England finally looked dominant in the series after winning the toss on a track which isn’t offering much. With Ballance scoring yet another Ton while Captain Cook found back his form scoring well feeling just runs of his deserved Ton.
Resuming from 186/1 at Tea, England their dominance over the Indian bowlers. India’s much needed breakthrough from Jadeja dismissing Cook, who managed to get a fair nick on a delivery strangled down leg side. This brought to an end of Cook’s comeback innings of 95 of 231 deliveries who put on 158 for second wicket in 54 overs along with Gary Ballance.
India took the new ball at 80 overs and Pankaj got the ball and produced something that troubled the English batsmen. He shoot up bouncers at Bell who preferred to duck and sometimes failed in the process. He got couple of close decisions of LBW against Bell went down with one of them resulting in a wrong call. In the process, Ballance went past through his 3rd Test century and second on trot and later ensured no more wickets before stumps along with Bell.
Earlier England after winning the toss entered to bat and started positively. Pankaj, the debutant who came in place of Ishant got an edge of Cook which flied into slips where Jadeja puts down a sitter when the batsman was on 5 later which was converted to 95. The first blood was drawn by Shami who got an edge of Robson similarly and this time Jadeja at same position didn’t done any mistake.
Later Ballance who joined Cook started to trouble Indians for wickets. After Lunch both continued completing their fifties in the session which was completely authorized by the hosts.
England: 247 for 2 (GS Ballance 104*, A Cook 95; R Jadeja 1/34, M Shami 1/62) vs India
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