In a captivating Day 1 of the second Test at Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, India reached 103 for 2 at lunch, showcasing a mix of spirited performances and early challenges. Yashasvi Jaiswal emerged as the anchor, remaining unbeaten at 51 off 92 deliveries, displaying a commendable attacking stance, including 6 fours and a maximum.
Debutant Shoaib Bashir, fulfilling his dream, made an impact early on by dismissing the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, for 14 runs. It was a moment of significance for Bashir, securing his maiden Test wicket with a skillful delivery that outfoxed the experienced batsman.
Despite the setback, Jaiswal played a crucial role in India's recovery, putting the English spinners on the defensive. The experienced James Anderson, brought back into the attack by Ben Stokes, brought a twist to the narrative by dismissing Shubman Gill for 34 just before lunch, shifting momentum in England's favor.
England, armed with three spinners, strategically rotated Root, Hartley, and Bashir to apply pressure on the Indian lineup. The trio stifled scoring opportunities, setting the stage for an intriguing battle in the upcoming sessions.
As the lunch break approached, India stood at 103/2, with Jaiswal leading the charge and Shreyas Iyer partnering him at the crease.
Brief scores: India 103/2 at lunch (Yashasvi Jaiswal 51 not out, Shreyas Iyer 4; James Anderson 1-19, Shoaib Bashir 1-39) against England. The stage is set for an exciting continuation of the second Test.
(With Agency Inputs)