Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal showcased a brilliant performance in the second Test against England, converting his overnight score of 179 not out into a maiden double century. Despite his outstanding innings of 209, India fell short of the 400-run mark as they were bowled out for 396 in 112 overs on the second day of play at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Jaiswal, playing in only his sixth Test match, demonstrated a combination of caution and aggression, becoming the third youngest Indian batter to score a double hundred in Test cricket. His innings included 19 fours and seven sixes before being dismissed by veteran fast-bowler James Anderson.
Although Jaiswal's remarkable performance took the spotlight, England had a successful morning session, securing the last four wickets for 32 runs. Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three wickets, while debutant spinner Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed also contributed with three scalps each.
Ravichandran Ashwin played an exquisite innings, showcasing cover drives off Bashir, but Jaiswal's aggression prevailed, with a memorable moment as he reached his double century with back-to-back boundaries. The morning session saw Jaiswal dancing down the pitch to smash a six over long-on, displaying his dominance.
Jaiswal's innings came to an end when he attempted to slice off Anderson after coming down the pitch, resulting in a catch taken by the deep cover. Despite the early dismissal of Ashwin and the lower-order collapse, Jaiswal received a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd for his outstanding contribution.
India's innings concluded swiftly with Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar getting dismissed in quick succession, leaving the team just four runs short of the 400-run mark.
Brief scores: India 396 in 112 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 209, Shubman Gill 34; James Anderson 3-47, Rehan Ahmed 3-65) against England.
(With Agency Inputs)