India fail to strike after posting 329


42 minutes. That’s all it took England to wrap India up on the morning of the second day’s play at Trent Bridge. Shot out for 329 on Sunday (August 19), India could add only 22 runs to their overnight total of 307 for 6.

Stuart Broad picked the telling wicket of Rishabh Pant, who hitherto had been pretty decisive outside off-stump but chose to terminally drive at a wide delivery and perished to an inside-edge finding his stumps. Broad, as he does so often, followed with Ravichandran Ashwin’s wicket in the next over, breaching through the batsman’s defences with an atypical, hooping inswinger.

James Anderson picked the last two wickets in the same over. Mohammed Shami was out slogging against the swing, offering a catch to mid-on, whereas Jasprit Bumrah failed to get behind Anderson’s straight outswinger and lost his stumps.

With the wickets falling in a heap, India had the opportunity to bowl in conditions ripe for swing and seam bowling but they returned to old ways, erring on the shorter side and on either side of the stumps.

Two edges dropped either wide or short of India’s slip cordon, but worse they went for boundaries, allowing England the headache of a stalled scoreboard. Jasprit Bumrah shared the new ball in his comeback match, having been preferred to Ishant Sharma who has such a superlative record against Alastair Cook.

Ashwin, bowling the eighth over of the innings, was a proof that Indian seamers failed to set the stage on fire, as much as the conditions begged for it.

Brief Scores: India 329 (Virat Kohli 97, Ajinkya Rahane 81; James Anderson 3-64, Stuart Broad 3-72, Chris Woakes 3-75) lead England 46/0 (Alastair Cook 21*, Keaton Jennings 20*) by 283 runs.

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