Ian Bell finally managed to return to form as he got a match winning hundred for England in the 3rd test match against India which was played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Bell scored 167 runs off 256 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes and took England’s score past 450 before getting out.
Bell was very lucky to be able to get to that hundred though. He could have been given out leg before wicket at the score of naught off the bowling of Pankaj Singh towards the end of the first day’s play, but, it wasn’t to be. The umpire Rod Tucker gave him the benefit of the doubt.
It was a magical delivery, which after pitching on the middle-leg line, swirled away and hit Bell’s pad right in front of the wicket. The height was not an issue there either. The ball was going to hit the pole of off stump and it looked out straightaway, but, Tucker, for some reason, denied the strong appeal of the bowler and the slip cordon. He perhaps would have thought that the ball was doing too much and would miss the off stump.
A batsman, out of form, needs such things going his way and Bell made most of that lifeline given to him by the umpire. He produced a master class on a wicket which was conducive for batting to some extent, but, was not completely flat as the bowlers were getting something out of it ever now and then.
The impressive part of that Bell innings was the way he handled the Indian spinners. He was not shy of getting down the track and lofting them straight over their head.
All in all, it was one of the best test hundreds scored by the Warwickshire veteran.