ICYMI - When Rohit got hearts racing in his 90s— BCCI (@BCCI) February 13, 2021
Some nerves and tense moments on field & in the crowd as @ImRo45 looked eager to get to his 100. The batsman got there eventually not before providing some heart-racing moments.
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INDIA V ENGLAND | PAYTM TEST SERIES | 2ND TEST | CHEPAUK, CHENNAI
DAY 1 REVIEW
India's Hitman, Rohit Sharma, delivered on Saturday by scoring more than half of Team India's Day 1 total of 300 for 6.
1. Winning the toss, choosing to bat: This was the moment India were waiting for.
They wanted the luck of the toss to drop on their side and bat first. As hosts, they have got a pitch made that'll suit them and help them draw 1-all in this 4-Test series.
They seemed to have lost this desired advantage when they lost their two most sought after scalps, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli.
However, Rohit and Rahane, two long time Mumbai Ranji team colleagues formed an association of 162 runs in a team total of 300 for 6.
Experts are saying this total is for India to be happy about on a pitch that's turning from the first day, is holding back and puffing dust as the deliveries hit the turf.
2. Gill's early dismissal helps Rohit: Shubman Gill's sure-footed approach to batting is seen as a blessing for India.
However, his early dismissal owing to an unexpected wrong-footed stance seemed to have benefited Rohit.
The Hitman found Pujara initially and Rahane later as his allies with whom he could consult and seek honest feedback on the manner he was facing up to England's bowlers. He wouldn't have been able to do this with rookie Gill at the other end.
3. England's struggle with Stokes and Moeen: England's decision to include Stuart Broad, Ollie Stone and Moeen Ali in place of Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer and Dom Bess saw them struggle on several occasions during the first day.
Three controversies that dominated Day One:
1. Kohli's reluctance to accept his shock dismissal:
'He looks bamboozled'— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) February 13, 2021
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