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England reaches 358-3 at lunch against India

Bell's half-century leads England to 358-3 at lunch on day 2 of 3rd test against India

India's Pankaj Singh pitches a delivery during the second day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bow...
England's Ian Bell crouches down after playing a shot during the second day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at...
England's Gary Ballance celebrates reaching 150 runs after hitting a four off the bowling of India's Pankaj Singh, right, during the second day of the...
England's Gary Ballance hits an edge to be caught out by India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the bowling of India's Rohit Sharma...
India's Rohit Sharma, third left, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Gary Ballance, not pictured, as England's Ian Bell, second left, watches d...

Britain England India Cricket

India's Pankaj Singh pitches a delivery during the second day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bow...

Britain England India Cricket

England's Ian Bell crouches down after playing a shot during the second day of the third cricket test match of the series between England and India at...

Britain England India Cricket

England's Gary Ballance celebrates reaching 150 runs after hitting a four off the bowling of India's Pankaj Singh, right, during the second day of the...

Britain England India Cricket

England's Gary Ballance hits an edge to be caught out by India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the bowling of India's Rohit Sharma...

Britain England India Cricket

India's Rohit Sharma, third left, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Gary Ballance, not pictured, as England's Ian Bell, second left, watches d...

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Ian Bell made his 42nd half-century as England reached 358-3 at lunch Monday to strengthen its position on day two of the third test against India.

Gary Ballance continued imperiously for England, but was caught behind off Rohit Sharma by Mahendra Singh Dhoni shortly before lunch on 156.

There was some controversy surrounding Sharma's first test wicket, as replays showed the ball hit Ballance's thigh pad and missed his bat.

Replays are unavailable to both sides in this series, with India a long-standing opponent of the technology.

Bell resumed Monday on 16 and reached 50 with a single from Mohammed Shami after 99 deliveries.

He was 68 not out at the interval and will look to make his first test century since August 2013 against Australia in the second session.


Updated : 2021-05-09 15:35 GMT+08:00