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Gary Ballance was able to put together another great performance with the bat - having notched up his second Lord’s century in a row - however India were able to claim two late wickets to keep the momentum from going firmly into England’s camp. The difference in the pitch between Lord’s and Trent Bridge is significant and the bowlers have been able to coax some more nuances out of the surface with a test that appears to be heading towards a very interesting conclusion. 


India were all out on 295 and England weren’t really looking all that solid until Ballance dug in and produced another masterful display with the bat. Worryingly, England’s captain and opener Alastair Cook continued his poor run of form - able to take only 10 points today before being caught behind after some great bowler from Kumar. 

It was obvious that Cook was frustrated with the situation and his position is becoming increasingly untenable. It’s one thing to have your captain not play so well but it’s a completely other deal to have an opening batsman who hasn’t hit a proper century in well over a year. 

There were no heroics from Joe Root either, a player who has really put together some great knocks over the past few months, and there was a hint of bad luck in the mix as he was given out LBW with hotspot showing a thick inside edge. 

While the pundits are saying that India remain just in control of the match, the bookmakers appear to disagree by a pretty substantial margin. England are considered the favourites to win the test with a 2.10 listing compared to India’s much longer 3.75 margin. The draw, which many might have backed before the test actually kicked off, continues to trade around 2.87. 

The over/under currently being floated by the bookmakers puts England on a 330 after finishing up the 1st innings. Liam Plunkett and Matt Prior remain in the mix here and will be looking sharp for their outing tomorrow at Lord’s. England have notched up 24 boundaries so far and look good value to continue moving forward with bookmakers offering up an over/under of 37.5 for English boundaries. 


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