England Lead By 85 As Rain Intervenes
India 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25) v
England 237-6 (Bell 58, Kumar 3-47)
Fourth Test, Emirates Old Trafford, day two
England established a lead of 85 runs over India before day three of the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford was called off early due to rain and a wet outfield.
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Ian Bell made 58 but India enjoyed their best day of the tour since Lord's, taking three England wickets before lunch.
Then, prior to tea the rain arrived and although a heavy shower did eventually pass, there was too much water left on a section of the outfield to get play back underway.
Resuming on 113 for three, England took advantage of India bowling too short early on and Bell reached his 42nd Test half-century before Chris Jordan fell for 13 when he very well caught by Varun Aaron at mid-wicket off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Once both Kumar and Aaron settled into a rhythm they found a better length, testing England's batsmen and Bell perished when he was caught behind by MS Dhoni as he pushed at a teasing delivery outside off stumps.
He had made 58 in 82 balls and at drinks England had reached 148 for five.
They then moved Moeen Ali pulled Aaron to the boundary twice in one over before Aaron followed up a well directed bouncer with a full swinging delivery that broke through Ali's defences and bowled him for 13.
England's 200 came up when Buttler drove Ravichandran Ashwin for four through the covers and lunch was taken with England on 201 for six and India having enjoyed their best session since winning the Lord's Test.
However, after lunch England wrested back the momentum as Root (48 not out) and Buttler (22 not out) batted confidently until at the end of just just the 36th over played in the day, the rain arrived.
Tea was taken early but although the majority of the ground looked to have been cleared sufficiently to get perhaps another hour of play in, an area close to the new development was not draining sufficiently and that prevented a resumption.
Kumar finished the day with figures of three for 47 and Aaron three for 48.
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