Well, the actual day 1 got completely washed out due to rain. It was always a looming threat and still is moving forward. But, luckily we got a normal start and a hastened ending to the second day’s play. We saw a lot of action so let’s start talking about it!
The Crucial Toss
New Zealand won the coin flip and decided to field first. Virat Kohli’s luck continued to fail him. In these overcast conditions, both captains would’ve wanted to get the early advantage and bowl first. Ideally, 4 wickets by lunch would’ve been a toss winning captain’s goal. But on the flip side, if you don’t get those early breakthroughs a team could get set, and you really wouldn’t want to bat last. The rain will also play spoil sport in the game every now and again, and batting teams might have to hurry up their scoring rate which also might be extremely difficult to do.
Great Start for India
Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill provided just the start needed for India. For both the right handers this is the first time opening in a test match in England. Anytime an opening pair gets their team past 10 overs without any wickets in England, they have done their jobs. The pair lasted 20 overs exactly till Rohit edged one to slips. Shubhman followed after a while, but regardless, the duo did their job.
Quick Wickets Rattle the Ship
Right at the break of the first session, India went from seemingly doing really well to having 2 new batsmen at the crease. With both Pujara and Kohli yet to get off the mark, New Zealand ended the session on an even keel after a tough first hour. After that the second session was all about stabilizing the ship for the Indians.
Some Resilience from the Engine Room
For a while it was the Pujara display of resolute defense. He made his first run after absorbing 35 balls. After that he hit 2 boundaries back to back. King Kohli too opened his account with a boundary, but that remained the only boundary he’d score all day. Pujara fell victim to an in-swinger from Boult after his two boundaries. After that it was all about strong disciplined defensive batting from the captain and vice captain Virat and Rahane.
Weather Playing Spoil Sport Again
It was cloudy all day, but luckily it didn’t rain like it did on the scheduled day 1. Regardless of that, the day did not go as smooth as it should have. The cloud cover ensured that the light was dim and the visibility was why there were constant interruptions in the game. Play was called off a bunch of times because of bad light, and came to a hastened early end at only 64.4 overs. India looks like they are in a good enough position to take advantage of the early partnership starting tomorrow, but right now it looks like it’s anybody’s game.