England 69/2 at Lunch on Day 1

Published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 17:42 [IST]
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England 69/2 at Lunch on Day 1

July 29: In a tense opening session of the second Test between hosts England and India, the former reached 69/2 in 27 overs. Ishant Sharma drew first blood by sending back a shaky Alastair Cook for 2 before Sreesanth removed Jonathan Trott for 4, reducing England to 23/2 in 10.4 overs. But then Kevin Pietersen, who was not out on 27 and Andrew Strauss, unbeaten on 29, steadied the ship and took England into lunch without any more trouble.

England's innings got off to a characteristically slow start with openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss fending off or leaving the swing of Praveen Kumar alone. In the 6th over, it was Praveen's new-ball partner Ishant Sharma who got the opening break-though when he had Cook adjudged lbw for 2. But replays showed that the ball would have gone above middle and off. Nevertheless, England were 7/1.

In the 9th over, Strauss drove an over-pitched delivery from Praveen for the first four of the innings as England progressed to 13/1. Sreesanth came into bowl the 11th over and was straight off dispatched to the fine leg boundary by Strauss. But three balls later, the seamer tempted one-down batsman Jonathan Trott into a drive which flew off the edge to VVS Laxman at second slip. The batsman was out for 4 and the hosts were two-down for 24.

In the 15th over, new batsman Kevin Pietersen pulled Sreesanth for two back-to-back fours as the score moved to 37/2 in 15 overs. The bowler's adventurous attempts at "bouncing out" Pietersen had been nullified and he quickly returned to bowling his fuller out-swingers. Just as England reached 50/2 in 19 overs, Praveen had a heated argument with the umpire over the latter turning down his second lbw appeal.

The next seven overs passed without incident even with Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh (reviving his "pie-chucker rivalry" with Kevin Pietersen) were called on to bowl. England went into the break at 69/2 after 27 overs.

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