Rajkot Test Day 2 Highlights: England’s Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali plunder India

Updated on Nov 10, 2016 05:31 PM IST

Indian openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir showed good temperament to end the day on 63/0 after twin centuries from Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes put the hosts in a spot of bother. Relieve all the highlights of Day 2 here.

England's Moeen Ali (L) walks past teammate Ben Stokes.(AFP Photo)
England's Moeen Ali (L) walks past teammate Ben Stokes.(AFP Photo)
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Indian openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir showed good temperament to end the day on 63/0 after twin centuries from Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes put the hosts in a spot of bother. Relive all the highlights of Day 2 here.

16:37 hrs IST: It’s stumps on Day 2. England dominated the first two sessions, but India was able to fight back as they finished the day on 63 for no loss.

16:30 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir continues to play confidently as a boundary off Zafar Ansari takes him to 25.

16:22 hrs IST: 4 overs to go in the game as India look to finish the day without losing a wicket. (LIVE SCORE)

16:15 hrs IST: Zafar Ansari is introduced into the attack as England look for the first wicket of the day.

16:05 hrs IST: 50 comes up for India in the 16th over for the loss of wickets. Ben Stokes has left the field due to cramps. (LIVE SCORE)

15:58 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Rangana Herath took 13 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by 257 runs to clinch the series 2-0.

15:49 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir has been brilliant in this match so far and he scored a brilliant boundary through the point. India 4/0 (LIVE SCORE)

15:45 hrs IST: Drinks after 11 overs in the Indian innings. It has been a good performance by the Indian batsmen till now.

15:38 hrs IST: Murali Vijay was not connecting properly at the start of the innings, but it seems that he is gradually gaining confidence. (LIVE SCORE)

15:33 hrs IST: Solid batting by the openers as India reach 21/0 after 8 overs.

15:24 hrs IST: Relieve the moments from England’s performance on Day 2 here.

15:16 hrs IST: It has been a solid start by both the openers as they look in fine touch. India 15/0

15:09 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir also joins the party as he hits Chris Woakes for a boundary. (LIVE SCORE)

15:01 hrs IST: Murali Vijay starts his innings with a brilliant boundary of his pads. India 4/0

14:50 hrs IST: India’s struggle in the field continued in the second session as two catches were dropped and they also missed a run out opportunity. (LIVE SCORE)

14:34 hrs IST: The England innings wraps up for 537 as Amit Mishra traps Ansari LBW for 32. A brilliant performance by the English at the start of the series and it will be an uphill task for the Indians to match this performance.

14:24 hrs IST: Ansari dances down the track and connects well to score a boundary. England 529/9

14:18 hrs IST: The second session will be extended by 30 minutes as England have only wicket left. (LIVE SCORE)

14:06 hrs IST: Finally, the breakthrough is here! Ben Stokes went for a shot down the leg side and was caught behind for 128 off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.


13:59 hrs IST: A troublesome fact for Indian fans: England have never lost a Test match after scoring 450 or above in the first innings!

13:50 hrs IST: Tidy bowling by the Indian pacers from both ends, but still no breakthrough. England 512 for 8.

13:43 hrs IST: Shami reintroduced alongside Umesh. Starts off his new spell with a maiden in the 148th over.

13:36 hrs IST: 147 overs gone. England are 509/8. (LIVE SCORE)

13:27 hrs IST: The two batsmen are looking quite comfortable against the Indian bowlers. England 507 for 8. (LIVE SCORE)

13:20 hrs IST: 500 comes up for England in the 143rd over for the loss of 8 wickets.

13:16 hrs IST:The partnership between Stokes and Ansari is frustrating India as England inch towards 500.

13:08 hrs IST: Ben Stokes goes for the big one and this time, he connects properly as the ball crosses the boundary easily.

13:05 hrs IST: England are inching towards 500 as Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari are building their partnership quite cautiously.

12:59 hrs IST: Ben Stokes became the third English batsman to score a century in this match after Joe Root an Moeen Ali. (LIVE SCORE)

12:56 hrs IST: Hundred for Ben Stokes! The 25-year old brings up his fourth Test ton with a beautiful boundary off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.


12:54 hrs IST: It looks like that luck is on Ben Stokes’ side. He goes for another big hit, but his miscued shot lands between the fielders. (LIVE SCORE)

12:47 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is showing signs of being in the nervous 90s as he misses couple of easy deliveries/

12:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes again as Adil Rashid is caught in the deep for 5.

It was a flighted delivery from the off-spinner and Rashid was unable to connect properly. Umesh Yadav took a brilliant catch in the deep to complete the dismissal.

12:34 hrs IST: Ben Stokes has shown great character in his innings so far and the left hander is just 6 runs away from a well deserved century.

12:27 hrs IST: A big chance goes a begging! Ben Stokes miscued his shot completely, but the ball landed just short of a diving Virat Kohli.

12:22 hrs IST: An early breakthrough for India in the second session and they will be looking to get rid of the tail enders as soon as possible. (LIVE SCORE)


12:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes right after lunch as Chris Woakes is caught behind for 4.

The ball was spinning away from the batsman and it took a thin edge on its way to the keeper’s gloves.

12:09 hrs IST: Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes stole the show for England in the first session, while Mohammed Ali was the only bright spot for India. Relieve all the action here.

11:40 hrs IST: Ben Stokes played brilliantly in the first session and he had a great partnership with Jonny Bairstow. Resuming from his overnight score of 19, he brought up his half century and right now, he is batting on 84 off 136 balls. (LIVE SCORE)

11:32 hrs IST: It’s lunch on Day 2 of the test match at Rajkot. The first session completely belonged to England with Mohammad Shami being the only bright spot for the hosts.

11:27 hrs IST: The new batsman at the crease is Chris Woakes. In spite of batting at No. 8. Woakes averages over 35 and he also boasts of two half centuries in his Test career so far.


11:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha finally holds on to a catch as Jonny Bairstow departs for 46. Mohammed Shami comes to his team’s rescue once more as he picks up his second wicket of the match.

11:21 hrs IST: England are scoring at a very impressive rate as 62 runs have come in the last 10 overs! (LIVE SCORE)

11:17 hrs IST: Ben Stokes gets two boundaries in the Ravindra Jadeja over to move to 80.

11:10 hrs IST: Bairstow is living dangerously as he miscues two shots, but both of them fell short of the fielder. (LIVE SCORE)

11:06 hrs IST: It has been a good session for England so far with 105 runs coming from 24 overs and the only negative part was the dismissal of Moeen Ali.

11:00 hrs IST: It’s just too east for Jonny Bairstow as he rushes to 38 off just 43 balls. (LIVE SCORE)

10:55 hrs IST: It’s turning into a nightmare for Wriddhiman Saha. Another chance goes down as he drops Ben Stokes for the second time in three overs.

10:49 hrs IST: DROPPED! The curse strikes again as Ben Stokes edges the delivery, but Wriddhiman Saha was unable to hold on to the catch. (LIVE SCORE)

10:45 hrs IST: Bairstow has already hit two sixes in his innings and he is looking in excellent form.

10:41 hrs IST: The two batsmen are looking quite comfortably in the middle and it seems that England are all set to post a big total in their first innings.


10:35 hrs IST: Fifty for Ben Stokes! The 25-year old takes a comfortable single to bring up his eighth Test half century.

10:29 hrs IST: A huge hit from Jonny Bairstow as he clears the boundary easily off the bowling of Amit Mishra. England 371/5 after 108 overs. (LIVE SCORE)

10:25 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow has been a consistent performer this season for England. He is currently the leading run-scorer in 2016 and he was also the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in Tests this year.

10:21 hrs IST: 105 overs gone. England are currently batting on 360 for the loss of 5 wickets. (LIVE SCORE)

10:16 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is going for an all-out spin attack as Amit Mishra is introduced on the other end.

10:12 hrs IST: Ben Stokes has showed great touch today and he is slowly inching towards his 8th Test fifty. (LIVE SCORE)

10:09 hrs IST: Bairstow was one of the only English batsmen who performed well during their Bangladesh tour last month with an average of 31.50.

10:05 hrs IST: The new man at the crease is Jonny Bairstow. (LIVE SCORE)


10:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami strikes for India and it’s the big wicket of Moeen Ali!

The left-hander misjudged the line of the swinging delivery from Shami and it uprooted his off-stump! (LIVE SCORE)

09:55 hrs IST: Change in strategy for Virat Kohli as he opts for spin in the sixth over of the day. Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler for India yesterday and he will be looking to get an early breakthrough on Day 2.

09:50 hrs IST: It has been a really wayward start by Umesh Yadav as he gives away yeat another boundary in his second over. England 335/4 after 97 overs. [LIVE SCOREBOARD]

09:46 hrs IST:

09:41 hrs IST: Three boundaries in the over for Moeen Ali and it seems that Umesh Yadav will have to rethink his strategy early in the day.

09:38 hrs IST: India are going with an all-pace attack at the start of Day 2 with Umesh Yadav bowling the second over. The pitch has behaved well till now and it seems unlikely to change today.

(AFP Photo)
(AFP Photo)

09:34 hrs IST: Moeen Ali sneaks in a single on the second ball of the day to score his 4th Test century. This was the first time that the all-rounder has scored a century against India.

09:31 hrs IST: It looks like Mohammed Shami has recovered from yesterday’s injury and he will be bowling the first ball of the day to Moeen Ali.

09:28 hrs IST: Moeen Ali is the 15th batsman to be 99 not out overnight in a Test. All of the previous 14 were able to reach three figures. Will he be able to maintain the record?

09:22 hrs IST: It was not a good day for Indian bowlers as they lost their momentum after the first session. Off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the only one to take two wickets but even he ended up conceding 108 runs in his 31 overs.

09:18 hrs IST: Moeen Ali was just one run shy of his fourth Test hundred at stumps on Day 1 while Ben Stokes was batting at 19 off 41 balls.

09:13 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the second day of the first Test between India and England from Rajkot. England will be resuming from their overnight score of 311/4 with Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes at the crease.

Moeen Ali is a run shy of becoming England’s second centurion in the Rajkot Test. England batted for 93 overs on Wednesday and ended on an impressive 311 for four.

Clearly at discomfort against spinners, Ben Stokes laboured to an unbeaten 19 off 41 balls while Moeen Ali showed no hurry to score his fourth Test century.

Moeen showed great application and temperament. He has batted for 192 balls so far, picking each of his nine boundaries with precision. His 179-run stand with Joe Root (124) was the cornerstone of England’s batting on day 1.

India’s bowling will be tested again. England applied themselves well on Wednesday and Stokes should be more comfortable facing the new ball. But all eyes will be on Moeen Ali’s century.

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    Sayan Ghosh works for the sports desk at Hindustan Times. He mostly covers football, but his interests include cricket and UFC.

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