventh Test hundred off just 130 balls.
Rahane also batted with great intent and ensured India do not lose any wickets in the middle session, having lost three before lunch. After a wicketless second session, the duo kept England bowlers at bay for the majority of the third and final session as well.
Rohit finally got out for 161 as he tried to sweep Jack Leach but couldn’t keep it along the ground. Earlier, India got off to a poor start after electing to bat, losing opener Shubman Gill in the second over of the innings. Gill departed for a three-ball duck as he shouldered arms and was trapped leg before by a Olly Stone delivery. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara combined to steady the Indian innings with the former playing attacking shots. Rohit’s attacking approach saw him bringing up his half-century off just 47 balls. Rohit and Pujara added 85 runs for the second wicket but India lost Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli in quick succession as England pushed hosts on the backfoot before the lunch. While Pujara got out to Jack Leach for 21, Kohli was sent packing by Moeen Ali, who cleaned him up for a duck