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Bhuvneshwar Kumar snags 6 as England all out for 319

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (centre) celebrates with India players after the wicket of England's Ben Stokes during the third day of the second Test match at Lord's cricket ground, on Saturday. Photo: AP

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (centre) celebrates with India players after the wicket of England's Ben Stokes during the third day of the second Test match at Lord's cricket ground, on Saturday. Photo: AP   | Photo Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth

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Anderson and Plunkett put on crucial 10 wicket partnership of 39 as England grab slender 24-run lead over India after their first innings at Lord’s.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with figures of 6—82 as England were dismissed for 319 on day three of the second Test to lead by 24 runs at lunch with India 11—0.

Resuming Saturday on 219—6 at Lord’s, nightwatchman Liam Plunkett was unbeaten on 55 with his maiden Test half century to give England a first innings advantage.

Matt Prior (23) was the first England batsman to fall. He top edged a delivery from Mohammed Shami skywards, giving Shikhar Dhawan time to get underneath and take a good catch.

Prior’s dismissal ended an important 51—run partnership for England for the seventh wicket.

Kumar then struck twice in his 28th over, bowling Ben Stokes for his second consecutive five-for, and Stokes’ second straight duck after the first Test.

Stuart Broad (4) then recklessly edged to Dhawan in the slips on his second ball, after hitting the first for four, as Kuumar became the first India bowler to collect a six—wicket haul since Bishan Bedi in 1974.

The wickets from Kumar and Shami looked to have sparked a collapse in the tail for England. But James Anderson, high on confidence with his batting after hitting a career-best 81 in the first test at Trent Bridge, stayed alongside Plunkett and the duo guided England into a slender first innings lead with a 10th—wicket partnership of 39.

Anderson was eventually caught on 19 by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja, the man he is facing a charge for allegedly pushing as the players went for lunch on day two of the first test.

David Boon, the match referee, has rated the Trent Bridge pitch as “poor”, meaning the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could potentially be fined or reprimanded.

It has 14 days to respond to the charge and says it “will continue to work together (with Nottinghamshire) to resolve the issue and provide the required response.”

After the lunch interval, Dhawan (10) and Murali Vijay (0) will resume at the crease for India after safely negotiating the four overs before lunch.

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