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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: Bad light and persistent rain forces early stumps on Day 2

India and England are taking on each other in the opening Test of the Pataudi Trophy 2021. While India had the upper hand on Day 1, it has been India again in the opening session of Day 2 so far.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: Report and scorecard-ayh
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Nottingham, First Published Aug 5, 2021, 5:55 PM IST
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India lost some plot but remained on top in the opening Test of the 2021 Pataudi Trophy against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. On Day 2, on Thursday, India managed to finish 125/4 at stumps, with KL Rahul remaining unbeaten on 57, while India trails by 58 runs, as most of the day's play was lost due to bad light and persistent rains.

On Day 1, England had elected to bat but was bundled out for 183, courtesy of pacer Jasprit Bumrah four-for, while skipper Joe Root had struck 64. India had finished Day 1 at 21/0, with Rohit and KL Rahul being the openers.

Resuming at the overnight score, the English pacers and seamers could hardly make any trouble to the Indian openers. While the Indians needed to survive the first session well, they eventually did so.

It was at 97 when a short ball from pacer Ollie Robinson tempted Rohit to pull it over fine leg, only to find the hands of Sam Curran at the boundary for 36. His dismissal also marked the end of the session, with the lunch break kicking in as India trailed by 86 runs.

In the post-lunch session, India saw some setbacks, as with just seven more runs added, Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for four by seamer James Anderson after being caught behind by Jos Buttler. The very next delivery, at the same score, skipper Virat Kohli fell for an unfortunate duck off the same man in the same manner, while Rahul brought up his 12th Test half-century in the process.

England was seemingly getting the momentum back, as at 112, it got rid of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for five through an unfortunate run out. However, at this time, dark clouds appeared all over the ground, forcing bad light to stop play, as early tea was taken as well.

The post-tea session, too, saw a couple of rain breaks, with only three deliveries from Anderson being bowlers. However, the rain wouldn't stop for a good while, as the umpires decided to call it a day, with early stumps being taken.

As for England, four pacers have been utilised so far. While Anderson has been the most effective so far, with a couple of scalps, he has also been the most economical.
Brief scores: England 183 (Root- 64; Bumrah- 4/46, Shami- 3/28) leads India 125/4 (Rahul- 57*; Anderson- 2/15) by 58 runs.

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