Old Trafford Test: Rain Halts England's Lead vs India on Day 2
England were on 237/6, leading India by 85 runs when rain abandoned play on the second day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford (All images AP).
India began day two of the Old Trafford Test on the back foot as England had bowled out Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men for a paltry 152 on the first day and were nearing a comfortable lead on Day 1 (All images AP).
Ian Bell continued from where he left off on the first day to notch up his 42nd Test fifty.
In the gap of two overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck twice to get rid of nightwatchman Chris Jordan and the well-set Ian Bell to give Dhoni something to cheer about. With still 12 runs behind India's total, England had lost half their side.
Varun Aaron then setup Moeen Ali beautifully to rattle his stumps.
Pankaj Singh's frustration extended to the second Test as he continued to go wicket-less.
Joe Root and Jos Buttler led England's fightback after Indian pacers had taken the momentum away from them in the first innings.
Joe Root (48 not out) and Jos Buttler (22 not out) stitched an unbeaten stand of 67 runs before rain came down and forced both teams off the field.
Slight drizzle soon turned into heavy rain as puddles formed in the outfield, making it tough for the ground staff to get the game back on.
The umpires inspected the conditions multiple times and eventually ruled out the chance of further play on the second day's play.
More than a session-and-a-half was lost due to rain with England on 237/6, leading India by 85 runs in the first innings.