Visakhapatnam, India (AP) — Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 151 to take India to 317-4 at stumps on Thursday in the second test against England, after a stray dog had forced an early tea on the first day.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 119, with 12 fours and two sixes, for his 10th test century and his third hundred in four test innings.
“Starting the series with a hundred in Rajkot (at the first test), my home ground, was really special. I just wanted to continue my good form here,” said Pujara.
Shortly afterward, Kohli brought up his 14th test hundred off 154 deliveries.
With India struggling on 22-2, the pair put on 226 runs for the key third wicket before Pujara was caught behind off James Anderson in the 67th over. Returning from injury, Anderson finished the day on 3-44
Bizarrely, Stuart Broad’s final over before tea had to be cut short as ground staff tried — and failed — to get a stray dog off the field.
Kohli and Pujara had dominated the post-lunch session, as India scored at more than four per over, garnering 118 runs.
“During the lunch break, we spoke about accelerating. Both of us read the game well and batted according to the situation. And we were able to dominate the bowling at that particular time,” Pujara said about his partnership with Kohli.
In an odd incident, the umpires called for an early tea as a stray dog ventured onto the field minutes before the scheduled break. The animal refused to leave despite the best efforts of ground staff, and Stuart Broad (1-39), who tried to shoo it away in order to resume his over.
After tea, Kohli survived an lbw appeal off Moeen Ali (0-50) in the 80th over, with the DRS review also ruling in favor of the batsman. In all, Kohli faced 241 deliveries, and hit 15 fours.
Ajinkya Rahane (23) then put on 68 runs for the fourth wicket with Kohli, while also raising India’s 300 mark in the 84th over.
Kohli crossed 150 off 238 balls in the first 150-plus score for an Indian captain against England since Mohammed Azharuddin scored 182 in Kolkata in 1992.
England took the new ball in the 89th over, and Anderson immediately struck as Rahane was caught behind. The pacer was hopeful that England would be able to do more damage in the morning.
“The first ball didn’t swing much and it was the easiest time to bat. The second one moved more because of lights and a bit (of) dew,” Anderson said. “So it might do more in the morning too. We got a wicket late, and hopefully we can get a couple more tomorrow.”
Earlier, Anderson and Broad had reduced India to 22-2 in the morning. The hosts had won the toss and opted to bat.
Lokesh Rahul (0) was caught at third slip off Broad. Murali Vijay (20) was then caught off Anderson, as he lobbed up a short delivery to Ben Stokes.
Anderson enjoyed his comeback.
“It was frustrating at times. But all the hard work I have put in over the last two months was worth it,” Anderson said. “I missed playing and missed taking wickets.”