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Rahane ton leads India fightback Published: 17 July 2014

Rahane made his second Test ton
Rahane made his second Test ton

Ajinkya Rahane made a fantastic century as India recovered from a perilous position at 145/7 to finish 290/9 on an absorbing first day of the second Investec Test at Lord's.

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Rahane led the fightback with 103, applying himself excellently on a pitch which offered plenty for the seamers, putting on a fighting 90 with number nine Bhuvneshwar Kumar before unfurling a flurry of shots to race from his half century to 103 at a run a ball.

Kumar continued his remarkable batting form in the series so far, following twin 50s at Trent Bridge with 36 on a far more challenging surface than the one in Nottingham.

James Anderson's scalps, the second of which took him past Ian Botham to become the record Test wicket taker at Lord's, had put England on top earlier in the day - the least they would have expected after Alastair Cook won the toss on an unusually green surface at Lord's.

The pitch offered bounce and seam movement for England's quicks, but they were guilty of bowling too short in the opening session, as India reached a solid 73/2.

They were better in the afternoon session though, with Ben Stokes and Anderson in particular in good rhythm, and got their rewards as India's middle order crumbled from 86/2 to 145/7.

But Kumar has proven himself an extremely adept number nine in this series so far, and he proved a fine foil for Rahane.

Indeed, England looked short of ideas as the stand went on, and the sight of Liam Plunkett bowling round the wicket with three men out on the hook smacked of desperation.

The new ball brightened things up, as Broad - whose first wicket of the day was his 250th in Tests - bowled Kumar with one which darted back up the slope.

Rahane responded with a straight six into the Pavilion though, as he grasped his opportunity to etch his name on the famous Honours Boards before the day was out, reaching three figures in fine style with a back-foot drive off Anderson.

Anderson then produced a remarkable catch to end Rahane's fun, taking a remarkable one-handed grab in his follow through off a full blooded off drive, but India's last pair rode their luck to reach the close.


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