If that was the adjustment Rahane made, Thakur also made a slight adjustment. While his 51 was his third half-century at this ground, it was more patient, more measured than the two that had come against England in 2021. For batters like Thakur, there's always the temptation to clear the front leg and go for agricultural across-the-lie hoicks, more so after being hit repeatedly. Yet, he showed courage in getting behind the line to cover the line. By the time he was done, some of the drives evoked memories of Thakur's earliest nickname in international cricket (Shardulkar). Such was the correctness of some of the drives along the ground. Ultimately, though, his instincts took over as he was running out of partners. After he was dismissed, the innings soon ground to a halt.