India continued their battle against England on the 2nd day. England looked stronger than before and put a majestic score on the scoreboard before Cook declared the first innings. England showed great batting performance and Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed some bowling skills. In the end England were 569/7 (declared) and India were 25/1 and were trailing by 544 runs. Here we list the players who were Hits and Flops for today’s session.
Hits of the Day
1. Ian Bell (England)
Ian Bell took the batting command and scored a marvelous 167 runs. He together with Ballance scored 142 runs which was the 2nd highest partnership of the Test match. In his innings of 167 runs hit 3 sixes and 19 fours with a strike-rate of 65.2.
2. Jos Buttler (England)
The wicketkeeper was the 2nd most scorer today. He scored 85 runs. He and Bell had a partnership of 106 runs which was the help England needed to put a majestic score. He scored runs at a strike-rate of 102.4 which is exceptionally good. He hit 3 sixes and 9 fours. After his wicket fell Cook declared the innings.
3. Gary Ballance (England)
Ballance scored another 50 runs for his team and help England reach a score that threatened India. His total runs was 156 and his strike-rate was 54.2. He 24 fours.
4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar came late but when he came he proved that why he is the backbone of Team India in this Test series. He took 3 wickets and gave 101 runs at an economy rate of 2.7 from 37 overs and picked 10 maiden overs.
5. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
Ravindra Jadeja took 1 wicket today but it was of Buttler. Buttler was batting fiercely and someone was needed to stop him. Jadeja stopped him and then England declared. In the end he gave 153 runs at an economy rate of 3.4 from 45.4 overs and took 2 wickets total and got 10 maiden overs.
6. Rohit Sharma (India)
The all-rounder bowled a short spell of 9 overs but took the very important wicket of Ballance. In his 9 overs spell he took 1 wicket and gave 26 runs at an economy of 2.9.
Flops of the Day
1. Joe Root (England)
Joe Root scored the lowest runs for England. Like other batsmen he didn’t work quite well and was of no advantage for England. He scored 3 runs and faced 25 balls.
2. Moeen Ali (England)
Moeen Ali was also of no use today as runs didn’t come from his bat as it was expected. He got out for a low score of 12 runs and faced 28 balls. He hit a single four.
3. Pankaj Singh (India)
Pankaj Singh was unsuccessful today also and was unable to pick any wicket. He gave 146 runs at an economy rate of 3.9 (highest for India).
4. Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Shikhar Dhawan was once again unsuccessful in the Test series and got out early for only 6 runs after facing 17 balls.