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England Lead By 85 As Rain Intervenes

A very wet Old Trafford on day two
The scene at Old Trafford after a heavy shower that eventually limited the day to just 36 overs of action
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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.

However, their progress was stalled by an unbroken half-century stand between Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

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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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs