Bad light stops play with Eng at 127/2

Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 20:32 [IST]
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Bad light stops play with Eng at 127/2

London, July 21: Immediately after lunch on Day 1 of the first Test, England one-down batsman Jonathan Trott struck a boundary off Ishant Sharma to bring up England's 50/1 in 21.3 overs. But Andrew Strauss, who had been defensive right through the morning, played a ridiculous attacking stroke against Zaheer Khan to be caught by Ishant at deep fine leg. The English captain was on his way for 22 and England were 62/2 in 24.4 overs.

With Kevin Pietersen for company, Trott picked a four each off Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar in the 30th and 31st overs respectively as the score moved onto 76/2. With these two Indian seamers unable to break the flourishing stand, Zaheer Khan was brought back into the attack in the 38th over with the score at 92/2. Two overs later, Zaheer got Trott to edge one, but the ball sneaked through between the wicket-keeper and first slip.

Trott ran a single to round off the 40th over as England's score reached 100/2. Then in the biggest blow to Team India in the Test match thus far, Zaheer hobbled off the field with a suspected hamstring injury in 42nd over. In the following over, Trott struck Bhajji for a four to notch up a 50-run stand with Pietersen as the score read 112/2 in 42.3 overs. A short while later, Trott picked Harbhajan for a single to bring up his 50.

Bad light stopped play with England at 127/2 in 49.2 overs. Pietersen was not out on 22 and Trott was unbeaten on 58.

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