Thursday 10 July 2014 

Video - It Was Definitely A Good Day - Kumar

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After playing his part in a 111-run 10th-wicket partnership, Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar reflects on what he calls a good day for his against England at Trent Bridge.

Both he and Mohammad Shami scored half-centuries to haul India up to a score of 457 having come together in the afternoon session of day two of the first Test with the score on 346 for nine.

Kumar made 58 and Shami 51 not out before the latter dismissed Alastair Cook late in the day as England reached stumps on 43 for one, still trailing by 414 runs.

"Yes, definitely a good day because you know it's not a good wicket for bowling, so at least we needed 400, 450 runs and then we scored that runs so now it's time to bowl really well," Kumar said.

He added that he and his team-mates are confident they can continue to put England under pressure despite the slow and low nature of the pitch.

"I mean, we are confident, and we have to do that to win the Test match.

"But as we know, the wicket is not as good as generally it is in England so I mean, our plan will be different to try to get them out, with different strategies, different plans. And if we are to win the Test match, we have to get them out."

For England, Stuart Broad ended with figures of two for 53 but admitted that it had been frustrating to concede so many runs before eventually bowling India out.

"Yeah, a little bit frustrating, I thought the two Indian batsmen played very well," he said.

"Once that ball was sort of 50 overs old, up until the new ball it was - it's not doing a lot obviously once it's soft, there was nothing for length.

"We tried everything. We tried a few bouncers, tried to go full at the stumps, but the two Indian batsmen kept the ball out, which is well played.

"But actually, that session was 90 for four which was our best session of the day, so it was hard to get too down on ourselves."

England had taken four quick wickets after lunch to give themselves a chance of closing the gap but despite India's counter-attack, Broad says the team fought hard throughout.

"We coped brilliantly. I thought the attitude throughout showed in our fielding with some of the chances we took.

"There was only one moment that got to me when I was in my 30th over and the ball had just bounced twice to the keeper and a fella on his fifth pint shouted 'Bend your back, Broad!' I thought I was close to going and handing the groundsman the ball.

"Yeah, other than that I thought we coped brilliantly with it."

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