India started day two on 290-9 with Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma batting. There was no giant last wicket partnership this time around as India were all-out for 295, adding just five runs to overnight score. Match now hangs in balance after Ballance’s ton as India found some wickets late in the day. England at the close of play are 219-6 and trail by 76 runs. In case you missed the action on second day here are five interesting highlights to give you a quick-guide of day’s play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes early inroads: Bhuvneshwar provided India with an ideal start fetching England’s first three wickets to fell. Out of form Alistair Cook was Bhuvi’s first victim when the left-hander teased an outgoing delivery and Dhoni behind the wickets pouched an easy catch. Sam Robson who earlier got a life on Mohammad Shami’s bowling was his second victim while after lunch he dismissed Ian Bell with an extra bounce that came in only to ricochet of Bell’s gloves to third slip.
Ravindra Jadeja joins in: At the fall of Ian Bell centurion from first Test Joe Root came out to bat. Root who has a decent run at Lords looked good as usual before a quicker one from Ravindra Jadeja trapped him in front of the wicket. However, TV replays later found an inside edge, nonetheless it was an important wicket for India as England floundered at 113-4.
Gary Ballance stays focused: England needed a partnership to get them out of slump and Gary Ballance engineered a solid 98-run along with Moeen Ali. Ballance looked well composed and played a patient innings to notch up his second Test ton. He worked hard for his runs and stayed with grit in the middle.
Murali Vijay with golden arm: Just before the new ball was available Dhoni had part time off-spinner Murali Vijay operating. Against run of play Vijay produced a wicket when Moeen Ali who was playing very well missed a fuller delivery and was adjudged lbw. It was a breakthrough India needed as Moeen and Ballance had put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket and were threatening to take the game away.
Bhuvi gets big one: Late in the day Bhuvneshwar came back to bowl with the second new ball and was successful. Ballance who was well set and looking good on 110 edged a delivery which was going down the leg, Dhoni completed the superb catch to see back of him and Bhuvi got his fourth wicket of the day.