Bhuvi impressed with bowling attack's effort

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India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said it was a team effort to restrict England to 219 for six on day two at Lord's, and that they worked hard to prevent England from scoring freely.

India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said it was a team effort to restrict England to 219 for six on day two at Lord's, and that they worked hard to prevent England from scoring freely.

England were still 76 runs behind India at stumps on day two, with Kumar taking four wickets on the day. He removed all four of the top order, including centurion Gary Ballance, who was the sole success story for the hosts on the day.

Bhuvneshwar said after the second day's play: "The wicket became a bit easier for batsmen after the first session. We bowled in the right areas and kept them quiet.

"We did well to keep Ballance quiet, even his hundred was not an easy one. We didn't give any easy runs."

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was impressed with the way Kumar maximised his resources, saying on <i>Sky</i>: "Kumar doesn't have the pace to keep bouncing you but on this pitch it has worked for him to keep the ball on a good length.

"He sticks to his limitations and utilises them to the maximum and he could have been even more dangerous on Thursday when the pitch was greener."

Kumar went on to say that former India paceman Praveen Kumar, his team-mate in domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh, had been a big help in preparing for the tour, as he'd been India's best bowler last time (in 2011).

He added: "Praveen Kumar is my idol and I have watched him a lot. I had a talk with him before I came here. He is like a big brother for me, and we play together for the same team. He still helps me with my bowling."

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