The 2nd Test match of the 5 match Test series between India and England began earlier today at The Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy stadium in Vizag. India made two changes to their side with Jayant Yadav and KL Rahul coming in for Gautam Gambhir and Amit Mishra, while England got back the experience of James Anderson.
After opting to bat first, India lost KL Rahul for a duck in the second over of the match to a Stuart Broad delivery. Soon after, Anderson got the wicket of Murali Vijay, and India were in a spot of bother. It was up to Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to lead the recovery for the Indians, and they were up to the task. The Kohli-Pujara duo took the attack to the English bowlers and notched up a 226 run partnership for the third wicket, with both of them scoring magnificent tons.
Anderson showed his class when he removed Pujara in the 65th over and Ajinkya Rahane in the penultimate over of the match. Kohli kept the attack going and scored his third 150 run knock of the year as India ended the day with 317 runs on the board with the loss of 4 wickets with Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease.
Here are some interesting numbers from the first day of play at Vizag:
1 – Virat Kohli is the first Indian Test captain to score three 150+ scores in a year.
2 – Virat Kohli now has the 2nd best 100/50 ratio for any player. His ratio of 1.076 is only behind Sir Don Bradman
3 – This was the 3rd highest 3rd wicket partnership stand in an India- England match.
6- Most 100s in first-class matches for Cheteshwar Pujara
7- Centuries by Kohli as captain this year
8 – Jayant Yadav becomes the 8th Indian to make his Test and ODI debut on the same ground
14- Most 100s for India in first 50 tests (second only to Gavaskar)
19 – This is the 19th straight Test match where India have fielded a different playing XI under Virat Kohli
24 – Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA stadium in Vizag is the 24th Test venue for India
67 – Number of innings for Pujara to reach 3000 Test runs. He joins Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid as the 5th fastest Indian to this feat.
2002 – Last instance of a 3rd-wicket-century stand. Dravid & Tendulkar added 150 at Headingley. The stand by Kohli and Pujara is the first in 43 innings.