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5th Test: Phenomenal Rishabh Pant plots India’s fight back with game-changing ton on Day 1 | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Rishabh Pant performed a knock for the ages to show the tables on England and take India to an imposing 338 for seven on a rain-hit day one of many rescheduled fifth Test right here on Friday.
At 98 for 5, India have been staring down the barrel however Pant (146 off 111 balls) scripted a exceptional turnaround within the firm of Ravindra Jadeja (83 batting off 163) because the duo shared a match altering 222-run stand off 239 balls.
Pant, who rendered the England bowlers helpless, hammered 20 boundaries and 4 sixes, in his awe-inspiring effort.
Day 1: As It Happened
The rain within the morning meant solely 73 overs could possibly be bowled on the opening day.

Having confronted criticism for his struggles in white-ball cricket lately, Pant continued his love affair with the red-ball format by smashing his fifth century total and fourth in abroad circumstances.

The circumstances and match state of affairs was in opposition to him however he as soon as once more thrived on it to go away the opposition annoyed.
As solely he might, he danced down the monitor in opposition to the nice James Anderson, reverse scooped him but additionally performed typical strokes, together with the straight drives and again foot punches, enroute to the quickest hundred (89 balls) by an Indian wicketkeeper.

In the nervous 90s, he fell on the bottom whereas going aerial over Jack Leach however that also fetched him a 4 earlier than reaching three figures within the following over.
Stokes fancied Leach’s possibilities in opposition to Pant however the ploy failed miserably because the southpaw collected boundaries off the left-arm spinner at will. Leach ended up with day’s figures of 0/71 in 9 overs. Pant went ballistic in what occurred to be Leach’s final over of the day, clobbering him two sixes and as many fours.
With a few a whole lot in England, one every in Australia and South Africa, Pant has already walked into the record of the best wicketkeeper-batters to have come out of India.
The 24-year-old’s epic innings got here to an finish in direction of shut of play with part-timer Joe Root offering the a lot wanted breakthrough.
Jadeja, who loved Pant’s audacious stroke from the opposite finish, additionally performed a serious function in India’s exceptional restoration and produced some pleasant drives on the best way.
After overs have been misplaced within the first two classes attributable to rain, the night session was performed in brilliant sunshine.
Pant and Jadeja’s counter-attacking partnership had helped India get better to 174 for 5 at tea after the guests misplaced half their aspect shortly after lunch.
Rain delayed the beginning of the second session by an hour and England have been throughout India quickly after play resumed.
While Anderson did the harm within the morning, Matthew Potts bought the prized wicket of an out of shape Virat Kohli (11) and a shaky Hanuma Vihari (20) put up lunch to place England on prime.
Vihari was the primary to go after Potts trapped him in entrance of the stumps with a full ball that darted again sharply. In his following over, Potts despatched again Kohli, who dragged one on to his stumps in his half-hearted try to go away the ball.
Shreyas Iyer (15 off 11 balls), taking part in his first Test outdoors India, began on an aggressive be aware by gathering three fours off Potts. However, Anderson and the assist workers had accomplished their homework on Iyer, who has had points in opposition to the brief ball.
The 39-year-old pacer angled one across the rib cage space that induced a faint edge on option to Sam Billings, who took a superb one handed catch diving full-stretched to his left.
India appeared down and out at that stage and recent lease of life was infused within the innings by the 2 southpaws, Pant and Jadeja.
Pant made his intent loud and clear by advancing and smashing Anderson down the bottom. Jadeja too performed his strokes with the spotlight being the straight drive and canopy drive off Broad.
Earlier, England’s most adorned pacer Anderson produced probing spells within the rain-hit morning session to cut back India to 53 for 2. Rain compelled the lunch break 20 minutes earlier than time.
Anderson had openers Shubman Gill (17 off 24) and Cheteshwar Pujara (13 off 46) caught by Zak Crawley at second slip to offer England the benefit after Stokes opted to ‘chase’ at Edgbaston.
India might have been three down had Crawley held on to a tricky probability introduced by Vihari off Matthew Potts.

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