England lost two wickets after bowling India out for 295 © Getty Images
England lost two wickets after bowling India out for 295 © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Jul 18, 2014

The pitch continues to pose question at Lord’s. The seamers continue to reap rewards and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets on the morning of Day Two of the Lord’s Test against England. After India were bowled out for 295, England went into lunch on Day Two at 51 for two.

Overnight, India were 290 for nine, at the back of Ajinkya Rahane’s ton. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma were the unbeaten batsmen. India could only add five to their total before Ben Stokes had Shami caught behind in the second over of the day. In walked England to face the questions.

Cook, facing enormous pressure over his own personal form, started cautiously. Robson too was cautious, more tentative though with his pokes. In the first ten overs, they majorly scored off deliveries that were angled into their pads. On one occasion, Robson had edged Shami, but wasn’t taken by Rahane in the slips.

However, Bhuvneshwar produced the result as he got an edge off Cook and was taken by skipper MS Dhoni behind the stumps. A few overs later, Bhuvneshwar struck again as he fished at one outside the off-stump from Bhuvneshwar and was caught behind.

That brought Gary Ballance and Ian Bell in the middle and they started off watchfully. Bell then got going with a few good strokes and in company of Ballance took England into lunch without further damage.

Brief scores:

India 295 (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4 for 60, Stuart Broad 2 for 79, Ben Stokes 2 for 40) lead England 51 for 2 (Sam Robson 17, Ian Bell 11; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 17) by 244 runs.

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