Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara displayed clinical batting, putting India in command, dominating England bowlers for two sessions. Their 153-run second-wicket stand helped India carry on the momentum KL Rahul set with a 46-run knock at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.
The second-wicket stand was an important one for India. When KL Rahul fell, India were still trailing by 16 runs. But the fourth-highest partnership for India in England helped India take control. Pujara, who had been struggling with his form, followed up his 91 in Leeds with a 61 on Saturday.
As for Rohit Sharma, he finally converted one of his fifty into a hundred overseas. It was his first Test century outside India and came at the right time. His 127 was a masterclass that he would cherish for his life.
Rohit and Pujara mixed caution with aggression and the duo saw out spell after spell, taking India to a position of safety. Rohit finally brought up his century in the 63rd over of the innings by hitting a six off the bowling of Moeen Ali. This was Rohit’s first century outside Asia.
- It was the 4th highest partnership for India in England.
- Pujara provided perfect support to Rohit at the other end and the duo ensured that the visitors do not lose any more wickets before the break. Pujara and Rohit have so far extended their partnership to 153 runs.
Resuming at 43/0, Rahul and Rohit were looking rock solid and the duo saw out the first hour with both of them looking set for a big one. However, against the run of play, Rahul (46) lost his wicket to Anderson in the 34th over and the 83-run opening stand came to an end. Anderson thought that Rahul was caught behind, but the on-field umpire did not think so. England opted for a review and the replays clearly indicated that there was a huge spike and (46) Rahul had to depart.