England vs India 2nd Test Day 3: England claw their way back with three quick strikes

Plunkett is over the moon after striking twice in two deliveries

Plunkett is over the moon after striking twice in two deliveries

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England clawed their way back into the second Test against India at Lord’s with three quick strikes late in the day.

Pace bowler Liam Plunkett accounted for two of the three wickets as he dismissed India’s batting duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive deliveries.

However, India opener Murali Vijay stood his ground and kept a cool composure as he went on to score a solid half-century.

Starting out the day on 219/6, England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and Plunkett converted their five-run partnership into a 51-run partnership before Prior was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 23.

All-rounder Ben Stokes failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck.

Kumar struck again just two balls later when Stuart Broad was caught by Dhawan at slip for four runs.

England were bowled out for 319, giving them a lead of 24 runs, when James Anderson was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 19.

Plunkett was left stranded on 55 off 79 balls, which included eight boundaries.

Kumar was easily the pick of the Indian bowlers with six wickets, while Jadeja snapped up two and Shami and Vijay chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 24 runs, India got off to a poor start as Dhawan was caught by Joe Root at point off the bowling of Stokes for 31.

Vijay and Pujara made up for the early loss of Dhawan with a 78-run partnership before Pujara was caught behind off the bowling of Plunkett for 43.

Plunkett struck again the very next ball when Kohli was clean bowled for a golden duck.

Following his outstanding century in the first innings, Rahane only made five runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Broad.

Rahane was right to be shaking his head as he walked back to the pavilion since replays showed that the ball had hit his arm guard instead of his glove.

Vijay and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni amassed an unbeaten 46-run partnership, during which Vijay brought up his half-century, before stumps was called.

Vijay finished on 59 off 190 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 12 off 51 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Vijay frustrated England with his unbeaten knock of 59

Vijay frustrated England with his unbeaten knock of 59

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Plunkett was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Broad and Stokes claimed one wicket each.

India ended day three on 169/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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