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Alastair Cook scores 182 and bats India out of series

Kevin PietersenIndia continued to struggle on their tour of England as they were put to the sword on the second day of the third Test match at Edgbaston. After being bowled out for 224, England were able to bat their opposition out of the match with a strong reply, scoring 456 for the loss of three wickets at the end of the second day. This means that after two days of cricket, England is more than 230 runs ahead, having seven wickets in hand and will be looking to bat the Indians out of the game.

The second day had started with England at 84 without loss and the tourists needed some early wickets to make things count. However, there were no wicket for the Indian bowling in the first session of the day's play as they went about their business in a strictly professional manner. the ball swung around a bit and the English batsmen were able to give the due respect that seaming ball needed.

It was only after the first one hour of play had elapsed that the batting gained confidence and added momentum. The side lost their first wicket at 182 and Andrew Strauss missed his century by 13 runs. however, the Indians had no such luck with Alastair Cook, who went on to get to his 19th Test match century and was soon on his way to an unbeaten 182 by the time the day's play had ended. On the other hand, there were contributions from everyone else in the batting order and that meant that the side was left with a lot to do.

Ian Bell started off positively and scored 32, while Kevin Pietersen made a run-a-ball half century before being declared out lbw. However, that did not allow the run rate to slow down as Eoin Morgan joined Cook and the pair was involved in another stand, unbeaten till the day's play had ended. Of course, Morgan was dropped twice en route his 44 and the Indians seemed to have given up the ghost.

India will now need a miracle and they may still not be able to save the match. The series is already gone, after they had fallen behind 2-0 but the only hope was that they would do well in this match. That also fell away when they were bowled out for 224 in the first innings. Time for a huge second innings reply by the Indian batsmen to save them an embarrassment.

Tags:- Andrew Strauss   England   India   Kevin Pietersen  

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