England v India, second Test: Ben Stokes left frustrated at Lord's
Last Updated: 18/07/14 8:13am
Ben Stokes was left frustrated as England once again struggled to finish India off in the second Investec Test at Lord’s.
From 145-7, the tourists recovered to end the day at 290-9 as Ajinkya Rahane made 103 and put on 90 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (36).
The wicket at HQ certainly had a lot more life in it than that seen in the first Test at Trent Bridge, but England’s bowlers again struggled at the death like previously.
Stokes told Sky Sports 2: "We got ourselves in a brilliant position.
"I thought we were unfortunate with the amount of play-and-misses and nicks through the slips. Hopefully we can come back and get this one and the lads can pile it on."
James Anderson led the way with 4-55 on a surface offering pace and movement, with Stuart Broad taking 2-79 and a wicket apiece for Stokes, Liam Plunkett and spinner Moeen Ali.
"It's good to see the ball carrying through and swinging," said Stokes. "I don't think we're too far off, if anything we maybe bowled a bit too wide.
"After lunch we bowled little bit straighter and made them play, they left a bit too easily before lunch."
India's Rahane was a proud man after adding his name to the Lord's honours board with a century, saying: "I'm really happy with this special 100 at Lord's.
"I just looked and saw my name on the board, it's a proud moment.
"I have to give credit to the top order, they batted well in a tough situation.
"We had a great day. Tomorrow morning, maybe a quick 20 or 30 runs, it's another crucial day."
Rahane relished the chance to test himself, adding: “Playing Test cricket outside your country is a challenge and I love challenges.
"I love playing on this kind of wicket. You want to be little positive and let the ball come and after 25, 30 runs, I wanted to play a positive game and back my instinct."