first_imgMatt Prior and Tim Bresnan are at crease as England lead by 374 runs with 4 wickets in hand against India at stumps on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test in Nottingham on Sunday. This was post Ian Bell’s ton and the drama following his run out and his recall. Score | PhotosDramatic – is the one word that would describe the third day’s play during the India vs England second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.India’s last visit to Nottingham four years ago was marred by an England fielder (Ian Bell) placing jelly beans at the crease when Zaheer Khan batted.And it was no other that Ian Bell, famous for the jelly bean incident four years ago, who was the lead character in the dramatic turn of events that saw him go back, run out, and then come back in.The incident happened when Ian Bell was way past his century when a bizarre run out forced him to walk off.Bell was batting on 137 when his partner Eoin Morgan flicked the ball off Ishant Sharma to deep square leg where Praveen Kumar tried to save the ball.His effort was comical, but it gave India the wicket they wanted. Praveen Kumar cut the ball off, but thought that it had touched the ropes. However, the ball hadn’t.Praveen picked up and threw the ball back and by the time the ball arrived, the batsmen thought that it was tea and were no longer in their crease. Incidentally, the umpire hadn’t signalled a boundary or called it tea.advertisementThe bails were off and India were seen appealing for a run out even as the England batsmen were walking off.The run out call was upheld and Ian Bell was run out at tea with 137 runs against his name and England score read 254/4.Post tea in a move that will certainly ease the tension between the two teams, India skipper MS Dhoni decided to recall Bell.Finally, his innings did come to a close and on this occasion there was no drama in it. Deep into the third session, a short ball outside off by Yuvraj Singh took the top edge of his bat and VVS Laxman, the lone player at slips, took it nice and clean.Bell fell for 159 and there was no boos this time round when he walked back. But, it was his innings that put England in the driver’s seat.England started the day with an overnight total of 24/1, trailing by 43 runs in their second essay, with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell at the crease.However their partnership was short-lived as India paceman S. Sreesanth scalped Andrew Strauss with skipper Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps. England lost their second wicket on 57.Even as India were fretting over getting Ian Bell out, a war of words broke between in the commentary box. It was between veterans Ravi Shastri and Nasser Hussain. The pitch had eased up considerably leaving little for the bowlers and soon Ian Bell went on to complete his half-century.At lunch, Bell (84) and Kevin Pietersen (20) were going steady and the England score was a good 130/2. England scored 106 runs in the first session losing just one wicket — that of Andrew Strauss.In the second session, Pietersen went on to complete his half-century and Bell completed his ton even as the India bowlers tried hard to figure out a way to end their stand.Finally after putting 162 runs for the third wicket, India managed to break their stand. A Sreesanth ball took a faint edge of Pietersen’s bat to land in skipper MS Dhoni’s gloves. Pietersen fell for 63 when and England lost their third wicket on 219.But that wasn’t the end of India’s misery for soon Bell got on with a partnership with new man Eoin Morgan. It was during their stand that the dramatic turn of event surrounding Bell came to pass.Bell’s innings did come to an end in the third session and this time there was no drama as Yuvraj got his first wicket of the series, when the star of the World Cup got his man on 159.Post Bell fall’s, Morgan didn’t last long and fell to Praveen Kumar on 70.Jonathan Trott who missed Saturday’s play owing to a shoulder injury, too fell cheaply to a Praveen Kumar delivery that kissed the batsman’s gloves to be taken by Rahul Dravid in the slips cordon.Matt Prior (64) and Tim Bresnan (47) were in the middle when stumps were draw on the third day.advertisementlast_img