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Jul 11, 2014
India bagged honours at stumps on the second day as they kept England in check after posting a healthy first innings total of 457 in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday. England are 43 for one, 414 runs behind. The day witnessed a potentially match-winning moment for India as their 10th-wicket pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar(58) and Mohammed Shami (51 not out) shared a 111-run stand.
When things go wrong you can’t measure the extent to which it can go haywire. First the flat pitch, then a classy innings from Murali Vijay followed by a ray of hope with India nine down for 346. And then comes the humiliation of bowling to a last-wicket pair for close to three hours. After all that, skipper Alastair Cook is bowled round the legs to a pacer. For the second consecutive day, India have managed to recover after slipping in the middle phase of the day. The scenario could’ve been completely different if England had plucked the last wicket early.
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