The first day of the India vs England second Test was all about one man – Yashasvi Jaiswal. The young left-handed opener stayed unbeaten 179* to ensure India reach 336/6 at stumps. While none of the other Indian batters including Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill could not even touch 35, Jaiswal stood out with his classy innings. This is Yashasvi Jaiswal second century in Tests and with the way he progressed, it looks like he might be headed for a big innings on the second day of the match on Saturday. 

During the day’s play, news came that former Indian cricket team captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar‘s mother-in-law had died. According to reports and posts from veteran journalists, Sunil Gavaskar left the commentary and left for Kanpur after the news came. 

Mr Sunil Gavaskar has been bereaved, his mother-in-law has passed away. Mr Gavaskar, in Vizag for commentary, is now on way to Kanpur. On Shanti

— Vijay Tagore (@vijaymirror) February 2, 2024

Talking about the day’s play, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s blitz inflicted woes on England’s bowling set-up on the first day of the second Test against England on Friday at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

At the end of Day 1, India managed to put up 336/6 on the board with Jaiswal and Ravichandran Ashwin unbeaten on scores of 179* and 5* respectively.

The Vizag continued to witness Jaiswal’s prowess with the bat, his maturity to hold on to his end and keep the scoreboard ticking while stitching up small yet effective partnerships.

Jaiswal’s composure saw him have a fine balance between attack and defence. His 179* saw him score 17 boundaries and tonk five maximums which made England rethink their plans.

India stumbled thrice in the third session of the day with Rajat Patidar, Axar Patel and KS Bharat falling to England’s spin duo of Rehan Ahmed and Shoaib Bashir.

Patidar (32) was taken by surprise by Rehan’s full-length delivery carried extra bounce and ended up hitting him on the glove and fell to the ground. Fortune wasn’t on Patidar’s side in his bid to stop the ball from hitting the stumps but ended up kicking straight at it.

Axar joined Jaiswal on the crease and both batters managed to put up 52 runs on the board before Axar saw his cut shot go straight into the hands of Rehan in Bashir’s over.

KS Bharat (17) also got dismissed in a similar fashion as he tried to cut but failed to get the correct timing. Ashwin and Jaiswal ensured that India didn’t lose further wickets before the stumps were called.

With ANI inputs

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