After a rather poor day 1 at the office, India came out all guns blazing on a cloudy morning on day 2. The seamers bowled really well in the conditions that is known to favour them. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck twice in the first hour and Varun Aaron’s ripper, Indian bowlers reduced England to 201-6 at lunch lead by 49 runs.
Initially it was Pankaj Singh who troubled the batsmen with some fine piece of seam bowling. But once again, the tall quick from Rajasthan was unlucky to miss out on the wicket taker’s column. Bhuvneshwar drew the first blood of the day when he dismissed night watchman Chris Jordon with a bouncer. It wasn’t the need of the hour as Jordon tried to hook the ball just to see the cherry inside the palm of Aaron at mid-wicket.
In the very next over, Bhuvneshwar struck again, this time with an all-important wicket of Ian Bell for 58. Moeen Ali and Joe Root batted sensibly and took England past India’s total of 152 before Aaron produced a beauty. After almost getting rid of Ali with a sharp bouncer, Aaron followed up with an inswinger from around the wicket and troubled the wood work.
Joe Root and Jos Buttler remain not-out at the crease as the Indians are not in a mood to attack the opposition. This is evident by the field that is set to Ashwin and Jadeja which provides some quick singles to the batsmen.
Scorecard: England: 201-6 (Bell 58, Root 23, Bhuvneshwar 3-47 , Aaron 3-44) against India 152