England batsman Gary Ballance rued at not completing another hundred against India in the fifth and final cricket Test here while praising team-mate Joe Root for countering the visitors' efforts on day two.
Root and Jos Buttler (45 runs, 73 balls, 9 fours) put on 80 runs for the sixth wicket after tea as they wrestled back the initiative from Indian bowlers.
England continued to dominate proceedings in their third cricket Test against India as a 142-run partnership between Gary Ballance (156) and Ian Bell (68 batting) took the hosts to 358 for three at lunch on day two at The Rose Bowl
Statistical highlights of the second day's play in the third cricket Test between India and England here.
India, to their credit, did well to restrict the English batsmen from scoring freely, bowling in good areas and causing more than a few problems.
Live coverage of the third day's play from Lord's between India and England.
"The third innings is always a crucial part of the game. So if we can get that lead, and bowl well, we can push for a victory," Ballance signed off.
Kumar took 4-46 in the hosts' first innings as they reached 219/6 at stumps on day two in reply to India's 295 all out.
England's top-order batsman Gary Ballance has been handed a stern warning by team's coach Peter Moores over the left-hander's conduct in a drunken state at a Nottingham pub after the end of the first Test match.
England might have been rattled by their recent batting collapse but Gary Ballance believes his team will learn from the previous game and look to "put wrongs right" in the second Test against India, starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Live coverage of the fourth day's play of the first Test at Trent Bridge between India and England.
Gary Ballance's maiden test century and a crucial 78-run seventh wicket stand with Chris Jordan saved England's blushes after Sri Lanka had torn through the top off their batting line-up on the fourth day of the opening test at Lord's on Sunday.