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IND vs ENG 2nd test: Sharma’s 161, Rahane’s 67 help India reach 300/6

India were 148 for 3  on the first day of the second Test match with England here on Saturday.

RohitSharma hits a century against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.Rohit Sharma scored his seventh Test century — his first one year and after eight innings — to help India reach the 300 for six wickets on the first day of the second Test against England at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.

Ajinkya Rahene scored 67 while Rishabh Pant was batting on 33 at close.

The other unbeaten batsman was debutant Axar Patel, who was on five, on a pitch that had started assisting spin from the first hour of the day.

India, who lost three wickets in the first session, didn’t lose any in the second session and both Sharma and Rahane handled the England bowlers with ease.

 Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli got out without scoring.

Earlier, India win toss, opt to bat first against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel makes his debut for the side, while Kuldeep Yadav is also included in the XI as Virat Kohli opted to bat after winning the toss.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was rested to manage workload. Mohammed Siraj, who was the highest wicket-taker for the Indian team in the Test series in Australia, makes a comeback to the XI.

Brief scores (Day 1): India 300/6 wkts in 88 overs (Rohit Sharma 161, Ajinkya Rahane 67, Rishabh Pant 33 batting; Axar Patel 5 batting, Jack Leach 2/78, Moeen Ali 2/95)

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