India’s senior batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, made light of a spirited display from England’s seamers in the opening hour of the second Test to seize control of the contest with an unbroken 188-run stand for the third wicket. By tea on the first day at Visakhapatnam, the pair had restored India’s equilibrium, after the loss of both openers with a mere 22 runs on the board, to carry their side to 210 for 2, an ominous position on a cracked and crumbly surface that neither captain anticipates will last for five days.
Rahul was out for a duck where as Murali Vijay could score just 20.
Kohli hit his century in his 50th test. Pujara was out for 119 and India crossed 250 runs for the loss of three wickets in 63 overs.