Gary Ballance © Getty images
Gary Ballance © Getty images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Jul 18, 2014

India and England shared the honours in the afternoon session on Day Two of the second Test at Lord’s. While India have chipped away at the wickets after being bowled out for 295, England have been led by a sound half-century by Gary Ballance.

England resumed after lunch at 51 for two. The ball continued to move with the grass on the surface. Ian Bell and Ballance played with a measured approach and did not take risks. They were comfortable in leaving deliveries outside the off-stump. That was the approach they needed.

However, India brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who troubled England in the first session with his movement. One ball climbed on Bell and he tried to withdraw his bat. However, the ball took his glove and he was taken at third slip.

After Bell’s dismissal that things looked easier for England. Ballance got into his zone and was playing better shots. Dhoni then brought in Stuart Binny, much after he was expected to. And, instantly, he caused a few problems. The first ball was edged by Ballance through third-man for four. Later in his spell, Binny induced an edge off Ballance and it went in between MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. And, they let it go. Will that prove costly for India? To make matters worse for India, Ballance hit one for four next ball.

Root had moved along to seven, but he was then trapped leg-before by Ravindra Jadeja in his very first over. Moeen Ali then took guard and announced his intentions by smashing Jadeja for a four first ball. Both the batsmen then safely saw England through to tea.

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 125 for 4 (Gary Ballance 51*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 34) by 170 runs.

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