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KL Rahul included in the squad for the second Test

KL Rahul back in Indian Test TeamClick To TweetOpener Lokesh Rahul was today included in the Indian squad against England for the ongoing Test series, BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke informed on Tuesday.

Rahul impressed chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and selector Sarandeep Singh after he scored 76 and 106 in the two innings against Rajasthan in the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy.

It remains to be seen, if KL Rahul gets a chance to play in place of Gautam Gambhir in the second test match against England. Gautam Gambhir scored 29 runs in the first innings whereas in the second innings, he failed to open his account.

However, inclusion of Rahul is a welcome addition to the Indian team ahead of the second test match, which begins on 17th November at Visakhapatnam.

India Squad for second Test:
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Karun Nair.

England’s Tour of India 2016 – 1st Test Match at Rajkot – Day 3

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara lead India’s fightback

Rajkot: Fighting centuries by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India reach 319/4 at the end of day 3 of the ongoing first test match against England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. India is still 218 runs behind England, who had finished their first innings at 537.

Pujara, who came into bat at the fall of Gautam Gambhir (29), combined well Vijay to put on 209 for the second wicket. In the process Pujara scored his 9th test hundred, while Vijay also reached test hundred for the 7th time. By the time, Pujara (124 runs of 206 balls, 17 fours) was dismissed by Ben Stokes, India had reached 277.

Vijay was then joined by Captain Virat Kohli. Just when it looked that these two will see of the day for India, a sudden loss of concentration cost Vijay (126 runs of 301 balls, 9 fours and 4 sixes) his wicket. He was caught Haseeb at short leg of the bowling of leg spinner Adil Rashid. The ploy of sending Amit Mishra, as a night watchman didn’t work as too was caught Haseeb at short leg this time of left arm spinner Zafar Ansari.

Loss of two wickets in space of four balls means that onus will now be on Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is unbeaten on 26 runs and the remaining batsman to try take India close visitors mammoth first innings score.

Brief Score Board at the end of Day 2

England – First innings (537 all out in 159.3 overs)

Ben Stokes – 128                        Ravindra Jadeja 30-4-86-3
Joe Root – 124                            Mohammed Shami 28.1-5-65-2
Moeen Ali – 117                          Umesh Yadav 31.5-3-112-2

India – First innings (319/4 in 110 overs)

Murali Vijay –  126

Cheteshwar Pujara  – 124