KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja took India to the top spot in the first Test against England

Hyderabad: KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit half-centuries to put India in command of the opening Test against England with a lead of 175 at stumps on the second day in Hyderabad on Friday.

Jadeja remained unbeaten in the 81st minute and took the lead after Rahul's 86th minute to take the hosts to 421-7.

He and fellow left-hander Axar Patel (35) formed a batting line-up of 63 at the end of the game.

Jadeja's fifth-wicket stand of 65, with Rahul looking confident with eight fours and two sixes, stood out on a dominant day for India, which continued at 119-1.

Tough day for England

The world's top-ranked Test all-rounder then got the better of wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat, who scored 41 before being dismissed by Joe Root.

Root and debutant Tom Hartley took two wickets each on a difficult day for the tourists, who bowled 87 overs after an extended final session.

Jadeja reached his fifty after tea and brandished the bat in his trademark sword celebration in front of a jubilant crowd of over 25,000 people, heightened by the Republic Day holiday.

India lost two wickets in the final session of play, including Ravichandran Ashwin, who was bowled out for one after a mix-up where the two batsmen were at one end.

KL Rahul led the innings with a balanced 86 against England.

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Changing bowling options

Rahul took the lead in the innings in the first two sessions but had to fend off a lot when his big delivery landed in the palms of Rehan Ahmed deep mid-wicket after a long hop from Hartley.

England continued to rotate their bowling options and struck in the third over after lunch when Shreyas Iyer holed out deep at mid-wicket and defeated leg-spinner Ahmed for 35.

India lost batting duo Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill within the first hour of play overnight.

The left-handed Jaiswal added four balls to his overnight 76 with a boundary but was dismissed after throwing the fourth ball of the day back to spinner Root, who leapt high to take the catch.

England's Joe Root celebrates with Ben Stokes after taking the wicket of India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal on day two.

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Brilliant introduction

Rahul and Gill, who had started the day at 14, tried to rebuild in a 36-run partnership but Hartley made the breakthrough with his left-arm spin.

Hartley had a painful introduction to Test cricket when Jaiswal greeted him with a six off the first ball. He leaked 63 runs in nine overs on the first day.

A free shot from Gill caught him at mid-wicket on the 23rd.

Playing their attacking brand of cricket, 'Bazball', England opted to bat at the start of a five-match series and managed 246 thanks to skipper Ben Stokes' 70.