18 Jul 2014

India battle to 290 on day one at Lord's

4:18 pm on 18 July 2014

Ajinkya Rahane scored a well-compiled century to help rescue India's first innings on the opening day of the second cricket Test against England at Lord's.

The Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane.

The Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After winning the toss England had reduced the visitors to 145 for seven on a bowler-friendly pitch early in the final session, but Rahane's 103, along with support from number nine Bhuvneshwar Kumar (36), ensured India had rallied to 290 for nine at the close.

Rahane's knock, which included 15 fours and a six, was ended by a sharp caught and bowled effort by Anderson late in the day.

Tail-enders Ishant Sharma (12) and Mohammed Shami (14) safely navigated the closing overs to ensure England will have to come out and bowl on day two.

The Lord's surface was in marked contrast to the one used in Nottingham, which came in for fierce criticism for its placid nature as the first match of the five-Test series petered out to a tame draw.