With 293 on the board, India were looking for a solid opening stand to take some pressure off the middle order in a rather huge chase. Rohit and Rahane had the onus of giving India a quic and healthy start to ease off the chase, and that is exactly what they did.
During the toss, Virat Kohli had mentioned that the curator had told him that the pitch would play better under lights, as the ball would come onto the bat a bit better, and that was on display as soon as the second innings started, as Rohit and Rahane were able to caress the ball from the word go.
Rahane was his usual solid self, manoeuvring the ball around and just getting a feel for the pitch and the ball.
Rohit though looked on song from the word go, striking the ball to all parts of the ground with utter ease and disdain.
But the shot of the day came against Kane Richardson, when Rohit picked up the length and early and pulled him over square leg for a humongous six!
The timing on it was immaculate, but the secret of hitting it so long was the fact that he had picked length so early that he could get into the best possible position to hit a pull shot.
Check out the video for the six:
India have lost their openers but would be hoping that Virat Kohli and the middle order can see them through on this batting heaven