Indian opener Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 59 © Getty Images
Indian opener Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 59 © Getty Images

 

Jul 20, 2014

 

India will aim to extend their second innings lead when the play resumes on Day Four with the tourists battling at 169 for four, ahead by 145 runs against England at Lord’s. Murali Vijay and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were batting at 59 and 12 respectively.

 

Murali Vijay anchored India’s second innings with a painstaking fifty after England threatened to take charge of the second Test at Lord’s on Saturday. India lost three wickets for five runs in 19 balls to be 123 for four — just 99 runs in front.

 

But by the close of the third day they were 169 for four — 145 runs ahead but not yet a decisive lead. Opening batsman Vijay, in for nearly five hours, was 59 not out and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni unbeaten on 12. England’s Liam Plunkett had a day to remember, scoring a Test-best 55 not out to help his side into a first-innings lead and then taking two wickets in two balls, AFP reported.

 

“We’re going to go hard in the morning because this is still a good cricket wicket and if we can get a few more wickets, we’ll fancy our chances. “I thought we bowled better and my lengths were better. I do work hard on my batting and it was massive for us to pass their (India’s first innings) total…I think we can chase around 270.” England fast bowler Liam Plunkett told Sky Sports.

 

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) and 169 for 4 (Murali Vijay 59*, Cheteshwar Pujara 43; Liam Plunkett 2 for 24) lead England 319 (Gary Ballance 110, Liam Plunkett 55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 for 82, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 46) by 145 runs.

 

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