Vengsarkar calls for Pant`s inclusion in 3rd Test

Vengsarkar calls for Pant`s inclusion in 3rd Test

That century was Pant's second of the match, following his 117 of 106 balls in Delhi's second innings. He is not a player for the future, and his batting woes on tour have shifted the focus to Pant. Kohli kicking himself and gets OUT on 97. Virat says that the surface looks hard and that India were looking to bat first. Only Broad's effort after tea, coupled with Cook's stunning catch, began to drag England back into it. Rahane OUT on 81 off 131 balls. Both men exchanged strike frequently, something India had forgotten at Edgbaston and Lord's. Virat Kohli still around!

Both Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli have gone into the attacking mode.

India had the worst of the conditions at Lord´s, batting under overcast skies and on a pitch freshened by pre-match and in-game rain - an environment made to order for England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

England win the toss and bowl. Instead, Kohli and Rahane took control. Crucially, India did not lose any wickets in the first hour. Does Joe Root and company have a plan B for the Indians?

Rahane played a number of delightful shots through the offside: cover drives, a few slashes over point, a fierce square drive off Woakes. The vice-captain gets his 13th test 50. Happy faces in the dressing room.

Prior to this match, they had won only one of 11 Tests in England and passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.

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Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have displayed vast grit post lunch. The Indian captain's 18th Test 50 came from 74 balls hitting 6 fours. Anjinkya Rahane too is inching toward his 50. India added 107 runs in the second session, without the loss of a wicket, and suddenly it was England who looked anxious in the field.

"The most important thing was the opening partnership was according to our expectation", Bangar said.

Even someone Harsha Bhogle can't stop praising Kohli and Rahane. Both Rahane and the Indian captain are inching towards their 50s.

While they were outplayed by 63 runs in Edgbaston, Lord's defeat - by a margin of an innings and 159 runs - came as a big dampener to the visitors' spirits.

Stokes, back in an England shirt four days after he was acquitted of affray at Bristol crown court, did little of note with the ball as he sent down 15 wicketless overs on an opening day that ended with India on 307 for six. The third test could be the decider for India as this could be the last chance for the guests to get back to winning ways. Here's a small trivia about Pant.

On the other hand England all-rounder Chris Woakes said that there is always an added pressure on bowlers to do well after the team elects to bowl first. "It's about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out", Root was quoted as saying by England Cricket Board (ECB).

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