The first day at the Feroz Shah Kotla was very similar to the first day’s play of the test between England and India at Lord’s in 2014. In that game as well, the top order withered away before Ajinkya Rahane played a breathtaking knock the save the day for the Indians. In Delhi as well, Kohli’s boys were in for some serious trouble, before Rahane played another superb knock to get India to a respectable total.
India batted first on winning the toss, but failed to cash in on the advantage as the top three could not develop their starts fully. Dhawan and Pujara both looked like fighting it out, before they were dismissed. In walked Virat Kohli, and he changed the setting of the game with his aggressive batting. He was playing his strokes like he would in a limited overs game.
However, Kohli was dismissed in the freakish of ways and soon the danger signs were back for India. Rohit Sharma played a mind numbing slog to send himself back to his teammates. This shot might well have ended all the faith Rohit’s supporters had in him. Rahane however, played stood like a rock, to guide India to safe waters.
India ended the day on 228-7, with Rahane not out on 89. Below, are the statistical highlights for the first day’s play.
1. 231*. This has been the highest innings total in this series so far.
2. Rohit Sharma has played 27 innings in Tests and 20% of his runs have come from one innings.
3. 5. Consecutive tosses won by India at home since November 2013.
4. 74*. The difference between Ajinkya Rahane highest and second highest test score at home.
5. First time in the series that side batting first has not been dismissed on the first day of the game.