India was at the receiving end on the first day of the 5th Test with England at Edgbaston with an abysmal 98 runs for the loss of the team’s top 5 batsmen, but Rishabh Pant hit back in his characteristic aggressive style.
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He counter attacked England’s pace offensive to gain the psychological advantage, hitting ace pacer John Leach for two fours and a six off three consecutive balls.
Pant went on to make his half-century off just 51 deliveries at the Tea break.
He had hit six boundaries which included a 6, taking India to a more respectable 174/5 at the tea break. Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 32, while Pant was on 53.
The counter- offensive came as a welcome relief immediately after India lost key batsman Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli in quick succession.