Indian opener KL Rahul scored a sparkling hundred at Lord’s against England on day one. His scored 127 while Rohit Sharma batted to score 83 runs. India managed 276 runs while losing three wickets by the stumps of day one.
Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl first. England made three changes in their lineup while India replaced injured Shardul Thakur with Ishant Sharma. Moeen Ali, Haseeb Hameed and Mark Wood came in place of Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence and Stuart Broad.
The start of the game was delayed by the rain. Clouds were still hovering over Lord’s when things got going. Indian openers played cautiously to begin their innings and see off the hard phase of the innings. After getting the eyes in, Rohit started to cut loss and scored boundaries on every given opportunity.
He was looking well on course to score his maiden Test ton away from home but James Anderson disturbed his stumps with an inswinger and got out for 83. Rahul, from there on, dominated England bowlers despite losing Cheteshwar Pujara as well.
Virat Kohli and Rahul kept England bowlers at their mercy and didn’t allow them to put pressure on India. Rahul, in the process, notched up his sixth Test hundred and first since 2018. He scored runs in every corner of Lord’s and will see his names being put on the honor’s board.
Kohli, 42, nicked Ollie Robinson to the slip cordon after England took the new ball. Ajinkya Rahane made sure there were no further damage and see off the remaining overs of the day along with Rahul. India made the most of the beautiful batting condition and reached 276/3 by the stumps of day one.
Rahul will resume his innings from 127 while Rahane is on 1. James Anderson will try to bring England back in the game tomorrow with the ball still relatively new.