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Rohit Sharma hits superb 161 to leave India on top after day one of second Test against England
- Updated: February 13, 2021
Rohit Sharma scores seventh Test ton as India close day one of second Test against England 300-6 on spinning pitch; Moeen Ali bowls Virat Kohli for a duck on Test comeback; recalled Olly Stone impresses on day of controversial third-umpire decisions
Rohit (161 from 231 balls) scored a seventh Test century, hit 18 fours and two sixes, and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 162 with Ajinkya Rahane (67) as India – who lost the first Test at the same venue by 227 runs – rallied from 0-1 and 86-3 in front of 15,000 fans at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.
Rohit and Rahane fell in the final session, shortly after both batsmen benefited from controversial decisions from third umpire Anil Chaudhary.
Rohit, on 159 at the time, was adjudged to have had a part of his foot behind the line when Ben Foakes whipped off the bails following a delivery from left-arm spinner Jack Leach (2-78), but Leach had his man two overs later, caught by Moeen Ali at deep square leg on the sweep.
Rahane, meanwhile, survived on 66 when Chaudhary failed to detect he had clipped Leach to Ollie Pope at short leg after the ball had first hit his pad – England losing a review before it was later reinstated.
Rahane was dismissed one run later when the recalled Moeen (2-112) – who had earlier cleaned up Virat Kohli through the gate for a duck – bowled him on the sweep, while Joe Root (1-15) had Ravichandran Ashwin (13) caught at short leg by Pope before stumps.
Source: Sky Sports