England dominate on day 3 at Trent Bridge

August 1, 2011

England took control of the second Test match against India at Trent Bridge yesterday, despite some major controversy.

England powered their way to 441/6, scoring 417 runs for the loss of just five wickets.

However the main talking point of the day came just before tea when Ian Bell was run out. Bell had thought that Morgan had clipped the ball for four and in the process abandoned his crease as he headed off the ground for the tea interval. However replays proved that the ball did not cross the rope as Praveen Kumar had prevented the four. After flicking the ball back from the rope Kumar took an age to walk up to it and throw the ball in. His actions led Ian Bell into believing the ball was four.

The bails were then removed with Bell down the other end of the pitch facing the other way. The Indians appealed and after consulting the third umpire, the umpires gave Bell out.

As the umpires returned from the dressing room after tea they were greeted to a chorus of boos. The same was handed out to the Indian team, however when the two English batsmen emerged, surprisingly one of them was Ian Bell himself.

The tea break had given Mehendra Singh Dhoni the time to withdraw his appeal, which he did after speaking with his players.

Ian Bell was very fortunate that the Indian captain had been so sporting as it was schoolboy error which could easily have cost him his wicket.

Bell added 22 more runs after tea taking his total to 159 which was a fantastic innings. He was well supported by Pietersen, Morgan, and Prior who all hit half centuries.

England now lead their visitors by 374 runs with 4 second innings wickets in hand.

Chris Murtagh 01/08/11

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