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Jul 10, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami got their maiden Test fifties as India’s last-wicket pair continues to torment England on Day Two of the first Test on Thursday. These two came in when India were 346 for nine. From thereon, these two have scored at ease.
Shami brought up the century stand with a six over the bowler’s head and also completed his half-century. England bowlers toiled hard and did everything with field placements but failed to dislodge the last-wicket stand.
While the Indian dressing room was bracing up to coming out to bowl, Bhuvneshwar was busy defying the pacers. Bhuvneshwar looked more comfortable against the pacers while Shami somehow managed to hang around. The former did try to protect Shami but after a few overs, they were playing freely. As the partnership progressed, a frustrated Cook even got Moeen Ali to break the stand. At one point, Cook had three close fielders in a line from mid-on to midwicket to push a wristy Shami to flick. But Shami proved to be a much matured batsman and flicked it fine towards deep square-leg with one of them being a boundary.
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