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Rohit & Gill Quickly Erasing India’s Deficit To England On Day Two

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Live Reporting Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent

It’s been a brilliant first hour by India.

They are showing England how to bat positively while also being selective. It’s all on show for England to learn from… if they want to.

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A maiden from Tom Hartley takes us to drinks.

India have dominated the opening hour, adding 67 runs. England are still searching for the breakthrough.

One positive, England have got through 15 overs so if they can keep that up and give us stumps at 11:00 GMT that would be superb.

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Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport chief cricket writer in Dharamsala

At what point today will Ben Stokes consider having a bowl?

Mark Wood is finding plenty of pace and carry from this pitch.

It tempts Shubman Gill into the upper-cut, which he misses, and there’s hands on head from Wood.

It was close to the outside edge.

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(Re Chris 4:20) I ask myself the same question as the alarm pierces the quiet at 3:50am and I drag myself to the kitchen to make a coffee. It’s tough being this committed a fan, especially mornings like this!

A change for England as left-arm spinner Tom Hartley replaces off-spinner Shoaib Bashir.

Tidy start with the Lancashire man, conceding just two singles.

This partnership is worth 95 off 134 balls now.

Maybe on this flat pitch, Evan, but surely generally in India the spin is tougher to face than pace. Regardless of the time of the day.

Chance for England as Mark Wood draws the edge of Shubman Gill’s bat but it goes through where a second slip would be and away for four. Joe Root rocks back his head and laughs. Gill has a rueful smile too.

Wood responds with a vicious bouncer that has Gill weaving, but the India batter is unfazed, punching the next delivery to the point fence.

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SMS Message: Is starting the day with spin the lowest form of pressure you can exert on an opposition? Especially in India? It just shows no intent, no aggression, where’s the firepower? from Evan, Cardiff

Is starting the day with spin the lowest form of pressure you can exert on an opposition? Especially in India? It just shows no intent, no aggression, where’s the firepower?

Debutant Devdutt Padikkal is carded to come in next. I bet he can’t wait to get a go on this track.

Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel, who are still looking to consolidate their places, are probably thinking the same too.

Three singles from Mark Wood’s over.

Apart from one half-chance at leg slip for Zak Crawley off Shoaib Bashir to dismiss Rohit Sharma, England haven’t created anything in the opening 40 minutes.

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50 for Shubman GillInd 184-1

A controlled pull for a single brings up another half-century for Shubman Gill.

A couple of Tests ago it felt like he was under serious pressure for his place in this India side but he’s put that talk to bed.

This has been a very good knock so far. He put real pressure on the England bowlers last night and has continued today.

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SMS Message: Currently in Berlin on a stag do… didn’t quite anticipate staying up this late on the first night! But it means I can follow England as long as I stay awake so all positives! We can get early wickets though… right? from Pete

Currently in Berlin on a stag do… didn’t quite anticipate staying up this late on the first night! But it means I can follow England as long as I stay awake so all positives! We can get early wickets though… right?

India have added 48 runs in nine overs so far today.

Keep going at that rate and they’ll be in the lead by drinks in this morning session.

You don’t want to think about the sort of deficit England will face if they continue at that pace all day.

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent

Beautiful shots from Gill, off both front and back foot.

England urgently need wickets or this is heading for a flogging.

A change for England as Mark Wood replaces James Anderson. There was little to no movement for the latter so can the pace of the former provide the breakthrough?

Not with all balls like that. Short and wide from Wood and Shubman Gill cuts away to the fence.

He follows it with a gorgeous front-foot drive, and then a quick single to mid-off.

India are all over England at the moment.

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SMS Message: For all the talk of England’s aggression in this new era, this Indian batting line-up knows how to dial-up the run-rate when the time is right. Would love to see a comparison in series scoring rates. from Alan, Hampshire

For all the talk of England’s aggression in this new era, this Indian batting line-up knows how to dial-up the run-rate when the time is right. Would love to see a comparison in series scoring rates.

Arghh! Through the man at leg slip.

Rohit Sharma turns Shoaib Bashir round the corner and Zak Crawley just isn’t able to react quickly enough.

He doesn’t even lay a finger on it and the ball races away to the fine-leg boundary.

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Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport chief cricket writer in Dharamsala

It really is glorious in Dharamsala this morning. Clear sky, bright sunshine, the warmest temperature of the week so far. No sign of those horror weather forecasts we were hearing a few days ago.

Not that is any comfort to England, who are at risk of being steamrollered here. England have made all the right noises about not thinking of home, but these long tours give the opposition the chance to work you out.

India have slowly marinated England over the past three Tests. Today is the day for the barbecue.

England are already experimenting with the field for James Anderson. He’s down to just one conventional slip with a leg slip/gully in as well.

A lovely bit of grace from Rohit Sharma sees him guide Anderson to the vacant third-man boundary. Too easy.

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