IND vs ENG: 2nd Test, Day 1 Talking Points – Majestic Jaiswal gets India going through the opening day

Indian batters threw away most of the advantage on Day 1 of the second Test against England as they finished the day on 336/6. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was the lone warrior in the batting lineup with a scintillating knock of 179* (257), ensuring India wasn’t left too behind in the game.

Apart from Jaiswal, the second-highest scorer was Shubman Gill who gave away his start getting dismissed for 34 (46) against James Anderson. From England, debutant Shoaib Bashir and wrist spinner Rehan Ahmed picked up two wickets each.

Let’s take a look at the talking points from Day 1:

1. Debutant Shoaib Bashir gets the big scalp

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal added 40 runs for the first wicket. Their stand was broken by debutant Shoaib Bashir who got the big scalp of the Indian captain getting him caught at backward short leg. As a result, Rohit once again failed to go big in the longest format and was dismissed for 14 (41).

2. Yashasvi Jaiswal registers his highest Test score

The southpaw continued from where he left off in the first Test and continued to bat with positive intent in the second Test as well. Jaiswal quickly reached his fifty in the first session and registered his second Test hundred post lunch. The 22-year-old made up for the poor show by his teammates and surpassed his highest Test score (171) with a straight six down the ground. He remained unbeaten on 179 off 257 balls and will be eager to notch up his first double hundred on Day 2.

3. Indian batting disappoints again

After a poor show in the second innings of the Hyderabad Test, the Indian batting lineup once again knelt in front of England spinners as no one apart from Jaiswal scored a 50. Shreyas Iyer (27 off 59), Shubman Gill (34 off 46), Rajat Patidar (32 off 72), and Axar Patel (27 off 51) all got starts but failed to convert it into a big score. Had Jaiswal not scored a ‘daddy hundred’ on Day 1, the team would’ve been once again reeling at a below-par score in the first innings.