Strauss, Cook firm at lunch on Day 2,England 157/0

Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 17:46 [IST]
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Strauss, Cook firm at lunch on Day 2

Birmingham, Aug 11: England gave India no quarter in the first session of Day 2 in the Edgbaston Test as the score progressed from 84/0 to 157/0. Alastair Cook, who has been struggling through the series, hit an unbeaten 51 while his opening partner moved to 84.

England began Day 2 in earnest with the score at 84/0 in 25 overs. Andrew Strauss, picking up from his overnight score of 52 and Alastair Cook, on his unbeaten 27, didn't look fazed by Indian pacemen Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar. By the 32nd over, the batting duo had reached 100/0.

Both Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma began bowling a lot straighter, but an edge that they each picked up, flew past slips. The fours continued to come rather rapidly with Cook and Strauss, each taking a boundary of Ishant in the 40th over as the score moved to 120/0.

Even leg-spinner Amit Mishra couldn't make any immediate impact and the hosts went on to reduce the deficit by less than 100 in the 41st over. In the 45th over, Cook on-drove Sreesanth for a four to bring up England's 150 in 45 overs as well as his own fifty. 7 runs later, England went into lunch.

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