England vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Kumar gives India slight edge despite Ballance’s century

Cook, Robson, Bell and Ballance were Kumar's four victims

Kumar’s four victims were Cook, Robson, Bell and Ballance

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India pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar sliced through England’s batting line-up with four wickets to give his side a slight edge at the end of the second day of the second Test against England at Lord’s.

However, England may have found themselves in an even worse position if it had not been for Gary Ballance’s sparkling century.

Starting out the day on 290/9, India’s pace bowling duo of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma only managed to add five runs onto their 15-run partnership before Shami was caught by England captain Alastair Cook at first slip off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 19.

James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Stokes and Stuart Broad snapped up two wickets apiece and Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali chipped in with one wicket each as India were bowled out for 295.

Trailing by 295 runs, England got off to a terrible start as Cook was caught behind off the bowling of Kumar for 10 runs.

Sam Robson scored 17 runs before he was also caught behind off the bowling of Kumar.

Ian Bell mustered 16 runs before he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at third slip off the bowling of Kumar.

Joe Root fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jadeja for 13.

However, Root’s dismissal stirred up a lot of controversy as replays showed that he had got an inside edge before the ball hit his pad.

Ballance and Moeen Ali stabilised the innings with a 98-run partnership, during which Ballance brought up his second Test century, before Ali was given out lbw off the bowling of Murali Vijay for 32.

Ballance went on to score 110 off 203 balls, which included 15 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kumar.

Ballance stemmed the bleeding with his vital century

Ballance stemmed the bleeding with his vital century

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Wicketkeeper Matt Prior and pace bowler Liam Plunkett amassed an unbeaten five-run partnership before stumps was called.

Prior finished on two runs, while Plunkett scored four.

Kumar was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Jadeja and Vijay claimed one wicket each.

England ended day two on 219/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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