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Nottingham Test: India on a Stronger Side with Unbelievable Half-Centuries by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami

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Nottingham Test: India on a Stronger Side with Unbelievable Half-Centuries by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami

July 11
12:00 2014

bhuviEngland, Friday, July 11 – On a roller-coaster second day of the Investec Test series, Indian squad put 457 runs on the score board in the first innings. The start was not as good as expected despite an awesome show by the opener Murali Vijay and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played an astonishing innings of 82 runs in 157 balls. Hadn’t he been a run out victim by James Anderson, he could have scored a ton as well. However, his knock imparted huge role in giving a required strength to his team.

Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny, who marked his debut in Test career with this match, were sent back to the pavilion at the scores of 25 runs (4 x 2 and 6 x 2) and 1 run, respectively, by Ben Stokes. Ishant Sharma failed to lend a hand to India’s wobbly innings one more time. The 25-year-old Delhi born cricketer was dismissed by Stuart Broad when he just opened his account after facing 6 balls.

Losing three wickets in a hurry, the guest came into a troublesome situation. One more wicket could have restricted Dhoni’s boys somewhere around 350 to 360 but lower order batsmen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami seemed in another mood. At a stage when it was apparent that England’s bowling attack is going to put a ceiling on them, they both stood rock solid and confidently faced different kind of bowling by James Anderson, Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali.

Kumar struck 58 runs of 159 balls, sending the ball out of boundary for 5 times before succumbing to Ali, while on the other hand, Shami remained not out at 51 runs of 81 balls (4 x 6 and 6 x 1). Anderson was the leading wicket taker with 3 wickets, whereas Broad & Stokes had 2 wickets apiece and Plunkett and Ali grabbed 1 wicket each.

England scored 43 runs after the loss of 1 wicket at stumps. Captain Alastair Cook lost his wicket to Shami, making him contribute just 5 runs, inclusive of a boundary, of 10 balls. Sam Robson and Gary Ballance were on the crease being not out 20 and 15 runs, correspondingly. Now, third day of the match will be crucial in multiple aspects. India will have to restrict the host if they want to lead the match and pocket victory. However, it would not be easy for them as England have potential players who can turn the match at any point of time. During the end of the second day, India gave 3 extras.

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