England vs India 3rd Test Day 2: Bell and Buttler batter India

Bell demolished India's bowling attack during his magnificent knock of 167

Bell demolished India’s bowling attack during his magnificent knock of 167

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England batsman Ian Bell scored a sparkling 167 and debutant Jos Buttler smashed an entertaining 85 as the hosts continued to batter India on the second day of the third Test in Southampton.

Starting out the day on 247/2, Gary Ballance and Bell converted their 34-run partnership into a 142-run partnership, during which Ballance surpassed the 150-run mark and Bell brought up his half-century, before Ballance was caught behind off the bowling of Rohit Sharma.

However, Ballance’s dismissal caused a lot of controversy as replays showed that he actually hadn’t edged the ball.

Ballance’s career-best knock of 156 came off 288 balls and included 24 boundaries.

Ballance scored a career-best 156

Ballance scored a career-best 156

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Joe Root only made three runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Moeen Ali mustered 12 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Ajinkya Rahane at second slip off the bowling of Kumar.

Bell and Buttler stabilised the innings with a 106-run partnership, during which Bell went past 150 runs and Buttler registered his maiden half-century, before Bell was caught by debutant Pankaj Singh at mid-off off the bowling of Kumar.

Bell’s outstanding innings of 167 came off 256 balls and included 19 boundaries and three sixes.

Buttler ended up making 85 off 83 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

Buttler smashed nine boundaries and three sixes during his quickfire knock of 85

Buttler smashed nine boundaries and three sixes during his quickfire knock of 85

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Following Buttler’s dismissal, England captain Alastair Cook declared with his side on 569/7.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jadeja snapped up two and Sharma and Mohammed Shami chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 569 runs, India got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Cook at first slip off the bowling of James Anderson for just six runs.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara amassed an unbeaten eight-run partnership before stumps was called.

Vijay finished on 11 off 41 balls, which included one boundary, while Pujara remained undefeated on four.

Anderson was the only bowler to take a wicket.

India ended day two on 25/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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