KL Rahul
KL Rahul etches his name in history [Image-Twitter]

A brilliant opening stand between KL Rahul [126 not-out] and Rohit Sharma [83], a classy half-century by the latter, and a patient yet sumptuous hundred by the former has helped India dominate the first day of the Lord’s Test as the tourists finished at 3/275.

With Virat Kohli losing 8th consecutive toss in England and persistent drizzle in the lead-up to the morning session, the task was cut out for the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to negotiate the threat of James Anderson (in particular) and other English seamers.

And, just as they had done in Nottingham, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were more than equal to the task as the duo put on a masterclass on how one should bat in seaming conditions.

They left the ball brilliantly outside the off-stump and while KL Rahul was grinding it out, Rohit Sharma ensured that he kept the scoreboard ticking by taking full advantage whenever the English seamers, especially Sam Curran, erred in their line or length.

The duo scored 0/48 in 18.4 overs before yet another drizzle forced and premature end to the first session.

India, England, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul once again gave a solid start. Image-BCCI

The battle resumed after the Lunch break and Rohit Sharma picked off from where he had left, as did KL Rahul.

Sharma breached the 30-40 run mark and proceeded to complete a well-deserved 2nd 50 in SENA countries as an opener. And, he celebrated that with a typical hook off Mark Wood over deep fine-leg.

Sharma and Rahul became the first Indian opening pair to notch up a 100-run-stand in SENA since Centurion 2010 as Joe Root resorted to the off-spin of Moeen Ali.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma [Image-Twitter]
Rohit (83 off 145 balls)  was looking prime for his first overseas Test ton but James Anderson ensured that it wasn’t the case as he set up the Indian opener beautifully by bowling a series of outswingers before getting one to jag back to knock over his stumps.

KL Rahul, who was at 22 off 107 balls at one stage, shifted gears as soon as Rohit got dismissed, asserting himself as the lead anchor of the batting unit.

His square-driving against the likes of Anderson, Robinson, Curran or Wood was imperious as was his punchy drives straight down the ground.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed by Anderson for the 9th time in Test cricket [Image-Twitter]
India lost another wicket before the Tea break as James Anderson dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for the 9th time in Test cricket, ending what was a torturous stay for the Indian No.3.

Anderson set up Pujara by bringing a series of deliveries into him before seaming one away, enticing the out-of-form Indian No.3 to poke outside the off-stump.

Virat Kohli looked fidgety at the start of his innings but KL Rahul ensured that he took most of the deliveries before the Tea break especially from Anderson.

The duo, however, took complete control of the proceedings post the Tea break as they made the English bowlers toil hard after Anderson’s marathon spell.

Kohli gradually gained confidence as his innings wore on and out came his vintage cover-drives and on-drives.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul celebrates his century at the Lord’s. (Photo: Twitter)

Rahul, on the other hand, continued to leave the crowd in absolute awe with his sumptuous square drives and punchy drives straight down the ground.

The stylish opener brought his 6th Test hundred and his second ton in England with a slap past the third man off Mark Wood in the 78th over to etch his name in the record books.

Rahul became only the third Indian opener and 10th batter from the country to etch his name in the Lord’s honor board.

Kohli (42 off 103 balls) and Rahul stitched 127 runs for the third wicket before Ollie Robinson got England a much-needed breakthrough with the new cherry as he induced the Indian captain into nicking it to the slip cordon.


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