Record English stand destroys India's attack again

Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011, 8:05 [IST]
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Record English stand destroys India

London, Aug 20: England ran amok on India's bowling in the last session of play on Day 2. With India's bowling attack a nervous wreck,the hosts progressed from 296/2 to 457/3. Both Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen notched up 150s en route to putting together a record stand of 350. India's most successful bowler was Ishant Sharma who returned figures of 1/81 in 27 overs.

After tea, England picked up their innings at a healthy 296/2 in 89 overs, with Ian Bell on 114 and Kevin Pietersen at 98. England continued to motor along without any problems. There was drama in the first over after tea with Pietersen smashing Ishant for a four first ball to bring up his century and then surviving a dropped catch by Gautam Gambhir at mid on. In the process, England had reached 300 as well.

The batting pair kept chugging along till in the 98th over Pietersen clobbered R P Singh for two fours, making the score 338/2. Then soon after England crossed 350, the tall batsman hammered Sreesanth for a couple more boundaries, before Mishra tasted his wrath in the 106th over by being flayed thrice to the fence as England had now climbed to 383/2.

The fours kept coming steadily as Pietersen took Mishra for another boundary to bring up his 150 in the 108th over, before Bell notched up his own century-and-a-half in the next over. Then Pietersen again targeted Mishra to take his side over 400/2 by swatting the hapless leg-spinner for another four. But Mishra's ordeal was not complete as in the 116th over, Bell clobbered him for two consecutive sixes as score moved on to 439/2.

In the following over however, part-time off-break Suresh Raina signalled the end of Pietersen's mammoth knock by caught-and-bowling him for 175 as England's score read 447/3. Bell and nightwatchman James Anderson played out the last few overs of the day quite easily, taking England to 457/3 at stumps on Day 2.

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