The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

England in trouble on 105-4 at stumps after being set target of 319 by India to win 2nd test

  • Print

LONDON - India took control of the second test on Sunday, reducing England to 105-4 at stumps and still needing another 214 runs for an improbable win with one day left.

Chasing a daunting 319, England at one stage lost three wickets for two runs — including that of struggling captain Alastair Cook for 22 — on the fourth day at Lord's.

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja blasted 68 off 57 balls as India scored 342 all out in its second innings.

After battering the bowlers, Jadeja made sure England's reply got off to a dismal start. He removed opener Sam Robson lbw for seven on the first ball of his first over to put England at 12-1.

After recovering to 70-1, England was quickly reduced to 72-4.

Gary Ballance (27) pushed into a delivery from Mohammed Shami, and was caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the wicketkeeper's 250th catch in test cricket.

Ian Bell (1) followed when he was bowled by Ishant Sharma, playing and missing a straight delivery, before Cook became Sharma's second wicket.

Cook edged behind after making a patient 22 from 93 balls, as another innings passed without making a big score.

Those three dismissals leave England facing the prospect of going 10 test matches without a win.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root offered some resistance, finishing unbeaten on 15 and 14 respectively, but England will likely be hoping for rain on the last day.

"There is no question today that Jadeja's innings has given them a big advantage, but it is up to us to show the fight tomorrow," England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said. "If Moeen Ali and Joe Root can give us a good partnership tomorrow, we have got people who can come in and strike the ball cleanly. It is a pretty straightforward chat tomorrow morning."

Earlier, Murali Vijay made 95 for India before Jadeja's 68, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed 52 as the visitors built up their imposing lead.

Resuming on 169-4, Vijay and India captain Dhoni took the tourists to 202-4 before it lost two wickets for one run.

Dhoni edged Liam Plunkett to Bell, before Stuart Binny fell for a duck. He rashly scooped a ball from Ali over midwicket where Cook took an excellent catch over his shoulder as he was running backward.

When Vijay was removed by James Anderson, he was visibly frustrated at being needlessly drawn into playing at the delivery with three figures in sight.

He smacked the ground with his bat, and his batting partner Jadeja patted him on the back as he left the crease to rapturous applause from the crowd for a battling innings.

"It was disappointing, but I will take it any day if we can pull off a win tomorrow," Vijay said. "Ravindra played well and really helped us and obviously Bhuvneshwar is hitting the ball really well. They both put us in a very good position."

Vijay's dismissal saw Khumar partner Jadeja at the crease on 235-7, and they forged an eighth-wicket partnership of 99 off 100 balls which allowed India's grip on the match to tighten.

Jadeja got his maiden half century before falling with his team on 334, edging skywards off Ben Stokes. Alastair Cook got underneath to take a catch which was similar to the one he took to remove Binny.

Jadeja has been jeered by the Lord's crowd for his involvement in an incident with Anderson that has resulted in the England bowler facing a level three charge and a potential four-test ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, he was applauded off for a match-changing innings by all four corners of the ground.

When he left, England wrapped up the innings soon after.

Shami was caught behind for a duck off Ali and Khumar, who made his third half century in the series, edged Ben Stokes to Bell at second slip for 52. Sharma was 0 not out.

Khumar was dropped by Root at fourth slip on only two runs off the bowling of Stuart Broad. While the opening session was edged by the home side, those 50 extra runs that Khumar made in the second session enforced India's already significant advantage.

The first test of the five-match series was drawn.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Architect Antoine Predock speechless after CMHR opening

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Bright sunflowers lift their heads toward the south east skies in a  large sunflower field on Hwy 206 and #1 Thursday Standup photo. July 31,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local- (Standup Photo). Watcher in the woods. A young deer peers from the forest while eating leaves by Cricket Drive in Assiniboine Park. A group of eight deer were seen in the park. 060508.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How many goals do you think Evander Kane will score this year?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google