England suffer double blow after fightback as hosts reach stumps on 219-6

Gary Ballance secured his second Test hundred as England reach stumps on day two of the second Test against India at Lord's on 219-6, trailing the tourists by 67 runs.

Gary Ballance hit his second century at Lord's this summer to help England reach stumps on 219-6 on day two of the second Test against India.

Englands Gary Ballance celebrates as he runs to reach a century not out during play on the second day of the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London on July 18, 2014© Getty Images

The hosts looked in trouble after the first two sessions of the day, when they sat at 124-4 at tea following the losses of Alastair Cook (10), Sam Robson (17), Ian Bell (16) and Joe Root (13).

After resuming play in the evening session, Ballance and Moeen Ali struck a strong partnership as India began to look frustrated on the field.

Ballance kept ticking along and eventually hit his second three-figure score in his fifth Test match by clipping the ball through midwicket for four.

However, Ali's stint at the crease came to an end when Murali Vijay got the batsman out lbw after he hit 32 off 106 balls.

Ballance's fine innings was also stopped when he got the edge on a Kumar delivery, which fell into the hands of MS Dhoni, and forced the batsman back into the pavilion to a round of applause from the Lord's crowd.

Liam Plunkett (4 not out) and Matt Prior (2 not out) will return to bat tomorrow as England trail by 76 runs.

England's Ian Bell leaves the ground following his dismissal during day four of the first Ashes test on November 24, 2013
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