CHENNAI, Dec. 18: For 311 deliveries that KL Rahul faced during the fifth India v England Test at the MA Chidambaram stadium, the Karnataka batsman treated each delivery on its merit. He mixed aggression with resolute defence throughout day two. He danced down the track to hit Liam Dawson out of the attack, employed the sweep and reverse sweep only to the balls that were outside off stump and reaped the rewards. He cross the 100-run mark in Tests for the first time in India, and then raced past 150, he was poised for 200.
All the while he was focused -- barring one delivery. Unfortunately that delivery, tossed up outside off from Adil Rashid, was the one Rahul tried to take a single to reach 200. It was not overptiched for Rahul to drive through covers, yet he went for it thinking of an easy single to raise his helmet high. It was a length ball that Rahul should have drove towards mid-off. He did not treat this ball on its merit and paid the price. The ball was lobbed to point and Jos Buttler completed the catch; Rahul was on his haunches, hand over his head in disbelief and he had to drag himself off the pitch thinking of the agony of that one run.
But the 199 that he made, his fourth Test hundred and first in home soil, was the fulcrum around which India build their first innings in reply to England’s 477 on Sunday. By the time stumps were drawn, India had score 391 for the loss of four wickets, 82 runs adrift of England’s first innings total.(TOI)
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