The new Indian opening duo continued their excellent form from the previous Test, where they had a double-century partnership.
On Thursday, they put together an impressive opening stand of 139 runs, which ended with the fall of Jaiswal’s wicket for 57.Rohit went on to score 80.This achievement puts them in esteemed company, as only three other opening pairs from India have achieved such a milestone in away Test matches for India.
The first pair to accomplish this feat was Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan, who achieved it against England in 1979. Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra did it in Australia in 2004, followed by Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer against West Indies in 2006.
In terms of consecutive century partnerships, the Indian opening pair with the highest number is Sehwag and Murali Vijay, followed by Gavaskar and Farookh Engineer, Gavaskar and Anshuman Gaikwad, Gavaskar and Arun Lal and Sadagoppan Ramesh and Devang Gandhi.
At the end of the first day’s play in the second Test, India had reached 288/4, with Virat Kohli (87*) and Ravindra Jadeja (36*) at the crease.
(With agency inputs)
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