The first day pitch looked whole different thing when compared on the second day as England gained slight advantage before stumps on day 2. But still they are trail by 76 runs with 4 wickets in hand.

After a wicket towards the end of second session, Ballance and Ali built up the innings in the final session standing tall against the lights of the Indians who were bowling really well despite the track not offering any help to them. Balance drove the ball well and completed his second test ton and both been at the prestigious Lord’s stadium. Along with Ali, he put on a 98 run stand before Ali was sent back by par-timer Murali Vijay who trapped him in front of stumps. Soon with the new ball Bhuvi scalped his fourth wicket as Ballance departed after a fine knock. Prior and Night Watchman, Liam Plunkett holded on before stumps.

India who began with 290 with one wicket in hand resisted for 10 more balls after putting 5 runs. Later before lunch Bhuvi picked up openers’ wickets in an extended 10 overs spell.

After Lunch, Bhuvi got Bell with a delivery that bounced a bit extra as England were three down. Couple of overs before Tea, Jadeja got rid of Root who had an excellent record at Lords.

Scorecard:

England: 219 for 6 (GS Ballance 110, MM Ali 32; B Kumar 4/46, M Vijay 1/12) trail India: 295 all out (A Rahane 103, B Kumar 36; JM Anderson 4/54, BA Stokes 2/40) by 76 runs

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