India started their day with an overnight score 259-4 with Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni batting on 122 and 50 runs respectively. After an even-steven day 1 India were looking to add more runs to their tally while England looked to curtail to them. Resilient effort by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami meant India end their 1st innings on a decent score of 457 runs. As England at stumps are 43-1 at the end of day 2, here are five interesting highlights of the day’s play in case you missed the action earlier.
Vijay falls: Murali Vijay added just 24 runs to his overnight score of 122 runs before he was victim of poor umpiring. Bruce Oxenford adjudged him lbw off James Anderson’s bowling, but TV replays showed the ball was missing the stumps. Vijay otherwise was looking good and continued from where he left last night. His departure meant end of 126-run stand between him and Dhoni.
India collapse post lunch: Going into the lunch India were comfortably placed at 342-5 with MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja batting on 81 and 24 respectively. Just like yesterday soon after lunch home team found some quick wickets. India lost their four wickets for just four runs on board including an unexpected run-out of captain Dhoni. At 346-9 it seemed India will be bundled around 350 runs.
Binny disappoints: Debutant Stuart Binny was one of the quick wickets to fell. India needed him to stay on for a longer time, but Binny who batted at number 8 went after a delivery which was outside the off-stump only to find Joe Root at point. Binny faced 11 deliveries for his one run.
Kumar & Shami shine with bat: Just when England would have thought they will clean up Indian tail and restrict them to a moderate total number 9 and number 11 batsmen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami had some other ideas. The duo smashed half-centuries and frustrated the England attack with their batting skills adding valuable 111 runs for the 10th wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 58 before he was the last wicket for India to fell while Mohammad Shami remained unbeaten on 51.
Shami removes Cook: After bowling out India for 457 runs England had 17 overs to bat. Captain Alistair Cook’s woeful form continued as he was bowled round the legs in the fourth over of England innings. Shami did well to keep it on leg side as Cook was shuffling much across. Sam Robson and Garry Balance then made sure England end day without any further damage.