Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Indian pacemen displayed a brilliant spell of seam bowling during the first session for India on Day 2 of the fourth Test being played at Old Trafford, Manchester. Then, rain played spoilsport to curtail the day.
England, 1st innings:
PLAY ABANDONED FOR THE DAY
Rain has interrupted the proceedings and the players are off the field.
Over 70 || Score 234/6
Root and Buttler continue to frustrate India with their determination. The Indian seamers have bowled well but post lunch, their accuracy hasn't been up to the mark. The partnership is now worth 64 runs and Dhoni would now be worried as his side had reduced England to 170/6 at one stage.
Joe Root 48* (94b) Jos Buttler 22* (53b)
Over 62 || Score 201/6
Lunch: Root and Buttler have made sure that England don't lose any more wickets. It was India's session where their seamers bowled their heart out. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar made the best of the seaming conditions, the star for India in that session was Varun Aaron who bowled with a lot of venom and looked extremely impressive. England now lead by 49 runs with four wickets in hand.
Joe Root 23* (60b) Jos Buttler 13* (33b)
Over 55 || Score 185/6
Aaron was looking very impressive today and he bowled a gem of a delivery to dismiss Moeen Ali. He first surprised Ali with a short ball, off which he played an awkward short ball. The next delivery was full and it nipped into Ali who was on the backfoot and by the time his bat came down, the stumps were uprooted! India seem to have found a new star in Aaron who has looked extremely lethal today. Jos Buttler is the new man in.
MM Ali b Aaron 13 (27b)
Over 50 || Score 162/5
Moeen Ali and Joe Root have batted with a cautious approach in the last five overs. The Indian seamers are slowly getting back in their groove and we can expect them to take some more wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has stuck with his line and length while Aaron is using his pace with a lot of variation.
Over 45 || Score 144/5
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked his first wicket of the match when he pitched a short ball to Jordan, who hit it towards short midwicket and Aaron took a good catch diving to his right. Bhuvneshwar bowled plenty of deliveries which swung away from the batsmen, which included a gem to Ian Bell who edged it to the keeper. Joe Root and Moeen Ali are the two new batsmen at the crease. Good start from India so far.
IR Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 58 (82b)
CJ Jordan c Aaron b Kumar 13 (22b)
Over 40 || Score 133/3
Bell took a single off the last ball of Pankaj Singh's 12th over to reach his half-century off just 63 balls. He has regained his form and India would want to dismiss him as soon as possible. Jordan got two edges in the 39th over which went for boundaries. Indian bowlers have so far not made the English batsmen play too many deliveries. The fourth-wicket partnership is now worth 20 runs.
After a brilliant display of bowling on Day 1, England would now want to post a huge score on Day 2 of the fourth Test. The hosts are already in a commanding position having scored 113/3 against India`s 152 in the first innings.
India managed to pick three wickets on Day 1 as Varun Aaron impressed with his pace and picked two wickets. There will be a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India are once again playing with just three seamers.
Ian Bell is still unbeaten at the crease, and England would want their senior batsman to score another big knock, following a century in the third Test.
Meanwhile on Day 1, Indian team equalled the record for the most number of ducks in a Test innings, with six of their batsmen failing to open their accounts.