Bell ton piles on England lead on Day 3

Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 20:27 [IST]
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Bell ton piles on England lead on Day 3

Trent Bridge, July 31: India underwent a grueling second session of Day 3 in the Trent Bridge Test with England taking their score from 130/2 to 254/4. Ian Bell scored a century en route while Kevin Pieterson supported him with 63. At tea, England led by 184 runs with Bell just out on 137 and Eoin Morgan unbeaten on 18.

Buoyant from a fruitful first session, Bell and Pietersen continued batting in the same vein after lunch. The former hit a four in the fifth ball of the afternoon to set the tone. Then soon after England's score crossed 150 in the 44th over, Pietersen clobbered Ishant Sharma for three boundaries.

Three overs later, the batting duo teamed up to knock two fours off Praveen Kumar and a couple of overs after that, Bell clipped Sreesanth to the square leg boundary to bring up his century (off just 128 balls). Not to be outdone, Kevin Pietersen notched up his 50 off 97 balls in the 50th over and England were sitting pretty at 186/2 with the lead at 119.

In the following over, Bell dispatched Sreesanth to the fence twice. Then in the 53rd over, Pietersen took a single off Harbhajan Singh to bring up England's 200. Finally, in the 56th over, Sreesanth was able to put the lid on the 162-run stand, having Pietersen caught behind for 63. The hosts were still in a comfortable position at 219/3 with the lead at 152 and Eoin Morgan the new man in.

In the 59th over, it was Morgan's turn to aim at the boundary, twice sending Praveen Kumar to it. Six overs later, Bell took a single off Suresh Raina to bring up England's 250/3 with the lead now at 183.

Then in a most extraordinary incident at the stroke of tea, Ian Bell was run out assuming the last ball of Ishant's over had reached the boundary when actually Praveen Kumar had pulled it in and returned it to Dhoni who whipped off the bails while Bell was walking off! India thus picked up a bonus wicket, with Bell out for 137 and England at 254/4.

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