Ben Stokes: 'England were unfortunate on opening day'

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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