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3rd Investec Test: India in Trouble Post Astounding Tons by Gary Ballance and Ian Bell

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3rd Investec Test: India in Trouble Post Astounding Tons by Gary Ballance and Ian Bell

July 29
11:29 2014

england1- ianEngland, Tuesday, July 29 – Splendid innings by English men made India get in trouble on the 2nd day of the 3rd Investec Test. Now, India are left with no option other than to perform excellently well if they want to lead with a good margin chasing 569 runs. On the Day 1 of the match, England skipper Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance got success in putting the guest under stress and later on, it was Ian Bell and Joseph Charles Buttler, who has been drafted in the team in place of wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior, who continued doing the same and kept hitting boundaries whenever weak balls were bowled.

Indian bowlers struggled for the entire day to get wickets. Ballance hit 156 runs facing 288 balls, together with 24 boundaries, before succumbing to Rohit Sharma – the part-time bowler. It was not easy to send Bell back to the pavilion as the 32-year-old experienced cricketer was playing strongly at a score of 167 runs of 256 balls (19 x 4 and 6 x 3). But it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who made him leave the 22 yards pitch and gave his team a much needed breakthrough. The young bowler even took wickets of Joe Root (3 runs of 25 balls) and Moeen Ali (12 runs of 28 balls; 4 x 1). Buttler was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. Chris Woakes played a not out knock of 7 runs. Post Buttler’s dismissal, England declared their innings and put a humongous total of more than 500 runs on the score board. Kumar was the leading wicket taker with 3 wickets. Jadeja got 2 wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma had to satisfy with 1 wicket apiece.

A solid start was anticipated from India as well but all hopes were in vain the moment Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket to James Anderson. Confronting 17 balls, he was just able to score 6 runs, inclusive of a boundary. Cook did not make any mistake catching him up behind the stumps. Not to forget that Dhawan dropped Cook on 15 runs when India were fielding first. Losing the left-handed batsmen early, responsibilities on the shoulders of opener Murali Vijay, who has been in outstanding form in this series up till now, increased. The Chennai born cricketer managed to face 41 balls and pocket 11 runs, including a four. Apart from him, Cheteshwar Pujara stayed not at 4 runs of 26 balls.

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Sharma, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all-rounder Jadeja, Kumar, Shami and Pankaj Singh are yet to bat. Huge challenge is in front given that if wickets fall early then chances for them to log victory in the Southampton Test match will be nothing else than a dream. Indian youngsters will have to take the charge at any cost otherwise things will turn easier for England to inflict a humiliating loss over Dhoni’s playing XI and equalize the series by 1-1.

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