Birmingham: England stamped their authority over the Indians, keeping them almost out of the Birmingham Test by piling on 456 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets, as a result taking 232 runs lead by the end of 2nd day’s play on Thursday.
Team India are looking out of sorts in each department, fielders are incapable to hold on to catches, bowlers don’t have that much talent in themselves to pick 20 wickets and batsman are not plucky enough to face the seaming conditions.
Strauss scored 87 runs before being bowled out by Amit Mishra. Bell who came on the place of Strauss has tried to get entrench early. He had faced 43 balls and after that dismissed by Praveen Kumar at 34 runs.
The pair of Cook and Kevin Pietersen took the game away further from the Indians. The duo ruled the afternoon session and smashed 122 runs for the 3rd wicket before Praveen got Pietersen (63) trapped leg before wicket.
Pietersen batsman was unkind to the Indian bowlers from the word go, distinct Cook who was more modest throughout his innings. Pietersen put the Indians on back foot during his rapid fire knock that was studded with 9 boundaries and a 6.
After Pietersen’s dismissal, Eoin Morgan gave abundant support to Cook in stamping the authority by the end of the day. Morgan (44*) made an insecure start off but slowly grew in confidence. The left-handed batsman got a life in the final over off Mishra as Dravid messed up another chance to sum up the hard day for the visitors.