Broad,Prior blunt Indian attack,extend lead to 362

Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 20:19 [IST]
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Broad, Prior blunt India's attack

London, July 24: In a tense afternoon session on Day 4 of the Lord's Test, England fought back after being reduced to 72/5 at lunch. The hosts lost Eoin Morgan cheaply, but Stuart Broad and Matt Prior stepped up and frustrated the Indian attack for over 15 overs, taking the score to 174/6 and thus, extending the overall lead to 362. Prior was unbeaten on 55 and Broad was batting on 36 (scorecard).

After lunch, Morgan on 5 and Prior on the same score, scrapped together a bunch of singles and twos while picking up the occasional boundary. Meanwhile, Indian captain Dhoni had to sacrifice bringing back a fired-up Ishant Sharma to pick up the sluggish over-rate. Thus, he made the spinners Bhaji and Suresh Raina, bowl in tandem.

England moved onto 100/5 in 40.1 overs, soon after which Ishant was given the ball again. Just 7 runs later, the tall seamer surprised Morgan with a bouncer which the batsman looped up to midwicket, where Gautam Gambhir took a fabulous, diving catch. Morgan was on his way back for 19 as England slid to 107/6 in 43.2 overs. Then Stuart Broad lent support to Prior in a crucial stand.

The batting duo laboured hard, taking England to 150/6 in the 53rd over and completing the 50-run partnership soon after. Then Prior notched up his half-century before England went into tea at 174/6 with the lead at 362.

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