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England inch to strong position at lunch on Day 2

Published: Friday, July 22, 2011, 17:45 [IST]
 
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Eng on course for big total on Day 2

London, July 22: In the first session of Day 2 in India's opening Test of their England tour, the visitors' pace attack appeared to be struggling without the experience and resolve of Zaheer Khan to guide them. Meanwhile, England continued to make merry, just losing the wicket of Jonathan Trott to Praveen Kumar, after which Ian Bell struck up an ominous stand with Kevin Pietersen. The two took England into lunch at healthy 217/3 in 77 overs with their partnership already worth 57.

Picking up from their overnight score of 127/2 in the first innings of the first Test, England's batting assumed a more aggressive tone on the morning of the second day. Jonathan Trott who was not out on 58 and Kevin Pietersen, unbeaten on 22, hit three fours between them in the first five overs of the day. The score cantered along to 150 in 57.4 overs.

Four overs and 10 runs later however, Indian paceman Praveen Kumar finally got the breakthrough when he trapped Trott lbw with a delivery which cut in viciously. The batsman was in his way back for 70 and just 2 runs short of what would have been a century partnership, leaving England at 160/3.

Then in the 68th over, a chance to dismiss Pietersen went a-begging when Rahul Dravid grassed a delivery from Praveen at leg gully. Later in the over, the batsman added insult to injury when he brought up his 50 with the score at 174/3.

At the other end, new batsman Ian Bell was compounding India's misery by, knocking a four off Harbhajan Singh and Praveen each in successive overs. Then the batting pair teamed up to each clobber Bhajji for a boundary, before taking the score to 200/3 in the 74th over. The duo prospered to lunch, taking the score to 217/3 in 77 overs, an addition of 90 runs since the start of play. Pietersen was not out on 71 and Bell was unbeaten on 28.

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