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India vs England 5th Test Day 2, On the second day of the fifth and final Test against England, India continued to dominate with bat and ball. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill both secured their second centuries of the series, guiding India to a substantial first-innings lead. Contributions from all of India’s top five batters, including debutant Devdutt Padikkal, propelled the hosts to a commanding total of 473-8, establishing a lead of 255 runs.

Padikkal’s spirited innings of 65 included a notable six off Shoaib Bashir to reach his fifty before the off-spinner struck with a three-wicket burst, dismissing Sarfaraz Khan, Padikkal, and Dhruv Jurel. Bashir ended with figures of 4-170. Tom Hartley joined the attack, removing Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in quick succession. The unbeaten partnership of Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah for the ninth wicket reached 45 runs, aiming to extend India’s total beyond the 500-mark.

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In the visitor’s camp, England faced a challenging session as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill dominated the first session. However, Ben Stokes, bowling for the first time in eight months, delivered a magical delivery to dismiss Rohit on 103. James Anderson, nearing his 700th Test wicket, then removed Gill on 110. Despite these breakthroughs, India remained in control with a lead and a score of 264/1 at lunch.

Recapping the first day, England had a challenging time facing the bowling attack, with Kuldeep Yadav showcasing a mesmerizing spell, reminiscent of Shane Warne. England, initially positioned well at 137/2, collapsed to 218 all out, with Kuldeep picking up a fifer. In response, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal continued their aggressive form, putting on 104 runs at a rapid pace.

As the Test match progressed, India finished the day at 376/3 at tea, holding a lead of 158 runs. Rohit Sharma reached his 12th Test century, and Shubman Gill notched up his fourth Test century. Ben Stokes’ return to bowling action provided a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Rohit, while Anderson claimed Gill’s wicket in the next over.

The match’s dynamics suggested that Day 3 could be crucial, with India aiming to consolidate their lead, and England relying on spinners Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir, along with the experienced James Anderson, to make a impact. The pitch showed no demons, but India’s formidable bowling lineup remained a challenge for the visitors.

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