Virat Kohli (Left) and Cheteshwar Pujara rescued India after they were reduced to 22 for 2 earlier    IANS
Virat Kohli (Left) and Cheteshwar Pujara rescued India after they were reduced to 22 for 2 earlier IANS

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara score tons as India end Day One of the second Test against England at Vishakapatnam on 317 for 4. Pujara was dismissed for 119, caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson, but Kohli has fought on and remained unbeaten on 151. Ajinkya Rahane played well but nicked one to the wicketkeeper for 23, bringing an end to the 68-run stand for the fourth wicket after Kohli and Pujara put on 226 for the third wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kohli will resume the day on Day Two. The pitch seems to be playing tricks with the odd one keeping low. As the match goes on, we may see more uneven bounce. If India bat till tea tomorrow, they will have a big score on the board and then the spinners may get some purchase. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

India resumed the final session on 210 for 2, with both Kohli and Pujara in their 90s. Pujara brought up his century with a six off Adil Rashid s short ball. He pulled the ball over the square leg fence to bring up his third consecutive century. Kohli took a little more time, but eventually got to his 14th ton off Anderson s bowling, off 154 deliveries. Pujara and Kohli were scoring at ease, picking up boundaries at regular intervals. Pujara will however be disappointed with the way he got out. It was quite similar to the way he got out at Rajkot. He slashed at a ball outside off and Jonny Bairstow behind the wicket did the rest. Rahane took his time to get his eye in. The ball was reversing in a bit when he had come on to bat, but England did not find any success because of that. Kohli eventually got tho his 150 off 238 deliveries.

Moeen Ali, who was England s star with the ball in Bangladesh had a tough time. He was brought on only after the first session and the Indian batsmen put him away easily. Adil Rashid was getting a bit of turn and Zafar Ansari did a tidy job. The spinners bowled on the shorter side, giving the Indian batsmen freedom to play their strokes. However there was a huge appeal against Kohli in the last ball of the 80th over. The umpire gave it not out, but England took the review, which turned out to be umpire s call and Kohli survived. The reviews were immediately reset as 80 overs had been bowled and England once again had both their reviews back.

England did not take the new ball immediately and let their spinners continue to bowl. They eventually took the new ball with a couple of overs left in the day and that did the trick as Anderson struck off the third ball. Broad has looked in some trouble throughout, unable to move freely, which are worrying signs for England. But he was able to bowl the final over the day. LIVE Cricket Updates, India vs England 2nd Test, Day 1 at Visakhapatnam

India were in trouble in the initial stages of the day, having been reduced to 22 for 2 in the opening half hour of the day s play. KL Rahul was the first to go, poking at a delivery outside off, giving a simple catch to Ben Stokes, who was standing at second slip. Murali Vijay struck as many as four fours in his innings of 20, but could not negotiate a short ball from Anderson. The ball got big on Vijay and took the glove on its way to the gully fielder, who completed a simple catch.

England had the chance to get rid of Kohli when he was batting on 56, before the tea interval. But Rashid at fine leg, despite getting both hands to it, was not able to hold on to the ball. Kohli has made the England bowlers pay ever since. Had Kohli been dismissed at that time, the scenario of the game would have been different. But now, he looks on course to get a huge score. A dog came into the stadium just at the stroke of tea and there was a delay, which forced the umpire to call tea in the middle of the over.

India had won the toss earlier and decided to bat first. India made two changes to their playing XI. They got in KL Rahul in place of Gautam Gambhir and gave a Test debut to Jayant Yadav, who came into the team in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra. England on the other hand, welcomed back James Anderson in place of all-rounder Chris Woakes.

The five-match series is level at 0-0 after India and England played out a draw in the first Test at Rajkot.

Brief scores:

India 317 for 4 (Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Virat Kohli 151*; James Anderson 3 for 44, Stuart Broad 1 for 39) vs England.

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