Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Pujara, Rahane hold firm against England

Pujara, Rahane hold firm against England

India's Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane denied England a fresh breakthrough in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday after they batted through the afternoon session.

Even so India, at 105-3 in their second innings, led by just 78 runs come tea on the fourth day. They were far from out of trouble after Mark Wood had removed both openers before Sam Curran captured the prize wicket of captain Virat Kohli to leave India 56-3 at lunch.

Both Pujara and Rahane have been struggling for runs and this was reflected in their slow scoring rates on Sunday.

Pujara was 29 not out off 148 balls and Rahane unbeaten on 24 off 74, with the pair having taken 29 overs to add 50 runs.

The problem for India, with a session and a day left in the game, was to make sure they made enough runs to set England a challenging total and so avoid falling 1-0 behind in this five-Test series.

Simply batting time might not be enough if the fourth-wicket duo both fell cheaply, even though India had more attacking batsmen to come in Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.

Play resumed with the match evenly poised after England, with captain Joe Root making 180 not out, had been dismissed for 391 when James Anderson was out to Saturday's last ball.