Once again England put themselves in command at the end of Day 2. The first day of the fifth Test belonged to India but the hosts made a superb comeback on Day 2 with their batting as well as bowling. Here are the match highlights and analysis:
Lower-order frustrations for India
India almost put England on the back foot at the end of Day 1 before Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad took the advantage away from the visitors. The hosts added 134 more runs to their tally and ended their innings at 332. Though Buttler got out 11 runs prior to his century, he put his team back in the driver’s seat. Stuart Broad supported him with a fine 38 off 59 deliveries.
Another record for Anderson
James Anderson has added yet another record to his career. He has now become the bowler to take most wickets (107 wickets at the end of Day 2) against India in Test. No other bowler has picked up this many against India so far. It’s a unique achievement for the legendary bowler and surely he must be expecting to raise this number.
Openers’ flop show continues
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Once again neither of the openers scored a fifty for India. Dhawan went back cheaply while KL Rahul, who was looking good at one stage, couldn’t recognise the beauty coming in from Sam Curran. He scored 37 with the help of 4 fours. Batting in England has never been so bad for the openers over the years.
Overseas record of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan combined has an average of 20 in England and South Africa. He hasn’t scored a fifty in any of the countries. He has 391 runs under his belt in 19 innings, which is a matter of concern for India. On the other hand, KL Rahul has an average of 13 in South Africa and England combined. He has just scored 180 runs in 13 innings, which is an even bigger concern.