Rahane delights in Lord's special

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Batsman Ajinkya Rahane emerged loud and proud on the back of a maiden century at Lord's, despite India's struggles on day two of the first Test against England.

Batsman Ajinkya Rahane emerged loud and proud on the back of a maiden century at Lord's, despite India's struggles on day two of the first Test against England.

Rahane's 103 was the top score in an otherwise disappointing total of 290 for nine, as the hosts capitalised on captain Alastair Cook's swift decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

The right-handed Rahane, who earlier this year struck a fine ton against New Zealand in Wellington, orchestrated 15 boundaries and a solitary six during a steely 154-delivery vigil on Thursday.

"I'm really happy with this special 100 at Lord's. I just looked and saw my name on the board, it's a proud moment. I have to give credit to the top order, they batted well in a tough situation," said Rahane. "We had a great day. On Friday, maybe a quick 20 or 30 runs, it's another crucial day."

The pitch boasted a substantial amount of grass cover, generating plenty of swing and seam through sessions one and two. The 26-year-old combated the challenging conditions successfully throughout, but ultimately perished to fast bowler James Anderson.

"Playing Test cricket outside your country is a challenge and I love challenges. I love playing on this kind of wicket. You want to be little positive and let the ball come and after 25, 30 runs, I wanted to play a positive game and back my instinct," he added.

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