Twitter reactions on Rahane & Pant’s match-saving partnership: Twitter was exhilarated after Rahane and Pant strengthened India’s position.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of India at Hyderabad, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant stitched an unbeaten 146-run partnership for the fifth wicket, rescuing India from a spot of bother.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav’s career-best bowling figures of 26.4-3-88-6 had bundled out the opposition for 311 in 101.4 overs. The Indian openers in Lokesh Rahul and Prithvi Shaw, chiefly the latter, provided a swift start to India.
However, wickets at regular intervals had curtailed India to 162-4 in the 43rd over. With a deficit of 149 runs, India required a special effort from its lower middle-order in a bid to tighten their grip on the match.
It was at this point in time that Rahane and Pant joined hands to put India in a strong position by the end of the day. Albeit off the outside edge, Pant scored his first boundary on the second ball that he faced.
The 21-year old southpaw continued in his archetype fashion, scoring runs at a brisk rate. On the other hand, the coming on the back of an extended lean patch, Rahane took his time to eventually get things sorted out in the middle.
Pant’s innings saw him giving chances to the opposition but poor fielding made sure that he survived the day. With a four off Roston Chase on the penultimate delivery of the 58th over, the pair brought its 50-run partnership. By the 68th over, the duo had crossed both the 100-run partnership and their individual half-centuries.
Banking on his start, Pant was instrumental in decreasing the lead for India, something which perhaps also removed the pressure from Rahane, giving him the freedom to come out of his indifferent form. With India finishing the day on 308-4 in 81 overs, they are only three runs behind West Indies’ total of 311.
The team would be hoping that these two players make it big tomorrow morning for that would present a case for yet another dominating Indian victory in the series. Their partnership invited numerous reactions on social media platform Twitter. Watch some of them below:
Day 2: Stumps 🏏
1️⃣4️⃣6️⃣-run partnership between Rishabh Pant (50* off 67 balls) & Ajinkya Rahane (50* off 122 balls) and #TeamIndia end Day 2 on 308/4, trailing West Indies by just 3 runs! 👍🏼#INDvWI #KorboLorboJeetbo #KKR pic.twitter.com/43mWAJS17J
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 13, 2018
Holder brought the hope with Kohli’s wicket, 149 runs ago. Since then, India have lost no wickets and scored at 3.82 to add 146. That’s what Ajinkya Rahane and Rishab Pant have put up today. They end unbeaten in sight of individual centuries, and have batted with control % of 95.
— Manish K. Bhatt (@Manish_K_Bhatt) October 13, 2018
Rahane… The man of his character.#INDvWI
— Mahendra Pratap Samar🌻🌟 (@MpsBharatiya) October 13, 2018
— East Coast Daily-Eng (@eastcoasteng) October 13, 2018
— Virat Kohli (@Viratkohli18f_c) October 13, 2018
“Rahane” is trending. There’s the usual chatter about his Test spot. I’ll never understand why people are obsessed with selection – who “deserves” it and who doesn’t. After about five minutes, it should be obvious that these are terribly mediocre argumentshttps://t.co/KlW4CSP1Vi
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) October 13, 2018
Well played Rishab and Rahane 👏👏👏
— Jeet rakhecha (@sawi_rakhecha) October 13, 2018
India wipe off the Windies lead on Day 2. Youngsters Shaw and Pant carrying forward their spectacular form from the 1st Test with the experienced campaigner in Rahane being the calming influence out in the middle. #INDvWI Looking forward to a dominant Day 3.
— Shikhar srivastava (@shikhar_sri) October 13, 2018
Rahane, Pant put India on top
— Sting Wing (@subho_poison) October 13, 2018
Tomorrow could see Pant go off on one of those innings, while Rahane will be searching for the hero inside himself to get that century..
— Manish Kumar (@kkmaniesh) October 13, 2018
India will the happier side at stumps on Day 2, as they trail by 3 runs with both Rahane & Pant nearing a century!
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 13, 2018
Now this has been better from rahane.Though he missed too many opportunities to rotate earlier,he did not throw it away today and batted the whole day.Pant,as usual continues to mesemerize us.Rahane needs to make it big tomorrow,if he can be his old self, will be more than good
— Devesh arora (@Devesharora20) October 13, 2018
Very sensible approach by Rahane & Pant. They mixed attack with defence & importantly rotated the strike subtly that didn’t let WI bowlers settle down. This is Test cricket….. very absorbing.
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) October 13, 2018
India in the driver’s seat at the end of day 2, thanks to this unbeaten 146-run partnership between Rahane and Pant. With Jadeja and Ashwin yet to bat, should look to add another 150-200 runs tomorrow. #INDvWI
— Abhay Gupta (@Abhay00) October 13, 2018
— Er Md Azharuddin (@azhar4_official) October 13, 2018