ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma smashes Sam Curran for four boundaries in an over

ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma smashes Sam Curran for four boundaries in an over

The quick runs scored by Rohit Sharma ensured that India has improved on their run rate on day one of the second Test.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The second Test match between England and India finally started after rain caused a half-hour delay. After having won the toss, Joe Root sent India to bat first at the Lord’s cricket ground. The Indian openers provided a flying start to the team and Rohit Sharma has looked extremely impressive on the field. Both the openers faced the new ball brilliantly, putting the opposition at the back foot.

Facing the first few overs in the English conditions is a tough nut to break and KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma left and blocked the deliveries with utmost resilience. The England bowlers toiled hard but couldn’t reap any rewards. The run rate of the visitors became a little bit of a concern, but a quickfire acceleration from Sharma brought back India completely into the game in terms of the scoring rate as well.

Sharma hit consecutive boundaries to Sam Curran when he came to bowl the 15th over of the innings. He placed the ball in the point region with a brilliant drive. The next ball went towards the third man boundary after Sharma edged it. The third ball of the over was a dot delivery but the batter played the next one from the back foot as it went for a four in the point region. That was followed by yet another boundary wherein Rohit played a splendid flick as the ball went towards the midwicket.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a steady start to India

The Indian openers stitched a 100 runs opening partnership and provided a flying start to the team. The quick runs scored by Rohit Sharma ensured that India has improved on their run rate. This solid stand by the openers has put the visitors in a dominating position so far.

The first Test match between England and India resulted in a draw as the rain did not allow play on the final day. India made just one change for the second Test as Ishant Sharma came in for Shardul Thakur. The hosts, however, have made three changes to their side as Stuart Broad was replaced by Mark Wood, Haseeb Hameed came in for Zak Crawley and all-rounder Moeen Ali replaced Dan Lawrence.