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Nottingham: The second Test between India and England at Trent Bridge witnessed high drama as Ian Bell was run out in bizarre fashion at the stroke of tea and Indian skipper recalled him at the end of the 20 minute break. Here is a blow-by-blow account how Bell brought back after being given out in a dramatic session.
# Off Ishant Sharma's last delivery in the over before tea, Eoin Morgan flicked it to deep square leg, where Preveen Kumar made a hash of a diving save.
# Everyone thought it was a four, but replays the fielders in the square were not too sure.
# After having run two, Bell took off for the third from the striker’s end in an easy jog, but Morgan pout his hand out.
# Bell then broke into a walk (which observers say could be because it was time for tea) Dhoni relayed the ball to the man backing up, who promptly whipped the bails off. Also Read: Bell's dismissal didn't seem right in spirit of game, says Dravid
# As the fielders looked askance at umpire Asad Rauf, he handed over Sharma’s sweater and pointed to the square leg umpire, Billy Bowden, who gave Bell out.
# In the commentary box, Alan Wilkins said he had word that the umpires had asked Dhoni if he would like to withdraw the appeal and call Bell back and that Dhoni declined.
# But when the players came back on field, Bell walked out, as the crowd’s jeers turned to cheers.
How much Dhoni’s magnanimity cost India will be known only at the end of the Test. Also Read: Gavaskar, Ganguly blast Vaughan over ‘vaseline’ controversy
Ian Bell struck his 15th Test century and then was given run-out in one of the most bizarre manner only to be brought back by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as England comfortable 188 run lead against India at tea on the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge.
England reached 254 for three at tea as Bell as the third umpire's decision was overturned during the tea-break.
But more than Bell's century, it was his dismissal off the last ball before tea which was the talking point.
Morgan flicked the last delivery of Ishant Sharma to deep square where Praveen Kumar cut out a four. The fielder, who lost sight of the ball, believed it was four and so did the two batsmen who had completed the third run but then stood outside their crease, believing it to be already tea. Also Read: Dravid hundred, Broad hat-trick light up Trent Bridge
Indians removed the bails as the throw came in and appealed for a run-out. After a prolonged wait, umpires ruled in India's favour and Bell was given run-out.
The right-hander batted for 282 minutes and faced 187 balls and hit 22 fours. Bell played a commanding knock and shared a vital 162-run third wicket stand with Pietersen which has laid the base for England's strong reply.
Bell, unbeaten on 84 at lunch, completed his century with a couple to fine leg off Ishant Sharma and his statistics of 200 minutes and 129 balls with 17 fours tell the story of a batsman in complete control. Also Read: ICC says Bell run-out decision correct, praises Dhoni's men
Pietersen though it was who set the pace of the afternoon session with some thumping shots around the park. The tall right-hander first slammed Ishant Sharma down the ground and then pulled the same bowler for emphatic boundaries.
(With inputs from IANS, PTI, DNA)