India vs England Highlights today. 2nd Test, Saturday 3-2-2024. England tour of India 2024, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
Day 1 Report
As the phrase goes, you can only evaluate a pitch once both teams have bashed it. Especially in light of England’s absurd performances in Hyderabad. Thanks in large part to a brilliant century. that has matched this new mission for his team with plenty of elegance and attitude. India seemed ready to make up for their first-Test shortcomings under Yashasvi Jaiswal’s leadership.
Though prior visiting teams might have been prepared for a batting landslide. England refused to fold and claimed six wickets on a difficult day in the field. With Shoaib Bashir settling into his first day of Test cricket with two wickets and a cool command of his attributes. they end the first day of play in no worse shape than they began the first Test. And all parties are fully aware of the outcome of that one.
In any case, Jaiswal’s magnificent 179 not out from 257 balls was the most impressive performance of the day. It was the innings that India sorely needed to save this series. as well as the one that he had confidently predicted based on the fluidity of his first-inning 80 off 74 in Hyderabad. From his opening shot. an unrestrained four off Joe Root’s opening delivery, to his soaring six over long-on. which brought up his second Test century and his first at home, Jaiswal was exceptional. He was the only batter from India who possessed the courage needed to anticipate the kind of opposition. that England would undoubtedly present when they took the field.
Even though Jaiswal was having cramps
by the end of the day, he still beat his previous best of 171. which he set when making his debut in the Caribbean last year. With a fifth six off his innings off the legspin of Rehan Ahmed, he sealed his new career-best. It was another lovely down-the-ground stroke that kept his control percentage at 90%. and guaranteed that he will return with even higher goals on day two.
However, the remainder of India’s batting was more of a mixed bag. which allowed England’s reorganized attack to find solace in the struggle on what has shown to be an excellent pitch thus far. India were in danger of repeating the mistakes that bedevilled their performance in Hyderabad. where eight of the top nine reached double figures in the first innings. but no one was able to deliver the decisive blow. Six men were removed between the scores of 14 and 34. including KS Bharat in the final overs of the day. Jaiswal, at least, can’t be blamed for holding back on that one.
Still, it was a gallant performance from England’s startlingly imbalanced assault. Selecting three specialized spinners and a single fast. their line-up was led—possibly predictably—by the one guy who had seen it all. With an ageless exhibition of cut and finesse. the 41-year-old veteran James Anderson put his problems in the Ashes behind him. His impact was felt in all 17 of his overs throughout three different periods. but he claimed Shubman Gill for his 691st wicket. guaranteeing that he has now struck in every year since making his debut in 2003.
Anderson provided a level of control
that Ben Stokes had to forgo in the first Test, replacing the pure headhunter Mark Wood. whose valiant efforts had gone wicketless in Hyderabad. With an economy-rate of 1.76, less than half that of any of his teammates. his minuscule control over each-way movement ensured that this week’s new boy was nothing less than a positive story. in contrast to Hyderabad, where the entire first day’s attention was focused on Tom Hartley’s struggle for control.
Although Bashir wasn’t even born when Anderson made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in May 2003. the name of Bashir’s first Test wicket will probably last longer in the public consciousness—apologies to Jimmy’s own first scalp, Mark Vermeulen.
Whatever Jaiswal’s level of comfort alongside him. Rohit Sharma had dug in for the long haul, winning the toss and scoring 14 boundary-less runs from 41 balls. As a result, Bashir had not only found his rhythm after joining the attack in the 12th over. but had also been rewarded with a leg-slip to pile on the pressure. Cut to a tight-faced footage during a scheduled offbreak. and Ollie Pope makes a brilliant catch to remove India’s captain against what looks to be the flow of play.
As the day went on,
the same pattern would recur. Gill, who was under tremendous pressure to hold his spot. cautiously began his innings with 17 off his first 36 balls. but a quick barrage of boundaries proved to be the undoing of him. While Bashir overpitched on two of these elegant cover-drives. Anderson nicked two streaky drives to Ben Foakes for 34 by simply adjusting his line on the same probing full length. At a cost of 7.8 runs per over. Anderson had finally got his man for the sixth time in seven innings, and with India at 103 for 2. the session’s results were essentially tied at lunch.
Between lunch and tea, just one player fell: Shreyas Iyer, who was well caught by Foakes for 27. clung to an under-edged cut that would have easily given him a nutmeg while staying low with a scuttling ball from Hartley. However, by this point, Jaiswal had already surpassed his century, arms raised in triumph following a mic drop of his bat. and it appeared that India’s rookie had brought with him the exact kind of youthful exuberance to balance that of his teammate. when Rajat Patidar unleashed England’s trademark stroke from Hyderabad, the reverse-sweep for four.
However, England would not let up on their hopeful pursuit of wickets. Holding back till the 60th over, Rehan assumed a pivotal role in the attack during the last session. accumulating 16 overs before the end of play and taking two valuable wickets in the process. As the dusk was growing, KS Bharat lost up his own innings for 17. when he rocked back on a flimsy cut after Patidar failed to save a top-spinning legbreak that slid down the face of his bat and rebounded into his stumps on 32.
At that moment,
Axar Patel, India’s starting all-rounder in lieu of Ravindra Jadeja, had already won his second wicket. and in identical circumstances as well, having failed to go beyond his own cut to pick up Rehan at backward point.
Fortunately for India, though, nothing could stop Jaiswal. whose remarkable command in front of the square was shown by his wagon-wheel. which showed gunfire all over the place. Rehan gave him a six. and he defied geometry with a dash to the pitch from round the wicket and an inside-out drill over extra cover.
He had a few close calls on the cut (Bobby Root twice missed hard catches) and a few reckless swipes at Bashir that almost proved costly. but the courage to challenge the opposition was exactly. what India had lacked at crucial junctures in the opening Test. But it’s unclear if he’s done enough so far to make up for his unmotivated teammates.
Toss: India chose to bat.
India team: YBK Jaiswal, RG Sharma*, Shubman Gill, RM Patidar, SS Iyer, KS Bharat†, R Ashwin, AR Patel, JJ Bumrah, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav.
England team: Z Crawley, BM Duckett, OJ Pope, JE Root, JM Bairstow, BA Stokes*, BT Foakes†, Rehan Ahmed, TW Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, JM Anderson.
Head to Head In Test’s: 131
India Won: 31
England Won: 50
India Test Rankings: 2nd
England Test Rankings: 3rd
(last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 4:00 AM | 9:30 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – Test no. 2526