England ended the controversial third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge with a 374-run lead over India.
England ended the controversial third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday with a handy 374-run lead over India.
Centurion Ian Bell (159) was run out in controversial fashion off the final ball of the second session but India withdrew the appeal during the tea break that ensured the series continues to remain controversy-free.
Bell was well-supported by Eoin Morgan (70), Kevin Pietersen (63) and Matt Prior (64) as England reached 6-441 and seemed to have done enough to register their second win over the No 1 side in the world in as many games.
Resuming from 1-24, England lost Andrew Strauss (16) early but Bell and Pietersen put on 162 for the second wicket to set the tone of the day.
Pietersen's dismissal to a good outswinger from Sreesanth did not halt England's progress as Bell and Morgan put on 104 in 23.2overs.
The partnership, however, was not without controversy.
Morgan flicked the last ball before tea to square leg with Praveen Kumar in the chase.
Praveen did not realise he had stopped the ball with a well-timed dive, casually got up and threw the ball back.
The batsmen had completed three runs and Bell was jogging towards the non striker's end, stopped and started walking half-way down the pitch.
The bails were removed and the third umpire ruled Bell out as the ball was still in play.
The appeal was withdrawn during the tea break after Strauss and coach Andy Flower asked Dhoni if it was possible to withdraw the appeal.
Dhoni consulted the team before withdrawing the appeal, a decision well received by the crowd after the announcement was made public over the radio.
India returned for the final session and struck vital blows as Yuvraj Singh sent back Bell while Praveen dismissed Morgan and Jonathan Trott (2).
But Proir and Tim Bresnan (47 not out) counter-attacked superbly to all but take the game away from India.
Prior raced to his 50 off just 38 balls as England scored 417 runs over three sessions.
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First Posted 01 August, 2011 6:14AM AEST