The second session of the day proved most successful for England bowlers, as India lost four wickets for just four runs.
For India their last wicket partnership added an unbeaten 102 runs, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently playing on 50*, his highest Test score, while Mohammad Shami (38*) became the highest Indian scorer batting at no 11 versus England. Previous best was 35 by Sreesanth at the Oval 2007.
On a beautiful Thursday morning at Trent Bridge, Nottingham India began second day at 259/4 batting at a snail’s pace with a sole aim to bat hosts England out of this match.
That strategy seemed to be even working with Murli Vijay slowly moving towards his 150, but an umpiring blunder cost Chennai opener his wicket. Vijay was adjudged LBW off Anderson’s bowling.
Dhoni, who got a reprieve in second over of the day when on personal score of 50 was dropped by wicket-keeper Matt Prior off Stuart Broad. Indian captain struggled though out the first session and was beaten outside the off-stump countless number of times.
Having said that, Dhoni, who is till batting on 81*, is expected to score quicker along with Jadeja after Lunch. Ravindra Jadeja is 24*with help of two fours and as many sixes.
Taking up some extreme expectations, India on the first day of the Test Series did a good job with Murali Vijay leading the batting with an unbeaten century and Captain Dhoni with a well compiles & attacking fifty as India ended first day at 259/4.
It just needed 6 balls to end the Vijay-Rahane’s 71 run partnership after Tea interval as Rahane edge to Cook off Plunkett. With Vijay on one end nearing to his ton and Dhoni who came in to crease, had to be patient with Plunkett firing him some shorter stuff. Vijay almost spent 50 balls in 90s and 14 balls on 99 and finally reached his first test century outside subcontinent and against an opponent other than Australia.
The built up started then till the end of the day both the batsmen stood up playing out 30 overs putting on 81 runs with Dhoni getting to his fifty in last over of the day in 64 balls. Especially, Indians attacked Ali, the only spinner that too a part-timer scoring fifty in his 9 overs.
Earlier, India got to a good start after Dhoni elected to bat. Dhawan departed for 12 but Pujara along with Vijay took past 100 in first session itself. After Lunch, some clever captaincy and some reversing conditions helped England to pick two quick wickets of Pujara and Kohli, but Rahane along with Vijay batted deep till Tea break.