ENGLAND SUFFER

The England cricket team lost three quick wickets in the last hour of the second day of the first test match against India and got into trouble. The Indian team declared its first innings on 521/8 and the England batsmen had to face 18 overs on the second day.

The England openers started well and there were no breakthroughs for the Indian team in the first 13 overs. It seemed that the England openers would see off the day, but, that wasn’t the case to be. In the 14th over of the innings, Ravichandran Ashwin got one to turn and bounce from outside the off stump. The ball went through the bat and pad of the debutant Nick Compton and hit the leg stump. That was a great delivery by the classical off spinner.

James Anderson was sent as the night watchman, but, the left hander wasn’t able to do his job. He tried to flick an incoming ball from Pragyan Ojha towards the square leg. The ball turned sharply, took the inside edge of the bat and popped up in the air. That was a difficult chance for Gautam Gambhir who was at forward short leg and he latched on that chance. He dived to his right and took a great one handed catch.

Jonathan Trott walked in at no. 4, but, he also didn’t look comfortable against the spinners. He was tentative right from the outset. He tried to flick an off spinning delivery from Ashwin in front of the square, but, got beaten by the turn and inside edged the ball into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short leg.

The England captain, Alastair Cook, has looked solid against the spinners so far. England would be hoping for a big inning from the skipper on the third day.

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