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India reaches 105/3 at tea on day 4 against England

London, August 15 (IANS) India added 49 runs to their score without losing any wicket in the second session on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s, going in for tea at 105 to three in the second innings on Sunday.

Cheteshwar Pujara hit on 29 runs with Ajinkya Rahane keeping him company with 24 as they carefully repaired the Indian innings as the innings faltered to 56/3 at lunch. Pujara has faced 148 deliveries for its 29, while Rahane had negotiated 74.

Earlier, India scored 56 runs in the first session on the fourth day, but lost three key wickets including skipper Virat Kohli, in the process.

On a bright day with the Lord, the opening pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were cautious in the first seven overs. Sharma was graceful with her straight drive and flicked through the middle wicket.

The Fund for India’s score in the first innings came from the partnership of 126 runs between the openers. But England crushed the plan by forcing Rahul to nod behind goalkeeper Mark Buttler from Mark Wood, thus breaking the partnership early after just 18 runs.

Wood was then pulled by Sharma to six on the third ball in the 12th over. But three balls later, Sharma repeated the move, only to see the shot come off the toe of the bat and go straight to the deep backward square leg. It was the second time in the series that Sharma came out while trying to pull.

Pujara escaped an early scare with the edge missing. He took plenty of time to get out of the mark from the 35th ball with a push through the leg-side and received a loud cheer from the crowd.

Virat Kohli was impressive in the beginning with his cover drives and found the middle of bats on most occasions. But the Indian skipper stuck at a delivery outside the off-stump, and was caught behind the Sam Curran battle in the lunch interval.

England dominated the session, picking three big wickets from Rahul, Sharma and Kohli while closing out 56 runs in 25 overs.

Short score (at tea, day 4): India 364 and 105/3 in 53 overs (C Pujara 29 not out, A Rahane 24 not out, Rohit Sharma 21, Virat Kohli 20, Mark Wood 2/16, Sam Curran 1 / 6) against England 391.

–IANS

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