By BV Swagath
A heavy downpour washed out the afternoon and evening sessions on Day 2 of the 4th Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. England at the time of rain were sitting pretty at 237 for 6 in 71 overs with Joe Root on 48 and Jos Buttler on 22. Just the nine overs were possible in the afternoon session in which England scored 36 runs while stretching their first innings lead to 85.
Update at Lunch on Day 2: England’s plans of building a massive first innings lead were spoilt by some excellent bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron. At lunch, the hosts have been reduced to 201 for 6 with a lead of 49 runs. India took three wickets in the morning session at the cost of 88 runs in 27 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the breakthrough with a bouncer which night watchman Chris Jordan (13) pulled into the hands of the diving Varun Aaron at mid wicket. Ian Bell got his 42nd Test fifty but was dismissed for 58 when he edged a Bhuvneshwar outswinger to the keeper.
Varun Aaron provided India with the wicket of Moeen Ali following a full length inswinger after bowling a nasty short ball. Moeen Ali was cleaned up for 13 with the full ball swinging in sharply from outside off. By lunch, England look settled again with Joe Root on 23 and Jos Buttler on 13.