The second day of the final test of the Investec series proved once again disheartening for the Indian fans. And there, as usual, has been a flood of mistakes being committed by the Indian team. They went wrong strategically which was coupled with poor fielding efforts and defensive bowling to lead the path for acute miseries. Nevertheless, English batsmen were sensational today. India though among such disappointments, were able to give some fight in the second session of the day’s play but that was too late to bring some hope for the team.
The day started with England in the driving seat with 62 for no loss. Cook and Robson played very sensibly yesterday and they resumed the good work from where they left it yesterday. But it was not for long as India snatched their first breakthrough in the very second over of the day. Varun Aaron struck for them. But after that, Cook and Balance carried on with the innings quite steadily and they went on to build a great partnership. Indian bowlers in the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin did not manage to cause any amount of trouble to the English batsmen and they scored freely. England thus went passed India’s score and were in a full dominating position with 9 wickets in hand and they already had the lead in the first innings. Cook completed his half century prior to lunch break. He played really well and he seems to be back in scoring ways after a rough patch. At lunch, England were 148 for the loss of a single wicket.
The second session brought some good luck for India’s way but the position in which they were in that bit of luck did not make any significant difference. Cook and Ballance carried on with their innings well. After few overs, the first breakthrough of the session was brought by Varun Aaron in the form of Cook. A fantastic innings by the England captain came to an end when he was caught by Vijay. He scored 79 runs which was very much valuable for the team. Ian Bell came in next and he got a start initially but for yet another time he was dismissed on a single digit score. This man is clearly running through a bad patch though he got a century in the third test. Next came in Joe Root and he started building a partnership with Ballance but Ballance did not stay for long. He was dismissed at a score of 64 runs by Ashwin. His dismissal was followed by Moeen Ali’s dismissal a few overs later. And thus India managed to bring up some hope in the game by clinching 4 wickets in the second session. At tea, England were 246 for the loss of 5 wickets with Root and Buttler at the crease.
The final session once again proved tormenting for the Indians. They did not find much help and Root carried on with the domination. Root went on to play a fantastic knock. Buttler assisted him well but he was dismissed at a score of 45 runs. His dismissal was immediately followed by the dismissal of Woakes for a duck. Next came in Chris Jordan. Both Jordan and Root build a strong enough partnership and at stumps of the second day, England are greatly poised at a score of 385 for the loss of 7 wickets. Root remains unbeaten on 90 runs. They are on a lead of 237 runs. It is to be seen that whether the test is going to end on the third day for yet another time. One never can be sure of it judging by the acute unreliability of Indian batting line up. Defeat at the moment seems inevitable for India.