by ASHLEY WILBY
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steered India into a commanding position against England on day one of the second test in Visakathaptnam.
The host’s captain Kohli and Pujara added a brilliant 226 for the third wicket with ruthless efficiency to see their side close on 317-4.
England took the momentum from the last test in Rajkot and started the day aggressively taking two early wickets leaving their opponents 22-2.
The addition of England pace ace Jimmy Anderson for Chris Woakes worked effectively as he had Murali Vijay edging to gully for 20 runs.
Stuart Broad took the first wicket of the day removing KL Rahul for a duck on the opening batsmans return from injury.
Kohli (151*) and Pujara (119) took advantage of winning an important toss and also benefited from some wayward off spin bowling from the tourist’s.
The freshly introduced Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers taking 3-44 on his first test since August after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Anderson also removed Pujara after he loosely nicked one to Jonny Bairstow, but the number three had already inflicted his share of the damage scoring his fourth century against England with a composed and controlled innings.
Virat Kohli finished the day unbeaten on 151 not out after his controlled despatching of the England bowling attack.
The 28 year old’s performance showed his determination to change his poor average of 13.8 in his previous tour against England in 2014.
Jimmy Anderson took his final wicket of the day removing Ajinkya Rahane for 23 near the close of play to give England a slight glimmer of hope ahead of day two.