India pile up 457
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP):
Alastair Cook's batting woes deepened when he was bowled for five as England closed day two on 43-1 in reply to India's mammoth 457 in the first Test at Trent Bridge yesterday.
Cook, averaging 25 since his last century 14 months ago, could not take advantage of a batting paradise as he shuffled too far across and exposed his leg stump to fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the fourth over of England's first-innings reply.
It was a pitiful dismissal after facing only 10 balls.
To underline what a missed opportunity it was for the captain, he had just witnessed India tail-enders Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Shami (51 not out) post career-best scores in a last-wicket partnership worth an invaluable 111 runs.
They frustrated England, who expected to be batting much sooner after taking four wickets for two runs swiftly after lunch to leave India on 346-9.
"We tried pretty much everything with the ball, but it wasn't really doing a huge amount," Stuart Broad said of Kumar's and Shami's partnership. "You were hoping for a batsman error, and credit, they didn't give us that error."
Kumar brought up his half century with a single off James Anderson, and on the next ball, Shami hit him up and over for six to bring up his milestone.
"We walked off at tea a little bit frustrated," Broad admitted. "But we stuck to our guns fantastically well - 457 could have been 600, no question about that."
India, resuming the day on 259-4, lost only Murali Vijay for 146 in the opening session. He added 24 runs to his overnight score until an Anderson delivery nipped inwards and hit him high on the leg.