Jaiswal’s Maiden Double Century Puts India in Command Despite Late Collapse

Jaiswal’s Maiden Double Century Puts India in Command Despite Late Collapse

Teenage opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a monumental double century to put India in a dominant position against England on day two of the second Test match.

The 19-year-old Jaiswal notched up his first 200 in Test cricket, scoring a marathon 209 runs to help India post 396 in their first innings. It was a batting masterclass by the youngster, who resumed day two on his overnight score of 181.

Jaiswal played with patience and discipline, frustrating the English bowlers for long periods. He struck some elegant boundaries but largely kept the scoring rate in check. Veteran seamer James Anderson produced a terrific spell with the second new ball, but Jaiswal kept his composure.

Anderson finally ended Jaiswal’s epic innings when the opener holed out in the deep. It was a momentum shift as India’s tail collapsed quickly after the mammoth opening stand was broken. Spinners Rehan Ahmed and Shoaib Bashir cleaned up the lower order to bowl out India for under 400.

However, Jaiswal’s contribution means India hold a substantial run lead as England began their reply. The visitors had a positive start with opener Ben Duckett unleashing an attacking barrage of boundaries.

But India remain firmly in the driver’s seat thanks to Jaiswal’s coming-of-age innings. The young opener showed remarkable skill, concentration and temperament in a marathon knock that has put his team on top. India will look to make inroads into England’s batting line-up in the second session and consolidate their position.