London, July 17: A defiant Ajinkya Rahane struck a commanding 103 to pull India out of trouble after a mid-innings collapse on a lively Lord's track, as the visitors ended the first day's play at 290 for nine in the second Test here today.
Picking up the pieces from 145 for seven in the final session, Rahane, notching up his second Test ton in 7 matches, stitched up a 90-run eight-wicket partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (36) to give the visitors respect on a day dominated by the England seamers.
Rahane, who brought up his century with a boundary off Stuart Broad (2/79), was authoritative in his strokeplay as the number-five batsman hit 15 fours and a six in his 154-ball stay at the crease.
Pace spearhead James Anderson (4/55) it was who led England the charge as the hosts made merry on a seaming track after skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and had no hesitations in bowling first.
Putting the Ravindra Jadeja controversy aside, a determined Anderson became the highest wicket-taker in England, surpassing fast-bowling legend Fred Trueman when he accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (7) in the morning session.
Anderson has has managed to get 233 scalps of his overall 363 wickets on English soil with Trueman (229) and former skipper Ian Botham (226) behind him. Rahane was Anderson's final scalp of the day after a quick-reflex return catch ended the batsman's exceptional innings on a green-top wicket.
Post-tea, Rahane - 26 not out - had continued his partnership with Stuart Binny (9), but the duo couldn't carry on together for long. They had just 5 runs after the break when he lost his partner to Anderson, trapped LBW.
It was then that India experienced their most productive batting stand of the day. The Bhuvi-Rahane duo started by bringing up the 150-run mark quickly and then was helped by some bad bowling from England in the third session.
Rahane brought up his half-century off 101 balls, with 7 fours, and then the 50-run partnership came up in the 75th over of the day. An over later they brought up India's 200, something that looked improbable in the post-lunch session.
England took the new ball and broke the partnership in the 82nd over, with Kumar bowled by Broad (2-79) after his 84-ball stay, laced with 7 fours). Mohammed Shami (14 not out) and Ishant Sharma (12 not out) hung on in the final few overs to frustrate the England bowlers.