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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that he was extremely frustrated after the national team failed to bowl India out on the first day of the second Test at Lord’s.
India were struggling at 145/7 before they went on to end the day on 290/9. This was made possible thanks to batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant century.
“We got ourselves in a brilliant position,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “The tail wagged a bit and credit to Rahane, he played a really good knock. You have to give some credit to Kumar as well, he seems to hang around.
“I thought we were unfortunate with the amount of play-and-misses and nicks through the slips. Hopefully we can come back and get this one and the lads can pile it on.”
All of the England bowlers picked up at least one wicket, but pace bowler James Anderson stood out with four.
“It’s good to see the ball carrying through and swinging,” Stokes said. “I don’t think we’re too far off, if anything we maybe bowled a bit too wide.
“After lunch we bowled little bit straighter and made them play, they left a bit too easily before lunch.”
Meanwhile, Rahane was ecstatic to have scored a century at Lord’s.
“I’m really happy with this special 100 at Lord’s,” he said. “I just looked and saw my name on the board, it’s a proud moment.
“I have to give credit to the top order, they batted well in a tough situation. We had a great day. Tomorrow morning, maybe a quick 20 or 30 runs, it’s another crucial day.
“Playing Test cricket outside your country is a challenge and I love challenges. I love playing on this kind of wicket. You want to be little positive and let the ball come and after 25, 30 runs, I wanted to play a positive game and back my instinct.”