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Indian Bowlers Frustrate England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami (right) both hit half-centuries to frustrate England
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India 457 (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82, Kumar 58) v
England 43-1 (Robson 20no)
First Test, Trent Bridge, day two

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Indian bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami shared a last-wicket partnership of 111 and Shami then bowled England captain Alastair Cook as India remained in charge of the opening Test at Trent Bridge.

For the second day in a row, England enjoyed an excellent spell after lunch and were on the brink of bowling India out for 350 or less before Kumar (58) and Shami (51 not out) combined to completely frustrate England.

When the breakthrough finally came, by which time the pair had broken the record for a 10th-wicket partnership for India against England, the hosts were left with an hour or so to survive.

Cook (5) couldn't make it, losing his leg stump to Shami as he shuffled across the wicket although Sam Robson (20 not out) and Gary Ballance (15 not out) overcame a few nervy moments to take England to stumps on 43 for one.

It was another day for batting, with balls just about carrying through and sometimes bouncing twice, meaning Cook and his bowlers had to try all sorts of plans to try to take wickets.

Early on, Stuart Broad induced MS Dhoni to edge behind but Matt Prior, close to the wicket in a bid to negate the lack of pace, couldn't grasp the chance.

India's captain went on to make 82 in 152 balls and the only wicket to fall in the morning was Murali Vijay, who had looked good again before being trapped in front by James Anderson after one nipped back.

He finished with 146 in 361 balls, hitting 25 fours - five of them today - and a six.

Lunch came with India on 342 for five after Ravindra Jadeja had struck some quick runs but the afternoon, until Kumar and Shami came together, belonged to England.

Jadeja feathered an edge through to Prior off Broad for 25 in 24 balls shortly before Dhoni took on Anderson at mid-on and was run out with a direct hit.

Stuart Binny earned his first Test run but went no further before slashing outside off stump to guide a catch to Joe Root in the gully off Ben Stokes.

And when Ishant Sharma left one onto his off stump to be bowled by Broad, India had lost four wickets for two runs but England could not find a way past the initially resolute and increasingly more expansive Kumar and Shami.

It would be harsh to apportion huge amounts of blame to England's bowlers, as they continued to work hard, bowled good lines and lengths and set fields to suit the pitch, and India's final pair played well.

Kumar hit five fours in 149 balls and Shami six fours and a six in 81 deliveries. One ball after Kumar reached his maiden half-century, Shami lifted Anderson down the ground for six to also get to the milestone.

Trying a big shot himself, Kumar was finally caught by Root off Moeen Ali. Broad finished with two for 53, Anderson three for 123, Stokes two for 81, Liam Plunkett one for 88 and Ali one for 97.

If ever Cook, badly out of form and heavily criticised following series defeats to Australia and Sri Lanka, needed some runs and to see through a session, this was it, but he lasted just 10 balls.

He hit one of them for four but misjudged the line of Shami's delivery and the ball flicked his thigh pad on its way through to leg stump.

Robson played and missed at a few good balls but Ballance looked more secure, and both saw off a couple of overs of spin, bowled by Jadeja, to see England to stumps 414 runs behind, and 215 runs away from making India bat again.

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India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
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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

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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

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India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

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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
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