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Second Test: Indian batsmen struggle against England bowling

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Team India is struggling big time against England bowling line-up and is trailing by 357 runs with five wickets remaining. England pacers have been making it very difficult for Indian batsmen to confidently play their game. The third day of the test at Southampton is completely dominated by English bowlers.

English team has been successful in keeping Indian bating line-up under continuous pressure. Pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have claimed four wickets so far and they are backed by the trio of Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and spinner Moeen Ali.

On the second day of the test when Indian batting began, Stuart Broad was able to send opener Murali Vijay’s packing. Vijay was looking impressive and was on 35 when he got out.

Shikhar Dhawan was caught by England captain Alastair Cook on Anderson’s delivery when he was on six while Cheteshwar Pujara was caught behind by debuting wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler when he was on 24.

By lunch time on the third day, Indian batsmen managed to put up an overall score of 108 for the loss of three wickets.  After lunch, Indian inning was resumed by Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli with their individual scores of 11 and 18 runs respectively.

However, Anderson managed to get an edge out of Kohli which was caught by Cook. He was on  39 at the time. New batsman RG Sharma soon followed suit and was caught by Broad on Moeen Ali’s magnificent delivery.

It now remains to be seem whether Indian batting line-up manages to make a come back to the match even though they are trailing by 364 runs. However, at this time of the match, Indian team will be lucky if they could steer the match towards a draw.

English team on the other hand will try their best to push for a win as India already leads the tournament 1-0.

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