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Jul 19, 2014
On an overcast morning at Lord’s, England were bowled out for 319 in the second Test. It is a wicket that has had a lot of help for the seamers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar etched his name on the Lord’s honours board with a remarkable spell. Gary Ballance had scored his second Test ton to lift England from a muddle and help them move closer to India’s score. One can say that, at the end of the first innings, this game is evenly poised and a lot would depend on how India bat. England though have a slight advantage with the 24-run lead.
On Day Two, India were bowled out for 295. Thereafter, India started using the conditions and troubled the English batsmen. Alastair Cook and Sam Robson were dismissed caught behind. Ian Bell was stunned by one that climbed and took his glove as he tried to get the bat away. All those wickets were taken by Bhuvneshwar. Ballance had meanwhile come in and was quietly going about his job. He did give one chance, when an edge off Stuart Binny went through first-slip and the wicketkeeper.
At 113 for four, England looked in a spot, but Moeen Ali walked in and stitched a good partnership of 98 runs. Ballance had meanwhile started scoring fluently and moved to his ton. It came at a tough time for him as he was earlier embroiled in a controversy. The partnership was broken by Murali Vijay as Moeen was trapped leg-before.
Ballance was then taken by Bhuvneshwar for 110 as he tickled one down the leg-side. The next morning, Prior and Plunkett started well and took England smoothly past 250. But then Shami dismissed Prior and then Bhuvneshwar took two scalps to take six wickets. James Anderson scored a few runs, while Plunkett got to his maiden Test fifty. Ravindra Jadeja then had Anderson out to finish the innings at 319.
India 295 (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4 for 60, Stuart Broad 2 for 79, Ben Stokes 2 for 40) trail England 319 (Gary Ballance 110, Liam Plunkett 55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 for 82, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 46) by 24 runs.
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