Liam Plunkett’s half century helped England take the lead © Getty Images
By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Jul 19, 2014
India have gone into lunch on Day Three of the second Test against England at Lord’s on 11 for no loss. After England were bowled out for 319, taking a 24-run lead, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat in the small period before lunch. Though there were a few nervous moments, they were able to see it off till lunch.
The day started with England on 219 for six. Matt Prior was under pressure but started very positively and added a fifty run-stand with Liam Plunkett. Both batsmen were playing their strokes and essayed some wonderful strokes through the off-side. Prior has been under pressure for a while and it was good to see him play the strokes. He had moved into an aggressive mood, and that got the better of him as he top edged a pull off a Mohammed Shami-delivery which wasn’t very short.
Thereafter, Plunkett stole the show as he looked calm and assured with the bat. Even as the Indians bowled a few short ones, he swayed out of the way well. There was one good pull shot he played through the mid-wicket region. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar completed his fifer by bowling Ben Stokes for no score. He then followed it up with Stuart Broad’s wicket as he took his six-wicket haul. He now joins L Amar Singh and Bishan Singh Bedi in the list of Indians who have taken six wickets at Lord’s.
James Anderson then walked out and played a few confident shots, carrying on from Trent Bridge. Plunkett then went on to complete his first Test fifty. England were then bowled out for 319 when Anderson tried to reverse sweep Ravindra Jadeja. India then came on for four overs and went into lunch at 11 for no loss.
India 295 (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4 for 60, Stuart Broad 2 for 79, Ben Stokes 2 for 40) and 11 for no loss trail England 319 (Gary Ballance 110, Liam Plunkett 55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 for 82, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 46) by 13 runs.
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