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Stats Highlights: England vs India, 2nd Test - Day 4

Bhuvneshwar emulates Botham and Hadlee after scoring a fifty and registering five-for in consecutive Tests

Ravindra Jadeja (68) scored his maiden fifty in 10th Test. His previous highest was 43 against Australia at Delhi in 2012-13.

Jadeja’s fifty means that out of 22 players in this match, now 21 have scored at least a 50 in their Test career. The only player without a fifty in this Test match is Ishant Sharma.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52) became first player to cross 50 thrice in a series while batting at number nine or lower.

During his innings Bhuvneshwar also completed his 200 runs in the series. With 11 wickets already on his name, Bhuvneshwar became first Indian and only the eighth player in Test annals to aggregate 200 runs and 10 wickets in first two Tests of a series. Others to do so are: England’s Billy Barnes, Australia’s George Giffen, South Africa’s Aubrey Faulkner, Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammad and Wasim Akram; and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.

Bhuvneshwar has now scored a fifty and taken a five-wicket innings haul in back to back matches. He had scored 58 and 63* besides taking 5 for 82 at Trent Bridge. He is only the third player after England’s Ian Botham and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in consecutive Tests.

India gave England a victory target of 319 runs. Of the previous 20 instances when India were defending a fourth innings target of 300 or more, they won 11, drew 8 and lost only one. The defeat came at Perth in 1977-78 when Australia chased down a target of 339 with two wickets to spare.

Only once before have England chased down a target of 319 or more in the fourth innings – against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29.

Alastair Cook has now played 27 innings without scoring a hundred. This equals his worst such streak in Test cricket. Cook had a sequence of 27 innings between March 2008 and 2009 when he did not reach three-figure mark even once. However, on that occasion Cook’s average was 37.19 as against 23.62 in the current streak.

Cook, however, completed his 4000 runs in Test matches in England during his innings. He became eighth batsman to accomplish this feat.

Cook was dismissed off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for the eighth time in his Test career. Ishant now holds the record of dismissing Cook on most occasions along with Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.

The catch of counterpart Alastair Cook gave MS Dhoni his 58th dismissal against England. He has now made most dismissals for India against a particular country. Interestingly Dhoni himself hold the previous Indian record, with 57 dismissals against Australia.

MS Dhoni has never lost a Test defending a fourth innings target of 100 or more. Of the nine such occasions India won four, while five were drawn!

Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: England vs India, 2nd Test - Day 4

Jadeja, Ishant help India nose ahead against England

Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar exhibited some great counter-attacking batting to help India set a daunting target of 319 for England in the second Test at Lord's. In reply, England lost four of their batsmen in Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook to end Day 4 at 105/4.

Jadeja set the ball rolling by trapping Robson lbw before Tea. Ballance and Cook then tried to rebuild but Shami got the breakthrough and Ishant grabbed two quick wickets to send the English captain and Bell back to the dressing room.

Mohammed Shami after being reintroduced into the attack got a wicket off his first delivery when he had Ballance (27) nick the ball to Dhoni.
In the next over, Ian Bell found his off and middle-stump rattled by Ishant with the delivery that came in.

It was then Joe Root’s turn to take guard while the tall Indian paceman hit the deck hard and asked questions off the batsmen. His next scalp was Cook who had trudged on for 93 balls to score 22. Ishant had the England skipper edge the ball to his opposite number leaving the team struggling on 72 for four.

With three quick wickets, India were in a commanding position. Root and Moeen Ali rallied on to take England to 105/4 at stumps under overcast conditions.

Earlier, building on the platform laid by Murali Vijay (95), Jadeja scored a quick-fire 57-ball 68 while Bhuvneshwar made 52 off 71 to take India to 342 in the second innings. After playing a possibly game changing knock, Jadeja claimed Sam Robson early in the innings while Ishant Sharma dealt couple of severe blows in a stingy spell to push the hosts on the back-foot.

Resuming on 169/4, Vijay and Dhoni added 33 to the overnight score until the latter departed. Grafting runs watchfully, the pair had kept the England pacers at bay. However, Liam Plunkett ended their partnership on 79. The pacer induced an edge off Dhoni’s willow and Bell took the catch in the slips.

Stuart Binny then hurled Moeen Ali towards mid-off and followed his captain back to the dressing-room for naught. Cook covered good ground to take a running catch and leave India on 203/6. With two wickets off consecutive overs just before drinks, the Indian innings again needed stabilizing. Vijay who had held the innings together even as he lost partners at the other end was tasked with stitching another partnership to keep India in the game. He was joined by Jadeja in the endevour.

But, this time it was the opener, who was inching towards the opportunity to have his named carved on the honours list fell five runs short of a much-deserved century. Having battled it out in the middle for 246 deliveries, he returned edging James Anderson to the wicket-keeper.

With the lead on 211, Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have returned a bit before Lunch had Joe Root caught the ball as it flew over his head in the slips. The Jadeja-Bhuvneshwar pair then took India to 267/7 at Lunch.

Jadeja continued his onslaught post lunch and posted his maiden Test fifty. In the following over he hit Anderson straight over his head for four as he continued to add valuable runs to the total. While Jadeja entertained with fire-works, Bhuvneshwar too scored at a quick pace in the crucial partnership, which became the highest for the innings. The duo hit the boundary at will as they milked the opposition attack and seized the momentum.

With the partnership on 99, Jadeja attempting to pull Stokes only managed to send the ball high in the air and Cook running backwards took the catch. Ali followed up with the wicket of Mohammed Shami. In the next over, Bhuvneshwar dismissed Stokes to the long-on boundary to reach his third fifty in four innings. But in the pacer’s next over, he nicked the bowler to second slip bringing an end to the Indian innings.

Brief scores:

Day 1: Ind 1st inn 290/9 in 90 overs (A Rahane 103, B Kumar 36, J Anderson 4/55, S Broad 2/79)

Day 2: Ind 1st inn 295 all out in 91.4 overs (M Shami 19, B Stokes 2/40); Eng 1st inn 219 in 86 overs (G Balance 110, B Kumar 4/46)

Day 3: Eng 1st inn 319 all out in 105.5 overs (L Plunkett 55*, B Kumar 6/82); Ind 2nd inn 169/4 in 63 overs (M Vijay 59*, MS Dhoni 12*, L Plunkett 2/23)

Day 4: Ind 2nd inn 342 all out in 301.1 overs (M Vijay 95, R Jadeja 68, B Kumar 52, B Stokes 3/51); Eng 2nd inn 105/4 in 46 overs (Moeen Ali 15*, J Root 14*, I Sharma 2/13)

Prajakta Pawar

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