Nottingham: England resumed its innings at 24-1, with India leading by 43 runs. India, which needed wickets badly, was ambushed by the vivacious English batsman Ian Bell, who scored a dazzling 159. He raised England’s value at the scoreboard, which was 441-6 at the end of the day. It leads India by 374 runs.
The first two days witnessed the terrific action of the seamers and spinners. But yesterday, at The Trent Bridge, the batsmen seem to be favored by the pitch and its lightened texture, thanks to the bright sunshine.
India’s bowling trio tried their best to disperse the English Batsmen, only to be outsmarted time and again by Ian Bell. During Ian’s innings, Dhoni and the rest of the might have wished for Zaheer, who now rests in the dressing room with all his injuries.
Ian Bell was the star performer of the day and his innings might be one of the highlights of the match. Playing at number 3, he played a majestic innings and beautifully constructed the building of hope for the English. His play lifted the scores terrifically, leaving Indian fans on the verge of tears. With his timing and perfect stroke delivery, he glittered throughout the day.
His wicket became a controversial one as he was adjudged run out of the last ball before tea. Assuming the ball to be a four and thinking it was time for the tea break, Bell left the crease early, despite Morgan’s signal to stay there. Praveen Kumar meanwhile stopped the ball, before it could cross the boundary line. India, which was very well within its rights, made the appeal before the tea break. Later, Bell approached the Indian Skipper, requesting them to reconsider his appeal, as he was not aware of the timing. The appeal was withdrawn by Dhoni quite admirably. The crowd cheered as he came back to the grounds to add 22 runs more to the scorecard. His innings after tea were short, thanks to India’s Yuvraj’s delivery. It was a much needed wicket and India breathed again.
Kevin Pietersen scored 63 runs with perfect balance and timing of his strokes. He is a real nightmare for any bowler. India cheered when Pietersen was caught behind our wicket keeper cum skipper Dhoni and was bowled by the calm Sreesanth. He broke through Pietersen’s defenses with calculated and measured bowling.
Meanwhile, Praveen derived some inspiration and delivered a tricky length ball that captured Morgan, who went on to score a brilliant 70 run innings. Jonathan Trott was out for a mere 2 runs, by a well timed delivery by Praveen Kumar. Matt Prior, being a lower order batsman, surprised the Indians by scoring 64 runs (batting). He has established a firm partnership with fellow teammate Bresnan, who has scored 47 runs (batting). India needs to take these two wickets and save the match from slipping out their hands altogether.