The left-right hand opening combination of KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel worked wonders for India as their overnight partnership of 60 runs continued further till they were separated after adding 152 runs. Parthiv Patel was dismissed after reaching his career best score of 71, leading an edge to Jos Buttler off offie Moeen Ali. Ali won the battle against Patel as he tossed it in the air.
Back-in-form KL Rahul, was joined by Cheteshwar Pujara, as India reached lunch 173/1, trailing England by 304 runs. The morning session goes to India as they scored 113 runs. India’s opening stand of 152 runs is the highest in 18 months. Post the wicket of Parthiv, India looked to hang on, as one more wicket and they might be in trouble; thus KL Rahul was itching to get past his 4th hundred, first in India but held back patiently. Rahul- 89* & Pujara- 11*.
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Post-lunch, India should look to stitch a partnership thereby bridging down the trail deficit seeing themselves in a comfort zone at stumps on day-3. With a lot of batting to come in captain Virat Kohli, yet-to-recover-from-injury Murali Vijay, Karun Nair, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.