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Find out what was frustrating for England at Lord's

July 18, 2014 09:02 IST

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes said that his team was extremely disappointed on not having bowled India out on the first day of the second Test at Lord's.

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Put into bat, India finished the day at 290 for nine thanks to a defiant Ajinkya Rahane's (103) second Test century that again frustrated the hosts.

"It is a little bit frustrating, especially with their tail doing well," said Stoke, who took 1-40 in the first innings.

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Image: Ravindra Jadeja reacts after being given out lbw as Matt Prior and James Anderson (right) celebrate
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When asked if England were guilty of bowling poorly, he replied, "No, we were happy with our lengths but our lines could have been a bit tighter in the morning, more towards the stumps. The movement was a bit excessive compared to TrentBridge and we corrected it. They had a lot more played and missed in second session and we got quite a few wickets then."

"But bowling short in the last session wasn't my plan. I wasn't privy to the chat between Jimmy and Cook," he added.

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Image: England bowler Liam Plunkett celebrates after dismissing Murali Vijay
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"But credit must go to Ajinkya Rahane with the way he batted. It was a really good knock from him and we can take positives from the fact that we restricted them to 140-odd runs for 7 wickets before he played that knock," he said.

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Image: Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after reaching his century
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India collapsed to 140 for six at tea and then lost Stuart Binny (9) quickly as well but a 90-run stand between Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (36) saw them to safety in the end.

"Kumar seemed to hang around quite well. He played and missed on a number of occasions but his nicks went into the gaps. We had a long, tough day in the field," said Stokes.

"Shami was looking alright so the plan was to get him off the strike and target Ishant Sharma's wicket," he said.

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Image: Cheteshwar Pujara is bowled by Ben Stokes
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James Anderson finished England's best bowler on the day taking 4-55, especially in the background of the abuse saga that has been levelled against him by India and Stokes was all praise for the pace spearhead.

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"Full credit to him the way he has bowled today. It is good to concentrate on the cricket and try to be professional. He showed that today and it was good to watch him bowl like that. He is very consistent and knows his game inside out. He plays the game hard and sets up batsmen. Hopefully I can play at his level one day," Stokes signed off.


Image: England pacer James Anderson celebrates after dismissing Shikhar Dhawan
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