Fifties from Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar enabled India to reach 342 in their second innings as the team from the subcontinent set England a stiff 319 runs to win the pulsating Lords test match. Jadeja was the sate of the show putting in a quickfire 67 off 58 balls while ’emerging’ all rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him able support to record yet anothe half century in what was a patient yet steady innings. India resumed the day with Murli Vijay and captain MS dhoni in the cease but the latter yet again succumbed to teh swinging ball while Stuart Binny too didnt vother to trouble the scorers. Vijay in particular looksed sharp and elegant with his fluid strokeplay but unfortunately missed his ton by just nine runs when he edged Jimmy Anderson into the ‘safe’ hands of Matt Prior
Jadeja hit nine fours in his innings with effective strokeplay, bringing life into the game and his celebration of swirling the bat captured the imaginations of what was a capacity Sunday crowd at the iconic stadium. Bhuvneshwar Kumar too helped himself to yet another fifty with eight strokes to the fence to his credit. England took two wickets with the old ball and looked to run through the Indian middle order before Jadeja came to fore. However the foundation was laid by Vijay who justifuied his place in the starting eleven with a patient innings that is reminiscent of Test Cricket at its very best.
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