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Kohli, Pujara tons keep England at bay

Virat Kohli celebrating his century on the first day of the Vizag Test
Virat Kohli celebrating his century on the first day of the Vizag Test
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India 317-4 (Kohli 151no) v England
Second Test, Visakhapatnam, day one

Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 151 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 119 as India dominated day one of the second Test against England at Visakhapatnam after scoring 317 for four at stumps.

India won the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first. Jayant Yadav made his debut for the home side replacing Amit Mishra while Lokesh Rahul replaced Gautam Gambhir. For England, James Anderson took the place of Chris Woakes, who was rested.

Stuart Broad (1-39) found early success in his first when he had Rahul (0) caught in the slips in his first over. Murali Vijay (20) scored four boundaries in his 21-ball knock but was surprised by Anderson (3-44) bouncer which he nicked to the slips.

India were struggling at 22 for two and Kohli (151 not out) looked in great form scoring two boundaries in ninth over from Anderson. At the end of the fist hour of play, India scored 45 runs and lost both the openers.

The pair of Kohli and Pujara (119) scored three boundaries in the first two overs after drinks and the latter survived two run out calls in the 18th over after complete misunderstanding with the Indian captain.

Kohli brought the 50-run stand with Pujara off 79 deliveries and India went into lunch at 92 for two.

After outscoring Pujara, Kohli went on to complete his fifty needing 87 balls for it. A couple of overs later Pujara completed his half-century and also brought the 100-run stand with his skipper.

Kohli got a reprieve when Adil Rashid (0-85) dropped him at deep fine leg in the 43rd over bowled by Ben Stokes (0-52).

The pair seemed to be in a rush in the second hour of the session and they smashed a six and two fours combined to bring the 150-run stand and followed it with six more boundaries between the 52nd and the 56th over. At tea, India were 210 for two.

The final session saw Pujara completing his third consecutive Test century and 10th overall with a six to deep midwicket while Kohli reached his 14th Test ton few minutes later. The pair also completed their 200-run stand and things were looking ominous for England.

The 226-run stand finally ended when Anderson forced an edge off Pujara and was taken by Jonny Bairstow.

The Indians looked in now mood to give up as Kohli added another 68-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane (23) before the latter was dismissed by Rashid at the penultimate over.

At stumps, India managed to score 317 for four with Kohli crossing the 150-run mark.

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