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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 2nd Test: Rory Burns and Joe Root show keeps England going at stumps on Day 2

India and England are involved in an exciting contest during the second Test of the 2021 Pataudi Trophy at Lord's in London. While Day 1 essentially went in India's favour, it is not so great for it on Day 2.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 2nd Test, Day 2: Report and scorecard-ayh
London, First Published Aug 13, 2021, 5:48 PM IST

On Friday, England was off to a slow and steady start on Day 2 of the second Test against England for the Pataudi Trophy 2021 at Lord's in London. At stumps, England was 119/3, trailing by 245 runs, thanks to commendable shows from opener Rory Burns (49) and skipper Joe Root (48*).

On Day 1, India was put to bat first, as the Indian batsmen took total control of the day, finishing on 276/3, thanks to solid twin innings from openers Rohit Sharma (83) and KL Rahul (127*). Resuming at the overnight score, Rahul fell for 129 to pacer Ollie Robinson just a couple of runs later.

Meanwhile, just four runs later, Ajinkya Rahane departed for a mere single to seamer James Anderson after edging it to Joe Root in the slips. The pair of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja contributed to a 49-run stand for the sixth wicket before Pant fell for 37 to pacer Mark Wood after faintly edging it behind to Jos Buttler.

Mohammed Shami was dismissed for an unfortunate duck by spinner Moeen Ali five runs later, as he hit it straight to Rory Burns at mid-wicket. While Ishant Sharma walked in, along with Ravindra Jadeja, the duo saw things out until the lunch break kicked in at 346/7.

In the post-lunch session, just 16 runs later, Ishant fell for eight after being trapped leg-before by Anderson. It failed to build any partnerships thereon, as Bumrah fell for an unfortunate duck just a couple of runs later to the same man, followed by Jadeja for 40 off Wood at the same score.

For England, five bowlers were utilised. While Anderson was the most effective of all with a five-for, he was highly economical as well.

Coming out to bat, the English openers were off to a steady start. At the tea break, Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns looked set, with England at 23/0.

In the post-tea session, India earned a couple of quick breakthroughs, thanks to pacer Mohammed Siraj, who dismissed Sibley (11) and Haseeb Hameed (0) off consecutive deliveries at 23. However, it was followed by an impressive 85-run stand between Burns and Root before the former fell a run short of his tenth Test half-century after being trapped leg-before by seamer Shami.

In the end, it was the duo of Root and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow who batted the remainder of the session, as England finished on 119/3, trailing by 245 runs. Meanwhile, the Indians have utilised five bowlers, with Siraj being the most successful so far, while spinner Jadeja has been reasonably economical.
Brief scores: India 364 (Rohit- 83, Rahul- 129; Anderson- 5/62) leads England 119/3 (Burns- 49, Root- 48*; Siraj- 2/34) by 245 runs.

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