On the second day of the opening match, KL Rahul showcased his prowess by reaching a half-century as India steadily closed in on England's lead in Hyderabad. The scoreboard read 222-3, with India trailing by a mere 24 runs in the ongoing five-match series. At lunch, Rahul, standing strong at 55, and Shreyas Iyer, contributing with 34, held the crease, steering the team forward after the early dismissals of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill within the first hour of play.
The morning started with England's Joe Root employing his spin bowling skills, quickly claiming Jaiswal's wicket on the fourth ball, momentarily hushing the enthusiastic home crowd gathered for the Republic Day national holiday. Jaiswal, who had added four to his overnight 76, fell to Root after lobbing the ball back, with the English captain making a high catch.
Despite the setback, Rahul and Gill endeavored to rebuild the innings with a partnership of 36. However, the debutant Tom Hartley, who had a challenging start to test cricket, breaking through with his left-arm spin. Gill's loose shot got him caught at mid-wicket on 23, and an elated Hartley celebrated this milestone with the team. England, having opted for their attacking "Bazball" style of cricket while batting, managed a competitive total, thanks to skipper Ben Stokes' resilient 70, despite facing India's relentless spin onslaught.