India�s last-wicket embarrasses England
Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar walk off Trent Bridge after their defiant stand.

India number 11 Mohammed Shami embarrassed England with the bat and then ensured home captain Alastair Cook's poor run of scores continued as the tourists seized control of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

India piled up 457 on Thursday's second day on the back of a record last-wicket stand against England of 111 between Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and last man Shami (51 not out).

Both batsmen scored maiden Test fifties as they exceeded their previous Test-best innings of 39 (Kumar) and 11 (Shami) respectively.

Shami then made it 25 innings for Cook since the last of his England record 25 Test hundreds when he bowled him round his legs for five after the ball deflected off the left-handed opener's thigh pad.

Cook's exit left England 1-9, with both Kumar and Shami, who took one for 15 in five overs, finding a degree of swing with the new ball that largely eluded the home pacemen.

"When you are in a bit of a rut, you've not scored runs for a while, things go against you," England paceman Stuart Broad said of Cook's dismissal.

"But it will turn. It only takes a cover-drive or dropped catch to change your momentum."

Sam Robson (20 not out) and Gary Ballance (15 not out) saw England to 1-43 at stumps.

"It was a good day because it's not a good wicket for bowling so we needed at least 450 runs," Kumar told reporters.

"Now it's time to bowl really well, "We are confident we can get them (England) out. The pitch might help the spinners later on."

Kumar, reflecting on his partnership with Shami, added: "I tried to play most of the over when Shami came in but later he was playing his shots."

England had looked like dismissing India for under 400, which would have been a decent effort on such a sluggish surface, when the tourists slumped to 9-346 after several self-inflicted wounds.

England might have been expecting some runs from Kumar, who has a first-class hundred behind him.

But the batting of Shami, who prior to this match had a Test average of 3.33, was something else.

Their stand comfortably surpassed India's previous highest tenth-wicket partnership against England of 73 shared by Anil Kumble and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth at The Oval in 2007.

In the circumstances, Broad's economical return of two for 53 in 33 overs on his Nottinghamshire home ground was especially creditable.

"It was frustrating but we tried pretty much everything with the ball," said Broad.

New-ball partner James Anderson extended his own record for most Test wickets at Trent Bridge to 52 with three for 123 in 38 overs.

But England's lack of a specialist spinner, and the workload problems this could pose in a five-match series crammed into six weeks, was emphasised by part-time off-break bowler Moeen Ali's expensive return of one for 97 in 18 overs.

India resumed Thursday on 4-259 with opener Murali Vijay 122 not out and Dhoni unbeaten on 50.

Vijay's near eight-hour innings eventually ended on 146 when he was lbw to Anderson, having faced 361 balls, including 25 fours and a six.

He also put on 126 for the fifth wicket with Dhoni.

India were well-placed at 5-342 at lunch.

But shortly afterwards they lost four wickets for two runs in 21 balls thanks to a mixture of poor shots allied to Dhoni's needless run out for 82.

The West Australian

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