Test Match Cricket – England vs India – First Test, Lord’s – Day 2

England begin the second day hoping to make a large score on a pitch, which looks excellent for batting. India are still missing the crucially importatnt Zaheer Khan who is not fit to play.

Pieterson begins the day by dominating much of the strike, but still struggling to find his rhythm. Trott looks far more comfortable until he is beaten by an excellent in-swinger, which hits in line from Kumar.

This brings Bell to the crease who looks as though he is at his stroke making best. The two batsman start to play the ball into gaps. Pieterson who was still struggling to play Kumar receives a repreive on 49 as Dravid’s catch at leg slip is reviewed by the umpires who were unsure whether it carried. Pieterson probably should have been given out. After this Bell and Pieterson start to knock the ball around particularly targeting Harbajan who is struggling on a pitch with no turn. England went into lunch at 217-3.

After lunch MS Dhoni takes the gloves off and bowls his medium pace and actually gives Pieterson some problems. In fact Pieterson is given out by Billy Bowden caught behind, but Pieterson quickly reviews and the television replays and hot spot show the ball hitting the pad and not the bat. Pieterson continues his battle and finally makes it to his century, possibly the most hard fought you will see Pieterson has made. It is a true measure of Pieterson’s determination and resolve that he reached this milestone.

The danger man Kumar again came on to bowl his accurate swinging deliveries and after a few, tricky overs Bell falls, caught behind off an out-swinger running down the hill. Morgan soon followed for a duck getting what seemed to be an inside edge off kumar, but later showed was pad. He should have reviewed.

This brought Prior to the middle. He came in and steadied the ship and began an excellent innings in a period which England completely dominated. A great deal of stroke making particularly from Prior who was finding gaps through the off side. At the end of the afternoon session England are 305-5.

After tea England’s domination continued with Pieterson and Prior knocking the ball around into the gaps with ease. Harbajan was again the victim, as the batsman were keen to take advantage of a lack of turn. Prior made his way to a half century, which he thoroughly deserved.

Kumar once again proved his worth in another spell when he took the wicket of Prior caught behind cutting a wide, bouncing delivery. Kumar who was positively on fire took another wicket in the very next ball to finish, thoroughly deserved a five for. The next ball Swann prevented Kumar from getting his hat-trick by digging out an in-swinging yorker.

Swann and Pieterson then began to provide the entertainment. Both batsman were imperious with boundaries going to all corners of the ground. Swann was soon dismissed, cleaned bowled by Raina after an important 24 off only 28 balls.

During this period Pieterson moved past 150 and onwards towards a double century with some thunderous straight drives. He eventually creams a ball through the covers to reach his second 200 at test match level. Strauss then declared at 474-8, leaving Pieterson 202 not out.

This declaration allowed the English bowlers half an hour to attack before the end of play. India survived this period after a few minor scares and ended the day on 17-0. If England can take a few early wickets tomorrow they can push their advantage and seek to win the match.

England Ist innings Total: 474 / 8 in 131.4 overs dec. (Run Rate: 3.60)
Batsman Runs Balls Fours Sixes SR FOW
Andrew Strauss (c) c I Sharma b Zaheer 22 83 2 0 26.51 2-62 ( 24.4 ov. )
Alastair Cook lbw b Zaheer 12 36 1 0 33.33 1-19 ( 10.6 ov. )
Jonathan Trott lbw b Praveen 70 140 9 0 50.00 3-160 ( 61.2 ov. )
Kevin Pietersen not out 202 326 21 1 61.96
Ian Bell c M Dhoni b Praveen 45 76 6 0 59.21 4-270 ( 92.1 ov. )
Eoin Morgan c M Dhoni b Praveen 0 3 0 0 0.00 5-270 ( 92.4 ov. )
Matt Prior (wk) c M Dhoni b Praveen 71 93 8 0 76.34 6-390 ( 120.3 ov. )
Stuart Broad lbw b Praveen 0 1 0 0 0.00 7-390 ( 120.4 ov. )
Graeme Swann b Raina 24 28 4 0 85.71 8-451 ( 129.4 ov. )
Chris Tremlett not out 4 5 1 0 80.00
James Anderson
Extras: ( 1 wd, 8 lb, 14 b, 1 nb, 0 p) Total: 474 / 8 in 131.4 overs dec. (Run Rate: 3.60)
Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

NoBall

Wide

Eco
Zaheer Khan 13.3 8 18 2 0 0 1.33
Praveen Kumar 40.3 10 106 5 0 0 2.62
Ishant Sharma 32.0 5 128 0 0 1 4.00
Harbhajan Singh 35.0 3 152 0 0 0 4.34
MS Dhoni (c)(wk) 8.0 1 23 0 1 0 2.88
Suresh Raina 2.4 1 25 1 0 0 9.38
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India Ist innings Total: 17 / 0 in 6.0 overs (Run Rate: 2.83)
Batsman

Runs

Balls

Fours

Sixes

SR
FoW
Abhinav Mukund not out 8 24 0 0 33.33
Gautam Gambhir not out 7 14 1 0 50.00
Rahul Dravid
Sachin Tendulkar
VVS Laxman
Suresh Raina
MS Dhoni (c)(wk)
Harbhajan Singh
Zaheer Khan
Praveen Kumar
Ishant Sharma
Extras: ( 0 wd, 0 lb, 0 b, 2 nb, 0 p) Total: 17 / 0 in 6.0 overs (Run Rate: 2.83)
Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

NoBall

Wide

Eco
James Anderson 3.0 1 9 0 0 0 3.00
Chris Tremlett 3.0 0 8

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