Cook Hammers India As England Press On
England 456-3 (Cook 182no, Strauss 87) v
India 224 (Dhoni 77, Broad 4-53, Bresnan 4-62)
Third Test, Edgbaston, day two
England continued to utterly dominate proceedings as they closed day two of the third Test against India on 456 for three - a lead of some 232 runs.
Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 182 having batted beautifully throughout the day as he registered the tenth highest Test score at the ground.
England only lost three wickets and had only lost one when they passed India's score of 224 as Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen both made half-centuries.
Cook batted all day en route to his 19th Test century, and fourth of the year, and he has faced 339 balls so far, hitting 26 fours as England continued to entrench themselves in a strong position.
Strauss made 87 in 176 balls before he was bowled by leg-spinner Amit Mishra as he attempted to sweep, having hit 13 fours while Ian Bell was bowled by Praveen Kumar with a delivery that seamed late to end an innings of 34 in 43 balls - in which he had been dropped while on 30 by Rahul Dravid off Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.
Pietersen then hit an imperious 63 in 78 balls, crunching Mishra down the ground for a huge six and hitting nine fours before he was trapped in front on the walk by Kumar, who was by far India's most impressive performer in the field.
Cook was in sublime form and he ruthlessly punished anything short with cuts and pulls of real authority as India could find no way through.
When they did create chances - two offered by Morgan to Sreesanth and Dravid respectively - they were dropped and he went on to close on 44 in 66 balls.
England lead the four-match series 2-0 and four wickets apiece from Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad put them in charge of the game on day one after they won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Only Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 77 held them up for any length of time.
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