India Receives World Record, Century In Day 2 Test

Day 2 of the fifth Test between England and India ended with 84 runs off 5 at stumps for the host team. England is behind India by 332 runs at this point of the test. For the upcoming Day, it needs to catch up by at least 133 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Highlights of England vs India's Day 2

Ravindra Jadeja scored his third century in Test category. He earned 104 runs off 194 balls after 78.5 overs. Jadeja was the second century-maker in this fifth Test after Rishabh Pant made his record (146 runs with 111 balls) in the previous meeting.

England retaliated to India’s play during the 82 overs. James Anderson ended Jadeja’s track at 104 runs. However, the match was halted due to rain and both teams had to take early lunch while waiting for the rain to stop. India found a new rigour after returning to the field. They gained one wicket and made the most out of this chance.

The peak event on Day happened during the 84th over. Stuart Broad took the bowling task. He used a short-length bowl tactic to face Jasprit Bumrah. Unfortunately, India’s interim Test captain could hit his bowls.

Bumrah managed to earn 35 runs with six balls. He broke the previous world record in the Test category, which was 28 runs in an over. He also took out Alex Lees from the game

Unfortunately, this occurrence established Broad as the player with the most runs conceded in Test and T20I history. Broad allowed Yuvraj Singh to hit 36 runs with six sixes during a T20I encounter in 2007.

Meanwhile, Bumrah's performance on Day 2 came as a pleasant surprise to his team as he did not perform well in the first match. However, he and Jadeja were not India's sole playmakers.

Mohammed Shiraj and Mohammed Shami gained one wicket each. With their chances, Shiraj gained 1 run with 5 balls and Shami stole 1 run with 33 balls. The two players also removed Jack Leach and Joe Root in the last session of the match.

Despite the loss on Day 2, England also displayed a strong performance. Anderson became the team’s best bowler at the match by getting 5 runs for 60 balls. Matty Potts earned 2 runs with 105 balls, Joe Root got 1 run with 23 balls, and Ben Stokes the captain achieved 1 run with 47 balls. Broad even got the chance to dismiss Shami for his lone wicket.

Rescheduled fifth Test

In Men’s Test Team Ranking, India places second following the first rank, Australia. The England team is currently in fifth place. England and India were supposed to meet for a Test series in 2021 if not for COVID-19 outbreak that occurred in India’s camp.

Both teams introduced a fresh dynamic in their respective play this year. They experienced changes in leaders. England and India also gained new head coaches. In the previous Test matches against other teams, they had shown superb play, such as when England beat New Zealand with 3-0.

India's national captain Rohit Sharma couldn’t join this Test series as he tested positive for COVID-19 last week. However, they announced that the captain will rejoin his team in the upcoming T20I series against England.

Gian Chacko

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