After dismissing India cheaply England began their 1st innings losing top three batsman on day one. Trailing by 39 runs England resumed day two from their overnight score of 113-3 and were pegged back early oncourtesy some good bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron.
Fifty-run stand between Joe Root and Jos Buttler then helped England regain the lost momentum as rain aborted the final sessions play. Heavy rains left the outfield wet and play was called off with England on 237-6, leading by 85 runs. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights from the day’s play.
Ian Bell scores fifty: After a century in third Test Ian Bell continued his fine work with bat as he notched up his 42nd Test half-century.Restarting from his overnight score of 45,Bell looked in good touch initially and made sure to score off poor balls. His knock of 58 runs was then cut short by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes twice: Just when England needed a partnership Bhuvi struck twice, first he removed night-watchman Chris Jordan and then he dismissed dangerous looking Ian Bell who had just completed his fifty. Thus two quick wickets saw England tumble early on in the day and Bhuvi being rewarded for bowling in right areas.
Varun Aaron joins in: Moeen Ali’s struggle with short ball continues even though he was cleaned up off a fuller delivery, but Varun Aaron nicely set him up with couple of short balls to unsettle him. With lead of just 18 runs Moeen was sixth to fell for England.
Joe Root & Jos Buttler take control: An unbeaten 67 runs partnership between Joe Root and Jos Buttler saved the day for England before heavens opened. Reeling at 170-6 England needed a partnership to take control of things and Root and Buttler did exactly that. When play was called off Root was batting on 48 while Buttler on 22.
Rain plays spoilsport: There was always a threat of rain playing spoilsport in the fourth Test at Manchester. As predicted the heavens opened just before the teaand led to early break but with wet field play could not resume,therefore washing out whole of last sessions play. Though the good news is weathermen have predicted fine weather for Saturday that is day three of the Test match.