• December 6, 2021

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Anderson drags England back into competition

Seamer James Anderson won the final round of his duel with India captain Virat Kohli and dragged England back into the contest on a rain-marred second day of the opening test on Thursday.

Anderson hit twice on two balls to inject new excitement into the game, but the intermittent rain played a killjoy, wiping out most of the final session.

James Anderson eliminated Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli with consecutive balls to drag England back to the first test at Trent Bridge.Credit:Getty

KL starter Rahul was hitting at 57, while Rishabh Pant was at seven with India still 58 behind England’s total of 183 innings in the first inning.

Anderson will need two days to complete his fourteenth in the game.

Earlier, resuming 0/21, India had a near perfect morning session at Trent Bridge.

The partnership between their starters was creeping toward the century mark when Ollie Robinson rebounded Rohit Sharma for 36 with the final delivery before lunch.

Anderson returned from halftime to fire the stern Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli in successive installments with Jos Buttler taking both catches behind the stumps.

Pujara made four and Kohli fell in love with a golden duck, the captain of India looking downcast after being overtaken by his nemesis.

Ajinkya Rahane might have been depleted before he even opened his account, but India’s vice captain did not learn his lesson and his luck soon ran out.

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Rahane hit a single even as Rahul had simply defended a Robinson delivery and was beaten by a direct shot from Jonny Bairstow as he returned to the non-forward end.

With 97 undefeated, India fell to 112-4 and it could have been even worse, but Dom Sibley dropped Rahul, then at 52, in a slip after the batter outlasted Anderson.

After rain forced early tea, two attempts were made to continue the match, but a total of three balls could be thrown before the referees finished the day.

The first match of the five-event series between the teams marks the beginning of a new cycle of the World Trial Championship.

Reuters

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