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2nd Investec Test Enters into an Interesting Phase; India Gain Foothold with Murali Vijay & Ravindra Jadeja Innings

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2nd Investec Test Enters into an Interesting Phase; India Gain Foothold with Murali Vijay & Ravindra Jadeja Innings

July 21
11:01 2014

test matchEngland, Monday, July 21 – Overseas contests are always exciting. And this time, interest of the mob has increased a tad more in India vs. England matches for the reason that there is no scope for mistake at Lord’s, where game can get inclined either in favor of the host or guest team.

Batting first in the 1st innings, India put a small total of 295 runs on the score board. English bowlers successfully got wickets at the right time, making Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his squad to mull over some other tactics to stay on the crease for a long time. However, as soon as England came to bat, they hardly managed to take a minor lead of 24 runs. The entire team was sent back to the pavilion at 319 runs.

In the 2nd innings, India gained grip. The man who gave his team the reason to smell victory at Lord’s was no one else Murali Vijay. The opener though fell short of a few runs to hit a ton but his amazing 95 runs of 247 balls proved that he wasn’t at all scared of sharp bowling attack of Alastair Cook’s bowlers.

After a long time, Shikhar Dhawan showed the potential and played his natural game. The batsman scored 31 runs after facing 45 balls, together with four boundaries, before being dismissed by Ben Stokes. The new batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara missed the chance of hitting a half-century but job was done from his end to some extent as the 26-year-old right-handed batsman made 43 runs of 83 balls, including seven fours. The Lord’s Test came as a failure for Virat Kohli, who lost his wicket on the first ball that was bowled by Liam Plunkett. Ajinkya Rahane, who played an impressive knock of 103 runs during India’s 1st innings, was sent back to the pavilion when the youngster was batting at a score of 5. Stuart Broad got his wicket.

Despite staying on the 22 yards pitch for a couple of hours, Indian skipper Dhoni managed to hit 19 runs, inclusive of two fours, before succumbing to Plunkett when the team’s score was 202. it was the stage when two more wickets fell down. Stuart Binny was out at zero when Moeen Ali surprised the 30-year-old Bengaluru born cricketer with his spin. Vijay also had to depart when a slighter edge of his bat touched the ball and he was caught behind by wicketkeeper batsman Matthew James Prior.

The series is turning out to be a good one for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who emerged as an all-rounder for more than a few occasions. The right-handed batsman once again showed his caliber with the bat and hit an impressive 52-run inning of just 71 balls. 8 classy boundaries impart major role to make India stand solid as of now. A knock of 68 runs by Ravindra Jadeja can’t be kept aside as it lent a hand to lessen down the pressure from India and set a fighting total that can be defended. Stokes got their crucial wickets that made Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma arrive on the crease but no extra runs were added as Shami lost his wicket to Ali at the score of zero. Sharma faced 10 balls but did not score any run. 342 runs were made by the entire team.

Chasing the total wasn’t easy for England as Sam Robson, Cook, Gary Simon Ballance and Ian Bell were sent back to the dressing room at the scores of 7, 22, 27 and 1 runs, respectively. Joe Root and Ali remained not out at 14 and 15 runs, correspondingly. On Day 4, England lost 4 wickets at stumps at the score of 105 runs, making Day 5 crucial in all respect. It would be interesting to watch whether it will be Dhoni’s young ‘potential 11’ or Cook’s men who pocket imperative victory in the 2nd Test match and take a lead of 1-0 in 5-match Test series.

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