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By SI Wire
July 18, 2014

England batsman Gary Ballance recorded his second straight century at Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday, but it wasn't enough to surpass India, which holds a 295 to 219-6 edge after the second day of the teams' Second Test.

Ballance's effort, which ended in a final score of 110, helped mitigate another poor showing from beleaguered captain Alastair Cook. Ballance became just the third England player to record centuries in his first two Lord's Tests, joining Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott, according to the BBC.

India rebounded, though, thanks largely to 103 runs from Ajinkya Rahane.

India and England are in the midst of a five-match Test series. It's their first such series since 1984-85, and the first in England since 1959. The First Test ended in a drawn match.

England has won the previous two Test series against India 4-0 and 2-1.

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