Ben Stokes: 'England were unfortunate on opening day'

England's paceman Ben Stokes approaches his bowling mark against Australia during day two of the second Ashes Test cricket match in Adelaide on December 6, 2013
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Ben Stokes believes that England were unlucky on a frustrating day for the hosts as India battled impressively at Lord's.

Ben Stokes has claimed that England were unlucky not to take control of the second Test against India on a frustrating opening day for the hosts at Lord's.

Despite reducing their rivals to 145-7 at one stage in the afternoon, England were made to regret wasting two opportunities with a new ball as a century from Ajinkya Rahane guided India to 290-9 at stumps.

"We got ourselves in a brilliant position," Stokes told Sky Sports News. "The tail wagged a bit and credit to Rahane, he played a really good knock. You have to give some credit to [Bhuvneshwar] Kumar as well, he seems to hang around.

"I thought we were unfortunate with the amount of play-and-misses and nicks through the slips. Hopefully we can come back and get this one, and the lads can pile it on."

Stokes finished the day with figures of 1-40 from his 17 overs.

India's Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after reaching a century during play on the first day of the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014
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