Visakhapatnam - Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara hit majestic centuries to
help India take opening day honours as they reached 317 for four at
stumps against England in the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
put on a marathon 226-run stand for the third wicket with Pujara (119)
after the hosts lost their openers early to the England seamers.
paceman James Anderson enjoyed his return with three wickets only to
see the rest of the English attack face a tough time after the hosts
opted to bat first.
Kohli on 151 and Ravichandran Ashwin on one were at the crease when stumps were called.
made full use of his reprieve on 56 when Adil Rashid dropped him at
long leg off Ben Stokes to record his 14th Test century.
batsman mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to thwart the
English bowling attack at India's newest Test venue.
"I think he
(Kohli) likes to play his shots and the kind of runs he has scored in
all the formats of the game, I always enjoy batting with him because he
likes to dominate," Pujara said of his skipper.
Bringing up his 10th Test ton with a six off leg-spinner Rashid, the in-form Pujara tackled the English bowlers with aplomb.
who scored 124 in the first innings in Rajkot, dominated play during
his 204-ball knock, laced with 12 fours and two sixes, before being
caught behind off Anderson.
"I just wanted to continue that form
and once both of us were set, we just wanted to capitalise on the
situation," Pujara told reporters.
Kohli carried on the good work
in the company of Ajinkya Rahane (23) who lost his cool in the
penultimate over of the day as Anderson struck with the second new ball.
England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 466, stood out with
figures of 3-44 as he enjoyed his comeback with a pumped up victory
celebration of opener Murali Vijay's wicket in the morning session.
was great, I've spent the last two months working really hard trying to
get back into this side," said Anderson, who has recovered from a
shoulder injury that kept him out since August.
"It has been frustrating at times but it has been worth it and worth all the hard work that I've put in.
"And getting back out there with the lads is a great feeling and to get on the board with a couple of wickets was even better."
spinners, who gave India a run for their money in the drawn Test in
Rajkot, returned wicketless in three sessions with Moeen Ali and Zafar
Ansari taking a bit of a stick.
Ali though did give Kohli a scare
after going for an lbw referral, but the third umpire upheld the
on-field call even though the ball would have clipped the leg stump
according to the ball tracker.
Cricket apart, there was drama when
a stray dog forced the umpires to call tea four balls early due to it
appearing from behind the sightscreen and evading attempts to chase it
from the field.
There are thousands of stray dogs on India's streets, and this was not the first time one has interrupted a sporting event.
2011, India was forced to halt its first ever Formula One practice
session when a stray dog ran onto the Buddh International Circuit.
India handed off-spinner Jayant Yadav his Test debut with the
Visakhapatnam pitch expected to turn as the match progresses.