Gary Ballance and Ian Bell started slowly but picked up their scoring rate © Getty Images
Gary Ballance and Ian Bell started slowly but picked up their scoring rate © Getty Images

Jul 28, 2014

Ian Bell and Gary Ballance put together a hundred-run partnership as England got well and truly ahead against India on Day Two of the third Test at Southampton. The duo scored very quickly in the first session of Day Two.

Earlier, England finished in a commanding position on Day One thanks to a huge partnership between skipper Alastair Cook and No 3 batsman Gary Ballance. The Indian bowlers toiled endlessly, but were unable to make consistent breakthroughs as a mixture of dropped catches, close decisions and missed run-out chances meant that England lost just two wickets when they could have lost far more.

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