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Bell's 235 helps England build on gains

Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011, 17:38 [IST]
 
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Bell's 235 helps England build on gains

London, Aug 20: England continued to torment India on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test, progressing from 457/3 to 591/6 with Ian Bell departing for 235. Indian pacer Sreesanth picked up a couple of wickets in the morning session before Suresh Raina sent off England's top-scorer and Matt Prior on 18 and Ravi Bopara, on 44, were at the crease.

Bell, who was resuming on his overnight score of 181 with James Anderson alongside him as nightwatchman on 3, set the tone for the session when he pummeled Sreesanth away for a four in the first over of the day. Not to be outdone, Anderson, joined in the act to dispatch R P Singh to the fine leg boundary next over.

Anderson took another four off Sreesanth, while Bell helped himself to one off R P, before Sreesanth had the former caught at slip for 13 and England were 480/4. Two overs later, Sreesanth had Eoin Morgan driving recklessly at an outswinger to be caught behind for 1 with the score turning to 489/5.

A couple of overs later Bell who was on 199, struck Sreesanth for a four to bring up his double century and immediately celebrated with another boundary as England's score moved onto 498/5. But 500 was just two balls away when Bell took a double off R P Singh.

Bell and Bopara began working on a steady little partnership and were approaching 550, when part time off-spinner Suresh Raina ended Bell's onslaught at 235 with the score now 548/6.
Then Matt Prior and Bopara took England over 550 and added an easy 41 more runs to take England into lunch at 591/6.

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