Pink-ball Test: Very disappointing batting display by India and they just did not apply themselves- VVS Laxman

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Former India batsman VVS Laxman expressed disappointment as India lost seven wickets for 46 runs in the first session of play on Day 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

India batsman Washington Sundar is cleaned bowled by Joe Root.

India batsman Washington Sundar is cleaned bowled by Joe Root. (Courtesy of BCCI)

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India started the day on 99/3 with Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane at the creaseThe two batsmen did not last long as India were 115-5 just 8 overs laterThey were eventually bundled out by England for 145, with a lead of 33 runs

Former India batsman VVS Laxman expressed disappointment at the way Team India batted in the first session on Day 2 as they were bowled out by England for 145.

India started the day on 99/3 with Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane at the crease, but the two did not last long as they were 115-5 just 8 overs later.

“No doubt about it (the poor batting effort on Day 2), particularly a well set Rohit Sharma was batting on 57, Ajinkya Rahane got a brilliant half-century on a more challenging pitch in Chennai.

“I think it was a very disappointing batting display by the Indians because we thought they will apply themselves and take advantage of what the bowlers did in the first innings bowling England out for 112.

“A lot of bad shots and poor technique, they didn’t cover the spin and play in the right line, so overall I think the Indian batsman will be really disappointed with the way they played this morning,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports.

Root takes maiden 5-wicket haul in Test cricket

England captain Joe Root, surprisingly was the bowler who troubled India the most as he went on to take his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Root on Thursday took 3 wickets in his first 3 overs without giving away a single run. He brought himself on to bowl in the 42nd over with India struggling at 117/5 with a lead of just 5 runs. With his very first delivery he went on to dismiss the dangerous Rishabh Pant.

It was a beauty of a delivery that pitched and spun away from the left-hander as he tried to slog the ball. It took a delicate edge and ben Foakes took an easy catch as Pant had to depart for 1 run.

Root then dismissed Washington Sundar with another beauty in the next over. The India all-rounder was cleaned up and the delivery pitched on the middle stump and spun away to hit the off-stump as Sundar tried to play the line of the ball.

Root then dismissed Axar Patel for nought, as the all-rounder tried to be attacking and came outside the crease to slog one over, but could only hit it to short extra cover.

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