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  • 4:40 PM IST

    Finally, something for India to smile about, as their openers have provided them a rock-solid start in their first innings. The pitch remains good for batting, with the odd ball surprising the batsmen. Apart from Woakes trying to swing the ball, there was hardly any threat that English pacers posed. England protected Stokes from bowling, but he will be needed in thick of things on Day Three. Thank you for tuning in today, let’s see what India turn up with tomorrow.

  • 4:38 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 63/0 in Overs 23 | Vijay 25 (70), Gambhir 28 (68): India end the second day being in a slightly respectable position, having knocked off a few runs from England’s total and not losing any wicket. India end the day, trailing by 474 runs and need to score another 274 runs to avoid follow-on.

  • 4:35 PM IST

    Last over of the day in progress…

  • 4:34 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 60/0 in Overs 22 | Vijay 24 (68), Gambhir 26 (64): Gambhir and Vijay have defied England in style. They have picked boundaries with ease and have faced no difficulties whatsoever against the English bowlers. The rotation of the strike has been top notch as well. India trail by 477 now.

  • 4:17 PM IST

    Zafar Ansari replaces Moeen Ali.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 50/0 in Overs 17 | Vijay 22 (48), Gambhir 18 (54): India have made a fine start, somewhat dousing England’s motives of snaffling a few wickets after putting up a big score. India need to get unscathed till the end of the day’s play, which is about 15 minutes away.

  • 4:10 PM IST

    50 up for India without any loss. An excellent start after horrible time out on the field when England batted.

  • 3:59 PM IST

    For unknown reason, Ben Stokes is sitting in the pavilion. I guess he is resting, since there is no word about any sort of injury.

  • 3:58 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 44/0 in Overs 13 | Vijay 21 (39), Gambhir 17 (29): So far, so good for India. They trail by less than 500 runs now, and their openers have blunted whatever threat England have made. Actually, England bowlers have looked toothless so far. Trail by 493.

  • 3:48 PM IST

    It is time for drinks with India making strong statement. With about 50 more minutes left in the day’s play, India should get to the end without any wicket lost. Trail by exactly 500.

  • 3:44 PM IST

    Woakes has replaced a tired and visibly frustrated Broad, who could not get his team a wicket with the new ball. Some pressure on the experienced player on his 100th Test…

  • 3:39 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 33/0 in Overs 9 | Vijay 19 (29), Gambhir 9 (25): Width from Broad and Vijay capitalises on it to smash it for a FOUR. In the previous over, a delivery spun sharply from Moeen and beat the batsman, ‘keeper and the first slip on its way for four via byes. Vijay gets another boundary off the right-arm pacer, pushing the ball down to the ground easily. And one more, third boundary off the over, a frustrated Broad looks at the ball being pushed past gully. Trail by 504.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 17/0 in Overs 7 | Vijay 7 (23), Gambhir 9 (19): Gambhir negated the first over from Moeen pretty well. Meanwhile Broad is continuing from the other end to Murali Vijay. Interestingly, Gambhir is yet to face the ace England bowler. Trail by 520.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Not wasting anymore time, England have brought in Moeen Ali, India’s usual tormentor.

  • 3:17 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 15/0 in Overs 4 | Vijay 6 (12), Gambhir 8 (12): Gambhir is patient early on, he leaves short balls and also those that probed him outside off. The third ball in the over from Woakes had width, and the left-hander cashes in on with a FOUR past point. Trail by 522.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 10/0 in Overs 3 | Vijay 6 (12), Gambhir 4 (6): Vijay pushes one between cover and mid off for two runs off Broad. The ‘Monk’ is due for a big score too, and this is the perfect opportunity to make it count. Trail by 527.

  • 3:07 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 8/0 in Overs 2 | Vijay 4 (6), Gambhir 4 (6): Gambhir opens his account with a fine boundary off a poor ball on the pads, crucial for the left-hander to make a big score and prove his mettle once again. Trail by 529.

  • 3:03 PM IST

    Chris Woakes will share the new ball with Stuart Broad.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 4/0 in Overs 1 | Vijay 4 (6), Gambhir 0 (0): Broad strays down the leg in the first over and Vijay is sharp enough to put it away for a boundary. India will need to bat as well as they can to negate the advantage that England have taken. Trail by 533.

  • 2:59 PM IST

    Stuart Broad is bowling the first over, Murali Vijay is on the strike.

  • 2:40 PM IST

    It was an extended session, and it looked like England would go to the tea break without being bowled out. But thanks to Amit Mishra, India were able to save themselves from some more embarrassment. Stay tuned. India’s reply will tell us where this game is headed.

  • 2:38 PM IST

    LIVE: ENGLAND 537 n Overs 159.3 | Broad 6 (16): OUT! Finally, India have managed to achieve something which was not expected of them. They have bowled England out, finally. Zafar Ansari unsuccessfully challenges the umpire who had the easiest of decisions to make, and Mishra has something to smile about. India have a mammoth task in their hands.

    OUT! Zafar Ansari lbw Amit Mishra 32 (83)

  • 2:36 PM IST

    Zafar Ansari has been trapped leg-before, but despite it being one of the easiest decisions for the umpire, he has challenged it.

  • 2:24 PM IST

    Please, please do not tell me England are waiting for Zafar Ansari to get to his half-century…

  • 2:24 PM IST

    LIVE: ENGLAND 522/9 in Overs 156 | Broad 0 (7), Ansari 23 (71): A poor session of cricket as neither England were able to add more to their total, nor India have been able to fold them up. Ansari and Broad are going on defending, no intent shown in adding runs.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    WICKET! All of a sudden, Ben Stokes has been dismissed! Yadav strays down the leg side, and Saha takes a good catch going down on his right to end Stokes’ innings at 128.

  • 2:05 PM IST

    The game is stuck; neither England are declaring nor India are looking like finishing off with the tail. By not declaring, England could be wasting some crucial minutes here.

  • 1:50 PM IST
    LIVE: ENGLAND 510/8 in Overs 149 | Stokes 123 (218), Ansari 16 (53): 45 runs added by the duo off 114 balls, things have slowed down drastically in this session. England are not showing any intent apart from the motive to keep India out of the field. There is no need to worry about anything, they have punished India quite well. Zafar Ansari knows what he is doing in the middle and has given more assurance to Stokes, who is well set. This is only adding onto the frustrations of the Indians.
  • 1:42 PM IST
    LIVE: ENGLAND 509/8 in Overs 143 | Stokes 122 (212), Ansari 16 (53): Nothing seems to be working for Virat Kohli and troops. He is constantly shuffling around his bowlers as Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav are bowling in tandem. The ninth wicket partnership stands currently at 44 off 102 balls as India continue to feed easy runs and act ‘good hosts’ in front of England. No doubt, England want India to remain on the field as long as possible and drop their shoulders completely. Nonetheless, India should surely come out to bat as England may declare if they do not get dismissed by end of stumps and the onus will be Kohli and his batsmen to counter attack and show some fight after conceding over 500. Will be a stiff ask but the No. 1 Test side have to show their worth in Rajkot.
  • 1:21 PM IST

    LIVE: ENGLAND 504/8 in Overs 143 | Stokes 120 (194), Ansari 13 (41): England have crossed the 500-run mark, with Stokes and Ansari going on strong as of now. Ansari look as good as a middle-order batsman with his technique, and he has added 39 runs for the 9th wicket.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the second day’s play, between India and England in the first Test at Rajkot. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket updates as well as live scores of the second day’s play between these two old rivals. The first day of this opening Test of the five-match series belonged completely to England, who produced dominating show with the bat to end up at a strong position of 311 for 4 at stumps. Joe Root hammered his 11th century in Test cricket, while the left-handed batsman Moeen Ali was on 99 not out.  Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

India had a horrible day on the field, as they made a poor start to their campaign against England and could never really recover from it. In the first six overs of the England innings, India spilled as many as three catches, and there was one more opportunity that was missed later in the day. India bowled as many as 93 overs in the day, but on a benign pitch which offered very little to their three spinners, the hosts struggled to take wickets with the fervour they usually do.

Root and Moeen provided England a strong foundation for a big score in the first innings. The two batsmen added as many as 179 runs for the fourth wicket, and they batted throughout the second session to keep India at the bay. Root was the calmer among the two English batsmen; scoring 124 off 180 balls with 11 boundaries and one six. On the other hand, Moeen, who did not shy away from taking risks in the middle overs, was stranded on 99 not out.

For England, this was their fifth best partnership for the fourth wicket for England in Test cricket in India. Root, who scored an extremely crucial century, was the first batsman since Michael Clarke in 2013 to have registered a three-figure mark in Test cricket in India. En route his 124, Root also completed 1,000 runs in Test cricket this year and became the second batsman – after teammate Jonny Bairstow – to have achieved the feat.

For India, it was a forgettable day as they struggled in the field throughout the day. Dropped catches were not the only blip, as the fielders were sloppy which resulted in a few easy boundaries for the English side. India were also tad unlucky in the morning during the toss, when Virat Kohli flipped the coin and the outcome went in England’s favour. England captain Alastair Cook, who was dismissed for 21, went on to bat first and Haseeb Hameed, the 19-year-old right-handed opener made an impressive start.

Ashwin bowled as many as 31 overs in the day, and could manage only 2 wickets for 108 runs. Ravindra Jadeja was measly with the figures of 21-2-59-1. Amit Mishra bowled 10 wicketless overs for 42 runs. The venue for this Test – Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot – is now the 23rd Test venues in India. Earlier in the ‘India Cricket’ season, Indore became the 22nd venue for Test cricket by hosting the third and final Test against New Zealand last month.

TEAMS:

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.