RAJKOT: Trailing by 537 runs the Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay came to the crease, a situation which the home team used to impose on the visitors. It was a good toss to win for the visiting team as the Rajkot pitch is known for favoring the batsmen in the first two days of the game. Three batsmen from England scored centuries, a feat which was last done by England team in 1961. Also, this is the first time in four years that the Indian cricket team has allowed the visitors to score a total of 500 plus.
Starting with the overnight score of 311/4, the England cricket team has performed quite well with Moeen Ali (117) and Ben Stokes (128) helping the team to cross the 400 mark. There was a lot on offer for the batsmen from the Rajkot pitch in addition to the luck they had through the missed catches. The heavy score on board gave England the freedom to play aggressively. The Indian bowling attack was finally successful in sending the England batting lineup to the pavilion after bowling 160 overs and giving away 537 runs. Three batsmen from England Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali (117) and Ben Stokes (128) amassed centuries with India struggling to survive.
It was one of the worst bowling performances from the Indian bowling unit in the recent times. Ravichandran Ashwin was ineffective with bowling figures of 167/2 after bowling 46 overs. Adding to the bowler’s frustration, as may as six catches were dropped by the Indian players which could have decreased the total score by at least 150 runs. Team India bowling figures: Jadeja – 86/3, Shami – 65/2, Umesh Yadav – 112/2, Mishra – 98/1.
In reply, the Indian opening duo of Gautam Gambhir (28) and Murali Vijay (25) played some solid cricket to make sure that they did not lose any wicket at the end of the day. Score – India 63/0, at the end of Day 2 – trailing by 474 runs.