A historic knock by the young opener
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his maiden double hundred in Test cricket on the second day of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam. The 22-year-old opener became the third youngest Indian to achieve this feat, after Vinod Kambli and Sunil Gavaskar. He also joined an elite club of players who have scored double centuries in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Cup and Test cricket.
Jaiswal resumed his innings from 179 not out and reached his double ton with two consecutive boundaries off debutant spinner Shoaib Bashir. He celebrated his milestone with a fist pump and a hug from his partner Ravindra Jadeja. He was eventually dismissed for 209, after facing 290 balls and hitting 19 fours and seven sixes.
England fight back with the ball
After Jaiswal’s dismissal, England bowled with discipline and accuracy to wrap up India’s innings for 396. James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 78 runs. He removed Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj in quick succession. Bashir also impressed on his debut, taking three wickets for 112 runs. He dismissed Jaiswal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
India lost their last six wickets for 67 runs and could not cross the 400-run mark. They had a lead of 341 runs over England, who were bowled out for 55 in their first innings on the opening day. Mohammed Siraj had taken six wickets for 18 runs, while Jasprit Bumrah had taken four for 37.
England face a daunting task in the second innings
England faced a huge challenge in their second innings, as they had to bat out more than four sessions to save the match. They had a shaky start, as Siraj struck in the first over, trapping Rory Burns lbw for a duck. Dom Sibley and Haseeb Hameed then tried to rebuild the innings, but they found it difficult to score against the Indian pacers and spinners.
At stumps, England were 42 for one, still trailing by 299 runs. Sibley was unbeaten on 18, while Hameed was on 15. They will have to bat with patience and determination on the third day, as the pitch is expected to deteriorate further. India, on the other hand, will be confident of taking nine more wickets and sealing the series 2-0.