India vs England: James Anderson's heroics see visitors on top

Rajdeep Saha
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India vs England: James Anderson
India vs England: James Anderson

09 Feb 2021: India vs England: James Anderson's heroics see visitors on top

The Indian cricket team is on the verge of losing the first Test against England in Chennai.

Resuming the day on 39/1, India lost five wickets in the first session (144/6) to falter in their chase of 420.

James Anderson was terrific with the ball, picking up three scalps, including two in one over.

Here we analyze the first session of Day 5.

Shubman Gill: Gill shows promise in 50-run knock

Shubman Gill continued from where he left off in Australia.

The youngster, who got a start in the first innings (29), got to a fifty in the second.

Gill played some impressive shots and looked solid in the middle.

He smashed a fifty in his third successive Test match.

However, an absolute ripper from Anderson saw Gill get dismissed.

Rahane: Rahane's poor show against England continues

Ajinkya Rahane's awful show against England at home was a talking point ahead of the series.

With scores of 1 and 0 in this Test, the numbers fell further.

After surviving a lbw decision, Rahane was packed by Anderson after the ball curled in from a fullish length, breaching Rahane's defence.

The senior batsman now averages 9.14 against England at home.

Team India: India all over the place in the first session

Team India was all over the place in the first session, losing so many wickets.

With the ball being unpredictable in terms of bounce, it was a challenging period for the hosts.

However, the application could have been much better.

Rishabh Pant's choice of shot was poor.

Washington Sundar was stuck on the crease, choosing the wrong shot.

Anderson: Anderson was terrific for England

The man of the moment was veteran England pacer Anderson.

The manner in which he ran in and got the wickets helped England.

There was reverse swing on offer and the pitch played its part.

Anderson pitched the ball in the right areas and got his reward.

By removing two wickets in one over, he put England in control.