England capped a reasonably satisfying first session on Day 2 of the fourth Test at Mumbai on Friday, reaching 385/8 at lunch.
Resuming from their overnight score of 288/5, England lost Ben Stokes early, as the all-rounder became Ravichandran Ashwin's fifth victim of the innings. Stokes was given out caught behind after a review by India. Replays showed the ball to have taken the edge of Stokes' bat almost at the same time that the bat hit the ground. Stokes trudged off nodding his head, clearly not convinced about the decision.
England lost two more wickets as Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid fell to Ravindra Jadeja. It looked for a while that the England innings will fold up fast. But the Indians were thwarted by a gutsy Jos Buttler, who scored a half century, and in alliance with Jake Ball, strung together a priceless 51-run partnership, which pushed England near 400.
Buttler had faced a few anxious moments when he had come into bat, but grew into confidence as he reached the 50-mark. At the other end, Ball cut and swept with aplomb, accumulating a number of boundaries in the process. Crossing the 400-run mark would be a huge confidence booster for England.
India's fielding meanwhile continued to disappoint as Virat Kohli dropped Ball.
England scored 97 runs in 31 overs in the pre-lunch session and would hope to carry on the good work in the second session, hoping that Ball and Buttler can continue putting up a stubborn resistance against Ashwin and Co.
Updated Date: Dec 09, 2016 11:52:14 IST