Kolkata: Dec 7, 2012
Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put on an unbeaten partnership of 131 for the third wicket to take England’s total to 296 for one, only 20 short of India’s first innings score. Cook also brought up his 150 while Trott, playing on 66, looks set for his first century of the series on day three of the Kolkata Test.
Indian bowlers continued to struggle as they went wicketless in the first session. Although Ravichandran Ashwin was the best bowler in the first session, he failed to earn his side an important breakthrough. Ishant Sharma came the closest but gave it away as he dropped a return catch off his own bowling from Cook.
Earler on Day Two, Cook created history by cracking his 23rd Test century, the most by an Englishman, and his third consecutive one in the series as England took complete control of the game.
Cook remained unbeaten on a brilliant 136 to lay the platform for a mammoth first innings total as the visitors cruised to a comfortable 216 for one at close on the second day.
In reply to India’s first innings score of 316, England put up a solid batting display and rode on a 165-run opening stand between Cook and Nick Compton (57) as Indian bowlers had a disappointing day.
Brief Scores: India 316 (Sachin Tendulkar 76, MS Dhoni 52; Monty Panesar 4 for 90, James Anderson 3 for 89) lead England 296 for 1 (Alastair Cook 167*, Jonathan Trott 66*; Pragya Ojha 1 for 74) by 20 runs
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