Cricket: India vs England 4th Test Day 2 Live Score, IND vs ENG
England were placed at 277 for seven in their first innings at lunch on second day of the fourth and last cricket Test at Nagpur on Friday. The smart use of tweakers and pacers has certainly helped India in getting early breakthrough on day two of the fourth and last cricket Test at Nagpur on Friday.
India’s key turner R Ashwin scalped the in-form Matt Prior soon after the English wicketkeeper completed his 23rd Test fifty. Prior faced 142 balls and smashed six boundaries before being clean bowled by Ashwin.
Tim Bresnan replaced Prior but he too was sent back to pavilion without adding a single run to the English scoreboard. Bresnan was caught in front of wicket on an in-swinger from Sharma.
English wicketkeeper Matt Prior and debutant Joe Root completed their half-century back to back early on day two.
The pair successfully rebuild England’s inning after suffering major jolt on the opening day of the last Test. Prior and Root also completed 100 runs partnership in 269 balls.
Indian bowlers let England off the hook and allowed the visitors to recover from a difficult position as they reached 199 for five at stumps on the opening day to leave the crucial fourth and final cricket Test evenly poised at Nagpur on Thursday.
The home team had England in a real spot at 139 for five soon after tea but failed to seize the initiative as debutant Joe Root and the experienced Matt Prior batted for nearly 30 overs to add 60 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.
The new-look Indian bowling attack had kept the high-flying England batsmen under tight leash and made them struggle for every run in the first two sessions before Prior batting on 34 and Root undefeated on 31 added valuable runs in the final hour.
Kevin Pietersen was the top-scorer for England with an innings of 73 while debutant Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets for 34 runs having bowled 25 overs.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss for the first time and visitors were rocked back by twin strikes within the first hour by Ishant Sharma but recovered briefly to get past the 100-run mark.