Pant troopers on to take India to 153 for six at tea on day 2 of Ahmedabad Take a look at


Ahmedabad, March 5

Rishabh Pant mixed caution with aggression during his unbeaten knock of 36 but India huffed and puffed their way to 153 for 6 at tea on the second day of the fourth and final Test against England here on Friday.

India are still 52 runs behind England’s first innings score of 205 after the visitors managed to make inroads every time when a partnership seemed to be on the horizon.

On a day when Rohit Sharma (49 off 144 balls) traded his natural attacking instincts for a more conservative approach, England’s new ball pair of James Anderson (17-11-19-2) and Ben Stokes (17-6-33-2) gave it their all on a track which is conducive for slow bowlers.

Virat Kohli walks off the field after his dismissal on Day 2 of the 4th Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. REUTERS

Jack Leach (15-3-43-2), an honest trier, also did his bit with utmost sincerity, by keeping England in the game on a track where batting became a bit more difficult than the first day.

Pant did hit Joe Root for a maximum but understanding the match situation defended well when the pitch showed its nasty side with deliveries flying off the rough.

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However, one person, who would rue missing out on a big score would certainly be Rohit, who did all the hard work before a terrific in-cutter from Stokes found him leg before.

The senior opener hit seven fours but cut down on all risky shots, playing Anderson’s testing spells well enough. The over when Stokes removed Rohit, he bowled five dot balls, building the pressure.

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma plays a shot during second day’s play of the 4th Test between India and England, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. PTI Photo

Earlier, in the first session, Cheteshwar Pujara (17 off 66 balls) and Kohli’s (0 off 8 balls) dismissals brought England back in the game during the second half of the first session.

James Anderson had him caught at second slip with a beautiful delivery that held its line at the stroke of lunch.

Ajinkya Rahane (27 off 45 balls) hit a flurry of boundaries to get the scoreboard moving but James Anderson had him caught at second slip with a beautiful delivery that held its line at the stroke of lunch.

James Anderson celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane on 2nd day of the 4th Test at Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. REUTERS

Ajinkya Rahane (27 off 45 balls) hit a flurry of boundaries to get the scoreboard moving but

The approach taken by Rohit and Pujara during their 40-run stand of 24 overs in the morning session wasn’t a bad one.

They saw off Anderson’s morning spell with Stokes bending his back at the other end.

The flashy shots were cut out and with all the time at their disposal, they were ready to grind the bowlers out and dispatch those occasional bad balls to the boundary. PTI



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