Overs: 88.1 / 0.0
Overs: 35.2 / 0.0
7.20pm What sort of a day has this been! So uneventful, and yet so eventful. Looked dead and out for the most part. Every now and then, when the rain would relent, they would come out for a few deliveries and the match would spring to life, with India's batsmen walking out as quickly as they walked in, and England's bowlers tantalising with the most prodigious display of swing bowling. And then, after nearly three-quarters of the day had passed with just eight-and-a-half overs bowled, the weather cleared up, the skies were blue, the sun shone, and India's batsmen laid an egg. Not one of them seemed to have a clue about what was happening. Even Virat Kohli had a control percentage of just 33. Stuart Broad had a rare off day, but England's bowlers were relentless for the most part, not giving an inch. They kept hitting the lengths they wanted to, opened up India's batting and broke through their line-up with devastating swing. Who knows how the weather will behave tomorrow? If it's as overcast as it was today, India's bowlers might have a chance. But if the sun shows up, and conditions ease up for batting, things will start to get murkier in the Indian camp. For today, this is all we have. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. It was a pleasure bringing it to you. Thank you all for your patience in waiting through all the long periods of rain and keeping us engaged with your comments. Be sure to be back here tomorrow for day three of this Test, featuring five-and-a-half hours of rain, and clear, blue skies for the final hour when India drop three catches at the slip cordon! Good night, and thank you for joining us.
|35.2||JM Anderson to I Sharma, OUT, No run, gone.. five for Anderson, and 99 wickets for Jimmy Anderson at Lord's. And with that ends with insipid Indian batting performance. Angles in towards off and nips away every-so-subtly to pin Ishant in front as he stays on the backfoot. Where was the impact? No reviews left for India, and replays show the ball would have clipped the outside half of off-stump, so umpire's call.|
|35.1||JM Anderson to I Sharma, No run, extremely full outside off, plays inside the line.|
|34.6||SCJ Broad to Mohammed Shami, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, some more.. take that. Big swing, no feet, no grace, just a big fat outside edge that gets over the slip cordon. Shami will take that. Next bowler.|
|34.5||SCJ Broad to Mohammed Shami, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and there's the 100.. with some good old-fashioned slogging. Swipes blindly looking for a biggie over leg side nad gets a leading edge that gets through the third man region.|
|34.4||SCJ Broad to Mohammed Shami, 2 runs, some late entertainment in the day.. Shami throws his hands at a wide fuller one and flays it over point. Pulled back well inside the boundary.|
|34.3||SCJ Broad to I Sharma, LEG BYES, 1 run, was there bat on that? Leg bye signalled. Comes into him and lobs off the pad towards short fine who dives forward but the ball drops short.|
|34.2||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, OUT, No run, that's gone.. plumb. Ashwin sends this upstairs. Could he have got a bat? Curves in sharply from outside off and beats the inside edge. It's pad first and crashing into leg stump. Off he goes.|
|34.1||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length outside off, slaps hard to deep point. Doesn't take the single.|
Root may have a sore thumb from that dropped catch earlier.
|33.6||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, OUT, No run, looks close and given. Trapped plumb in front by an inswinger. Kuldeep reviews but this is gone. Pitches on middle and off and straightens down that channel to hit him dead in front. No bat on the flick and crashing into the inside half of middle stump.|
|33.5||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, short of a length, a tad wider this time and it's left alone.|
|33.4||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, short of a length, angled across close to off, Kuldeep trusts the angle and lets it go.|
|33.3||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, gets the front foot across and brings the bat down straight but the ball beats the outside edge as it shoots across with the angle.|
|33.2||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, 1 run, short of a length on middle, flicked to midwicket.|
|33.1||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, good length, shapes away from around off, left alone.|
Krishna: "Somewhere in Colombo, a cricket fan watching Ind vs Eng series on T.V,thinks to himself, Damn, one more series vs India coming up soon"
|32.6||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, 1 run, cuts in from a length, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he flicks.|
|32.5||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length on off, stands tall and punches to point.|
|32.4||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, length outside off, keeps the bat inside and lets it pass.|
|32.3||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short outside off, Ashwin gets on top easily and pulls through midwicket. Ashwin the top scorer of the Indian innings now.|
|32.2||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, gets overambitious and slashes attempting an uppercut but the bounce is too much to deal with.|
|32.1||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short of a length, comes on straight outside off, and he stands tall and punches through point.|
Indian Rediff: "I am impressed with the English bowling - relentless pressure has earned them the rewards. Will the Indian pacers be able to replicate it? Or will the weather suddenly clear up tomorrow onwards and provide England perfect batting pitches?"
|31.6||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, full outside off, blocked to extra cover.|
|31.5||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, 1 run, short of a length, nips away towards off, drops it into the covers for one.|
|31.4||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, length ball that moves away from off, blocked into the covers.|
|31.3||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, straightens from well outside off, keeps the bat inside.|
|31.2||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, short of good length, straightening on off, blocked.|
|31.1||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, very sharp movement from a full length, Ashwin half plays at it and it saves him from finding the edge.|
|30.6||SM Curran to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length ball on middle, blocked watchfully towards mid-on.|
|30.5||SM Curran to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, cuts away miles from a short of a length, no need to go after that.|
|30.4||SM Curran to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, back of a length, nips away outside off and it's left alone.|
|30.3||SM Curran to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, full, curves away towards off, driven back.|
|30.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, 1 run, length on middle, flicked to midwicket.|
|30.1||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, short of good length - would you look at the bounce on that - climbs like a bouncer but Ashwin adjusts late and lets it be.|
|29.6||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, fuller of a good length, swings away outside off and it's left alone.|
|29.5||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length on middle, nudged into the leg side.|
|29.4||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, OUT, No run, taken! Cook follows the ball languidly to his right and receives it at knee height. Rahane's played a majority of his deliveries on the back foot today. Hasn't quite been tested outside off. Anderson comes back and gets straight to it. Hoops it away from the corridor, Rahane reaches well in front of his body and it's an ordinary end after a promising start.|
|29.3||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, full outswinger on middle stump, carefully prodded to mid-on off the front foot.|
Naman Khatwani: "Team must persist with Rahane and Pujara. They are the only 2 batsmen who've showed any signs of surviving on the pitch today!"
|29.2||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length outside off, left alone.|
|29.1||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, full away floater outside off. Left alone.|
Here he is, James Anderson
Prasanna S: "A golden opportunity for Ashwin to repair the innings. A fighting 50 odd in this game would be valued more than the number of wickets he would take. India need to get close to 180 - 200, then with their bowling firepower, they can make a game out of it. All is not lost yet."
|28.6||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball curved in at off stump, plonked into the off side off the inside hald.|
Reetam: "Increasingly looking like Umesh should have played ahead of even Shane Warne. "
|28.5||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full outside off, tapped into the off side off the front foot.|
|28.4||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, cops it on the pad. Length and on the pads. Can't get the flick away.|
|28.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball slanted across the corridor. Defends inside the line and allows it to pass.|
|28.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shot. Curran bangs it in short outside off and Ashwin is nicely behind the line to caress this through the covers on the up.|
|28.1||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball in the corridor, dead-batted into the covers off the back foot.|
|27.6||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 1 run, nicely controlled this time. Short of a length and into his hips. Gets on top and whips to fine leg.|
|27.5||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, stabs and beaten. Short ball outside off, opens the face and looks to carve this through point. Lucky not to get bat on it.|
|27.4||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length just outside off. Has a half-poke at it and is beaten.|
|27.3||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 2 runs, length ball shaping away in the corridor, stays still and follows it with his hands. Has the reach to do something like that and he gets it past the bowler.|
|27.2||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 2 runs, Rashid loses it in the air and Ashwin gets away with closing the face too early. Would've been a simple catch at mid-on, but Rashid can't find it. Poor viewing conditions to be fair. Ashwin looks to whip the length ball and gets a leading edge to clear him.|
|27.1||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, runs it into the cordon off the outside half. Woakes straightens one in the corridor, Ashwin offers soft hands.|
Ashoke: "Due to constant failure of the openers Kohli getting too much pressure that he is unable to play his natural game. On the top of that he is losing the toss regularly and that plays a big role in the outcome." --- It was his natural poking outside off that led to him being very loose against the moving ball today. WICKET - A beauty from Curran flattens Karthik's stumps (India only)
|26.6||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, length ball just outside off, inside edge onto pad as he blocks on the front foot.|
Maurice: "England need to slow it down, otherwise they may have to face a couple of tricky overs tonight."
|26.5||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, full outside off, puts a long stride out and reaches it on the front foot. Taps it to mid-off's left.|
|26.4||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, length just outside off, blocked on the front foot.|
|26.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, dropped into the off side off the back foot.|
|26.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full and wide outside off, left alone.|
|26.1||SM Curran to AM Rahane, 1 run, full inswinger at the stumps. Gets his front leg dangerously across his stumps before clipping this through midwicket.|
WICKET - Hardik departs as Woakes continues to hurt India (India only)
|25.6||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, straightens off a length after being angled in and finds the edge that drops short of the cordon.|
|25.5||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, curves in and straightens on middle, finds the edge of Ashwin but falls short of fifth slip.|
|25.4||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full, swings away, presses forward and drives through the gap at point for a four against the run of play.|
|25.3||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, back of a length, cuts away and leaves him completely squared up as it whizzes past the outside edge.|
|25.2||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, fuller, around a length this time, similar movement and Ashwin does well to keep the bat inside.|
|25.1||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, short of good length, swings away, Ashwin plays inside the line.|
|24.6||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, full around off, holds its line and he pushes forward to solidly push into the extra cover region.|
|24.5||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, full, curves in towards off, blocked solidly on the front foot.|
|24.4||SM Curran to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short of a length, leg stump line, flicked off the hips to fine leg. A rare bad ball.|
|24.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, 3 runs, top shot from Ashwin. Pushes it through the extra cover region as the ball swings back in and almost automatically finds the middle of the bat.|
|24.2||SM Curran to KD Karthik, OUT, No run, through the gate. India are completely clueless here. It's moving one way and then the other. This one's pushed across and Karthik is instinctively drawn across, but the ball cuts back in a mile and flattens the stumps after ripping past the inside edge. Just how do you play these?.|
|24.1||SM Curran to KD Karthik, No run, swings in and clipped off the pads to midwicket who dives to the right and fields.|
Another top over. Brilliant stuff from England
|23.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, back of a length outside off, jumps and keeps it out into the off side.|
|23.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, waits for it to finish moving and plays late into the off side with an open face from the crease.|
|23.4||CR Woakes to KD Karthik, 1 run, is that a drop again? Nope, short.. well in front of fourth slip as Karthik gets an edge. Can we have a ball that's played off the middle, please?.|
|23.3||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, OUT, No run, gone next ball. Beautiful, beautiful bowling. The last one swung away, this one straightens down the corridor and Pandya feels for it, gets an outside edge that dies on Buttler who takes a good low catch this time. England are unrelenting with their lines here.|
|23.2||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, dropped Missed chance, rather. Buttler again. Catchable height, to his right, doesn't even get a hand to it. Just reacts late after Pandya reaches out for a push away from the body.|
|23.1||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, No run, short of a length around off, gets up on the backfoot and blocks.|
Kohli has got runs this series, but his "weakness" is resurfacing time and again. Once more, he got many many chances, but England have been relentless today. Varun analyses Kohli's 33% control rate on the Live Report.
Vishal Pawar: "Never seen ball still swinging away after getting so much inward with the natural angle. As a subcontinent batsman you feel this is a scoring opportunity."
|22.6||SM Curran to HH Pandya, 1 run, full and straight on middle, clipped towards midwicket.|
|22.5||SM Curran to HH Pandya, 2 runs, length ball on off, gets an inside edge to long leg.|
|22.4||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, length on off, blocked solidly into the off side on the front foot.|
|22.3||SM Curran to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's rolled away to fine leg off the inside edge. Slanted across and Pandya gets a stride across and the ball curves back in late. Just past the stumps.|
|22.2||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, shifts back to a back of a length delivery and blocks.|
|22.1||SM Curran to AM Rahane, 1 run, length on middle, tucked into the on side.|
Kohli was in control only 33% of the time against Woakes, as compared to 73% against the rest.
|21.6||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, No run, full, well wide of him and left alone.|
|21.5||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, No run, full around off, pushed watchfully into the off side.|
|21.4||CR Woakes to V Kohli, OUT, No run, now he's gone. This time the catch sticks on and Kohli's gone. England gets the big wicket. Poor shot from Kohli. Closes the face, perhaps lured by the inward angle, but the ball swings late to take the leading edge and Buttler at second slip gets down to his right to snaffle it.|
|21.3||CR Woakes to V Kohli, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, is that a drop? A half-chance? Nah, seems catchable. Buttler doesn't get down low enough to his left at second slip after Kohli makes a late call to leave it and inadvertently gets some bat on to it.|
|21.2||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, straightens on off, played late to backward point.|
|21.1||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, 1 run, waits for it to finish moving and gets on top of the bounce before dropping it into the covers.|
Pandya ahead of Karthik
|20.6||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, top delivery. Zips past the outside edge despite Kohli playing well within himself. Can't do much when the line's that tight.|
|20.5||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, angled just across off, rides the bounce and plays late to backward point.|
|20.4||SM Curran to AM Rahane, 1 run, good tight line on off, pushed gently to mid-off where Root misfields.|
|20.3||SM Curran to V Kohli, LEG BYES, 1 run, short of a length, leg-stump line, tucked off the hips to backward square leg.|
|20.2||SM Curran to AM Rahane, 3 runs, moves into his off-stump late, and Rahane presses forward into a firm push down the ground.|
|20.1||SM Curran to AM Rahane, No run, slants across a length ball that straightens down middle and leg, flicked towards midwicket.|
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|19.6||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, gets carried away and is lured into another drive away from the body. This one was pretty close to off, though, so pretty irresistible.|
|19.5||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, curves in and leaves him prodigiously outside off as he lets it go.|
|19.4||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, another outside edge that drops just short of fourth slip. Played with soft hands from the crease and it lands one-bounce in front of Jennings.|
|19.3||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, now that's loose, very loose. Curves into Kohli before swinging away sharply and Kohli extravagantly pushes forward to get beaten.|
|19.2||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, has that carried. Nah, well short of gully diving to his left. A length ball that straightens outside off and kisses the outside edge.|
|19.1||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, length ball, swings away from a fourth-stump line, left alone.|
DJ: "All the demons of the pitch are dead by now? Or Indian pair have started applying themselves." Sun's out, so the swing is more manageable.
|18.6||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 1 run, back of a length on off, plays late towards backward point.|
|18.5||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, length ball that nips away outside off, left alone.|
|18.4||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, nips away outside off, left alone.|
|18.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 2 runs, worked late with a slightly open face past the right of fourth slip as he pushes forward.|
|18.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, length ball, sharp movement away, left alone.|
|18.1||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, nips away from a back of a length, shuffles across and leaves.|
|17.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of good length, lets it nip away before carefully knocking it towards point.|
|17.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of good length on off, jumps and blocks into the covers.|
|17.4||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, that one prodigiously gets away from middle stumps to comprehensively beat him outside off.|
|17.3||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, closes the face slightly to a straight length ball and finds the outside part of the bat towards backward point.|
|17.2||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length, swings away, played late into the off side.|
|17.1||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, angles into middle and leg before nipping away, blocked from the crease.|
Change in bowling. Chris Woakes replaces Broad.
|16.6||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, good length, cuts away outside off as Kohli plays inside it again.|
|16.5||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, length, wide outside off, left alone.|
|16.4||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, shapes away, gets on top and plays late on the bounce to fourth slip.|
|16.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, full and straight on off, clipped to midwicket.|
|16.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of good length, breaks away from around off and Kohli plays half inside the line.|
|16.1||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 2 runs, curves in before nipping away, pushes away from the body square of the wicket on the off side.|
|15.6||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, straight length ball outside off, left alone.|
|15.5||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, curves back in from well outside off, left alone.|
|15.4||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, another yes and no after Rahane pushes into the covers but he is sent back in time.|
|15.3||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, length outside off, holds its line, left alone.|
|15.2||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, seams in off a back of a length and raps the pad.. very high and going over.|
|15.1||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length on off, defended.|
mavR: "DK is not padded up.Who are they trusting more ? This pair , English weather or Ashwin ?" Hardik Pandya, perhaps?
|14.6||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, swings away from more than a set of stumps outside off, left alone.|
|14.5||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, similar shape away, this one's a little wider outside off and is left alone.|
|14.4||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, nips away from middle and beats the edge.|
|14.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, an extravagant push away from the body, gets a little carried away and gets a wake-up call as it beats the edge.|
|14.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, full around off, pushed towards mid-off.|
|14.1||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, length outside off, left alone.|
Crowd's getting into this now.
|13.6||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length, comes on straight outside off, left alone.|
|13.5||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 1 run, gets forward to defend and finds an inside edge to midwicket.|
|13.4||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, 1 run, full around off, takes a good stride across and drops into the covers for a quick one.|
|13.3||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, sharp inward angle, brushes the pad as it rolls away to Bairstow.|
|13.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 1 run, short of good length, extra bounce as it climbs into him, Kohli jumps and drops into the off side but doesn't find the middle.|
|13.1||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, 1 run, back of a length, jumps and punches into the gap at cover.|
Murali : "It was Malan at Edgbaston. Kohli capitalised. Now Root at Lord's. Can Rahane capitalise? "
|12.6||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, nips in sharply pretty late, left alone.|
|12.5||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, LEG BYES, 1 run, extra bounce from a back of a length, rolls off the pad into the on side.|
|12.4||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length outside off, shuffles across and keeps it down.|
|12.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 1 run, flicked with the angle to deep backward square leg.|
|12.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, back of a length on middle, flicked to midwicket.|
|12.1||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, left alone outside off.|
Sachin : "On a serious note: People always say Rohit, Chepu & Shikhar are not so well runner's between the wickets.... But has anyone noticed most of the times Chepu or Rohit has got runout - Virat has been the partner at other end.. So why no one points out that Virat is very bad judge of running between the wickets??"
|11.6||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, dropped. Rahane reaches out a long way across to push at a fuller one and gets a thick outside edge to Root who puts it down after getting down to his right at fourth slip.|
|11.5||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, length outside off, left alone.|
|11.4||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 1 run, good length on middle and off, drops it in the direction of square leg off the inside of the bat.|
|11.3||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, 1 run, length, angled in, worked away down to fine leg.|
|11.2||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, through the gap. Overpitched outside off, Rahane drills it into the ground and through the gap between cover and point.|
|11.1||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, fullish on leg, pushed out to mid-on.|
|10.6||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 2 runs, presses forward to defend and this one cuts in to find the inside edge before running away to deep backward square.|
|10.5||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, nips away slightly and it's left alone.|
|10.4||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, back of a length, angled in, tucked to midwicket.|
|10.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, short of good length, swings away from well outside off, left alone.|
|10.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, stands tall and plays late with an open face as the ball dies in front of the cordon.|
|10.1||JM Anderson to V Kohli, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shot. Superbly placed through the covers. Too full from Anderson, and while it swings away sharply, Kohli covers for the movement with a good stride across and throws his weight behind the drive.|
|9.6||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 1 run, short of good length, tucked off the pads to fine leg.|
|9.5||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, swings away from wide outside off, not bothered with.|
|9.4||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, short of a length on off, turned away with the angle to midwicket.|
|9.3||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, length on off, turned away to midwicket.|
|9.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, short of a length, cuts him in half with extra bounce and hits the high part of the front thigh.|
|9.1||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, length, cuts in late and slightly, left alone.|
Just a reminder that fans in India can watch this game live here.
|8.6||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, length, nips away towards off, blocked late towards the cordon.|
|8.5||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, jumps up to keep a short of a length delivery down.|
|8.4||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, sharp swing straight away, off a back of a length and Rahane pokes loosely to get beaten.|
5.05pm We have 29.3 overs left in the day. Play can go on till 7.30pm.
Mridul Mimansa: "This is going to be brutal for Indian Batsmen. Prediction - 60/7 at end of play"
5pm Play starting at 5.10pm. No rain. Sunshine. Okay, before I jinx it, I'm gonna stop.
4.37pm You can literally see a partition in the skies overhead - pristine blue on one side, and dark, murky black on the other. No rain for now, but we await word from the inspection, which is still over 20 minutes away. Just to recap the severity of the rain that has fallen today, there were literally lakes starting to form in the outfield. But the Lord's outfield is among the best in the world. On any other ground, it may have been stumps by now. But not here. We'll be back when word comes out of the inspection scheduled at 5pm.
Meanwhile, for all those of you who are wrestling fans, doesn't the Undertaker's theme song still amaze you? After all these years, the sound of the gong, the white smoke rising, and the blue lights of hell still send chills down our spine. Now imagine walking out to that theme in a cricket match. That's right, folks. Khaya Zondo once walked out to bat with Graveyard Symphony playing in the backdrop. Hop over here to read about it - Deivarayan Muthu on Durban's own Deadman Rising.
4.24pm Inspection at 5pm folks. That's 36 minutes from now, and one would assume it would be another 20 minutes or so after the inspection before play can get underway. So don't expect to see anything at least for the next hour.
4.03pm The Lord's outfield continues to take a pounding, and that means we have ourselves a tea break. In case you've missed whatever little we've got today, dive in here: WATCH - A frustrating day at Lord's: Highlights from the first two sessions of second day (India only)
Div: "I actually don't want the match to restart. Feel bad for the poor spectators and as it's still under 10 overs, they'll get a full refund on their tickets. They deserve that!"
Satish : "CURIOUS CASE OF ChePu: Pujara was playing county to get accustomed for the test series. And ironically, that was the reason for not playing him in the first test. If not for his county stint, i believe he would have been very much part of the first test. And for Virat Kohli, he might be the best player currently across formats, but he is quite far from being a good captain (forget best). he cant look beyond and before 5 games. Coach like Kumble would have been a real addition in this regard."
Jatin Karvir: "Next Inspection?? How is the weather there??" Was absolutely pelting down until not so long ago. Has already left huge, very discernible puddles of water on the outfield. Definitely nowhere close to playable condition, I'd say.
Faisal Jaan: "First Test ended in three days, wasting two complete days. The second Test will start after rain has wasted almost two days." That's one way of looking at it. Although forecast had it that today was supposed to be the best day of cricket. And that best day has fetched us, what, eight-and-a-half overs, so gotto wonder if this will start at all.
Virat Kohli was outstanding in the first Test. Goes without saying that he is the lifeline of the Indian batting in this innings as well. Kohli's exploits in Test cricket have earned him the praise of none other than Steve Waugh, who reckoned Kohli is the best batsman in the world but will have a point to prove when he tours Australia later this year.
"He'll be putting a bit of pressure on himself, this [a win] will be the feather in the cap if he can pull this off. Steve Smith had an incredible series [in India last year] and made three centuries and scored about 500 runs, and Virat hardly scored a run. So that would have been deflating for him, and he will look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia."
3.25pm Well, some of you had predicted this, so got to give this to you. The covers are back on. Like, four minutes before restart. This is incredible. There are a few areas of concern. Because the last rain was very heavy and the covers took that extra few seconds to come on, it has perhaps left some patches that are more moist than you'd want them to be.
SG: "For 2 days and 8 something overs, wonder who ran more in this test so far - Anderson or groundsmen?"
3.15pm 3.30pm start, which is fifteen minutes from now.
nick: "@Aryan - interesting suggestion that a team should send in a 'day watchman' when rain is on-and-off, to avoid the loss of a top order batsman. Could we call him a 'Rain Man' like the Dustin Hoffman movie? "
3.07pm While we await word from the inspection to find out if the Indian team will get a chance to come out of the muddle any time soon, other sports in India are facing their own share of problems. With a week to go for the Asian Games, there is no official tally yet for the size of the Indian contingent. Sharda Ugra writes on the urgent need for a redressal mechanism after 10 appeals in courts across seven sports against the administrators.
Ian: "If performances for Yorkshire were a requisite for selection or an indication of form or talent then Joe Root and Kane Williamson would find themselves in a bit of trouble. "
Aryan: "@Hari: My idea was why risk a top order wicket when play is intermittent? Also, Kohli has much more conviction while running with tailenders. Anyways, all of these are just fantasies and in most likelihood we will see Rahane in when play resumes."
rahul kapoor: "Is there no one who sees the positive from Pujara facing 25 balls relatively comfortably? "
Amjad: "The rain has not relented by itself, it's just the rain gods who have wished to see another wicket fall. So, buckle up, another 13.7 minutes of Cricket are on your way, folks! "
Pranav: "The News of Sunshine feels like only a subterfuge as an Indian Fan- "Lure them to the Light and Terrify them with the darkness!" "
Jon: "I'm seeing a lot of criticism of Pujara in the commentary and even surprise he was called up. Yet he's got an average of over 50 - what am I missing? Has he been on a bad run?" Had a woeful county stint and flopped in the warm-up match against Essex as well.
Karthick G: "I dont think it'd be bad idea for someone like DK to counter-attack given the situation of the game and nature of conditions... i dont see India coming out of top of English attach with current game plan"
Hari: "@Aryan, My instinct says Ashwin should be in next instead of a night watchman."
2.40pm Miller brings some joy. "Gleaming sunshine! Blue skies! Birdsong! Covers coming off! Inspection at 3pm."
"We don't want him to be an Usain Bolt, we want him to be Pujara." Ravi Shastri on Pujara's running between wickets in this interview before the series.
Also, we have a poll up on the Live Report, so go have your say on who you think was at fault.
2.20pm The Lord's Test still hangs at the mercy of the weather in London. Meanwhile, time is ripe to revisit Pujara's run out problem. We'd done a piece on it after his twin run-outs in the Centurion Test in January, at which point he had been part of six of India's last eight run-outs in Test cricket. What sort of bearing did those run outs have on the team? Did India lose those Tests? Did they win some? How many of them took place a critical juncture in the game? Read more on India's run-out specialist.
We've also tried to capture his run out today, looking at the circumstance and factors that led to his downfall. Varun Shetty tries to break it down in the Live Report.
Rupesh: "Is rain helping England or India? Had it not rained, India would have probably been 5 or 6 down by now. Suspense thriller! Watch till the end."
1.50pm So first we had a run out and then we have the players running off. It's pelting.. easily the most fierce spell of rain so far this match. So how long did that last? Twelve deliveries. We've had the customary wicket fall, though - never mind how - so it still qualifies as a legitimate passage, I suppose. India keep losing wickets, and things keep getting murkier at Lord's.
Aryan: "Such are the conditions that India should send night watchman next instead of a top order batsman"
Anurag Kumar Si: "What kind of Madman invented Cricket in England ??? And HOW ???"
Mark: "As an Englishman I am enjoying this so much. Finally some proper English summer weather playing its part. I have missed it this year."
Arjun : "They say this is a batsman's game. Rules-wise it is true. But man their reputations swing wildly don't they? Score a double on a flat track...'what a magnificent player!'. Get out poking at a swinging delivery in overcast conditions from a top bowler... 'drop him! Get him outta here! what a flat track bully!'. "
Darshan: "Shocking running!! Hope it doesn't jeopardise Pujara's position in the team. He's the only other person in the team that could spend a substantial amount of time at the crease! Massive wicket for England. Kohli and Pujara more than capable of building a big partnership"
Gaurav Singh: "The way India is going, two days should be enough for this test match to get over with. Pujara, anyways, holds the record to get run-out twice in the same test. Looking forward to second innings!!" To be fair to him, seemed to be Kohli's fault, though.
|8.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, OUT, No run, run out.. a run out. Would you believe it? Seems like this may have been Kohli's mistake. And it's the most innocuous delivery to get out to. A straight length ball that Pujara taps to point. They think of a quick single. Kohli is responsive. Takes off full speed. And then stops and turns back and Pujara is left stranded.|
|8.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, straight length ball outside off, left alone.|
1.45pm Off ya go, people. The players are jogging off. But wait. The umpires are calling them back. Kohli had run off and was out of the ground. And now he has to walk back, and all he can do is smile. Fun stuff! The bails won't stand because it's so windy. That's sorted, and we're on again.
|8.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, outswinger outside off, left alone.|
They're playing for now. Any bets on how long before they go off?
|7.6||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, cuts in from just back of a length outside off and Kohli lets it go.|
Oolala.. Raining again
|7.5||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, length, slightly shapes away to beat the outside edge as Kohli comes half forward to play at it.|
|7.4||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 2 runs, fuller, flicked off the pads behind square leg.|
|7.3||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, angles in a length ball that breaks away a mile from around off and Kohli plays inside it.|
|7.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, good leave as Kohli judges the bounce well and lets it go over his off stump.|
|7.1||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, LEG BYES, 2 runs, back of a length on leg stump, tries to tuck it but misses and the ball goes off the pad to fine leg.|
Siva: "@Cosmic Lion: Whether you lunge forward or go back, its the temperament to judge and leave/play balls outside off thats important! "
|6.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, cuts in from a back of a length and cuts Pujara in half as it beats him on the inside edge.|
|6.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, nips away towards off from a back of a length, Pujara nudges into the leg side.|
|6.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of good length, swings away, Pujara jumps up and keeps it down.|
1.30pm The last of the covers are coming off even as the supersoppers finish up their rounds. Still thick masses of clouds overhead. But looks like we'll be good to go in 10 minutes.
Naresh Roshan: "Desperately waiting from Karachi for the Kohli's special. However, it was amazing to witnessed the high class bowling from Anderson. "
1.20pm Mel from Lord's says we're in for a 1.40pm restart.
What do you remember August 10 in the cricket world for? The day another England Ashes dream died? The inimitable Arjuna Ranatunga's last day as a Test cricketer? Or as the day Phil Tufnell destroyed West Indies with six wickets for four runs in 33 balls? There was even a Surrey game that had to be moved out of The Oval that was claimed for military use six days after the outbreak of the Great War. Read on to revisit August 10 down the years.
Cosmic Lion: "Unless, Rahul learns "back and across" technique, he will be a sitting duck in England. Lunging forward is the worst technique ever. "
Rupesh: "India go to lunch with just 2 wickets down. Positive spin."
12.45pm Early lunch taken. In fact, let's all tuck in. And then weepingly tuck ourselves into bed. Looks like this ain't happening for a while.
12.40pm Ah, I'll tell you what. You can go slow and savour that piece. Go back a couple of pars if you particularly liked a bit. And then reread the entire piece. And then reread again. Because the covers are back on. And a huge cloud is sliding over the ground, says Andrew Miller. "Very heavy drizzle now, probably the heaviest it's been today." Yay, people!
12.30pm Fifteen minutes to go for the start. That's still enough time to catch up on this cracking piece from Osman Samiuddin on the many avatars of Imran Khan, Pakistan's 19th prime minister.
Steve: "Speaking of Shewag in England reminds me of one of my favourite ever cricket stories of him when he was at Leicestershire. Abdul Razzaq was making the ball reverse all over the place and Jeremy Snape couldnt lay a bat on it. "Don't worry" said Sehwag in between overs, and calmly got himself down the other end. First ball, he belts it out the ground into the churchyard over the road, walks down to Snape as a replacemen and says "We are OK for about an hour now"."
12.19pm Play to resume at 12.45pm, which is just under half an hour from now. And lunch at 1.45pm.
Zed: "Test cricket is not only about runs, it's also about time. Vijay has been the best option as an opener for India in Tests for many years now for that precise reason. The most basic and primary job of an opener is to make the ball softer and delay the eventual wicket as much as possible so the middle order has it easy. Vijay has done that job better than anyone else in last 4 years."
nick: "On the bright side (figurative anyway), if the seam dominance of the first Test continues as seems likely, we will again only need just over three days for a result - which is probably about all the playing time that the rain will allow. "
12.05pm Mel updates us from Lord's. It looks brighter and the umpires have had a look and have walked off. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, who is not playing this Test due to ongoing court proceedings, has told the court that "stepped into" an altercation in Bristol to help two men who were victims of homophobic abuse.
"I noticed there was shouting going on. There was confrontation between four guys. Mr Hale and Mr Ali were shouting homophobic comments towards O'Connor and Barry. I stepped in and said 'you shouldn't be saying these things to these two men. I said 'you shouldn't be taking the piss because they are gay. I was told by Mr Ali something along the lines of 'Shut the f*** up or I'll bottle you'."
Vishvadeep: "With such kind of rain break every 6-7 overs, Anderson can ball all day and can take all Indian wickets - a scared Indian fan." Would break Sir Ian Botham's long-standing record if he does it. Also, a 10-for at Lord's? How do you commemorate that? An honours board entry in golden letters or something?
Udit: "A very interesting discussion between Sanjay Manjrekar and Ganguly about Indian batsmen suddenly "discovering injuries" depending on the opposite bowling lineup. One thing you need to respect Manjrekar for is brining up topics no one else dares to talk about. Even though I personally do not agree with all of his opinions, for instance he saying that Sehwag and Gambhir made way for Sachin in the tri series in Australia in 2012-13 because "Sachin out of nowhere decided to play the series.""
Sai Sankar: "@Sunil Jain: Vijay is a class player, this is one of the toughest conditions a batsman could face. Only experienced players can deal with it. More often he waits and judges each ball correctly, and bat for long periods of time to eat up deliveries. I think that's what is required in these testing conditions. So the middle order can score runs."
Bruce: "It's not just a break we're experiencing my friends. Continuous rain if not storms, forecast until 18.00h. See you all tomorrow! PS When a day's already been lost and the forecast for p.m. was so plain last night even, why on earth don't they start an hour early at 10.00?"
Jiten Surtani: "Forget a full day of cricket or even a full session! 7 overs into the match and we already know as fans whether to be happy or not about the rain (depending on which side you are on)"
Muizz: "There should be a rooftop like in Wimbledon matches of there is such amount of rain. Really feel sorry for thr crowd after being very patient yesterday"
Sreeram: "This is the problem with Test Cricket. We had sunshine all morning and the game didn't start early in spite of a washout on Day 1. There is no guarantee of okay extension in the evening anyway. #Madness"
Tausifahamad Pa: "That's why Sehwag was so important member in Indian test team. His fearless shots never allowed bowler consistent lines and that's what made him a great test player. Having so may T20 players,I wonder why could not India fill someone into his shoes yet" He had one century and one fifty in 10 innings in England. For an average of 27.8
Sunil Jain: "Been saying this for a while, Vijay is not as good as people think. Plays a good knock occasionally and keeps his place in the team. I believe he averages worse than Pujara overseas and still manages to keep a reputation while Pujara struggles to establish one(not that he's much better). About time we accept that this Indian team doesn't have a high quality batting line up except for Kohli and maybe Rahane on a good day and that we will struggle on overseas tour for the next few years."
11.30am Kohli's off the mark, and the players are off the field. It's raining, folks. The murkiness, with the weather and the Indian batting, continues. The first of what could be several delays today. It's not looking too bright - in the Indian camp or at Lord's. This one's a little too heavy, the cloud cover was pretty thick. There was rain forecast around 12 noon, but it's here half an hour too early. But don't you worry. To keep you engaged during the break, we have come up with a very innovative poll on our Live Report. It's sure to get you thinking, and consequently, keep you occupied while we wait for the weather to clear up.
Says Nagraj: "It is claps and not boos that Lord's welcomes Kohli with - and a handsome clap that, too, from the fullhouse,"
|6.3||JM Anderson to V Kohli, 1 run, length on off, blocked into the covers, and off he takes off for a quick one.|
|6.2||JM Anderson to V Kohli, No run, a peach first ball to the Indian captain. Just manages to keep the bat inside enough as it breaks away off a short of a length.|
|6.1||JM Anderson to KL Rahul, OUT, No run, outside edge, taken. Anderson's relentless lengths are making Indian batsmen's lives miserable. Rahul strides forward to play at it and gets a healthy nick that settles into Bairstow's gloves.|
1.38pm Weather's clear for now. Still huge chunks of dark, menacking clouds around but the weather's holding up for now. Anderson with the ball. Five slips for him.
|5.6||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, another inside edge as he plays outside the line of a straight length ball.|
|5.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, good length on off, holds its line, defended.|
|5.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, gets an inside edge onto the backpad after he presses forward to defend one that cuts in.|
|5.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, this one cuts in real sharp and real late, well after Pujara chooses to let it go.|
|5.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, NO BALL, 1 run, straightens on off from a fuller length, Pujara blocks down the pitch. Broad oversteps.|
|5.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length on middle and leg, flicked to midwicket.|
WATCH - Laxman surprised by Dhawan omission.
|5.1||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, nearly shaves the outside edge by swinging away from the fifth-stump line.|
Head over to the Live Report where Varun has graphically analysed James Anderson's stunning simplicity in setting up Test batsmen.
|4.6||JM Anderson to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, too full on the pads, a rare couple of off-target deliveries from Anderson, flicked fine off the pads.|
|4.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, 1 run, this is the one that's angled in and comes on straight, tucked off the hips to deep square leg.|
|4.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of good length, swings away, left alone.|
|4.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, a lot shorter and straighter outside off this time, left alone.|
|4.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, what a delivery! This is splendid stuff. Angles a length ball into the fourth-stump line and almost forces the batsman to play before getting it to swing late. Top stuff.|
Ashraf: "Let's not go after Vijay's life so soon saying he isn't scoring in 2018.. that's just a very good ball.."
|4.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, ah, needs to resist that. Sticks the bat out to a length ball around the fifth or sixth-stump line but doesn't account for the late swing that leaves him beaten.|
Steadzz: "Funny how Vijay's struggling away this year. From what I remember he was one of the few Indians who could hold their head high after the 2014 series in England"
|3.6||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, good length on middle and leg, Pujara knocks it towards short midwicket.|
|3.5||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length, cuts in from outside off, Rahul is sure of his off-stump and lets it go.|
|3.4||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shot. A crunching drive through the covers. A neat shuffle across and a stride forward as he leans into the stroke.|
|3.3||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length ball, angled into middle and off, presses forward and blocks into the covers.|
|3.2||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, back of a length, angles in really late and goes over the stumps as he shoulders arms.|
|3.1||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, jabs at a length ball that comes on straight outside off and gets beaten.|
M Vijay away from home in 2018: 128 runs in 9 inns, ave 14.22
|2.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, just short of good length, sharp late swing as Pujara lets it go.|
|2.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, beautiful. Length ball that straightens down the fifth-stump channel and rips past the outside edge.|
|2.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, fired too wide outside off, the late movement doesn't matter as he lets it go.|
|2.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, curves into middle and leg and straightens late, pushed watchfully into the covers.|
|2.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, fullish length, swings away late from the fourth or fifth-stump channel, left alone.|
|2.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, swings away and left alone outside off.|
WATCH - Andereson's magical outswing bowls Vijay over
|1.6||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, tantalisingly close. Length ball, leaves him so subtly from the fourth-stump channel and Rahul can't do anything other than hang his bat out and gets beaten.|
|1.5||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, ooh, tight leave as it cuts back in and goes to Bairstow from very close to off.|
|1.4||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, full but fired wide outside off to start off, Rahul isn't perturbed by the fact that it swings away sharply as he lets it go.|
|1.3||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short of a length on off, blocked down the pitch.|
|1.2||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short of a length, curves in very late, shuffles across and lets it go.|
|1.1||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, starts off with a length ball wide outside off that moves away further and is left alone.|
|0.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, ah, finds the outside edge with late swing.. Pujara blocks and the ball drops between third and fourth slip.. Top over from Anderson.|
|0.5||JM Anderson to M Vijay, OUT, No run, through him.. Vijay's gone for a duck. Terrific delivery. The seam's pointing towards fine leg and it pitches full, really full. Vijay is lured into flicking it as he sees the inward curve, but the ball swings away to sneak through into the stumps.|
|0.4||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, a tad wider and on a length, left alone as it swings away outside off.|
|0.3||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, fuller this time, that's a much better length to draw the batsman forward, Vijay gets a stride and shoulders arms as it swings away from around the fourth-stump channel.|
|0.2||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, sharper this time as it breaks away off a length and Vijay plays half inside the line.|
|0.1||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, short of good length, a hint of movement as it leaves him, and Vijay shoulders arms.|
10.58am Right, ladies and gentlemen. Get down to your seats, fasten your seatbelts, and sit back and enjoy the ride. We have Test cricket at Lord's, and life's good again. Vijay to take first strike and James Anderson to begin from the Pavilion End. Three slips. Here we go.
India's batting in the first Test turned out to be all about Virat Kohli. That needs to change immediately if India are to bounce back into the series. But what did the Indian captain himself think of his team's batting performance? Kohli shed light on what he wants from his batsmen on match eve.
"It is not so much about the technical, but more about the mental aspect. How you think about the situations, about the first 20, 25, 30 balls, after the fall of a wicket, matters a lot. You must have a clear plan about what to do in those 30 balls, and, more often than not, that plan should not involve aggression. We need to focus on composure, which as a batting unit we have discussed."
Shailesh: "From " Aggression" to "Composure" shows Kohli's maturity over the time as a Test Cricketer and Test Captain. "
Paul Linter: "Can Kohli remind the England batsmen of this too, to help prevent our mini collapses when they first walk out to the crease?! '.....that plan should not involve aggression....'"
Want to know how the men coming into either side has fared recently? Head over to the live report - we list out the numbers that matter with the help of graphics. Find out what these gentlemen have done to earn their spots.
dez: "Very appropriate that Pope gets his 1st Test cap at the same time that the Bunbury Cricket Festival is on (apologies if you are not familiar with this Akshay) - the place where many young English cricketers are discovered. Not very long ago he was playing there, so it's an inspiration to others!"
Ragha: "Kuldeep's inclusion is a welcome sign. considering England have strengthened their middle order with two more right handers, India have countered it by including Kuldeep. I will be surprised if Pope or Woakes fare well against Kuldeep. "
10.32am Toss time. Joe Root has won the toss and England are bowling first. Woakes replaces Ben Stokes for England, and Cheteshwar Pujara and Kuldeep Yadav come in for Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav
"Looks like a fresh surface, and with the weather around, might just serve us well to bowl first," says England captain Joe Root. "Gives us a great chance to get some wickets and gets ourselves ahead in the game."
"We would have bowled first as well. There's a bit of weather around over the next few days," says Kohli. "But it's a hard pitch, looks dry, and everyone looks like they can be in. The guys are confident, they are playing well.. Just about getting the mental side of things right. We've brought back Pujara. KL moves up in place of Shikhar Dhawan. And Kuldeep comes in for Umesh Yadav."
England XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
India XI: M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Meanwhile, in other news, Ted Dexter will ring the bell today and not Sachin Tendulkar, who was supposed to return to carry out the duty he was assigned on the first day.
Says Nagraj, "Cheteshwar Pujara stood in the first slip alongside KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. It was a pretty strong sign that Pujara has replaced Shikhar Dhawan. That is one certain change for India on another overcast day. As for the bowling line-up, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya marked their line-ups leaving the question whether the Indian think tank would consider playing a second spinner in Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Umesh Yadav. Both Kuldeep and Umesh bowled in the nets."
It looks like a one-spinner pitch, says Sanjay Manjrekar in the pitch report. But there might be more for them later. More than anything, the team management will be worried about the weather forecast becuase there is rain expected in London. All said and done, what do you do after winning the toss, having seen the pitch? Bat first.
10.25am Ollie Pope has received his Test cap from Alec Stewart. We've got some visuals from that. All you need to do to see it is hop over to the live report.
Gary Burchnall: "I think the rain interference definitely plays into England's hands, because of their recent poor record at Lords this will have been the game they wanted to see interrupted. They then play the next game at Trent Bridge where they usually do very well. "
Naga updates from Lord's: "Shami looks to be in." So seems like Ashwin might be the sole spinner again. We'll find out shortly.
As for the England camp, we know who won't be playing for sure - Dawid Malan. Malan endured a torrid time in the opening Test, dismissed for low scores in both innings and dropping three catches in the slips. However, there was some reassurance when Ed Smith, England's national selector, said that the doors weren't shut yet on a comeback.
"Moving forward we talked about how his strengths could come into play, but in no way did I mean that line as an implicit criticism, he has scored over 10,000 first-class runs in England and the guy has shown he can play very well on different surfaces. But in an England shirt, one of the things he has done distinctively is play very well in very alien conditions so I wanted to reaffirm to him that one of the things we are looking at is having the right players for the right conditions, which is not horses for courses. I bridle at that sense because you wouldn't play someone who can only play well at one ground. That is not going to happen. We are not interested in going back to picking one player for one Test."
Harshith : "Since the weather forecast says that there is going to be rain from 12pm today and there is rain tomorrow and dayafte, it's going to be a 2 and half day test match. Why not try out Kuldeep and Jadeja and rest Ashwin for this match, just to see how both of them fare. Accordingly, the selection can be done ahead for the upcoming matches. I strongly feel this match is going for a draw!"
10.05am "The early signs, about half an hour from toss, is that Pujara seems to be in for Shikhar Dhawan," says Nagraj from Lord's. He adds: "Fast bowlers: Ishant, Umesh, Pandya for sure. Kuldeep might just pip Shami."
Saravana: "@Rishabh, so kind of you. If 4 days and would like to pick Shikar instead of Pujara. Then the best would be to replace Shikar with you (Rishabh Pant). @ Akshay, how about forecast for the weekends?? " Not great.. Today is supposed to be the best. Let's first see how long this lasts.
10am For those of you wondering about the play timings and conditions for the remaining four days, here it is: Toss to happen at 1030am. Match begins at 11am. Lunch from 1pm to 1.40pm, The second session will span two hours and fifteen minutes. So that means tea will be at 3.55pm, and the final session will again be two hours and fifteen minutes, but play can be extended by 30 minutes if necessary. So that's an official close of 6.30pm, or 7, if required and weather permitting. Also, follow-on score to be 150.
Steven: "You might want to have another go at those timings in your post from 10am. They're definitely not right. I think tea will be 3.55 to 4.15 and the last session is 4.15 to 6.30. Presumably that applies for all remaining days, does it?" Yeah, I've corrected it. Thanks, and apologies.
Luton Louis: "Really can't understand not starting early. The forecast for today is for heavy rain all the way from 12-6, so we'll undoubtedly get half a session in before play is abandoned for the day. Madness! "
9.42am Hello everybody. A very warm welcome to all of you for the second day.. erm, scratch that, first day of the second Test between England and India at Lord's. It's a very [checks notes] bright morning at Lord's (hurray!). Miller, reporting from Lord's, says: "Morning all. Bright skies over Lord's. No doubt we'll be under way on time this morning. A steady stream of punters already heading down from St. John's Wood tube."
Anyway, now that we've got the good news out of the way.. a lot of you yesterday had a lot to say about team selections and combinations. Well, it's decision time now, so keep your suggestions coming, for we are just an hour away from the toss.
Just to reaffirm, we are on course for an on-time start. You could head over to the live report, where we have visuals from Lord's.
Rishabh: "So a 4-day Test match calls for Shikhar's inclusion and Pujara to sit out. Same scenario as Dhawan's debut match in Mohali in which he scored a quickfire century (almost a double ton)."
Sandeep jain: "I think we do not need to worry about the day 1 lost as now a days many test required only 4 days to finish... "
Laurie: "why is everyone moaning about the rain. i am happy considering that we have just had nearly 2 months of 30 degrees plus. Just look at the grass outside. and by the way it raining up north"
Suman: "Your commentary in first line says "A WARM welcome", man that really made me happy..!! Hope the whole day will be warm..!!" Ah, don't mean to be a killjoy, but it's warm... FOR NOW. Rain is forecast for later in the day, so can't say how long this sunshine will last. But enjoy it while it does. :)
Muralli: "Weather report for Lords cricket ground shows 60% chance of rains. Banking on the 40% and for India to win the toss and bowl first #Excited"
Habeeb: "The sun may set really late but we are talking about the "Great" British weather. So they really should take the sunshine or more like lack of rain whenever they can!!!! So early start should always be on the cards!!!"
Dinesh Singh: "Aren't we starting early today? " Nope, never an early start in England. The sun sets really late here, so...
4.49pm Time to pack off, ladies and gents. The entire first day's play has been abandoned at Lord's. That's all she wrote for today. Many thanks for your warm company on this damp day. See you tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather clears off then. Cheers
4.40pm The MCC library record that Nagraj had alluded to has been broken, ladies and gentlemen! Previously at 113 during a New Zealand Test in 2013. For more, plunge into the #livereport
Mohd Irshad: "If it keeps pouring down and we dont have much time to bowl four innings, can we see a repeat of 2000 famous 5th test EngVsSA where both Nasir and Cronje declared 1st and second inning without playing a ball to make sure match has a result?"
D S : "Hi Deiva : I firmly believe Vijay Pujara Kohli and Rahane are our Fab 4 now which a few years ago used to be Dravid Sachin Laxman and Ganguly. They cannot or should not be replaced from the Test team at all."
4.35pm Miller says there will be another inspection at 4.45pm
Stefan: "Wonderful description of that fateful delivery by David Hopps. But it would take a lot to top the magnificent rendition by the band The Duckworth Lewis Method. Jiggery Pokery is as timeless as the ball itself."
For those wondering about a ticket refund here's something from the MCC ground regulations - If play is restricted or does not take place at the ground on the day for which the ticket is valid, the purchaser may claim a refund subject to there being:
(i) no play because the match has been completed - a full refund;
(ii) 10 overs or less because of weather conditions or completion of the match - a full refund;
(iii) 10.1 overs to 24.5 overs because of weather conditions or completion of the match - a 50% refund.
4.30pm Naween: "Lords would need to hire Sri Lankan groundstaff if they are to have any hope of playing today! " --- They did a fine job yesterday as well. Here's Sharda Ugra on the fastest ground staff in the world
4.07pm Groundstaff is working rigorously to mop up water from the covers. But bad news, folks. It is STILL DRIZZLING. And nothing can be done until it stops. Completely. Only then can the covers come off. Another inspection will happen once it stops drizzling completely.
3.50pm Tea taken at 3.40pm, and the umpires are out. Hold your breath, folks. And while you do that, here's something to wait over. As part of a lookback, we revisit 25 memorable moments in the quarter century of Test cricket between 1993 and 2017. Up first: Shane Warne's very innocuous delivery to Mike Gatting in the 1993 Old Trafford Test. Oh, did I say innocuous? I meant obnoxious. Vicious. Spiteful. Actually, I'll leave it to David Hopps to describe it. Enjoy.
3.38pm Things are seemingly getting better at Lord's. The rain has stopped, for one. But we will wait for an official word on the start. For now, an early tea is impending. But despite not a single ball having been bowled today, there's a record about to break at Lord's. Head over here to find out more.
Amit: "Baying for blood of Rahane and Pujara but in my recent memory , any overseas Test Matches that India won was because of them. Pujara in SriLanka , Rahane in SA and Lord's. Lords also saw a great all round performance by Bhuvi and a counterattacking 68 by Jaddu. I will surely miss Jaddu n Bhuvi. Pujara getting left out would make the things worse."
Vish: "So much for picking 2 spinners for hot weather. Imagine if rain had arrived after the toss, and we were stuck with 2 spinners in swinging conditions. "
GG: "India should spring in an almighty surprise and include Sachin in the 11. Play him at 4. Kohli at 3 and let them score centuries and get on the honor's board. Is that too much to ask???" I know it's been a long day, but...
Shashwat: "Spare a thought for the groundsmen..waiting the entire day (along with drainage facility inspection) in the hope that rain will stop..when and if the rain stops, then work overnight till start of play tomorrow to get everything in place...I hope they have the shifts system to ensure rest to everyone!!" Lord's drainage is pretty good, play can start minutes after rain stops, so that eases some of the burden. But still hard work.
3.05pm Why is the leave becoming an uncommon sight in Test cricket? Joe Root has an interesting explanation.
3pm Rahul Dravid answers 25 questions: he picks Sachin Tendulkar (who else?) to bat for his life
Rosie: "Where are all the UK commentators in this series?! I know India is playing but they are playing in the UK! I miss Miller!" --- Go catch Miller at Lord's. Here's he with his time-lapse tricks: A hive of soggy activity at Lord's. But look at those clouds... err... lifting. We'll be on by 5pm, you watch
Harisankar: "Most want Pujara in the team and I don't understand it at all. If recent form is any indicator, the guy had a worse record than Ishant in the county circuit this year"
Balladeer: "In Staines, it has stopped raining. This is not a drill. It has stopped raining." --- Still raining in London, though
2.40pm We look back at 25 memorable moments, events and developments in cricket in the period 1993-2017. First up David Hopps on: Gatting b Warne, Old Trafford
With a single delivery, legspin was again at the forefront of the game, its leading proponent an ebullient, not to say brash, Australian who would challenge the game's stuffy image. For two decades, cricket had been dominated by fearsome fast bowling, led by West Indies and Australia, and suddenly it was dancing to a different tune. With one delivery, a page of cricket history had changed.
Ashish Ashutosh: "When will the match start. Any idea?" --- Excellent question. Welcome to the waiting game
2.30pm Who's the greatest Indian captain of all time? Devashish Fuloria uses the Elo rating system to find out in this TCM analysis.
Miller brings us the latest from Lord's: There are groundstaff on the covers. Repeat. There are groundstaff on the covers... Still drizzling, though
2.24pm Miller reckons we could have play at around 4:30pm, if "this band of rain does the decent thing and veers to the east."
Ravi: "Stuck in my coaching listening to boring Philosophy lectures. Had hopes of the test match coming to my rescue but looks like London weather has other plans."
Mahesh: ""Soon should there be a roof for cricket stadium like Wimbledon? Bring it on... can't wait to see these teams to take a crack at each other ..Rain Rain go way and don't come until this series is away""
2.05pm Mridul Mimansa: "The rain will definitely spice up the wicket. Toss becomes pretty much irrelevant now. Should be a cracking 4 Day Test Match :)"
1.50pm TCM: What's the best length to bowl in Tests? The numbers say good length, but the choice is not always straightforward
Miles: "The sun is shinning in Devon. The hammock is up, the cider is open. Please weather bring us some cricket." --- Khaya Zondo's brother Dudu is perhaps playing somewhere there now?
Murali : "@Sanketp45, Not sure how you fared in your exams. But Kohli passed out in flying colours in his Anderson home bowling (Goliath) exams, of course with the help of (Dawid) Malan... "
1.40pm Rohan Verma: "Guess its been a while since there was a weather update. What does it look like now, are we getting a start after lunch ? How long is the lunch they seem to be having it forever? Cant wait for the game to start .." --- Still drizzling. Nothing new to report. The forecast for the next three days, however, is fairly promising
sanketp45: "Hey what was the result of the Anderson Vs kohli battel in last two rounds. I was busy with my exam so couldnt watched. but scored suggest completely in the favor of virat. " --- Here's Sid Monga's hot take on Kohli v Anderson.
Were India suitably prepared for their England tour? Harbhajan Singh and Nasser Hussain feel India could have done more
1.28pm Hello, again, everyone. Welcome back to ESPNcricinfo's raindrop-by-raindrop coverage of the first day of the Lord's Test. Akshay is demolishing his fruit salad. Miller's demolishing his lovely lunch as well. Head over to the #livereport with Varun Shetty for more fun.
Onlooker: "Hardik wasn't too bad as a bowler in last test, and looks compact with the bat in these conditions. Moving him to no. 6 and a third seamer role would create more chances to make an impact outta him. That said 5 bowlers is a must and best 5 men should play irrespective of seam/spin, Indian captains don't use 4 Pacers that well anyways; Vijay Pujara Rahul Virat jinx Hardik Kartik Ashwin Shami Kuldeep Ishant."
Muralli: "I'm from Pune and it is a statewide bandh here, today. Thought will work from home using that reason and enjoy the game with some afternoon coffee. Not going well, so far! #RainRainGoAway"
Ash: "It's 1030pm and I have work tomorrow.. is there any chance of cricket happening or can I go to bed?" --- Hang on Ash, what if you miss Kohli v Anderson: round 3?
Soham_M: "On another note, this Test match is the 50th Test for umpire Marais Erasmus... So massive congratulations to him for reaching this milestone... The fact that it is at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground makes it even more special... Let's all wish him a good Test match that he can fondly remember at the end of his career!"
Dhaval Shah : "Hello Deiva: I seriously feel that the reason for India's loss in the first test is the lack of ruthlessness of their bowlers. There is no doubt they set the game up for India but if any team is 87/7 against Australia, England, SA or even NZ for that matter, they wouldn't go past 100 let aside 150. And England scored 180. Take nothing away from young Curran but Indian attack have to learn to be ruthless in their approach."
1.16pm Go take a walk, folks. Or sip on some coffee, catch up on your favourite TV series, have a power nap, because we're in for a long, long day. I need a break from this eventless day, Deiva is perfectly happy to take a break from reporting on cricket and turn weather correspondent.
WATCH - England Test batting merry-go-round. Surrey's Ollie Pope is just the latest in a long list of specialist batsmen England have tried in recent times.
John : "Andy's sportsmanship is fine, but in professional sports players should not be criticized for waiting for the umpire's decision, provided that they accept whatever it is with good grace. It's the umpire's job to say whether a player is out or not. Having said that, I would like to see all decisions referred to the third umpire to make sure the best possible decision is given every time."
Shabbir Husain : "Coming back to pujara. He is neither a youngster nor a backup batsman. He is a test specialist. You dont select a top order batsman based on the conditions. You select them based on form. So i would argue if pujara is struggling and completely out of form, then what is he doing in the squad. Selecters should have send him back to domestic and rediscover his form. Keeping a test specialist in the squad and not giving him game puts pressure on captain as well as on pujara too."
Jiten Surtani: "Not to forget the respect honesty brings. Like Andy, I experienced this quite early on. Playing with my friends, I did the "walk", gave myself "run-out" when I felt I was actually out and other stuff. I thought I may incur the anger of my team mates some day due to this. On the contrary, it so happened that any dispute was resolved on the basis of my final say - no questions asked. This is a massive massive thing and should be highlighted to the younger generation"
Jez: "Obviously everyone is accountable for their own actions outside the Spirit of Cricket or indeed the rules, but it's so easy to make poor decisions in the moment. I'm a shrinking violet but aged 13, I don't know what came over me but I Mankaded a batsman when they needed 4 off the last 3 (his backing up was truly ludicrous). Probably rightly, the appeal was withdrawn to avoid complete chaos, but equally, is stealing a run within the Spirit of Cricket? I can't even remember whether we won or not!"
12:50pm It's lunch, it's gloomy, and we have (a bored) UK Editor Andrew Miller waiting at Lord's, and editor-in-chief Sambit Bal will join him soon. Send in your questions for them through feedback and they will answer on the Live Report. (Pro tip: Look at the lunch menu we've posted on the LR)
Andy: "With regard to the Cowdrey lecture, the very idea of cheating is an utter anathema to me. At the age of 11, in a tense school match, I remember, having been caught and bowled off what may have been judged a bump ball, that feeling of being sick to my stomach and yet instinctively walking because I knew deep down I was out. I simply cannot understand the attitude of most professional cricketers who will knowingly cheat by 'pretending' to wait for an umpire's decision."
12.30pm Early lunch has been taken. At 12.30pm. Which is now. Anyway, on to more fun stuff.. Test cricket this year has had its share of matches that are remembered for the wrong reasons. The Newlands Test between South Africa and Australia immediately springs to mind. We are now at a stage where phrases like "player behaviour" and "ball tampering" have become touchy more than ever. David Richardson, the outgoing ICC chief executive, touched upon all that and more. In the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, Richardson shed light on the ICC's efforts to expand cricket's global appeal, just what they would like to see from the players, and how the ICC would like to see cricket make a difference to the community. You can read the full transcript here.
"The spirit of cricket should not only define how we play the game but how we fulfill cricket's broader purpose. The first question sponsors ask us is, 'why cricket'…'what's the purpose of cricket'? At its most basic, cricket provides enjoyment, an opportunity for people of any age or gender to be entertained, and to connect with each other. Cricket has a great capacity to unite people, to inspire and to empower. We need to ensure that cricket is not elitist but is accessible to and capable of being enjoyed by all."
Andy: "With regard to the Cowdrey lecture, the very idea of cheating is an utter anathema to me. At the age of 11, in a tense school match, I remember, having been caught and bowled off what may have been judged a bump ball, that feeling of being sick to my stomach and yet instinctively walking because I knew deep down I was out. I simply cannot understand the attitude of most professional cricketers who will knowingly cheat by 'pretending' to wait for an umpire's decision."
avani: "Everyone is talking about taking Pujara. I have my own doubts about Pujara adding any value looking at his recent county average which is less than 10."
Oh, and as for the cricket, here's Miller from Lord's: "It is dank, damp and miserable.
A remarkable number of people still glued to their seats though. Probably a bigger crowd for this washout than most Tests anywhere else in the world."
G Anantha Naray: "Any update on the pitch?" More heavily wrapped than a school diary in brown paper.
Most of you likely remember the Summer of 42. Or Graham Gooch's epic 333. Or the debut of a legendary pair of Indian batsmen in 1996. But how well do you remember the details? Test cricket between England and India at Lord's has produced some memorable passages of play. If you watched these games, how well do you remember those passages? If you think your memory's vivid, and if you pride yourselves in being Test cricket nerds, dive into this quiz on England-India Test matches at Lord's and test yourselves.
Most of you have had a say on whom India should go in with. Here's what VVS Laxman wants India to do.
Kuldeep: "Jadeja is a regular spinner and provides more depth to batting. Kohli should pick Jadeja for Pandya and Pujara for rahane. Rest playing XI should be same. Too early to cross off DK. He needs more chances."
ArunMadhan: "Horses for the Courses - Need a Test Specialist in the Test Team, Pujara in for Rahul. This is not the best week to play two spinners in England. Cloudy overcast conditions for first three days handy to have Umesh ahead of Kuldeep . If in case Jadeja should come in as all rounder should be at the cost of Pandya . Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Ashwin, Karthik, Jadeja, Umesh, Ishant, Shami"
Gautam Dugar: "Test cricket especially overseas is not about strike rate, it's about spending time on the pitch and scoring runs in tricky conditions. The 30s and 40s of Dhawan and Rahul wont help in overseas Test matches."
Shiv Prasad: "Am I only one who thinks Mayank Agarwal deserves the chance ahead of all the other players? Common guys that guy is been in Kohli like form in 1st class cricket for the past one and a half years." The IPL, where he faced bowlers at a higher level, didn't turn out to be great.
11.38am Right, an overwhelming 62% of you said you'd have Woakes in to replace Stokes, ahead of Moeen Ali and Jamie Porter. Now, for the other side: would you get Pujara in? Jadeja? Both? Neither? Get voting on the Live Report!
aaron: "India should pick Pujara, then the rest of the team after that."
John: "I remember that Anderson should have continued his dominance of Kohli and had him cheaply in the slips yet again. Instead, Kohli played an innings that nearly won his team the game and will likely have given him and his team extra confidence that may cost England more as the series goes on."
What did you remember the first Test for? Sam Curran's brilliance. Virat Kohli's grit and determination? The unwillingness of both teams to give an inch? For all that good, though, there was also a splattering of the ugly, like England's slip catching. Nasser Hussain explains the reasons behind the suspect slip catching.
Hubballi Huli : "Why are there no takers for Pant? He's got runs in these conditions for India A, is in form, and a left handed attacking batsman! With Dhawan's place in doubt, leg spinner on a dry pitch in the opposition, Karthik's not-so-impressive display all add to one man, play Rishabh Pant at 6!"
sakthi: "People are talking about extra bowlers but its the batsman who didn't perform in the 1st test"
WATCH - Toby Roland-Jones, who knows this pitch like the back of his hand, expects the rain to liven things up at Lord's. So, the two-spinners theory out of the window now?
Dhaval : "We are about to see the first of proposed 4-day Tests for the future. :)" Umm, didn't the first Test already do that? :)
GKM quips: "This is clearly a case of natural justice, since there was only a gap of 3 days between 1st and 2nd test, players would not have had enough rest in normal circumstances. Now the first test ended in 3 1/2 days and now this first day full washout, good for the players"
Rupesh trumps that: "Cape town had drought. India visited, brought rain. London is under a heat wave. India visited, brought rain. What would the world do without the Indian cricket team."
NA: "The rain is unflinching. Let's just be nice and helpless, like we cricket fans always are."
Sunny: "My 6th sense says that, This game is belongs to India. Whatever the conditions India should pick Kuldeep."
Natarajan Kanna: "The best chance for India has always been a 5 bowler theory..... take out Pandya and Bring Kuldeep...... the fact that they are a batsman down will make other batsmen more responsible...."
Badar: "This is the best chance India have to topple England, square the series, and then continue to build pressure on them. With a shaky opening combination, Root's inability to convert 50s into 3 figures, a debutant at 4, Stokes' vital absence, Buttler's twin failure in the last test, and the close gap between the sides at Edgbaston gives India the best opportunity at Lords. "
11.05am Thanks, Deiva, and hello everybody. A pleasure to be here. A pity that after a cracking first Test, Lord's is left at the mercy of the weather, but that's where we still are at. If this were the final day of the Test, with one of the teams fighting for a draw, the reactions here would be a lot different, depending on whose side you're on. But the fact is, this is the opening day, and we should have been underway by now, so it's just collective disappointment. But for now, waiting with bated breath is all we can do.
Not everything is gloom and doom for everyone to do anything with cricket in England, though. For 20-year old Ollie Pope, this was supposed to be a special Thursday, his first day out on the field in Test match whites for England. Being endorsed by two of the best batsmen in the world is not a bad way to start. Here's what the England captain Joe Root had to say about the youngster.
Nisar: "Once a batting powerhouse India,now suits the line 'One man or no man'. Coming out of this shell can change many equations."
Dinker: "I predict India will go with the same bowling line up they had in Edgbaston thanks to this drizzle....Also this paves the way for Pope to the side.Sad but kuldeep and Moeen Ali will have to wait.Any takers???"
Anu: "What is the forecast for the rest of the day? Any chance of play at all today?" Nothing to be chuffed about... expected to remain uncooperative throughout.
11.02am The first ball should have happened by now. But it continues to drizzle steadily in London. Time's ripe for a replug of this TCM photo feature: Wet, wet, wet. Say hello to Akshay Gopalakrishnan, who will take over the weather watch now.
10.45am Miller brings us an update from Lord's (although it's not the one we were looking forward to): "The lights are on ... in the press box at least. Remarkably gloomy out in the middle."
Varun has launched a poll on who should replace Stokes at Lord's. Jump into the #livereport and VOTE!
RR: "I don't think Rahane should be dropped. He's a class act who'll regain form soon. But in case they decide to replace him or add another batsman, it has to be Karun Nair and not, Rishabh Pant. Pant is a replacement wicketkeeper and should come in only if Karthik is dropped. "
10.40am Miller also caught up with Tendulkar ahead of this Test. What's the master's advice to another master in Kohli?
Snehil: "Two of the major factors in Dhawan's selection are his being a left-hander and an attacking opener, which complements Vijay's batting. He should certainly be giving a long run. But, Pant fulfils both of those criteria's and should be given at least one opportunity in this series with all the talk going around about blooding young players. Also. he is probably the future batsman- keeper for India with the other keepers are in their thirties. "
Lakwin: "Sends down shivers when watching this match at the legendary home of cricket. Feel of sense of pride too when reminiscing our very own greats who made it to the honours board. Wettimuny, Mendis, Jayawardane, Atapattu, Dilshan, Sanga and Matthews. How ironic that Sri Lankas two greatest sons -- Aravinda and Jayasuriya are exclusions from this list.."
Rivlud: "Any news on Bhuvi Kumar please, seems to be a forgotten man around here which is sad to see?" --- He was the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru a couple of days back...
Harsh : "Isn't Bumrah fit yet? He was supposed to be available from the second test. Wasn't he?" --- Not yet. Although Bumrah has been bowling across the training sessions starting with the warm-up match in Essex, he still has the brace protecting the left thumb that he injured in India's first T20 against Ireland on June 27.
10.30am Right folks, the toss has been delayed by a drizzle in Lord's. You can, however, refresh your homepage to catch our flagship show Match Day with VVS Laxman and Toby Roland-Jones.
Roland-Jones has been sidelined from the majority of this season with a recurrence of the back stress fracture, which scuppered his hopes of being on the Ashes tour last year, but he continues to stay positive
Sooryanarayanan: "@Aashish, the reason is that Vijay has been a proven performer in these conditions and KL is still young, whereas Shikhar seems to be making the same mistake over and over again. Runs in the sub-continent against mediocre bowling attacks doesn't mean that he can do it against Anderson and Co."
10.25am From the dressing room to the pitch: the iconic Lord's walk. Follow in the footsteps of England batsmen as Mel Farrell takes you on the walk from the home dressing room to the pitch at Lord's.
10.20am That "somebody important is Sourav Ganguly, of course. Here's Nagraj, again, who has years of talking to players behind him when he says all they want to do is walk.
"One major attraction for most big name Indian players on overseas tours has always been they can be normal. Being normal in the sense that they can do what you and me can do - walk on the streets, walk in to a cafe for a cuppa, walk out and sit in the park bench and enjoy the sights. Sachin Tendulkar likes a stroll along Regent Street, Virat Kohli has picked coffee or two on this trip. But one man who I have seen over the years taken a nice stroll to Lord's has been the Prince of Calcutta - Sourav Ganguly. Just like his walks on the Lord's turf Ganguly has been seen taking quiet walks, unhurried on the uncrowded streets, with a smile on his face. On Thursday morning, Ganguly emerged out of the St John's Wood tube station, having take a quick train ride from Westminister, he told some Indian fans. The fans were clearly surprised about Ganguly just being normal. The joys of cricket."
Head over to the #Livereport for more fun and games with Varun and Naga
Aashish Calla: "In the first Test, across 2 innings, Dhawan scored 39, Vijay 26 and Rahul 17. Also, in the last Test before this series, Dhawan become the first Indian to score a ton before lunch on day 1 - And still, there are talks of him to be dropped and no one is taking about the places of Vijay and KL! It's a strange world we live in "
Andrew Miller from Lord's: Not much else to add right now. A decent smattering of people already in their seats, as it is about as close to not actually raining as you can get. But no movement on the covers just yet. Sachin Tendulkar is due to ring the five-minute bell... weather permitting
10am Who's that? Who! who! who? Nagraj Gollapudi has spotted someone taking the train to the cricket. He reckons it could be someone important... Head over to the #Livereport, run by Varun Shetty, and identify him
Dinker: "Constant chopping and churning wont help anyone.Why did we change the batting lineup of last test in SA which won the match.I find all the calls for Rahane's head ridiculous.He should be told he is safe for at least 3 matches.His 48 in the last test in SA is worth a 150 in India and it resulted in victory for the team as well . Similarly Dhawan should be told he is only for ODIs outside the subcontinent.We should open with Rahul and Vijay and send Pujaraa at one down and stick to this order...."
Tim: "If it was me I'd pick Rory Burns to bat at four, I know he's an opener but if he can score runs at the top of the order in county championship then surely he'd be capable in the middle order too? He's been consistent for years and deserves a run. He's then an option as an opener too if one of the incumbents is dropped.."
9.45am Sid Monga's preview should be your next stop of the day. It will tell you everything you need to know for now.
Twenty-year-old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, who averages 63.25 after 15 first-class games, has been confirmed to make his Test debut. So, who will miss out for England. Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali?
"It's been a bit of a whirlwind," said Pope on the eve of his Lord's debut. "If someone told me I'd be in the squad for the second Test at Lord's at the start of the season, I wouldn't have really believed them. Likewise last year: if someone told me I was going to make my Championship debut last year, I wouldn't have believed them. Same too that I was going to be playing all the T20s. It's just one of those sports where things happen so quickly. It's nice to do it with Sam in the same team. When I made my Surrey debut, there were four 19-year-olds in there at the same time. Things happen quickly. It's exciting."
dez: "Word of warning for the Indian fans... Lords is not the batting paradise it used to be - average completed innings score in the County Championship at Lords this year is 225!"
dez: "Not wanting to dampen the enthusiasm but heavy rain predicted all day! Rest of the Test should be fine though." --- The drizzle continues to hang around London and the pitch is covered
hariharan mani: "i think it is high time dhawan to be replaced by rishabh pant and rahul to open and dk to be a fielder or wk whenever the need arises and pandya to be replaced by jadeja or kuldeep "
9.30am Let's revisit Kohli's thoughts on the pitch and combination on the eve of the match.
"There is good grass cover in it (pitch) and that is required basically to keep the wicket together. The pitch is going to be an all-round wicket: batsmen bat well they can get runs, obviously dukes ball in overcast conditions, and when the wicket wears off the spinners can come in. Tempting thought to field two spinners but we have to take a call on that depending on the team balance. But two spinners definitely in contention."
Former India offspinner Harbhajan Singh reckoned India made a mistake by playing just one spinner in the first Test. As the heatwave continued to sweep through England, Harbhajan calls for an extra spinner in Kuldeep Yadav at Lord's. Has the wet weather changed his mind, though, now?
Prasanna S: "With all respects, not sure about the impact Pandya can make in this series with either ball or bat. He does play an occasional cameo and he's the second highest run getter in the first test, but if Pandya plays, India better bolster the lower order with Jadeja instead of Umesh, or else bring Pujara and Kuldeep/Jadeja in place of Pandya and Umesh. There should be six solid batsmen in these conditions excluding the keeper."
9.20am Our correspondent Andrew Miller is on the weather watch at Lord's: "Light drizzle across London. But still plenty time for it to clear up. And Lord's drainage is absurd."
G P: "Hello.. I expect Rishabh Pant/Karun Nair to get a chance today along with a sure inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara. ( for Rahul, Ajinkya,Umesh)Whats your analysis..?" --- Pujara a shoo-in for me. I expect him to replace Dhawan at the top. Rahul, Kohli, Rahane, DK in the middle order. Hardik, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant and Shami.
This is our expert Aakash Chopra's XI: 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.) 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Dinesh Karthik(wk), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami
Bhavik: "I'm hoping Rishabh Pant gets a go ahead of DK today. DK's keeping was terrible last game. My XI: Vijay, KL, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Pant, Pandya, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant, Shami"
9.15am If the first Test at Edgbaston is anything to go by, we're in for an epic series. It was Ben Stokes who cracked the game open for England in the first Test, but England will have to do without him in the second at Lord's, as the trial unfolds at Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been described as "the main aggressor" in an incident that left a man with a fractured eye socket on the third day of his trial. Good morning, ladies and gents, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the Lord's Test.
Declaration, is that you lurking?
|87.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 2 runs, in control this time. Chips this length ball wide of deep point, and comes back for the second.|
|87.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, finds the edge after all, but it'll be four more. That's Woakes' ninth boundary behind square on the off side. Flappy swipe at this length ball outside off, it's comfortably wide of third slip.|
|87.4||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, 1 run, yorker on middle stump, jammed into the mid-on region.|
|87.3||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, No run, walks into the off side and looks to deflect this fine. It's another short ball. Sails over the stumps.|
|87.2||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, whack! Remarkable hit! it's a bouncer, it's not quite lifting off, and it's an awkward pace for Curran. But he's in position for the hook and, for the love of batting, he will play it. Swats it far over the deep fielder.|
Joe Root appears to be getting his fingers ready for a battering in the field
|87.1||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, four through through point. Bit of Ganguly in that shot. Length ball in at off, skips into the leg side to make room and slices in front of square.|
|86.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, length ball in at off stump, driven on the up to mid-off.|
|86.5||I Sharma to SM Curran, 1 run, aerial but safely down to deep backward point. Length ball wide outside off and a loose waft away from the body from Curran.|
|86.4||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, short of a length down leg side, can't get bat on the attempted flick.|
|86.3||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, length ball comes in and keeps low. He manages to keep it out with the full face.|
|86.2||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, swipe and miss. Full outswiger in the corridor. Gets the front leg out of the way and looks to blaze it through cover.|
Najaf: "@Mayank N, I maybe wrong, but as per our wicket-keeper's training (with one class under guest coach Ian Healy), we were told to collect the ball away from the body to 'cushion' the collection. You don't collect the ball in the same line as your torso."
|86.1||I Sharma to SM Curran, 2 runs, shot! But Vijay denies him full reward at mid-on. Short ball outside off and he gets behind the line so quickly for the pull. Absolutely nails the connection too but Vijay is down early to his left.|
|85.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, looks for the one that comes in, but starts too straight. Karthik lunges to his left down leg side and gets a hand to it.|
|85.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, beaten. No belief in footwork this morning! Short of a length outside off, a stab at it, no connection.|
|85.4||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, full and just outside off, driven straight to extra cover.|
Gitanshu : "Just asking, is there anything that's going in favour of India? " --- The Lord's lunch menu has been great.
|85.3||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, geez. These are close to perfect from Shami, but even with the least possible deviation, he's not finding the outside edge. Woakes driving without feet again as it fizzes past the outside edge.|
|85.2||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, 1 run, full and in on middle stump. Toe-ended flick to deep square's right.|
|85.1||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 1 run, short of a length just outside off, runs it through backward point for another easy single.|
Mayank N: "On DK's keeping, I agree, his body is rarely behind the gloves... He in fact moves it out of the way, leaving a very discomforting space..."
|84.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, length ball just outside off, dabs it to wide third man.|
|84.5||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, length ball in at off stump, backs away and jabs it into the covers.|
|84.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, nervous jab down to mid-off.|
|84.3||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, carves it off the outside half. Living dangerously. Full ball outside off, chucks his hands at it again and slices to deep backward point's right. Kuldeep puts in a dive there, but his right leg has made contact with the padding as he flicks this back in.|
|84.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, flies past third slip. Narrow slip cordon from India, as usual. Woakes goes hard at this overpitched ball outside off.|
|84.1||I Sharma to SM Curran, 1 run, length ball swinging away from off. Gets on the front foot and drives on the up to mid-off's left.|
|83.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, what a ball. Top bowling from Shami. Digs it in, just short of good length, and manages just enough cut away to beat the defence again.|
|83.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, beaten again but it's his own doing this time. Innocuous straight ball in the channel. Stays put in the crease again and follows with his hands, attempting to run this to third man.|
|83.4||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, no chance at getting bat on that. Length ball with marginal shape away in the corridor. Woakes reaches out with no feet.|
|83.3||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, 1 run, short of a length outside off, carved out to deep backward point.|
|83.2||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, No run, beaten. This comes in with the angle at middle and off and Curran plays inside the line again with the defence. It climbs over middle.|
kraken: "Just don't tell me that the conditions are great for swing bowling again today. " --- Okay, I won't.
|83.1||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 1 run, length ball just outside off, jabbed into the wide open point region.|
Rama: "DK's keeping has not inspired any confidence in the three innings so far. His awareness of the slip fielders' position is wanting and he is wrong footed (making up for mistakes) often. I love the fact he has served his Ranji team with dedication and has earned is calling after so many years of bench warming. But, he is not a test keeper. "
|82.6||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, short ball dies outside off. Barely gets chest height and trickles through to Karthik as Curran looks to evade it.|
|82.5||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, nicely driven to extra cover. Some shaoe away but it's nice and full. Curran gets good connection on his half-stride drive.|
|82.4||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, length ball in at off stump, blocked down the pitch from the crease.|
Akash: "As an Indian, I want England to get a 400 or even 500 run lead. Woakes, my brother, don't you dare to get out now. Just don't you opportunistic f***************!" --- Sir, I get that you're passionate, but there's no need to call someone a freelancer.
|82.3||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, length ball outside off, blocked into the covers.|
|82.2||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, full ball on middle stump, driven straight to mid-off.|
|82.1||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, bangs it in at a length on off, takes it away from middle and squares him up. Curran can only get his back thigh on this.|
Ishant from around
Adrian Foster: "Of course he won't declare yet. Remember the last time Joe Root made an attacking declaration? (Leeds last summer)"
|81.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, beaten. Nice shape on that. Length and curving away outside off. He looks to drill it on the up through cover.|
|81.5||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, 1 run, length ball slanted in at the middle, he gets deep and nudges it through midwicket with a closed face.|
|81.4||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, No run, length ball outside off, hangs the bat inside the line and it slides past the outside edge.|
|81.3||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, No run, length ball on off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|81.2||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, No run, full inswinger on off stump, driven firmly to mid-off.|
|81.1||Mohammed Shami to SM Curran, BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, runs are so easy. Curran leaves a wide outswinger outside off. Karthik dives in front of the slips but it doesn't quite reach him. Slips through from under him.|
Goes around the wicket
10:59am Here they are. Shami to start, Curran will face. Three slips in.
Stephen: "This is an example of how the test cricket championship can enhance the game. With a points system that gives draws only a third of the points, England would be very likely to declare now and enhance their chance of victory in spite of the delays."
10:54am We'll have a scheduled start. We would have known of an overnight declaration at 10:50 if there was one. So England will come out. And if you're in India, don't forget that you can watch this game LIVE on ESPN.in.
Andy M: "Declaring early is not the modern way. England can bat India even further out of the game here. Players struggle when faced with impossible tasks. Getting 250 wouldn't feel impossible. Getting 400 would."
10:26am Miller sees clouds. They're grey. And they may show up on the Live Report from time to time. So remember to have one tab dedicated - all your weather visuals are there.
On the recap roll today:
Andrew Miller's thoughts on that potentiall match-winning stand: England's rocky foundation becomes potentially series-defining shift
Melinda Farrell on Woakes' magic: Wizard Woakes casts a spell at his Hogwarts with rare Lord's treble
Nagraj Gollapudi's examination of India's twin-spin strategy: Bold move or mistake?
The day's report from yesterday by...me: Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes leave India praying for rain
WATCH: All the highlights from Day 3 at Lord's(India only)
10:10am Good morning, all. I see your messages, India fans. As if there weren't enough Lagaan references through this series; the prayers for rain are strong. Unfortunately, neither I, nor Andrew Miller, who tells me London is dry, can help you. What I can do is call the cricket. And I tell you what, I'm hoping there's plenty of it today, because I'm not giving up on either of these teams. Day after day, they've had us hooked in this series. Don't rule out the twists. I'm Varun, I have Miller, Mel and Nagraj on my Slack, and back from part-time Supreme Court duties and a short break is Sidharth Monga, who is running today's Live Report. He's already got things going there. Should England have declared overnight? Get in there and vote!
6.30 pm Yep, that's stumps, after 27,000-odd people enjoyed a great day for England cricket. Catch up with Varun Shetty's thoughts in his report. Stay tuned to post-match content from Nagraj Gollapudi, Andrew Miller and Melinda Farrell. And oh, don't forget to spam us with your #PoliteEnquiries on Twitter.
6.05 pm It appears light has receded drastically enough that the umpires have taken the players off the field. England lead by 250 runs, with the forecast for Sunday looking relatively horrible. They'd be thinking of a declaration; seems strange they haven't already taken the call. But, such things aside, it's been a beautiful day for the hosts.
They had little trouble catching up with India's first innings score of 107 and then, with the help of their attractive bevy of allrounders, raced past it. Chris Woakes finds a place in each of the Lord's honours boards - five wickets in an innings, a hundred and 10 wickets in a match. Coming in at No. 7, he showed superb composure, concentrating on playing straight, staying alert to runs square of the wicket, using his soft hands to great profit and then opening up dramatically in the final session. It was among the most perfectly paced innings and splendidly calculated innings.
Jonny Bairstow, by comparison, was a little more scratchy, for some reason vulnerable on the cut shot, where he kept inside edging it almost onto his stumps. But he survived that tough period and accumulated 93 valuable runs. Their 189-run partnership has completely deflated India. Not to mention the fact that they looked ill-equipped on that pitch with two spinners. Kuldeep Yadav only bowled nine overs. Ashwin didn't come on until England were already in the lead. Such signs suggest India got their selection wrong.
Anyway, it's been England's game from start to finish, and that finish is hurtling towards us.
Murali : "Just a suggestion to Root. When Stokes returns next week for the Trent bridge test, please replace him with either Butler or Jennings. Not with Woakes. "
Ankush: "So the two spinners plot backfired. India need to show some fighting spirit and make changes. Its high time they try Pant over Karthik "
Karan: "feel sorry for India. Batting in difficult conditions and then bowling in good conditions for batting. Then again they will bat in tough conditions. England will bowl in good conditions again. Weather is setting up things beautifully for the host. It's scripted. Credit to England though. "
|80.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, oooh, beauty. Late inswing and lands on the perfect length just outside off. Woakes looks to drive with front foot going nowhere, opening up a big gap between bat and pad, and the ball sneaks past inside edge and flies over leg stump.|
|80.5||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shortish, a bit of width. Throws his hands at it and carves it away to the left of third man.|
The umpires have had another look at their light meters...
|80.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, length ball angling into off stump. Looks to drive away from his body, through the covers, ends up playing it back to Ishant off the inside half of the bat.|
|80.3||I Sharma to SM Curran, 1 run, back of a length, straightens with extra bounce in the fourth-stump channel. Curran is opened up awkwardly in defence, the ball runs wide of gully off the shoulder of his bat.|
|80.2||I Sharma to SM Curran, No run, full, close to off stump, driven firmly to wide-ish mid-off.|
|80.1||I Sharma to SM Curran, 2 runs, back of a length on off stump, stays leg-side of the ball and punches to deep point.|
Marais Erasmus has a look at his light meter. Seems to be okay. Ishant into the attack, goes round the wicket to Curran. Two slips and a gully in place.
|79.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, a bit more flight this time, on off stump, stretches out and defends into the off side.|
|79.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, full on middle stump, clipped to midwicket.|
|79.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, nice length, middle and leg line, defended towards midwicket.|
|79.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, a little loopier on that leg-stump line, patted back to the bowler.|
|79.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, better length, on leg stump, defended back to the bowler.|
|79.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, drops a touch short and there's no margin for error for the spinner on this pitch. Rocks back and slaps it away through cover point.|
Ashwin replaces Kuldeep. Round the wicket to Woakes.
|78.6||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, hangs back to defend a back of a length ball, from over the wicket this time, to cover.|
|78.5||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Woakes tucks it through mid-on.|
|78.4||HH Pandya to SM Curran, BYES, 1 run, the line goes wrong as Pandya pushes a back of a length ball way down leg.|
Abhijato: "It was then that Kohli rolled his arm over and took the last four English wickets off four deliveries. Yes, lads, that summer was his, and he dropped mics, scored centuries, selected the wrong players and took revenge on bowlers who scored more than him, doing it all with fluency even a Dean Elgar innings would never show."
|78.3||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, covers the line of a back of a length delivery on middle.|
|78.2||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, yorker on middle, digs it out.|
|78.1||HH Pandya to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and wide and Curran feasts on it with a cut shot, the ball doing dead square to the boundary.|
Round the wicket...
|77.6||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, No run, googly, which Woakes picks in the end and defends with soft hands..|
|77.5||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, 1 run, deftly turns the full delivery through midwicket.|
|77.4||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, nicely flighted on middle, Curran smothers the turn.|
|77.3||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, beats him as a good length ball grips in the pitch and turns sharply past the outside edge..|
|77.2||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, teeing up full toss after full toss and Curran is only too happy to put them away. This one screams through straight midwicket.|
|77.1||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, loops it up on off stump, Curran comes forward to block.|
Richard: "17.45 and still 21 overs to go. Why can't teams bowl the required number of overs in the time allotted? Have there been undue delays?" --- Nope. Just a lot of fast bowling, which seems to take a bit of time
|76.6||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, lifts the short ball from outside off stump over to the square leg boundary. Quite effortless..|
|76.5||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, full on middle, Woakes is right behind it.|
|76.4||HH Pandya to SM Curran, 1 run, back of a length on middle, Curran knocks it down towards mid-off.|
|76.3||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, full on off stump, defends.|
|76.2||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, back of a length and outside off, chops it into the off side.|
|76.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, short ball on middle, Woakes turns it through midwicket.|
Bira: "Do you suppose Curran came out with a licence to go all out and attack? "
|75.6||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, flighted delivery outside off, defends.|
|75.5||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, good length on off stump, Curran goes back to block.|
|75.4||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, another massive full toss and Curran pulls it violently to square leg boundary. Poor Pujara, at short leg. He's in the firing line if this is how Kuldeep bowls.|
|75.3||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, quicker delivery on middle stump, Curran uses the depth of the crease to block it.|
|75.2||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full toss on leg stump and Curran sends it to oblivion (or if you're a stickler for details, the midwicket boundary).|
|75.1||Kuldeep Yadav to SM Curran, No run, hangs back against the short ball and smacks it to cover.|
Slip, leg gully and short leg for Kuldeep
George Macphers: "As I was going to say for these two to play more patiently then they would have got the extra 12 runs to get their partnership to 200 then play on. Hopefully now Woakes can bat on and get a bigger score. Would have been nice if Bairstow got to his 3 figures. Forget about the declaration for now and try and bat on a long as possible until the end of play then declare. "
|74.6||HH Pandya to SM Curran, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Curran steers it to the sweeper.|
|74.5||HH Pandya to SM Curran, No run, full ball wanders down leg. Curran misses the flick.|
|74.4||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, OUT, No run, caught behind and Bairstow falls seven short of a hundred! Expressionless as he leaves the field, but he should really be proud of the effort. England were 80-odd for 4 when he took charge. Now they have a 200-plus lead. Solid effort from a player constantly growing in stature. But he might do well to forget this ball, and the way he threw his bat at it, driving on the up and nicking behind. Great effort by Karthik too: he was moving to his left, with the angle of the ball coming into the right-hander, but then has to change direction and dive full-length to his right. That edge was travelling too..|
|74.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, full and outside off, Bairstow lifts it over the top to the sweeper.|
|74.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, back of a length on off stump, blocks.|
|74.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, LEG BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a little tickle off the thigh pad and the ball wanders away to the fine leg boundary. England's lead ballooning past 200.|
|73.6||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, 1 run, quicker delivery on leg stump, Woakes works it away through midwicket.|
|73.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full delivery - a googly - on off stump, Bairstow gets a thick outside edge through the covers.|
|73.4||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, LEG BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, big shout for lbw, but Bairstow might have gone outside the line of off stump as he lunges to defend. But India want a review. And all that does is prove the impact was outside the line of the stumps.|
|73.3||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, keeps it wicket to wicket again and Bairstow has to continue blocking.|
|73.2||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, gets forward to the loopy legbreak on middle and defends.|
|73.1||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, 1 run, flights it up on off stump, Woakes reaches the pitch with a long stride forward and clips to long-on.|
The floodlights are coming on
|72.6||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, fullish and outside off, drives through cover point.|
|72.5||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, keeps a touch low, but Woakes is still able to shove his bat down on it because he has been taking care to play straight.|
|72.4||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, fullish on off stump, Woakes stops it in its tracks.|
|72.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, blocks a shortish delivery on off stump.|
|72.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, keeps firm on the back foot as Pandya continues bowling short.|
|72.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, a shade back of a length on off stump, Woakes keeps it out.|
Woakes is only the fifth player to score a hundred, take a five-for and finish with a 10-for in a match at Lord's
|71.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, leans over the tossed up delivery outside off and works it to long-on.|
|71.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, adjusts to the quicker ball, showing the full face of the bat to protect off stump.|
|71.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, good length on off stump, defends.|
|71.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run,|
|71.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full on off stump, turns it down to long-on.|
|71.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, good length, on leg stump, nudges it through square leg.|
|70.6||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 3 runs, launches it over the top of midwicket and secures the three runs he needs to get on the Lord's honours board - the batting one (cause he's already on the bowling one). Century No. 1 for Woakes and it's a very very cultured knock. Took care early on not to play extravagant strokes, but always found the single when available. And now, with the bowlers tiring, he's cashing in..|
|70.5||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full and outside off, drives through cover point.|
|70.4||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, beats him with a good length ball that holds its line outside off.|
|70.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, drives on the up and finds a single to the left of cover. Brings up England's 300..|
Kohli, who had left the field, reportedly for some treatment, is about to come back on the field
|70.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, protects his stumps against an inswinger, which might have kept a touch low too.|
|70.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, full and outside off, drives to cover.|
Kohli, reports suggest, had been off the field nursing a sore back. And visuals show he is gingerly feeling his lower back
|69.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, almost overpitched as Woakes knocks it down to long-on, the Lord's crowd cheering him on as he moves to 96. He had come out when Bairstow already had 20. Now he's beating his partner to a Test century. Would be his first, if he gets there. And what's more, it's his first Test since injury too.|
|69.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tries to dump a tossed up delivery outside off into the on side and nearly pops out a return catch.|
|69.4||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, rocks back to punch a shortish delivery outside off to the sweeper.|
|69.3||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, spots the ball meandering down leg and so he helps it further along with a paddle sweep to the fine-leg boundary.|
Ravi: "Too many boundary balls bowled by Indian bowlers. 39 boundaries in 69 overs. Thats like a boundary every 10th ball. Way too much when you hav 107 runs on board."
|69.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, shifts back to punch the shortish delivery away through the covers.|
|69.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, blocks.|
Usama: "Looks at woakes control percentage. Can England consider him as perfect all rounder and promote him on number 4." -- -More than that, look at where he's scored the majority of his runs - behind the wicket, indicating he's been using soft hands, keeping out the full deliveries and cashing in on the short ones. This will be a special century when he gets it
|68.6||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, full and outside off, Woakes drives to cover.|
|68.5||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, a thick edge, flying away to the right of gully. Rahane dives in search of it, but the ball falls short. These two are happy to open up a bit now.|
|68.4||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length on leg stump. Bairstow tries to flick it away but is instead hit on the pad.|
|68.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, full and outside off, smashes it to deep point.|
|68.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, beats him as Woakes once again seeks the feel of bat on ball when said ball is well wide of off stump. Is he a bit too anxious for his first Test hundred?.|
|68.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, past the right of first slip, Pujara the man diving away in vain. Not a chance, though, because the ball goes down. A rare mistake from Woakes as he goes chasing after a wide one.|
|67.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, shapes to flick a tossed up ball away through midwicket, but Ashwin gets it to dip sharply and secures an inside edge onto pad.|
|67.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, good length ball outside off, Woakes uses the depth of the crease well and meets the ball under his eyes.|
|67.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, swings a leg stump half-volley away to the long leg boundary. And now this pair have put on 150 runs together.|
|67.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, gets forward to block a good length ball outside off.|
|67.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, defends a full delivery on middle stump.|
|67.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, strays down leg and Bairstow is able to nick a single through square leg.|
|66.6||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, gets set up for another shot on the up through the off side, but as he realises the ball isn't coming onto his bat, he takes one hand off and manages not only to keep the ball but also slots it into the gap at midwicket.|
|66.5||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, play and miss as Hardik gets extra bounce after hitting the seam. Some away movement as well to beat Bairstow's rather ambitious flay through the covers.|
|66.4||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, pushes at a good length ball outside off and gets a thick outside edge to third man.|
|66.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, squares up the right-hander with some away movement, but Woakes is able to survive because he's been playing late and he's been clever with using soft hands.|
|66.2||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, opens the face and steers the back of a length delivery to the sweeper.|
|66.1||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, good length ball outside off, blocks.|
|65.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, seems like a carrom ball, and Woakes defends it outside off.|
|65.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, drift nearly does him as Woakes is drawn into driving away from his body, offering up an outside edge. A thick one, so it beats the slip fielder comfortably.|
|65.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, pushes it through on leg stump, Woakes turns it away to square leg.|
|65.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, places the bat in front of pad to defend a full delivery on middle.|
|65.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, drifting into the pads and Woakes nudges it away to midwicket.|
|65.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up on middle, Woakes keeps it out.|
Kyle: "All the comments for Ashwin to have opened the bowling are wrong in my opinion. These are classic swimg bowling conditions, Shami and co just haven't bowled well enough in these helpful conditions. You can't always hope Ashwin will take 5 or 6 wickets, the other bowlers need to step up, especially when conditions are favourable for seam bowling."
|64.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length on off stump, defends.|
|64.5||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, short ball on middle and off, Woakes pulls it away, his wrists rolling over the ball to keep it down and send it meandering away to long leg.|
|64.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, fast bowler comes looking for the drive. Set batsman offers it, and crunches the ball to the long-on boundary. #buh-bye.|
|64.3||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 2 runs, shortish and outside off, slices it to third man.|
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|64.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, back of a length on middle, defends.|
|64.1||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, carves the short ball outside off behind point and it has enough timing on it to race away past the left of the sweeper.|
|63.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, on he pads and Woakes flicks it to long-on.|
|63.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, plants the front foot near the pitch of the ball and smothers the turn on off stump.|
|63.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 2 runs, puts a little force behind this drive to find a couple of runs to long-on. Shami down there, a rather tired-looking Shami.|
|63.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, presses forward outside off to defend.|
|63.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up and angles it into the right-hander. Woakes puts bat in front of pad to push the ball to midwicket.|
|63.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, blocks the non-turning offbreak outside off.|
Plaban Mitra: "The fact that kuldeep is under utilised given the conditions raises a question on why should we go with the five bowler theory in these conditions. Having 7 specialist batsmen is a better choice it seems."
|62.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, bouncer, wanders down leg, harmlessly.|
|62.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, good length, outside off, no shot.|
James B : "I think England look to give Bairstow and Woakes the chance to complete their hundreds and then declare. That would give them a lead in excess of 200. Although I think regardless of whether these 2 get hundreds a 200 lead is the goal. That'll be plenty of runs and with Monday in hand there'll plenty of time to bowl India out."
|62.4||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, shapes to cut again but Ishant gets the ball to dart back in off the seam and beat the inside edge.|
|62.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, blocks.|
|62.2||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, rides the bounce on this short ball outside off and clatters it to the point boundary. Why would you change that bat?!.|
|62.1||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, looks for the drive to mid-off, but gets an inside edge onto pad. He's calling for a new bat....|
Saurabh: "Ashwin takes 14 overs in late innings to get the rhythm. He's going to take the wicket anytime soon. He should have opened the attack I feel along with Pacer from one end. He'd have taken the left handers cheaply and Pacers would be fresh to bowl at right handers."
|61.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, good length and outside off, blocks.|
|61.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, for about the millionth time, a spinner who's hit for six, bowls short to compensate, and is promptly cut for four.|
|61.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, the moment he has any room to free the arms, he launches the ball over midwicket. Monster hit. Comes out of nowhere..|
|61.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, defends the flighted delivery on off stump.|
|61.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, shifts back to a flatter delivery on middle and clips it through midwicket.|
|61.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, loopy delivery on off stump, Bairstow doesn't quite fancy it, but he does keep it out.|
John M: "@jonathan pember never heard anything so ridiculous, are you forgetting Monday?? If you believe the forecasts There's a whole day to bowl India out even if tomorrow is written off, and if England can't do it in a day then 130 odd runs isn't a big enough lead....."
|60.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full on off stump, drives to mid-off.|
|60.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 1 run, full on middle, Woakes brings his wrists into play, flicking the ball to the right of mid-on.|
|60.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, flicks off his hips to deep square leg.|
|60.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full on middle, works it to midwicket.|
|60.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, digs it in now, on and around off stump, but Bairstow deals with it well, dropping his wrists and swaying away.|
|60.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, beats him with a full delivery outside off - a full delivery that swings away from Bairstow's big booming drive.|
Merin Kumar: "This partnership is more than entire 1st innings score of India "
|59.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, full on middle, he turns it to midwicket.|
|59.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, covers the line of this tossed up delivery outside off.|
Jonathan Pember: "Given England 's lead and weather conditions now and forecast for tomorrow- shouldn't we declare now"
|59.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, whips it to mid-on.|
|59.3||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, fires it in, and the ball drifts down leg, allowing Bairstow an easy single at square leg.|
|59.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a touch short and wide and that's enough for Bairstow to rock back and smash it to the left of cover.|
|59.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, works this full delivery on leg stump to deep midwicket.|
|58.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, good length outside off, blocks to cover.|
|58.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full and outside off, Bairstow punches it back down the ground.|
|58.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, another short ball, on middle and off, Bairstow gets underneath it.|
|58.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, pursues more movement and ends up overpitching and Bairstow hammers it through the covers.|
|58.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, cuts him in half as Shami generates seam movement - sharp enough to nearly topple a set batsman. Bairstow, for a moment, looks a dead duck, the feet not moving, the hands flailing at the ball. Off stump is only just left standing.|
|58.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, bouncer, and it's a sharp one, forcing Bairstow to whip his head out of the way if he wants to be safe.|
|57.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, quicker delivery on off stump, Woakes puts bat in front of pad.|
|57.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, big stride forward to deal with Ashwin's flight and drift..|
|57.4||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, on the pads and Bairstow is able to whip it to wide long-on.|
|57.3||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run,|
|57.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, big turn now as he tosses the ball up, drawing Bairstow into a cover drive. The ball dips on him, grips the pitch and hurtles through bat and pad.|
|57.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, drift from Ashwin, drawing Bairstow to push his bat away from his body, and gets beaten.|
Darshan: "If Woakes goes on to make a century here, and if Stokes is cleared to play, will England risk leaving out Adil Rashid, their lone spinner for the third test?"
Hitesh: "For next match Eng can replace Jennings with stokes , strengthen both bowling n batting line up, pope can fill in opening slot with cook. One troubles won't be over with both stokes n Woakes in both batting n bowling form."
|56.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, happy to set up beside a good length delivery on off stump, dabbing it into the covers.|
|56.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, some inswing as Shami pitches it up, but Woakes is able to deal with it, nurdling the ball to mid-on.|
|56.4||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, stays legside of a back of a length ball on off stump and taps it into the covers.|
|56.3||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, stoutly presents the full face to a quick delivery aimed at the stumps.|
|56.2||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, guides the back of a length delivery outside off into the covers.|
|56.1||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, stays put and plonks the bat down on a good length ball on off stump.|
|55.6||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, goes back to present the straight bat to a good length ball on off stump.|
|55.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, that's the hundred partnership, secured with a simple nudge to mid-on..|
|55.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, stays back to a good length ball outside off and blocks.|
|55.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, gets the offbreak to dip on middle, not allowing Woakes the shot he wants, through midwicket.|
|55.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, pushes forward onto a good length ball outside off and defends.|
|55.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up around the off stump, Woakes smothers it.|
4.15 pm Warm applause greets the two English batsmen as they make their way out for the final session of the day. India are waiting for them on the field, with R Ashwin suggesting field changes to Virat Kohli. Slip, leg slip and short midwicket are the only ones waiting for catches
3.55 pm England have surged ahead with Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes scoring fairly rapid half-centuries. India's tactics of bowling straight worked well enough against the England top order. But these two have taken the scoring opportunities that kind of attack provided, and have even weathered reverse swing to take firm hold of the Lord's Test. The pitch seems to have eased out a bit and the hosts are taking full toll of favourable conditions, just as they did yesterday
Upesh : "Root, can you please declare so India don't loose by an inning. We will make you captain of an IPL team"
|54.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, defends a good length ball on middle and walks off for tea..|
|54.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, digs it in short, but it wanders down leg and doesn't interest the batsman.|
|54.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full on middle, Bairstow blocks.|
|54.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, opens the face as he smears a good length ball outside off behind point.|
|54.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full and outside off, Bairstow goes for the drive through extra cover, but the ball scoots through so very low that it takes the bottom edge and dribbles through to the keeper.|
|54.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, appeal for lbw as Shami cuts a good length ball into Bairstow and raps him high on the back pad. Umpire Erasmus says it's too high.|
|53.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, as if to make everyone forget about that ungainly shot, Woakes essays an on the up cover drive of utter class. England absolutely motoring.|
|53.5||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, defends.|
|53.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, has an afterthought to put bat to ball. It's not convincing. It's not pretty. But Woakes gets the inside edge that rushes away to the boundary and brings him a half-century on return from injury. Took out Kohli with the ball, now pushes England's lead to near-impregnable proportions. He's made sure England have barely missed Stokes.|
|53.3||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, blocks.|
|53.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, defends the shortish delivery coming in on off stump.|
|53.1||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 2 runs, the ball straightens off the seam just a tiny bit, but it's no threat to two set batsman. Woakes plays with soft hands, the bat face pointing down, allowing the ball to run away to third man.|
|52.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length and outside off, no shot.|
|52.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, smashes the length ball on off stump to the cover boundary. That ball really didn't deserve such treatment. But Bairstow wants to show his class and well, right now, no one can stop him.|
Balladeer: "Don't change the toss, but insist on proper prep.: first class games against mostly first-XI county sided. Of course, India spurned what prep. they had, so are at least partially the architects of their own demise!"
|52.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, stands up tall against the shortish delivery outside off and crunches it to mid-off.|
|52.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, blocks.|
|52.2||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 1 run, hangs back against the short ball outside off and deftly guides it to deep third man.|
|52.1||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, back of a length on off stump, Woakes knocks it down.|
Deep: "@Ben, i like the independent curators suggestion. in fact, this being difficult logistically is probably also exactly what they thought about an independent panel of umpires before that existed. the benefits seem to outweigh the logistical issues"
Deshan Bodha: "@Varun: Let's see if you have the same perspective when teams visit India. The toss is a revered tradition. If you take that out of the game, you unnecessarily lose a tradition that doesn't favour any one. Its a gamble, that's why a coin is tossed. If India lost the toss, that's part of the game. If they had won it, no one would be complaining. Let's not try to re-invent the wheel cos its not needed. India simply need to play more FC matches before a test series. Problem solved."
|51.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, starts out looking to punch this back of a length ball through the off side, but with it coming into him, he ends up with an inside edge towards midwicket.|
|51.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, fuller delivery on off stump, Bairstow's defence is sound again.|
|51.4||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, drives to mid-on.|
|51.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length on and around off stump, Bairstow gets on top of the bounce and drums it to cover.|
|51.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, fullish and outside off, Woakes blocks past point. Forgot to mention that the lead's past 100 now....|
|51.1||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, good length, outside off, Woakes thinks about putting bat to ball, but then decides its best to leave.|
Ben: "I'd like to see independent curators used to prepare grounds for International fixtures in order to combat home advantage. Using a curator who doesn't have the home board in their ear would surely even conditions out to a degree. Although this may logistically be difficult. "
|50.6||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, nicely tossed up on middle and leg, Bairstow flicks, but doesn't really make proper contact.|
|50.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, lunges forward towards the pitch of the ball, which allows him to deflect it from outside off away to long-on.|
|50.4||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, loops it up on middle, Bairstow works it smoothly to deep midwicket.|
|50.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Woakes chops it down to the sweeper.|
|50.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, lovely batting. He knows the line is going to be on leg stump, so he gets down low and scoops the ball over the wicketkeeper..|
|50.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, moves around the wicket for a good length ball on off stump. Bairstow defends.|
Varun: "In order to address the home team's massive advantage we should consider getting rid of the toss. The visiting team should get two options: they can either choose to bat or bowl first and the home team would be allowed to make 1 change to the playing 11 after the toss or they can let the home team choose and in return the visiting team can make 1 adjustment to their 11. Also, all teams should be required to use the same ball or at the very least, the size of the seam should be standardized. "
Brian: "Is there a full-strength version of this England squad where you use all three of Curran/Woakes/Stokes? All three appear strong enough with the bat to be middle-order batsmen and gives you options with the ball."
|49.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, defends.|
|49.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, good length, outside off, Bairstow shoulders arms.|
|49.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, full on off stump, Woakes manages to deflect it off the inside edge to deep square leg.|
|49.3||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, good length, outside off, no shot.|
|49.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, yorker, with a hint of curl into the right-hander at 139 kph. Woakes digs it out well.|
|49.1||I Sharma to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, swats away the attempted bouncer to the square leg boundary. The plan is valid against Woakes, who has shown weakness to that length in the past. But this is wide outside off, and it's a tired effort too. Essentially became a gimme ball wide outside off, giving ample room to free the arms.|
|48.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, extra bounce and a hint of turn as Woakes, not to the pitch of this offbreak, suffers an inside edge that wanders away past short leg. Two-hundred up for England, though.|
|48.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, pushes it through from wide of the crease, Woakes presses forward to greet it outside off.|
|48.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 2 runs, tosses it onto leg stump, clips it to deep square leg.|
|48.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, carrom ball, on off stump, Woakes knocks it down.|
|48.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, tosses it up onto off stump, Bairstow taps it down to long-on.|
|48.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, shifts back in his crease to work a 97 kph good length ball on middle stump away to midwicket.|
Vv: "When T20 leagues spread around the world, I thought team's would finally travel better. But since the pitches for those are so bland, it hasn't helped. Also, ODI pitches too have become road-ish compared to last decade that contests have become even more lopsided"
John: "They just showed Bairstow's wagon wheel and all his boundaries are on the off side except for a couple very straight on the leg side. Earlier in his career there would have been far more on the leg side but, since those days that he was regularly playing around straight balls and getting bowled, he has transformed his batting significantly. Couple that with his vast improvement as a keeper and you have to be very impressed with the work he's put in and the results he's producing."
Suffyan: "@ShamshirHussai...To be honest, Pakistanis have a much more potent bowling attack as compared to Indians... Indian bowlers have bowled well in patches but haven't been able to exert consistent pressure! Meanwhile, Indian batting has been Pakistan-esque in these conditions except Kohli, or to some extent, Rahane! "
|47.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, good length on middle, Woakes squares himself up, but keeps that bat perfectly straight and by virtue of that, makes contact with the middle.|
|47.5||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, full and outside off, eases it to mid-off.|
|47.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, good length, outside off, no shot.|
Aravind: "So here is my read: Unless there is some miracle here (Cue in new drift/new ball), England are on their way to a 110-120+ lead here. Given the current Indian batting form, one can surely expect to see them at 120/5 irrespective of the weather forecast. Adding to that is we have no specialist Test batsman (or bowler might I add) at No 6 or 7, which the likes of Jayant Yadav & Bhuvi played so well. Unless Pujara plays a firm 200 ball knock or Pandya rings up a special, this game is all but done!"
|47.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, 1 run, opens the face to run the back of a length ball behind point again.|
|47.2||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, full on middle, Bairstow squeezes it through midwicket.|
|47.1||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Woakes plays with soft hands, gliding it behind point.|
Shamshir Hussai: "@Anirudh... Yes the home advantage is there but there are so many examples of winning away test matches recently. Just check Pakistan's last test series here in England. PAKISTAN were not merely competitive, they even dominated in some games."
|46.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, good footwork, pushing off his front foot press to make a little bit of room, and then adjust to Ashwin's extra bounce as he cuts the ball off the stumps.|
|46.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up outside off, Woakes is there waiting for it.|
|46.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, he's going full-on variations now - might have been another carrom ball, or a leg break. Only it goes short and wide and Woakes smashes it through point.|
|46.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, presses forward to the 89 kph delivery, outside off, and smothers the turn.|
|46.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, seems like the carrom ball - and at high pace too, 100 kph. Woakes is squared up, but he still gets bat to it.|
|46.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, quicker delivery, on a length outside off. Woakes blocks it.|
|45.6||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, another gorgeous shot - a cover drive all along the ground and this raises a fifty as well. Bairstow's own. Salutes the crowd, checks in with his partners and straps back in to keep up the good work.|
|45.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, another googly, which Bairstow reads and blunts with a straight bat on middle stump.|
|45.4||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, goes back to the slow legbreak on off stump and blocks.|
|45.3||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, supremely driven through the covers. Outstanding shot to bring up the first fifty partnership of the match..|
|45.2||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, gets the ball to drift away from the right-hander, and with the length being full, he draws Bairstow forward. But he doesn't know which way it'll turn though and defends gingerly.|
|45.1||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, No run, seems like another googly, nicely tossed up on leg stump. Bairstow though is more than a match for it.|
Anirudh: ""..... England better team" Every team performs well at home these days Sri Lanka white washed Proteas despite playing below par cricket...It's just adapting to conditions and England had better opportunities which they didn't leave"
|44.6||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, flicks a flighted delivery to mid-on.|
|44.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, quicker delivery on middle, Woakes nudges it to leg.|
|44.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up - taking a lot of the pace off as he invites the drive. Woakes obliges, sending the ball back where it came from.|
|44.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, wicket to wicket from Ashwin and Woakes is more than happy keeping it out off the back foot.|
|44.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, presses forward, right to the pitch of the ball, and blocks outside off.|
|44.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, pushes it through onto off stump, Woakes interferes with a straight bat.|
England's lead is nearing 100. At what point will India start panicking? Varun Shetty's waiting for your call on Live Report
|43.6||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, 1 run, a very slow googly, pitching outside leg. Woakes is able to go back, read it off the pitch and calmly flick it through square leg.|
|43.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full toss, which is worked away to deep midwicket.|
|43.4||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, 1 run, shortish on middle, he works it through midwicket.|
|43.3||Kuldeep Yadav to JM Bairstow, 1 run, spots the ball lobbing up above his eyeline and goes for the big hit over long-on. But Kuldeep is able to get it to dip sharply enough that it results in a mis-hit, that too for only single down the ground.|
Aravind : "It's been that kind of a series for India. You always feel they are in the game and just a little behind England. But the reality is they never are in the game and they consistently fail to seize the big moments. England definitely a better team."
|43.2||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, 1 run, the legbreak is on the pads and Woakes sends it fluttering away to deep midwicket.|
|43.1||Kuldeep Yadav to CR Woakes, No run, loops it up outside off, Woakes blocks.|
Sriram: "@Michael - we Indians envy your situation. Our keeper cuboard is bare. We have some promise but very raw and not technically sound! And add the fact that you have Ben, Wokes and Sam its a miracle we are even giving a fight to England"
|42.6||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, shifts wide of the crease again to create the angle into the right-hander. Bairstow works with it to short leg.|
|42.5||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, flighted delivery outside off, safely negotiates it.|
|42.4||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, gets down to sweep, but he's through the shot a bit too early and is struck on the pad outside off.|
|42.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, angles it into the right-hander, who leans forward and whips it away to deep square leg..|
|42.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tosses it up, getting the ball to drift onto off stump, Woakes defends again.|
|42.1||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, pushes it through flat on middle, from well wide of the crease, Woakes keeps it out.|
|41.6||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, full on off stump, blocks.|
|41.5||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, flays it away through point. Majestic shot from Bairstow. There's width on offer. He's been around for a while. That makes the risk of playing on the up worth taking.|
Matt: "Re Michael, I don't think Foakes is victim of a board who won't change. We have debuted Pope, Curran and Bess in the last 4 tests. More that he can't take the gloves of Jonny, and England shouldn't do anything to rule YJB"
|41.4||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, shortish on off stump, Bairstow works it off his hips through midwicket. Good job taking the second too with Ashwin chasing after the ball.|
|41.3||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, full and outside off, drives to cover.|
Umpire Dar has a quick look at the ball before handing it back
|41.2||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, fullish on off stump, defends.|
|41.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, looks rather awkward as he hangs his bat outside off, unsure of how Pandya would get the ball to nip off the pitch. As it turns out the ball comes in, secures the inside edge and goes away to long leg.|
|41.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, WIDE, 1 run, bouncer, which Woakes is happy to let drift away down leg.|
|40.6||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, now he gets help from a new(ish) angle, going wide of the crease to further enable the drift he's getting away from the right-hander. Bairstow looks to work it through leg, but gets a leading edge to mid-off.|
|40.5||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, gets back to a slow, tossed up offbreak and defends in front of the stumps.|
|40.4||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run,|
|40.3||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, keeps low as Ashwin undercuts the ball, generating natural variation from a helpless pitch for spinners. The ball probably hits the seam and zoots through outside off.|
|40.2||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, there! Get forward when he tosses it up. That way you can launch him straight back over his head. Beautiful cricket. Brave cricket..|
|40.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, keeps back against a good length ball, worried perhaps by how it might turn, but it doesn't really. Bairstow ends up in trouble because of his own footwork, nothing the bowler has done, as he hurries into a defensive push.|
Michael: "Saw someone before accuse me of 'picking random CC batsmen' to put in the XI. That's very unfair: Foakes, Burns etc are victims of a rigid board who hate changing with the times. What more do they plus Porter, Parkinson need to do to get in the XI? Would expect Ben to come straight back after the trial; Foakes is even better than YJB with the gloves. If Foakes, YJB, Root and Jos were in the slips nothing would go down. Put Chef at short cover on the pitch. "
|39.6||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, under-edge into the point area. Looks to slap a length ball on the up with a horizontal bat, can't time it.|
|39.5||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 1 run, on the bounce to deep square. A fierce flick from Woakes with no attempt to keep it down. It was on the pads and he leaned into the off side to get to this. Kuldeep stops to his right with an outstretched hand.|
|39.4||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, length and wide outside off, left alone.|
|39.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, length and in at leg stump, tapped into the leg side off the front foot.|
|39.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, length outside off, gets forward for the drive through cover and is beaten on the outside edge.|
|39.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, beaten. Woakes caught on the crease. This slides in with the angle to the corridor, but he's fished for it inside the line.|
Not a lot of turn in that over
|38.6||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, No run, full and flat, just outside off. Hurriedly blocked on the front foot.|
|38.5||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chopped to point's right.|
|38.4||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, length on off, slides straight through outside off. Blocked on the front foot.|
|38.3||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, tossed up on off stump, blocked on the front foot.|
|38.2||R Ashwin to CR Woakes, No run, length ball pushed through flat outside off, defended on the front foot.|
|38.1||R Ashwin to JM Bairstow, 1 run, short ball on middle stump, gets on the back foot and whips to deep midwicket.|
Slip, leg gully, short midwicket
R Ashwin is coming on
|37.6||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, length on off stump, defended into the covers on the front foot.|
|37.5||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, full outside off, driven firmly off the front foot. Rahane leaps to his right at cover to save the runs.|
|37.4||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, nice. Again with the angle from wide of the crease. Woakes looks to block in front of off on the front foot and Pandya takes it away off the surface.|
|37.3||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, 2 runs, driven wide of mid-off. Length ball shaping in at off stump. Stands tall and punches it with an open face.|
|37.2||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, No run, length ball fired down leg side, can't get bat on that.|
|37.1||HH Pandya to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, delicately guided to the third man boundary. He was out of control for a bit there. This ball was delivered from wide of the crease and was slanting in at his off stump. Jagged away and he was caught halfway into a leave.|
Saleem : "After this pair, they have Curran, OMG Sun never sets in English batting line up." --- Quite literally today.
|36.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, length ball outside off, jabbed to mid-off on the up.|
|36.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, short of a length outside off, left alone on height.|
|36.4||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, full on leg stump, nudged to short midwicket.|
|36.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, short of a length and shaping in at the corridor. Left alone and it rises above stump level on its way to Karthik.|
Rishi: "Even though 5 wickets are gone and bowlers creating opportunities this run rate is worrying...Eng is running away with it..."
|36.2||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, short of a length on off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|36.1||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, length ball outside off, left alone.|
|35.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a touch too much on the pads and Woakes is able to nudge it straight of midwicket and all the way to the boundary..|
Aatish: "This year could have definitely belonged to India if they somehow managed to show some grit and determination in their batting. Bowling of India has been seldomly so good."
|35.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, keeps it out.|
|35.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, back of a length on middle, turns it through midwicket.|
|35.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, back of a length on off stump - this one seems to straighten off the seam as Bairstow gets a bit of an outside edge to third man.|
|35.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, so close to off stump and Bairstow makes no move to play the ball. This is enthralling..|
|35.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, more reverse as Shami targets the stumps, a tactic that becomes all the more dangerous as the ball moves into the right-hander. Bairstow presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge.|
|34.6||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, back of a length on off stump, keeps it out.|
|34.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, LEG BYES, 1 run, fends it off his hips to the right of midwicket. The fielder swoops down on the ball and pings a throw at the strikers' end, and hits Woakes' bat, sending it clattering to the floor.|
|34.4||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, goes wide of the crease, creating a steep angle into the right-hander. Bairstow looks to flick it away, but the ball pops off his pad and over to Ishant, who grabs it and instantly celebrates. India believe they have a catch here. And so strong do their believe it that Kohli goes for a review. UltraEdge, however, confirms that umpire Erasmus' on-field decision was correct. No spike as ball passes bat. The cursory check for lbw is also done, but that's definitely going down leg..|
|34.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, beats the inside edge as he hits a good length and Bairstow makes the mistake of playing an on the up drive against obvious reverse swing.|
|34.2||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, nails the yorker on middle, but Bairstow keeps it out. Meanwhile, Ishant is running in while hiding the ball. Usually only happens when he's getting reverse.|
|34.1||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, full on middle, drives smoothly back at the bowler.|
|33.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, defends a shortish delivery on middle for a single at midwicket.|
|33.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, back of a length and outside off, Bairstow slices it to the sweeper.|
|33.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, fullish on off stump, blocks.|
|33.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, length ball outside off, Bairstow throws his bat at it and is again beaten. Very very weird innings from a proper batsman. It's almost as if he doesn't trust his defence.|
|33.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, rooted in his crease as he basically presents the outside edge as tribute. Shami's ball, pitching on off stump and darting away off the seam, is too good.|
|33.1||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, 1 run, another short ball at Woakes, who this time swivels on his back foot and comfortably hooks it away to long leg.|
KJ: "Is Ashwin being punished for daring to score more than the captain?"
|32.6||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, fullish on off stump, Bairstow deflects it to mid-on.|
|32.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, beats him with one that holds its line outside off. Bairstow a bit loose as he goes searching for the big, booming on the up cover drive.|
|32.4||I Sharma to CR Woakes, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, dabs to third man.|
|32.3||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, strikes him on the glove with a bouncer! The line is perfect, the angle from over the wicket taking the ball straight at Woakes' throat. The batsman tries to fend it off, protect himself, and gets struck on his hand.|
Steve: "I'm not worried if none of the English get more than Ashwin's 29...as long as they all get 20-something!"
|32.2||I Sharma to CR Woakes, No run, fullish on and around off stump, Woakes defends and pulls the bottom hand off for good measure.|
|32.1||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, 1 run, full and outside off, Bairstow looks to lash it through the off side, but ends up with an inside edge through square leg.|
|31.6||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, outside edge scurries away to the third man boundary. Streaky drive on the up from Woakes even as this time Shami moves the ball away from the right-hander.|
|31.5||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, pitches it right up, as he should to a new batsman, and gets some swing into Woakes. The ball skews off the inside edge and goes to midwicket.|
We're polling again, and it's on R Ashwin. Hurry to the Live Report to have your voice be heard
|31.4||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, another firm push off the straight bat from Woakes..|
|31.3||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, just back of a good length, outside off, no shot.|
|31.2||Mohammed Shami to CR Woakes, No run, full on off stump, Woakes presents the a defensive bat.|
|31.1||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, OUT, No run, huge appeal and it's given, even though Buttler's down the pitch again. England have no more reviews, but it probably wouldn't have helped this time either. Shami goes full and straight. The batsman walks across and falls over, playing a flick. He needs to make contact. He doesn't. Now he's back in the hut.|
Chris Woakes now. How's his batting after injury?
|30.6||I Sharma to JC Buttler, 1 run, a touch of extra bounce has Buttler second-guessing his skip down the pitch and subsequent block. But the inside edge wanders away safely behind square leg.|
Dhiraj s: "What frustrates me most about this team is they never get their selection right. Dropping rahane in SA for Rohit Sharma. Dropping umesh here. No one to check Kohli after kumbles departure. "
|30.5||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, good length ball outside off, lets it go.|
|30.4||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, curls it into the right-hander, the ball dipping on Buttler as he leaves his crease once again. Ends up yorking himself.|
|30.3||I Sharma to JC Buttler, 2 runs, walks down the pitch and thumps the manufactured half-volley to mid-off. Rahane gets a hand to it and stops a boundary.|
|30.2||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, bouncer, which gains so much height that Buttler's basically a spectator.|
|30.1||I Sharma to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, throws his hands at a teaser outside off and the resulting edge races away to the third man boundary. England scoring at seven an over since lunch.|
Matthew Hughes: "You'd have to think that the match (and probably series) hinge on this session. If India bowl well and make some serious inroads it's game on. If England nudge the lead up to 100 with the loss of only a couple of wickets it's very hard to see India coming back from here."
|29.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, full and outside off, drives to mid-off.|
|29.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, good length on off stump, keeps it out.|
|29.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length and outside off, blocks.|
|29.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, overpitched outside off this time and Bairstow sends it screaming through the covers. He made quick runs at Edgbaston. He's doing it again here, and it's bound to hurt India a lot more considering they're in the red now.|
|29.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, smacks it down the ground, the full face of the bat ruthlessly dealing with the most hopeful of inswingers, trying to catch him lbw or bowled..|
|29.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, wafts at it outside off and gets beaten. Not exactly the kind of ball he'd like getting the better of him - short and outside off.|
|28.6||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, full and outside off, Buttler wanders out of his crease, eagerly, but then decides to let it go. #AntiClimax.|
|28.5||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, 1 run, a touch more bounce, just enough movement in off the pitch and Bairstow's crunch through the covers becomes an inside edge that almost clatters onto leg stump.|
Amogh Talpallik: "I have developed a technique to cope up with the failures of the Indian cricket team and not let it spoil my day. I call it the #11RandomGuysMode. They are 11 random guys playing cricket far away in London. Why do I even care? Got nothing to do with my life!"
|28.4||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, gets this shortish delivery to cut back into the right-hander. Bairstow has no trouble blunting it.|
|28.3||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length and outside off, Bairstow pushes to cover.|
|28.2||I Sharma to JC Buttler, 1 run, he's not entirely sure of this shot either, tentatively pushing at a full delivery swinging in from outside off. Inside edge results and Bairstow calls him through for a single.|
|28.1||I Sharma to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, inside edge skitters past the stumps and to the long leg boundary. Difficult pill to swallow for Ishant and India after he secures a false shot from an aggressive Buttler, walking out of his crease and reaching away from his body.|
|27.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, short of a good length and outside off. Bairstow punches to mid-off.|
|27.5||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, 1 run, ambles down the pitch again to drive the full delivery to mid-off..|
|27.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, LEG BYES, 1 run, half an appeal for lbw as Shami's inswinger has Bairstow in a little bit of bother. The front foot is plonked on off stump and the bat has to come around it. The ball is too quick to allow that.|
|27.3||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, England are in the lead and it comes off a fittingly authoritative straight drive. Minimal effort from Bairstow as he simply leans into the shot, extending a defensive push.|
|27.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, pushes to cover.|
|27.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, seems to stay low again as Shami hits back of a length, outside off, and Bairstow appears a bit put off as he defends from the crease.|
|26.6||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, back of a length and outside off, Buttler bounds forward to meet it with a straight bat.|
|26.5||I Sharma to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, manufactures a half-volley by his shimmies down the pitch and ever so deftly puts it away to the square leg boundary. England a shot away from taking the lead.|
|26.4||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, makes that trip down the wicket again and defends the full delivery on off stump.|
|26.3||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, steps out and leaves the inswinger, and has to weather a bit of an lbw appeal for his trouble. The ball had flicked the top flap of his pad before going through to the keeper. Wasn't coming in far enough.|
|26.2||I Sharma to JC Buttler, No run, walks at Ishant, who keeps the line outside off and gets away with the batsman playing no shot.|
|26.1||I Sharma to JM Bairstow, 1 run, generates that little bit of inswing, just enough to have Bairstow stuck in his crease and playing a feeble little flick. Inside edge bounces off the pad to point.|
Arun: "Top batsmen have come and gone, but Ashwin remains the highest scorer of this match so far. Will that monumental 29 be breached?"
doosra: "@sanjay; if Ashwin is being selected as a specialist batsman is Cook in the England team as a specialist slip fielder??"
|25.6||HH Pandya to JC Buttler, 2 runs, back of a length and outside off, Buttler chops it to the left of cover.|
|25.5||HH Pandya to JC Buttler, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, one step down the pitch, then another, finally he reaches out for a fuller delivery outside off and gets an outside edge to the third man boundary.|
|25.4||HH Pandya to JC Buttler, No run, good length outside off, Buttler walks at the bowler again, but doesn't do much more after that.|
|25.3||HH Pandya to JC Buttler, No run, outside edge but it doesn't carry to third slip. Knuckle ball from Pandya and if that didn't take sufficient pace off, Buttler's soft hands certainly did.|
|25.2||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, uses the angle into him to send the short ball off his hips and away to deep square leg.|
|25.1||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, good length on off stump, Bairstow tackles it capably.|
|24.6||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, No run, walks down the pitch for a push to mid-off.|
|24.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, another quick single as Bairstow plonks an angled bat down on a good length ball heading towards the top of off stump. Wide open spaces at point.|
|24.5||Mohammed Shami to JC Buttler, NO BALL, 2 runs, knocks the stumps at his own end while delivering a good length ball on middle. Buttler spirits it through wide mid-on without anyone noticing.|
1.40 pm Welcome back. It may not look it, but we're racing against the clock, with weather expected to be sour again tomorrow. So it ain't too bad that 14 wickets have already fallen in this Test. Here's Jos Buttler marking his guard. Two balls left in the Shami over. Three slips in
1.00 pm England are only 18 runs away from India's first-innings total. But the visitors have prised out four wickets as well. One partnership could decide this game, but where will it come from? And will that partnership be able to handle R Ashwin, who funnily enough, has not bowled a single over even though India made only 107. Weird stuff keeps happening here at Lord's so do remember to come back for the second session in about half an hour's time
Abhinav Bindra looks back at winning Gold at the Beijing Olympics exactly ten years ago in conversation with Sharda Ugra. Read more here
sanjay k: "To clear the air about Ashwin not bowling an over, he was selected as a specialist batsman , and he has already played his part in first innings." --- Well that's brilliant!
Dheeraj : "Pandya's last test wicket was in January and it took him 44.4 overs to get another one."
Pushku: "Have to say I was furious with Indian bowling in the early morning with the bowling on pads and ineffective inswingers to the lefties but, like the sun today (solar eclipse), they were probably going through some bad shadow. Very nice comeback! Sets up a good day's cricket!"
|24.4||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, OUT, No run, keeps low and he's caught in front! Timely strike for India, with lunch looming. Shami finds a way to make the ball scuttle through and Root is nowhere near prepared for it's mischief. One second, he's setting up to punch it into the off side. The next, he's slumped over, having been struck on the pad, right in front of off stump.|
|24.3||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, 2 runs, brings down a straight face, then rolls his wrists when he makes contact with the fuller delivery on middle, giving himself the best chance of securing runs (and not the leading edge) through mid-on.|
|24.2||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 1 run, drives sweetly to the sweeper.|
vishal pawar: "@san kum: Brits experience same time lapse when their team tours India."
|24.1||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, 2 runs, fullish and outside off and it squirts off Bairstow's outside edge to third man.|
|23.6||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, good length delivery, tinged with just enough away swing that Root is stuck on his crease, tentatively pushing his bat out. Beaten.|
|23.5||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, full and outside off, Root drills it to point.|
|23.4||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, blocks with soft hands, looking for a single into the covers, but Bairstow says no and his captain is able to get back in time. These two were involved in that game changing run-out at Edgbaston. This time, they've learnt their lesson.|
|23.3||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, 1 run, taps the short ball on middle to mid-on and sets off..|
|23.2||HH Pandya to JE Root, 1 run, strides forward to block a good length ball towards point - enough spaces there for a single.|
|23.1||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, back of a length and outside off, no shot.|
san kuk: "Sorry I have been living in a parallel universe for last two days, and just traveled faster than light to catch up the action here. This Indian side is doing wonders there ( they are playing in Chennai)"
|22.6||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, gets forward to defend a pitched up ball on off stump.|
|22.5||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, fullish delivery outside off, Bairstow blocks to the left of point. Ashwin dives to stop a single.|
|22.4||Mohammed Shami to JM Bairstow, No run, manages to find just enough swing away from the bat, off a full length, to keep Bairstow honest.|
|22.3||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, 1 run, another neat little flick through to deep midwicket.|
|22.2||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full and straight, looking for lbw, but Root is able to whip it away to the square leg boundary. Superb timing. And balance, which I'd wager is more important for this shot..|
|22.1||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, goes searching for the ball outside off and comes away with only the voice ringing in his ear telling him "why would you play at that?!". Nearly nicks off..|
|21.6||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, beats him as he goes back of a length and gets some away movement off the pitch..|
|21.5||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, back of a length and outside off, blocks to point.|
|21.4||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, another appeal for lbw, but umpire Dar is nowhere near interested. This chance is created by the awayswinger, a very full one that Bairstow gets an outside edge while trying to play towards mid-on..|
|21.3||HH Pandya to JM Bairstow, No run, gets an easy look-in as his first ball goes down leg.|
|21.2||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, OUT, No run, traps him in front, at least according to umpire Dar! But Pope checks with his captain and then goes for DRS. So we get to see how this good length ball on off stump skids through and has Pope playing around it in a panic to get bat to ball. He's hit on the back pad. Right in front of middle and off. Ball-tracking says it'll hit the stumps and he's off.|
|21.1||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 2 runs, goes wide of the crease to create the angle into the right-hander. But the end result he was looking for - some outswing - just doesn't happen. So Pope is able to flick it to long leg and sneak a couple of runs..|
England have used up both their reviews. They'd best hope the umpires are in prime form for the rest of the innings. In comes Jonny Bairstow
Harshal: "With all due respect, Pandya is not first change Test bowler quality. You can get away with a few overs from him in limited overs but in Tests you need wicket taking bowlers. India should have replaced Pandya with Kuldeep and not Umesh with Kuldeep."
|20.6||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, good length on off stump, blocks.|
|20.5||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, length ball drifts down leg.|
|20.4||Mohammed Shami to OJ Pope, 1 run, half-volley this time and Pope drives it sweetly to cover. The fielder puts in a dive to his right and parries it to mid-off.|
|20.3||Mohammed Shami to OJ Pope, No run, full and outside off, drawing Pope into a drive on the up. Makes no connection again.|
|20.2||Mohammed Shami to OJ Pope, No run, beats him and it's a peach too! This ball may be 20 overs old, but in the hands of someone willing to hit the deck, it still causes problems. Shami angles it in, gets it to seam away and makes Pope look exactly like the 20-year old kid he is.|
|20.1||Mohammed Shami to OJ Pope, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, plays it superbly! There isn't really all that much room on this short ball, but Pope sways away just a touch and carves the ball behind point, the bottom hand giving it plenty of power.|
George Macphers: "If these two keep going a bit more and get a 50 partnership and press on the I can see England ending on a decent lead. Hopefully a 180 lead will be enough. Though it will be brilliant if England can't bat well enough to make it a 200 run lead to put massive pressure on India. Cant see a big hundred from an England player unless they go big and hit a few 6's and play a bit of T20 cricket in test cricket which has been from England in the past few years. "
|19.6||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 1 run, defends a shortish delivery outside off through point.|
Dilip: "Kuldeep is way to slow in the air which gives ample of time for the batsman to play on the backfoot,and root is reading him from the back of his hand which makes him ineffective against him."
|19.5||HH Pandya to JE Root, 1 run, waits until the shortish delivery arrives under his eyes, which then allows him to turn it through midwicket.|
|19.4||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, back of a length and outside off, no shot.|
|19.3||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, shapes to flick and ends up with the leading edge again. It almost seems like Root hears alarm bells at the last second and then bails from going too hard at the shot.|
|19.2||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, full on off stump, Root presents the full face.|
|19.1||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, gets into the flick a touch too early and ends up offering a leading edge towards cover. Pandya looking better when he pitches it up.|
|18.6||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, 1 run, defends a tossed up delivery on off stump with the outside edge more than anything. One run to point.|
|18.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, strides forward outside off to block to cover.|
|18.4||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, 1 run, sweeps to long leg. Kuldeep, in his effort to toss the ball up, has offered a few too many full tosses.|
|18.3||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, drags the length short and Pope rocks back to punch to mid-off.|
|18.2||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, 2 runs, plays a touch inside the line and this legbreak, having drifted just enough away from the right-hander, secures the outside edge and wanders past the first slip..|
|18.1||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, 1 run, reaches the tossed up ball on the full with a sweep and finds a single at deep square leg.|
|17.6||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, drives smoothly to mid-off as Pandya goes full at the stumps.|
|17.5||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, back of a length and outside off and Pope is drawn into poking away from his body..|
|17.4||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 2 runs, works a good length ball on middle and leg through midwicket. Doesn't close the face of the bat until he makes contact with the ball. Top work.|
|17.3||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, full and outside off, Pope drives with an open face to point.|
|17.2||HH Pandya to JE Root, 1 run, strays on the pads again and Root is able to pick him off to long leg.|
|17.1||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 1 run, nudges the shortish delivery off his hips to long leg.|
|16.6||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, turns a flatter delivery on middle through square leg.|
|16.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, presses forward to block a flighted delivery on off stump.|
|16.4||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, goes back to flick a shortish delivery away behind square leg.|
|16.3||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, doesn't read the googly as Root goes back and feels for the ball outside off. That's why the left-arm wristspinner's on.|
|16.2||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, reaches out to a full toss but then misses out by finding midwicket.|
|16.1||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, slow through the air, and that's probably why Root is happy going back even to well flighted deliveries. Defends to short leg.|
Ashutosh: "The main thought process of giving bowl to Kuldeep over Ashwin is the right hand factor, but then we need to respect the fact that Ashwin is world class bowler its not like he is only dependent on left hand or right hand. Such are many biases which guides Kohli's captaincy "
Varun Shetty's got an incendiary poll going on the Live Report. Wander over to check it out
|15.6||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 2 runs, into the pads, looking for the ball to straighten. It doesn't and Pope gets an easy put away through midwicket.|
|15.5||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, beats him as he goes wide of the crease and keeps hitting a full length. That gets the batsman forward and driving and the outswing does the rest.|
|15.4||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, width on offer and Pope slices it to point.|
|15.3||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, goes full on middle, and gets some shape away as reward. Pope, however, plays with a straight enough bat to find mid-on.|
Rohan Raj: "This test match looks so pleasent..Sunny day, people coming in..until you remember what happened yesterday."
|15.2||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, firmly behind this back of a length delivery angled into off stump.|
|15.1||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, good length and outside off, no shot.|
Ghalib: "Run rate 3.5+. Indian bowlers not helping themselves. What Misbah did in 2016 in england and what sarfraz did in 2018 was same. Not getting wickets? No problem, dry out the runs. "
|14.6||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, 1 run, a tad shortish and outside off, Pope jumps back and clatters it through point. Seems to be one of those early judges of length..|
|14.5||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, reaches to the pitch of the ball outside off and smothers it.|
|14.4||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, googly, pitching on middle, but pitching short so Pope can jump back and smack it through the covers. And, unless I'm wildly mistaken, he may have read the variation out the hand.|
|14.3||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, he's drawn forward by a loopy delivery outside off. Defends it well though.|
|14.2||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, tosses it up outside off, Pope gets forward to block.|
|14.1||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, misses a full toss! Although this big legbreak does start to dip sharply even as Pope sets up to play the cover drive..|
|13.6||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, full and outside off, defends.|
|13.5||HH Pandya to JE Root, 2 runs, leading edge as Root is tempted by the angle of this delivery - steeply into him - and looks to play through midwicket. Instead the ball goes through cover.|
|13.4||HH Pandya to JE Root, No run, back of a length and outside off, taps to point.|
|13.3||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, 1 run, lunges forward to a good length ball outside off and pats it to the left of mid-off.|
|13.2||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, blocks a shortish delivery on off stump.|
|13.1||HH Pandya to OJ Pope, No run, fullish on off stump, Pope is soundly behind it.|
And here's Hardik Pandya
Cricviz on Twitter has pointed out that today is the first time Pope has batted inside ten overs of a first-class match. He'd never batted before the 23rd over before this innings.
|12.6||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, No run, goes back even though Kuldeep tosses it up outside off and defends towards short leg.|
|12.5||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and more free runs down leg. This time the tossed up delivery zips away past poor old Karthik and away to the long leg boundary.|
|12.4||Kuldeep Yadav to JE Root, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, loopy half-volley on off stump and Root smears it through the covers. Gorgeous shot. Minimum fuss.|
|12.3||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, 1 run, gets down leg for a sweep and he finds a single behind square leg.|
|12.2||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, No run, corrects his line as he lines it up on off stump, and a little bit of turn has Pope hurrying into pushing it to mid-on.|
|12.1||Kuldeep Yadav to OJ Pope, BYES, 2 runs, and he starts with a bit of a long hop down leg. Pope sets up for the pull but just can't catch up with it.|
Kuldeep Yadav for lucky number 13. Slip, short leg and leg gully in
Tony: "Any chance the commentary could be a little more objective... this is supposed to be a global service, not an Indian- centric one" --- Really? I must have missed the memo. Oh well.
|11.6||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, some pretty shape away from the bat, but Root's front foot stride is equally eye-catching, allowing him to block to point. And that's drinks.|
|11.5||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, shifts his weight back to smartly deal with a shortish delivery on middle (and give some work to mid-on).|
|11.4||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, good length ball, around the fifth stump, Root lets it go. The captain's slowly getting in..|
|11.3||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, 139 kph, full, on middle and leg, Root works it to midwicket.|
|11.2||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, shortish and outside off, no need to bother with those.|
|11.1||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, very full, and swinging into the right-hander rather late. Root has to hurry in bringing down a straight bat, even if he is in danger of jamming it onto his big toe.|
Scorp: "Al, I have been living under a rock and missed the first two days of action. Could you tell me why is India playing 2 spinners on a wicket and can't nditions that has something for seamers?" ---- Well, Virat Kohli made a point about how dry he thought the pitch was underneath that little bit of grass cover. So maybe they know something we don't
|10.6||I Sharma to JE Root, 1 run, the full length draws him into the shot, and he has to open the face of the bat to deal with the slight bit of away movement. Single to point.|
|10.5||I Sharma to JE Root, No run, another lifter outside off, but since it's far enough away from his stumps, Root has an easy leave.|
|10.4||I Sharma to JE Root, No run, back of a length and outside off, Root ushers it to the keeper's gloves.|
|10.3||I Sharma to JE Root, No run, short of a length and outside off - the perfect sighter.|
Phani: "Problem here is that these bowlers are already 5 overs into their spells and next up is Pandya. Root can relax after a couple of overs."
|10.2||I Sharma to JE Root, No run, slips beneath his bat as Root gets into his defensive push outside off stump way too late for it to be any good.|
|10.1||I Sharma to OJ Pope, 1 run, full and outside off, Pope drives through the covers.|
Prince John: "Just a while ago, the fans were pointing fingers at Ishant! and now he becomes the world's most consistent fast bowler? We really need to watch a test matc without pointing fingers at every single thing! Goodness!"
|9.6||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, full and swinging away outside off, Root ignores it.|
|9.5||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, beats him with a ball that only carries the threat of being outside off. Root needlessly pokes and is lucky not to nick.|
|9.4||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, good length ball on off stump, defends.|
|9.3||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, leading edge this time but it falls short of gully. Rahane is the man diving to his right. Shami pulls his length back but still finds the movement he's looking for - taking the ball away off the angle in. Root plays for that angle in, looking for midwicket.|
|9.2||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, angles it into middle and leg - trying to make the ball move off the angle and secure a leading edge - but Root is able to spoil those plans by hitting to mid-on.|
|9.1||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, rippah! India are feeling it now. This ball is full on off stump, and for three-fourth of its time pretends to be an inswinger. Then it hits the pitch and jags away past Root's tentative push.|
Yogesh Sawant: "Everytime I see guys like Pope and Curran walking IN, I feel India should bring in Prithvi Shaw! "
Shankara Pandiy: "After being a mediocre bowler for more than 60 odd tests, suddenly ISHANT has become become threatening world class Consistent bowler"
|8.6||I Sharma to OJ Pope, No run, he's getting a lot of swing into the right-hander, and Pope is good enough not to commit too early. Nudges the ball carefully to mid-on.|
|8.5||I Sharma to OJ Pope, No run, the angle into the right-hander has him falling over a bit - probably why he misses out on glancing this wayward delivery off to the fine leg boundary.|
|8.4||I Sharma to OJ Pope, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that front foot is strays onto off stump, but his hands are quick enough to deal with the problems this kind of technique brings. Flicks the inswinger away behind square leg. Perfect way to get off the mark and, yes, he flashes a big grin. Good on ya!.|
|8.3||I Sharma to OJ Pope, No run, turns a good length ball on middle to square leg.|
Out walks the 20-year old debutant Ollie Pope. Played 15-first class matches. Averages 60. Big job to do.
|8.2||I Sharma to AN Cook, OUT, No run, got im! This is an absolute corker from Ishant! Charging in from around the wicket, hitting the deck, squaring the batsman up and snatching the outside edge with just enough movement away off the seam. India are elated. They have an opening into that fragile England middle order now..|
|8.1||I Sharma to AN Cook, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, wide half-volley as Ishant searches desperately for swing. Cook is hardly sympathetic to the bowler's plight, pouncing on it with the viciousness of an opening batsman in England.|
Sezhiyan: "I think ishant and shami are trying to bluff eng batsmen with 4 ordinary balls and slip in 2 good balls. It worked for jennings."
|7.6||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, good length ball at 142 kph, looking for middle and off stumps. Root's big broad bat says they're not home and takes a message. It's not publishable..|
|7.5||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, lovely bowling. Perhaps having a right-hander out there will help Shami. He's already homing in on Root's off stump, with just a hint of inswing as he keeps his length full. The England captain defends stoutly.|
|7.4||Mohammed Shami to JE Root, No run, back of a length and outside off, dabs it with the open face and finds third slip diving to his right to stop the single.|
|7.3||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, OUT, No run, plumb in front! But Jennings wants the third umpire's seal on this and has called for DRS. Unless he has nicked it, he's going to have to go. And UltraEdge says he hasn't. So Shami gets the reward for pitching the ball up; pitching it up so much that it nearly becomes a yorker. Jennings plays all around it, barely moving his feet, closing the face of the bat, looking for runs through midwicket when he really should have been using a straight bat. Well, he'll have plenty of time to think about his choices in the dressing room..|
|7.2||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, pulls his length back as he targets Jennings' body. The left-hander tries to dab it behind square leg but gets struck instead..|
|7.1||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, full on off stump, Jennings pushes it to mid-off.|
After England lose Jennings, and a review, here is Joe Root
|6.6||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, beats him and just like that, with only a handful of pitched-up deliveries, a batsman who was looking set goes poking at a ball he normally wouldn't. That's the pressure disciplined bowling creates. It makes even an accomplished opener like Cook go chasing wide outside the off stump.|
|6.5||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, there it is. Nice and full, in line with off stump from around the wicket, demanding Cook to play, which is all the more important because Ishant is getting it to deviate away off the angle. This time the ball hits the middle of the bat. Next time....|
|6.4||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, squares up against the full delivery as Ishant gets it to shape away late. Cook adjusts to the threat with soft hands and the leading edge barely comes off the ground.|
|6.3||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, back of a length and outside off, no shot.|
|6.2||I Sharma to AN Cook, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a straight drive from Cook! That's ominous! He usually only gets it to go that straight when he's seeing the ball very very well..|
|6.1||I Sharma to KK Jennings, 3 runs, goes down and past the third slip. The round-the-wicket tactic is slowly starting to become threatening. And it's largely because India are slowly starting to pitch the ball up. Ishant finds the outside edge after an uncertain poke from Jennings.|
Phani: "Bring on the spin twins. Nothing gonna happen with our frontline pacers." --- If the Indian fans hadn't been disheartened at the start of the day, they certainly are now.
Dilip: "Thats the difference between jimmy n co vs indian seamers,even if there is very minimum or no swing at all english pacers will bowl atleast a very tight line n length to check upon the runs but indian pacers failed to do the same."
|5.6||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, gets up tall to deal with this short ball on off stump and gently steers it to cover.|
|5.5||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, that's better! The 134 kph delivery from around the wicket comes seeking the top of off stump and Cook shuffles in place to protect it..|
Ravi Jain: "Rain predicted on day 4 & 5 of this match. Indian bowlers need to correct their line & length so that England does not get away with the match. Deficit of even 150-175 will be too much in the 3rd Inning for India with the predicted over cast condition. England already scored 20 runs."
|5.4||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, another opportunity for an opening batsman to play off the back foot. Hmm. At least its a dot to mid-on.|
|5.3||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, covers the line of this back of a length delivery at 142 kph.|
|5.2||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, 1 run, 137 kph, that's good work from Jennings. Waits on the delivery to come to him and then taps towards point softly enough to pinch a single.|
|5.1||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, 137 kph, well the pace is alright but Jennings is easily behind the line of this short delivery on middle, turning it to midwicket.|
|4.6||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, full outswinger at off stump, gets the front leg out and drives on the up to mid-off.|
|4.5||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, nicely bowled. Length ball swung away from middle stump. Stays tall in the crease and gets squared up. It trickles into the covers.|
|4.4||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, good length. But Cook is getting in. Won't play outside off. This one swings away late, but it's wide enough that he makes the decision to leave early.|
Sezhiyan: "Ishant and shami's default length will always be short of good lenght. I dont see them hitting the lengths eng bowlers hit consistently. "
|4.3||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, length ball shaping away from outside off, left alone on the front foot.|
|4.2||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, swing. Gets this to curve a long way away outside off. It's full, but Cook doesn't chase it.|
|4.1||I Sharma to AN Cook, No run, short of a length and wide outside off, left alone.|
England have raced away! Although it hasn't been very prudent bowling so far. Three slips, no gully now.
|3.6||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, short of a length and slanted in from wide outside off. Withdraws the bat and lets it go.|
|3.5||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, 1 run, length and in at off stump, dropped into the covers with soft hands.|
|3.4||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, 1 run, now Jennings. Another overpitched ball wide outside off, no swing on it. He drives to Vijay's right at mid-off and he goes down late. Manages to get a hand on it though.|
|3.3||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, 3 runs, okay, that front foot's moving now! Leans in and gets his hands through this overpitched ball outside off.|
Kohli asks for confirmation of which side India are shining. Gets his answer and sends the ball back
|3.2||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, pitches it up on off stump, Cook blocks it. He's still not quite moving his foot down the pitch. India have a chance if they can target this line and length at the left-hander.|
|3.1||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, 1 run, extra bounce? Possibly. Shami hits the deck with a shortish delivery, angling in to cramp Jennings. The left-hander shuffles inside the line to pick it away to long leg but instead is stuck high on the thigh.|
Shami continues around the wicket
|2.6||I Sharma to AN Cook, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, gift-wrapped with the greatest care and Cook accepts with a touch of class. Another leg-stump straggler is sent away to the midwicket boundary.|
Manish !: "A bouncer! Weird from Shami. I don't think England have bowled one in the entire innings. Shami bowls it his 2nd ball and in the 2nd over. Pitch it up, dude! I'm not talking about Ishanth, 5 balls outside leg stump to a left-hander in the first over of the innings. Tough times ahead for India in this innings, if they don't change their line and lengths" ---- It is only the third over, and they are a Test bowling attack. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe this is all part of a plan. Still though, bowling leg side, and short, with the new ball doesn't seem very bright.
|2.5||I Sharma to KK Jennings, 1 run, inches forward to a good length ball on middle and off and pinches a run through the covers.|
|2.4||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, short again - pitching outside leg - Jennings is happy to sink under it.|
|2.3||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, plump and inviting is this wide delivery outside off, but Jennings isn't too keen on making the first move.|
|2.2||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, brings him forward outside off and Jennings drives towards mid-off..|
|2.1||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, seam movement! Ishant hits the deck on and around leg stump and the ball - seam bolt upright - bites into the pitch and darts away past Jennings, squaring him up and beating him like a drum.|
|1.6||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that'd make up all three of his wishes to a genie - a ball on the pads. Barely needs to bat an eyelid as muscle memory takes over, helping him flick the ball to the square leg boundary.|
|1.5||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, pins Cook on the pads as he tries to turn it away with the angle behind square leg. Shami's ability to skid through after pitching ruins those plans.|
|1.4||Mohammed Shami to AN Cook, No run, nice and tight on middle stump. Worryingly for India there is no movement even though Shami is pitching the ball right up. Cook defends.|
|1.3||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, 1 run, tucks a shortish delivery on middle away to deep square leg.|
|1.2||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, bouncer now, pitching on off stump. Suppose that's a bit of an improvement as Jennings ducks underneath.|
|1.1||Mohammed Shami to KK Jennings, No run, and the other guy sprays it wide outside off. Bright sunshine. Wayward bowling. Who gave England cheat codes to Test cricket?!?.|
Right. As Ishant goes away to check if his bowling radar has been hacked, here's Saqib: "As much as I hate the hype created for India's batting, i feel sorry for the bashing you guys are giving it India's team. The weather, the bowling line, breaks, pressure of 1 test down, all played on india top 5 batsmen. Yes Kohli's should not have played a drive to that ball, yes pandya should have blocked more balls, but still Indian's batsmen were at wrong place and wrong time. We must give this leverage to them. "
|0.6||I Sharma to KK Jennings, 3 runs, more freebies! Jennings this time gets the gift of a hittable ball on his pads and he neatly puts it away between midwicket and mid-on.|
|0.5||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, carefully gets behind the fuller delivery on leg stump..|
|0.4||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, and he goes back to thinking Jennings is right-handed. Considering he isn't, this short ball cackles away down leg.|
|0.3||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, there's the line! There's the angle. Ishant pitches it up fuller and draws Jennings forward. But the left-hander judges it to be pitching outside off and angling further away. So he leaves. Good stuff.|
|0.2||I Sharma to KK Jennings, No run, 129 kph, back of a length, Jennings taps it off his hip to square leg.|
|0.1||I Sharma to AN Cook, 1 run, leg-stump half-volley. If ever there is a sign of things to come. Anyway, Cook gets off the mark with a shot that he was born to play. The nudge through midwicket.|
11.00 am And here we go. India's fielders bound into the sunshine. Wow, they seem perky. And behind them, in far more subdued fashion, stride Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings. Which team's ahead in this Test again? Three slips and a gully as Ishant Sharma steams in
So with the focus shifting to England's batting, will the grizzled veteran Alastair Cook break out of his funk? And will Ollie Pope, the 20-year old wunderkind, live up to the hype? Might England miss Ben Stokes the batsman? There's not much change evident in the pitch. It remains rough enough for R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav to come into play, but is 107 really enough to arm the spinners with scoreboard pressure?
Matt: "Really hope Cook gets some runs today. Both for the team's and good and his own. We're still struggling to replace Strauss, don't need to have people questioning Cook's place too!"
10.45 am It's about 15 minutes to the first ball of day three. And if you're the kind that likes to gee yourself up before the start of play (and are also in India), we have a lip-smacking collection of highlights. Watch the top 10 moments from yesterday, then the bloopers and perhaps even the entire day's proceedings in only 90 seconds.
For the global audience, we have clips from James Anderson and Ajinkya Rahane's press conferences and also our Match Day team comprising VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar and Toby Roland-Jones poring over various aspects of the game - one such topic being whether India has the bowling to exploit this Lord's pitch.
Are India's batsmen mugs abroad? Probably not. But at times in this Test, it did appear like they were underestimating the change bowlers - remember how Kohli kept trying to drive Chris Woakes on the up when he simply wouldn't do that against Anderson? - and unsure of their plans for survival. The discipline to override their natural game based on the match situation has been lacking. As an example of someone who does that quite well: Hashim Amla averages 60.33 in England and he has only been dismissed twice by Anderson in 786 deliveries. That's because he takes pains to play late and keep the bat face straight when he tours here, even though he is among the game's greatest at flicking the ball through the leg side.
Proudfoot: "Wonderful how some people still think India don't have to brush up on anything and can go as they desire! The first test might've folded the same way had Malan held on to those chances. It's clear as a cucumber that India don't have the skill to play swing and latching on to excuses like on-off play doesn't look very good. This is not how an "international nightmare" team performs, and if it is, they're not an "international nightmare"."--- Not sure he can be convinced though.
Rudra Varma: "@Proudfoot, Yes India have a lot of issues to sort out but this innings can't be used to judge them. Conditions were extremely harsh and gloomy and any batsman, however sound technically and however good in swinging conditions, would have had a hard time just surviving out there, even against mediocre attacks (forget swing king anderson and co). It was like Shane warne spin, but at 140+ kmph. England would probably be in a similar situation had they lost the toss."
Extra! Extra! Get your #PoliteEnquiries! Get your #PoliteEnquiries about Chris Woakes' love affair with Lord's here. Also, Varun Shetty has strapped in to take the lot of you along on another hair-raising ride in ESPNcricinfo's Live Report. It's must see, especially for those begging for how the weather looks like
10.25 am So what if the sky looked like my Granddad after he'd seen my grades - grey, moody and forbidding - and the pitch probably had a bit more moisture than everyone thought. A fast bowler still needed to hit a full length and draw the batsmen into playing. Anderson did that. Again and again and again and again. At the press conference, he came out and said, in those conditions, in that form, no batsman would have stood a chance against him and his boys. Imagine how much more confident he'd be if his slip cordon was a little more competent.
MuhammadAamar: "In Last Match Kohli's run out Shifted the momentum to Team India...Again In second match kohli's Run out Shifted Momentum but This time In favour of England..." --- Apparently cricket is the game of glorious certainties when it comes to Virat Kohli.
Ramble: "India will be hoping that Warne's theory of "if it seams it will spin" is true of this pitch. The only way they are still in this game is to bowl England out for max 200, and fairly quickly as well. Otherwise with the time lost it takes England batting last and the advantage that gives the spinners pretty much out the equation."
Now we know even the very best experts at Origami are jealous of how beautifully the Indian batting line-up folds in swing-friendly conditions. But let's not take too much credit from England and the quality of their bowling. The relentlessness with which they seek the edge of the bat.
Can India emulate that? Are they too capable of applying pressure over after over after over? They'll have to do it the hard way because Andrew Miller, who has made his way out to ground zero, reports that it looks like a batting day (read the sun is out and the skies are blue). Playing times for those who haven't been keeping note: we are expecting to have 98 overs of play (ha! Dream on!) with the close scheduled at 1830 local. There is, of course, a half hour extension if needed.
Meanwhile, the groundsman Mick Hunt, who is retiring after this game, will be presented a signed bat by the England team. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar will be ringing the five-minute bell.
Hara: "hmm.. good to see some english wicket I guess which was missing in 2014. TOSS now again becomes the main factor. Most of the matches t20, ODi and test are based on the toss. Offlate I hardly saw any team winning after losing a toss.. Let wait to see how our boys bowl.. Anderson is a veteran at 540+ wickets is still ranked number 1. Class.."--- Looks increasingly likely if the morning dawns bright and sunny and the pitch settles down.
DKT: "The only chance India has in the match is by rolling over Eng in first session. Batting will be easier as the day progresses and with low morale, they might be in for a long haul. I am predicting a century for Bairstow and half century for Ollie Pope." --- Right, what're we doin here then? Pack up, let's all go home and party.
Virat Kohli and his men were ambushed. Ambushed by London that pretended to be like Mumbai for weeks. Ambushed by James Anderson, who bowled like he was downright allergic to any kind of luck in the first Test but became it's best mate in the second. Ten wickets lost in 35 overs. That's going to set some experts off (Case in point: VVS Laxman and not far behind is Nagraj Gollapudi)
Snehil: "India's batting performance might have looked disastrous to some, but it is a little unfair. With the kind of stop-start play we had yesterday, it gets very difficult for the batsmen to get in a good frame of mind. Combine that with the vicious swinging conditions, and you get why they crumbled. Yes, they could have applied themselves a little better but as an Indian fan, I would like to see how English batsmen fare in the exact same conditions India got."
Rajat Saxena: "@ Snehil - I agree, England not long ago folded for 58 against NZ. Therefore if India specially Ishant (more likely to do so) and Shami keep the off side line and length, they should be able to keep England down to reasonable total. I think we will miss Bhuvi sorely. Ashwin and Kuldeep can play a big role considering England's natural weakness against spin."
6:08pm And that is all from our live coverage. Sid Monga's report will be up soon, and we have Miller, Naga and Mel lurking at Lord's to give you plenty of analysis, alongside Polite Enquiries. Good night!
Chris Woakes: Delighted. I suppose to win the Test match inside four days when you lose a day and half to rain is special. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honour's board is something that'll stay with me a lot. It's sinking in more. I wish I'd soaked it in a little more. But like I said, I was a bit nervous out there yesterday. Jonny calmed me down, which is funny, it's usually the other way around. We just looked to tick it off in fives. Once we got through the tough part, we started scoring freely. [His return from injury] Really pleased with the bowling. Getting competitive cricket was important, even though it was white-ball cricket.
Yes it was a fight [getting the ball out of Jimmy's hands]. Once Broady gets his legs pumping, it's brilliant to watch. Well backed up by Sam as well.
Chris Woakes is the Man of the Match.
Joe Root: Less stressful [win] definitely. The bowling unit were exceptional throughout. We had the conditions in our favour, but we had to put it in the right places. Jonny and Woakesy were magnificent. Really pleased for Woakesy. A number of times he's showed how talented he is. He's been working hard. Coming back into the side, someone who's always been a big part of the side. Good to see.
Ultimately it was about doing the same things again and again. We're in a nice position. I thought he [Pope] played really well. To come in and put pressure on the opposition in a tough batting period was good. We've got another day to rest and recover and get our heads around what we've done this week. We still haven't played our best game. There's room to improve and that's the most exciting part for us.
Virat Kohli: Not proud of the way we've played. First time in the last five Tests that we've been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things. Can't really think about conditions when you're playing the game. You can't sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won't go your way. Even when the ball's doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs. [Extra seamer] Yeah looking back, I thought we got the combination wrong. [About his injury] I should be fine. Lower back issue, I'm confident I'll be fine in five days time with a bit of rehab.
Stuart Broad: "I think it's a powerful performance. Right up there. The emotions at Edgbaston took a lot out of us. Good to come to Lord's and put the same kind of energy. We were fortunate with how the clouds came to work for us. We talked bout it [patience]. We didn't give India too many freebies. We're really enjoying being out there. We [bowling unit] each bowl it a bit differently, that helps. Was gutted when it rained [during his fiery spell].
So disappointed with the hat-trick ball, it was so bad!
We talked a lot about the bowlers maybe having to rotate, but we've not had an innings where someones's got a lot of runs. A few calm days before the next one."
Andrew: "Ashwin should be moved to no. 4"
5:42pm A stump for Woakes, a stump for Anderson, a stump for Pope. Even Adil Rashid has grabbed one by the looks of it. Why not! A win by an innings and 159 runs. India have been rolled over with more than an hour left on the fourth day of a Test that didn't have play on the first day. Yes, it's been that bad for them. This Test lasted 170.3 overs. But we have a result. Anderson, Bairstow, Woakes and Broad the wreckers-in-chief as India crumbled across all three innings. The toss, the team selection, the decisions from their batsmen - nothing going their way. It's 0-2 for the visitors.
|46.6||CR Woakes to I Sharma, OUT, No run, taken at leg gully! That's the innings win for England. Ishant shuffles across at a length ball angled into him, gets good bat on the glance, but that's exactly the shot England have a fielder there for. Ollie Pope grabs it to complete a memorable debut..|
|46.5||CR Woakes to I Sharma, No run, short of a length outside off, dead-batted towards the slip cordon.|
|46.4||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 1 run, length on the stumps, whipped through midwicket on the up.|
|46.3||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, 2 runs, dives back in and loses his helmet as he does so to complete the second run. Length ball outside off, runs it past the slips with an open face.|
Alex: "When your specialist spinner top scores in both innings!! Ashwin is a beast"
|46.2||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, short of third slip. Ashwin cops another on the knuckles of his right hand. Gets forward to one that kicks up and it lobs off his bottom glove. Jennings can't get there with the dive. Ashwin's in pain again..|
|46.1||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, length and in at middle stump. Flicked to deep midwicket and won't take the run.|
|45.6||JM Anderson to I Sharma, No run, full and in at middle stump. Pushed down the pitch from deep in the crease.|
Bit of a race now. The umpire's aren't happy with the lights.
|45.5||JM Anderson to I Sharma, No run, length outside off, gets inside the line again as he looks to defend. Beaten..|
|45.4||JM Anderson to I Sharma, 2 runs, that's nicely played. Full ball into the pads, flicked to fine leg's left.|
|45.3||JM Anderson to I Sharma, No run, beaten. Short of a length and angled into the corridor. Hangs an open-faced bat inside the line to be beaten.|
|45.2||JM Anderson to I Sharma, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
Anderson doesn't have a ten-wicket haul at Lord's. This is his chance.
|45.1||JM Anderson to Mohammed Shami, OUT, No run, this will be out. Yes, given and not reviewed. Full inswinger on off, and he's shaped to deposit this into the stands over deep midwicket. Caught on the shin of the back leg, right in front of off.|
|44.6||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, outside edge to third man. Short of a length and straightening outside off. Squared up a tad as he pokes at this. But he's gone with soft hands.|
|44.5||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, length and in at off stump. defended on the front foot.|
|44.4||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, length ball slanted in at middle stump, defended from the crease.|
|44.3||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, length ball just outside off, solidly defended on the front foot.|
|44.2||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length just outside off, defended into the off side off the outside half.|
|44.1||CR Woakes to R Ashwin, No run, full on middle stump, flicked to mid-on.|
With this talk of India's potential replacements, a good time to travel to the outskirts of Bengaluru with Sreshth Shah, who wrote about Hanuma Vihari who grabbed eyeballs with a 148 for India A. Can he be the answer?
|43.6||JM Anderson to Mohammed Shami, No run, review for caught-behind down leg. Shami doesn't look to convinced. He's looked to hook one and Bairstow has taken it cleanly...there's nothing on Ultra Edge. Shami will survive. Marais Erasmus' decision is overturned.|
|43.5||JM Anderson to Mohammed Shami, No run, length on off stump, punched to mid-off on the up.|
|43.4||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, OUT, No run, inside edge onto stumps. Full outswinger outside off. Looking to stab this through cover, but there's a gap between bat and pad. It's all Anderson needs. Smashed into the stumps.|
|43.3||JM Anderson to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, beats the outside edge. Length ball curving away from off stump and past the hanging blade.|
|43.2||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, 1 run, length ball full outside off, leading edge to deep backward point as he slashes.|
|43.1||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, tickles it fine. Length ball on middle stump,shuffles and gets it away.|
|42.6||CR Woakes to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length, wide outside off, left alone.|
|42.5||CR Woakes to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length and wide outside off, left alone.|
|42.4||CR Woakes to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length ball outside off, defended to mid-off on the up.|
|42.3||CR Woakes to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, full ball just outside off, jammed into the slips with the angle.|
Four slips in waiting
|42.2||CR Woakes to Kuldeep Yadav, No run, length ball angled past the corridor. He hangs his bat out and is beaten on the outside edge.|
|42.1||CR Woakes to HH Pandya, OUT, No run, review for lbw. Hardik Pandya caught in front of middle stump. Aleem Dar says no. Woakes has convinced his captain to go for it. It's beaten the inside edge on the angle and hit him on the flap of the pad...and it's hitting leg stump! Woakes gets the breakthrough! The bowling change does it. Different point of delivery, different movement off the pitch. Pandya gets forward to defend but he can't get it right first time. A good review. The first overturned decision. That's the end of their stand..|
Fergie: "Time for a bit of spin? Shake things up a bit. "
|41.6||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, big legcutter. Does too much and beats the outside edge. Lazy drive from Ashwin at a wide ball.|
|41.5||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, length ball skidding low outside off. Catches the toe-end of the bat as he looks to drive on the up.|
|41.4||JM Anderson to HH Pandya, 1 run, full outside off. Driven off the inside half to mid-on's right.|
|41.3||JM Anderson to HH Pandya, No run, length on off stump, blocked on the front foot.|
|41.2||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, 1 run, length on the pads, whips to fine leg's left.|
|41.1||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, length at the stumps, blocked from the crease.|
|40.6||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, 1 run, length ball in at off stump. Pushed into the covers with soft hands.|
|40.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, 1 run, length outside off, dropped into the covers off the front foot.|
|40.4||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, beaten. Lapse in concentration. Jabs away from the body at a length ball.|
|40.3||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, length ball swung into leg stump. Leans in, head falling over into the off side, but with a strong base. Whips it uppishly through midwicket and that's fifty for the seventh wicket.|
|40.2||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball wide outside off, climbs as he lets it go.|
|40.1||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, 1 run, short of a length and in at the corridor. Cramped a touch outside off but manages to force this through cover off the back foot.|
|39.6||JM Anderson to HH Pandya, No run, beaten. Length, angled in at off, cutting away ferociously.|
|39.5||JM Anderson to HH Pandya, No run, length ball just outside off. Nudged into the off side off the outside of the bat.|
|39.4||JM Anderson to HH Pandya, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|39.3||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, 1 run, short of a length onto the pads. Shuffles and whips it down to fine leg.|
|39.2||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and wide outside off, aggressive heave at it, and he gets it wide of the slips.|
|39.1||JM Anderson to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length down leg side. Looks to whip it behind square, can't connect.|
|38.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, short ball again, just outside off. Once again, he's off the floor to drop this into the pitch.|
|38.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, short ball outside off, gets on top of it and defends solidly.|
|38.4||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, glorious. A sweet punch down the ground with the full face offered. It's not very full, he's had to use strong wrists to keep this along the floor. Length and in at middle stump. Sent down the ground in style.|
|38.3||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length and wide outside off, left alone.|
|38.2||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|38.1||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, 2 runs, nudged past second slip. Length outside off, opens the face and guides it.|
|37.6||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full outside off, mistimed drive into the covers. Once again, not close to the ball as he looks to drive.|
|37.5||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|37.4||SM Curran to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, in the air but safe! Ashwin doesn't get close to this one. Hard hands at this outside off and he slices with little control. Beats backward point to his right.|
|37.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, LEG BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, deflected fine off the thigh. Short of a length and onto leg stump. Shuffles and gets enough on it.|
A Malaviya: "With enough runs in bag,should not be a bad idea to bring Rashid. Pandya would go after him and that might create chance"
|37.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length just outside off, defended off the back foot.|
|37.1||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full inswinger just outside off, nice-looking free-flowing drive from Ashwin. Won't get past Root's dive at mid-off.|
Curran's going around the wicket
|36.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, beaten. Hit-me floater, full outside off. Pandya slashes and misses by a long way.|
|36.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, got him on the inner thigh. Mental bruises aren't all Pandya will have. This short of a length delivery from outside off has beaten his inside edge and knocked the breath out of him.|
|36.4||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball in at off stump, defended on the back foot.|
|36.3||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, sails safely wide of the slip cordon and rolls down to third man. Full ball on off, he closes the face while looking to drive it and it's a leading edge.|
|36.2||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, full outside off, driven to mid-off off the toe-end.|
|36.1||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, short and wide outside off, left alone.|
|35.6||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full outswinger just outside off, leans in and jabs away from the body into the off side.|
|35.5||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full inswinger, driven back to the bowler on the bounce. And a polite chuck back to hit the stumps from Curran.|
|35.4||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, full inswinger outside off, watchful tap to mid-off.|
|35.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball swung in at off stump, driven firmly on the up to mid-off.|
|35.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length and swinging in at off stump. Defended on the front foot.|
|35.1||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, length ball swung down leg side, jams his bat onto pad looking to flick this. Bairstow cleans up down leg side.|
|34.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shot! Another confident punch from Pandya. This one is straight and past the non-striker. Inswinger overpitched on middle stump and he cuts his forward stride short as well before drilling this.|
|34.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, short and wide outside off, doesn't chase it.|
|34.4||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, 3 runs, short of a length outside off, waits late again before chopping this past third slip.|
|34.3||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, length and in at middle stump, defended from deep in the crease.|
|34.2||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, oh nice. Classy from Ashwin. Limits his forward press and waits for this inswinger to arrive. Then clips it very late to get it wide of mid-on.|
|34.1||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, big inswinger and another batsman who doesn't pick it. But Ashwin manages to get an inside edge before this raps his pads.|
|33.6||SM Curran to HH Pandya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shot. That's regal. Length on off stump, angled across him but he cuts it out and taps it on the up to find the midwicket boundary.|
...and now he'll see the physio too.
|33.5||SM Curran to R Ashwin, 1 run, now Ashwin gets on on the fingers. Like Pandya, he's looking to get forward as well. This is an inswinger that jams his bottom hand onto his handle. Sneaks a run at mid-off....|
Josh Collins: "@Barry Average: Which makes India's decision to play 2 spinners all the more bizzare!"
|33.4||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, short ball angled away from off, opens the face and guides it to gully.|
|33.3||SM Curran to HH Pandya, 1 run, length ball shaping in at middle stump, tapped on the up to mid-on's right.|
|33.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven neatly on the half-volley but it's blocked in the covers.|
|33.1||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, low full toss outside off, tapped to mid-off off the toe-end.|
Barry Average: "You have to feel for Adil Rashid in this test, didn't get a bat, and may not get a bowl in either innings too!"
|32.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball swung in at off stump, solidly blocked on the front foot.|
looks like the right index finger, actually, not the the thumb. He'll get some treatment on that.
|32.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, rapped on the thumb as he gets forward to one that climbs up at him from a length. Drops the bat immediately and calls for treatment.|
|32.4||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, short of a length wide outside off, gets the bat inside the line to leave this.|
|32.3||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball hooping in at off stump, blocked solidly on the front foot.|
|32.2||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|32.1||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, goes away from the outside edge. Length ball lands in the corridor and goes a long way away off the seam.|
Broad is back. Three slips and two forward short leg fielders.
4:15pm The bell has been rung. Play resumes in five minutes.
4:03pm Tea has been taken.
mohit: "Remind me to think higher of Sanjay Bangar and Dravid for their Headingley masterclass! #chesistance"
|31.6||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length on off stump, defended on the back foot.|
|31.5||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, on the back leg as he whips against the angle now. Back thigh, past the outside edge.|
|31.4||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, beaten. Looking to drive for the inswinger. But this full ball goes on with the angle and Ashwin is falling over due to his lack of footwork.|
|31.3||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, short of a length on off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|31.2||SM Curran to R Ashwin, No run, outswinger from middle and leg. Ashwin follows it closely and dead-bats down the pitch.|
|31.1||SM Curran to HH Pandya, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, looks to block on the front foot. Gets a big inside edge to fine leg.|
|30.6||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, No run, raps the front pad. But it's too straight to start off again. This is going down leg. Ashwin can't get the flick away.|
|30.5||SCJ Broad to R Ashwin, BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, beats everyone. Inswinger starts at middle stump and flies past the attempted flick and YJB's big dive to the left.|
Tony Torrance: "Couple hours ago the call to drop Broad. That will be no then."
|30.4||SCJ Broad to KD Karthik, OUT, No run, now Karthik reviews! Three in a row. Karthik is rapped in front of off stump and looks out, plumb. Consults with Pandya and goes for it, but it doesn't look good. Yep, he's gone. Big inswinger again, gets Dinesh Karthik. He's got another screamer and his horror return lengthens. Forward stride coming in late and at an angle. Broad hoops it in a long way and that's hitting middle and off.|
|30.3||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, OUT, No run, another review for caught. This time from Kohli, and he's gone up as soon as Dar has given him. Looks like Ollie Pope at short leg who has lunged forward to take on that's come off his hip. Was there glove before though? Yes there was! It has brushed the knuckle before catching him on the hip. Kohli looked amused when he reviewed, suggesting he might not have felt that at all. Doesn't matter. It's 100% for the umpires. Kohli is gone, fending awkwardly again at big incoming delivery from Broad that was dug in back of a length..|
|30.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, England have reviewed a caught-behind decision down leg side. Kohli jumping into the off side to glance a short ball at his hips. Bairstow has taken it one-handed with a big dive. Aleem Dar says not out....and there's nothing on Ultra Edge as the ball passes glove and bat. That was off his shirt. Not out, review lost, and a good decision. Been a perfect Test for the umpires..|
|30.1||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 2 runs, short ball outside off, jabs away from the body with an open face. Gets it past the slip cordon and there's fumble there that allows a second. A limped second.|
Leg gully in for the hat-trick ball
Limps through to the other end
|29.6||SM Curran to V Kohli, 1 run, length on leg stump, stretches forward and taps this to deep square's left.|
|29.5||SM Curran to V Kohli, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, nicely timed. Sacrificed aesthetics on this drive. Big stride, close to the length ball outside and the full face to punch it wide of Root at mid-off.|
|29.4||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, full outside off, driven firmly to extra cover.|
|29.3||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, short ball outside off, tentative jab away from the body for an inside edge. Shadow-practices the pull through midwicket.|
|29.2||SM Curran to V Kohli, 2 runs, thick outside edge rolls through between backward point and cover point. Looks to drive without a big stride at one that's angling away.|
|29.1||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, length ball shaping in at leg stump. Leans in for the flick but that isn't full enough. Cops it on the back thigh.|
Bairstow up to the stumps
Isaac: "Why not anyone try moving across offstump to have a jab like Steven Smith?? Worth a try!!" --- Only a man with Trent Boult's ability can pull that off
|28.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, gets forward and withdraws the bat. Short of a length ball sliding into the corridor.|
|28.5||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball slanted in at off stump, bat-padded into the off side off the front foot.|
|28.4||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, length ball angled in at middle stump, defended on the back foot.|
|28.3||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, bouncer at leg stump, hurriedly defended off the back foot.|
Avinash: "Where is our EYE reader who could tell a player's future performance by looking into player's eyes covered in the helmet. :P"
|28.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, 1 run, short ball just outside off, defended into the off side with soft hands.|
|28.1||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, raps him on the pad and the lbw appeal is turned down. Comes in with the angle, crashes the back thigh as he looks to defend. Root doesn't take the review. Broad, himself, suggesting it was high.|
tony: "Is it me of is there a touch of the Dazzler Gough about Sam Curran? Short, stocky(ish!!), bustly run up and a mongrel attitude wanting to get involved"
|27.6||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, oh too good. He moves it both way and he's had every batsman second-guessing today. This one curves away past the outside edge after starting on a leg stump line.|
|27.5||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, full inswinger at off stump. Jams it towards mid-on off the front foot.|
|27.4||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, length ball in at the pads. Tapped to midwicket off the front foot.|
|27.3||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, rips past the outside edge. This swings in marginally and then cuts a long long way away off the seam. Pandya looking to defend on the front foot. It's about all you can do against that ball.|
|27.2||SM Curran to HH Pandya, No run, length outside off, blocked into the covers off the front foot.|
|27.1||SM Curran to V Kohli, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, whips it to deep square.|
Since January 2012, when Pujara became a regular, no Indian has been bowled as many times as him - 18. Ashwin is next with 10 bowled dismissals.
|26.6||SCJ Broad to HH Pandya, No run, inswinger at a good length on off stump. Inside edge onto boot as Pandya blocks on the front foot.|
|26.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, OUT, No run, breaches the resistance! A mean, late inswinger from Broad has taken Pujara by surprise and he's responded late. The bat's come down at an angle, but the ball has already caught his half-stride across the stumps and ricocheted onto off stump as he completes his attempted flick. Super, super bowling from Broad..|
|26.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and in at middle stump. Closes the face and taps to short leg.|
|26.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, inside edge onto front pad. Length ball outside off, a forward press. Some movement back in off the seam.|
|26.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, bouncer dug in too short. Pujara comfortably under it to let it go.|
|26.1||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at off stump, defended to mid-on off the front foot.|
|25.6||SM Curran to CA Pujara, BYES, 1 run, length ball outside off is left alone. Bairstow can't stop it cleanly. That variable bounce is well and truly making its way into the game.|
|25.5||SM Curran to V Kohli, 1 run, nice shot, but stunning work at mid-off from Root. Overpitched ball outside off, nicely to the pitch and a firm punch. Root takes quick steps to his left and stops with an outstretched left hand. Has a shy at the non-striker's that gives Kohli a run at midwicket.|
|25.4||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, short of a length climber outside off. Left alone and quickly glances down the pitch to see where that came from.|
|25.3||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, length on off stump, dead-batted into the point region.|
|25.2||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, short of a length and wide outside off, left alone.|
|25.1||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, has a jab and is beaten. Short of a length and angled across him. Withdraws the bat but that's cosmetic, wouldn't have saved him.|
|24.6||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at off stump, blocked on the front foot.|
|24.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, lbw appeal as one misses the inside edge. Another one that climbs up at him. He's probably saved by that. Hits him high on the back thigh and is through to Bairstow.|
|24.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, jumps up at him as he looks to defend on the front foot. Short of a length and into his glove.|
|24.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball angled in at off stump. Takes the inside edge and lobs off the back thigh. Once again, safely in front of the slips.|
|24.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short ball just outside off, defended off the back foot.|
|24.1||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, defended but with an open face. It lands safely in front of the slips. Broad back at that line just outside off.|
|23.6||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, length ball swinging in late at off stump. Blocked on the front foot.|
|23.5||SM Curran to CA Pujara, 1 run, length on the pads, clipped to deep square.|
|23.4||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, past the edge again. This time the bounce does it. Short of a length and rising steeply outside off as he looks to defend.|
|23.3||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, beaten again. Looks like Pujara is playing for the one that comes in and he's not picking it at the moment. Length ball going away outside off and he's caught playing away from the body again.|
|23.2||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length outside off, left alone.|
|23.1||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, poke and miss. Another loose prod outside off from Pujara. Short of a length ball slanted across him and he's fishing without using his feet.|
George Macphers: "Get these two out and it's game over for India. I do hope England can get another 2-3 wickets before the close of play. "
|22.6||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, past the outside edge. Lovely ball. Bowling one of these every over. That slants in and moves away off the pitch.|
Amit Golani: "It's one thing to be out of touch or have a bad phase. But a seasoned player repeating same mistakes again and again is an alarm bell. India shouldn't ignore the fall in techniques of people like Vijay and Rahane. Let's accept T20 is affecting their test form"
|22.5||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, bouncer outside off. Thinks about the ramp, but decides against it. Left alone.|
|22.4||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, short of a length and in at off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|22.3||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, oh yes. That's glorious from Kohli. Hardly a stride because of his achy back, but he's got such a clean flow of wrists through this outside off. Length and wide and caressed on the up to the cover boundary.|
Sarthak: "Will Indian selector be bold and drop few of these underperforming batsmen mid series for the remaining two test matches?"
|22.2||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, short ball into the ribs. Takes the bottom hand off and drops this in front of short leg.|
|22.1||SCJ Broad to V Kohli, No run, short of a length and onto the inside edge as he pushes forward to try and defend.|
|21.6||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, length and wide outside off. Left alone.|
|21.5||SM Curran to CA Pujara, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, nicely done. Full weight onto the front foot against this full ball outside off and he gently taps it past his partner.|
|21.4||SM Curran to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and in at off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|21.3||SM Curran to V Kohli, 1 run, length on off, thick inside edge as he looks to defend on the front foot.|
|21.2||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, short of a length just outside off, tapped into the leg side off the back foot.|
|21.1||SM Curran to V Kohli, No run, length ball outside off, defended off the inside half on the front foot.|
|20.6||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length on middle stump, turned into the leg side with a closed face.|
|20.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball angling in, but wide enough outside off for Pujara to leave.|
Zach: "I'm sure Rahane will be very disappointed with that. He had done the hard work, got himself a start (33 balls for 13) and threw it away chasing a wide ball. Gotta say, I feel pretty bad for the guy right now, he was looking as decent as you can be in these conditions. "
|20.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, beaten. Late on the front foot defence. It slides past the outside edge after straightening.|
|20.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length wide outside off, left alone.|
Pratyay Didwani: "I wonder what has gone wrong with Rahane... He has gone from an average of around 50 and being one of the first names on the Test team sheet to an average of 41 in a very short amount of time. Hope he regains confidence as he is very important for India overseas."
|20.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball angled in at off stump, blocked solidly off the back foot.|
|20.1||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
Short leg coming in now
srinath: "@sasikanth Cummins got him a couple of times and hazlewood once using short balls in india..! in these conditions though : bowl short, bowl short, pitch a beautiful full length outswinger and job done."
|19.6||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, length ball just outside off, solidly blocked on the front foot.|
Manish Harodia: "Reporting live from Lord's. Last ball, someone just shouted - run Kohli, when Pujara blocked!! "
|19.5||CR Woakes to V Kohli, No run, length ball outside off, left alone.|
|19.4||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, BYES, 1 run, length ball outside, leaves it alone. It dips on Bairstow and he can't gather it. A bye from under him.|
|19.3||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, 2 runs, nicely played. Very late. Length ball comes in at leg stump and he gets it to fine leg's left with the flick.|
We're seeing visuals of Kohli trying to loosen his back muscles. He's not 100% judging by that grimace.
|19.2||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at middle stump, defended off the back foot.|
Ashutosh Vikram: "Interestingly Rahane is lasting only 30-35 balls in last few games, shows inability to concentrate for long? "
|19.1||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, length ball slanting away from outside off, left alone.|
Kohli is in
|18.6||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, OUT, No run, got him! Taken at third slip. a very, very loose shot. No doubt brought about by the variable bounce on the last two balls. Rahane instinctively onto the front foot this time. But he's also chased a reasonably wide ball. It's shaping away a touch off the surface. It flies at waist height to Jennings' left.|
|18.5||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, and now it climbs up at him from a similar length. Beaten on the outside edge again. Steep this time, and some straightening after the angle in.|
|18.4||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, keeps low and fizzes past the outside edge. This one is outside off, so Rahane lives. Short of a length ball, he's looking to defend on the back foot.|
|18.3||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length and wide outside off. Left alone.|
md ali: "Ashwin is winning the poll by miles and i think people are voting for him in frustration..... "
|18.2||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length and down leg side. Can't get bat on the attempted leg glance.|
|18.1||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, No run, full and in at middle stump. Solidly poked into the leg side.|
|17.6||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at middle stump, defended off the back foot.|
|17.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, 1 run, length on middle stump. Brings the bat down late and gets a thick inside edge to fine leg's left.|
|17.4||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, 1 run, length on the pads, clipped to mid-on's right.|
|17.3||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, withdraws the bat, very late. Short one in the corridor, going away from him. He's on his toes to try and defend but watches it well enough by the end.|
Sasikanth: "Getting hit on the helmet doesn't mean anything. When was the last time Pujara was out to a short ball from a pacer? Pujara is no Dhoni against Short balls, but he is no Raina too. He is solid."
|17.2||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, 1 run, length ball just outside off, dropped into the off side with soft hands and they pinch a run.|
|17.1||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, length ball in at leg stump, clipped to square leg from the crease.|
Monga is stirring the pot over the Live Report: Pujara, Ashwin and Karthik in an opening poll. Get voting.
|16.6||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball just outside off, blocked on the front foot.|
|16.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball and in at middle stump. Defended off the inside half.|
|16.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length outside off, blocked solidly on the front foot.|
Sriram: "Twice in a row England have been saved by lower order allrounder with ball and bat. That is the true value of an allrounder unlike bits and pieces Pandyas and Binnys that India bring on" --- But...Binny saved India a Test on their last tour...
|16.3||SCJ Broad to AM Rahane, 1 run, inside edge down to fine leg. Feet halfway into this forward block as Broad gets it to climb and jag in at Rahane outside off.|
srinath: "Yes there is, for a top order batsman, pujara's response to short balls is pretty ordinary, i remember woakes hitting his helmet 2-3 times in the 1st innings at mohali last time eng visited ind."
|16.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, 1 run, length ball just outside off, nudged through point with soft hands.|
|16.1||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, chases again and misses. Very loose. Broad floats it up very full, almost yorker length, and he's looking to jam it to third man.|
|15.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length outside off, left alone.|
|15.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, beaten. Length and angling in at off stump. Gets on the back foot but the ball has straightened.|
|15.4||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full and onto the pads. Stands tall and glances it neatly to the fine leg fence.|
Ashutosh Vikram: "Can you guys elaborate on the back foot thing? " --- England have looked to bounce him just outside off over the last few overs
|15.3||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length just outside. Keeps low as it skids into the corridor. he gets the toe-end on it.|
|15.2||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, 1 run, length ball angled in at his pads. Gets deep in the crease and clips to fine leg's left.|
|15.1||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, 1 run, length ball just outside off, blocked into the covers off the front foot.|
RAVI M: "Please don't get run out .. please don't get run out!"
|14.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|14.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, full outswinger just outside off. Blocked on the front foot.|
|14.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, rolls off the face and drops in front of the slips. No confidence in that leave. Bat still hanging in the corridor as he looks to let it go.|
|14.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length just outside off, left alone.|
England know something about Pujara's back-foot play that we don't
|14.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and slanted into the corridor. Left alone.|
|14.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball outside off, gets forward and blocks with soft hands.|
|13.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, length just outside off, blocked on the back foot.|
|13.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, length and straightening from off stump again, but he's behind this one to defend solidly.|
|13.4||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, falls short of first slip. Superb bowling. Gets this angled-in ball to straighten just enough to square Rahane and catch his outside edge. The ball dies on Cook though.|
|13.3||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length just outside off, defended into the off side.|
|13.2||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, beaten. Looks to drive straight this time, but the ball is shorter than the last one. This nips away as he goes on the up.|
|13.1||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, creamed through cover. Full outswinger very wide outside off, but he gets a big enough stride to be expansive. Nicely controlled.|
|12.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball too wide to make him play. Left alone.|
|12.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, into the mid-riff. Another one dug in short, and this one comes in. Pujara can't get the glance away, he's hit on the body.|
|12.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and in at leg stump, closes the face and taps it into the leg side.|
|12.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, chases and misses. Tentative from Pujara. Or genius from England. One of those. They've been hitting a few in short and just outside off. While those have come straight on, this one moves away off the seam. Pujara follows.|
|12.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length just outside off, on top of the bounce to dead-bat it.|
|12.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length outside off, left alone on the front foot.|
Hari: "Varun: How did you know 10.5 would be the one swinging in? Commentator's brain?"
|11.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, inside edge as he presses forward against an incoming ball outside off. It trickles harmlessly into the leg side.|
|11.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length and straight through outside off, left alone.|
|11.4||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, length ball jagging away outside off, left alone.|
|11.3||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, 1 run, length outside off, leans in on the front foot and delicately pokes to mid-off's right.|
|11.2||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, short and in the corridor. On top of the bounce and a high elbow to get this down into the off side.|
|11.1||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, length ball just outside off, defended with soft hands.|
|10.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, 1 run, short outside off and he gets on top of it nicely to drop it into the covers.|
|10.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, just past off stump. There it is, the one that comes in. Anderson goes wide of the crease and jams this back of a length to bring it back in. Pujara leaves and is saved by height.|
Incoming ball incoming
|10.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and rising in the corridor, left alone.|
|10.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length and too wide to make him play outside off.|
|10.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, good length and straight through outside off, left alone.|
|10.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length outside off, left alone.|
|9.6||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, short of a length and cutting away from off stump. Left alone.|
|9.5||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, appeal for lbw is turned down. He's struck in front of middle on the front foot, but there's an inside edge on that.|
|9.4||CR Woakes to AM Rahane, No run, length in the corridor, movement away off the seam. Rahane has it covered as he taps into the off side.|
|9.3||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, LEG BYES, 1 run, length ball thuds the pad as he plants his front leg across the stumps. A run on the leg side.|
|9.2||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, full and shaping away from just outside off. Solidly defended on the front foot.|
|9.1||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length outside off, left alone.|
1:58pm Pujara's asking for middle stump. He's marked his guard. Chris Woakes is ready.
1:53pm The covers are coming off.
Sidharth Monga has done words on India's opening problems on the Live Report. Get over there!
1:45pm Fifteen minutes to scheduled restart.
Umar: "Isn't it a good idea to play with duke balls in their domestic cricket or atleast the team which is going to England give them some matches in domestic to get familiar with duke ball, like Pakistan did in their domestic cricket and Australia is thinking about it before ashes in England. As far as I know mostly teams struggle in English conditions. We shouldn't blame these players they are trying their best. "
1:38pm An update: Scheduled close of play today is at 1900 hours. No, India fans, that's not IST.
NaGun: "@Adam : relatively ..yes ! But it would be a stretch to say that english top 3 were good. The difference in quality of Anderson and the opening bowlers of india, has a lot to do with that as well ! (Shami /sharma have taken atleast 3 overs each to get into the groove) !"
Shane: "Is there a case for Woakes in instead of Buttler when Stokes comes back?" ---
I'd take the chance. But you can get Rashid doesn't get to bowl with five seamers in the team!
1:10pm We're officially into the second session, but the covers are still on. Barely any rain, though, says Miller.
James De Lamber: "@Nick, As a surrey fan, I'm torn by you choosing 5 of our players (Burns, Borthwick, Foakes, Pope & Curran) to be in the side... Yes, I'll be super proud to see them wearing England shirts, but I still want us to be county champs! "
12:55pm The umbrellas are out and it is still spitting down at Lord's, reports Nagraj.
Suneej: "It is so embarrasing that a team who were about to go up 1-0 in an away test series a week before now starring 0-2 today#life changes so quickly"
12:30pm, Lunch It really did get quite heavy after that last ball. The players are going off. And it'll be an early lunch as well. 1:09pm is the scheduled restart if the raining stops. It's been more of the same for India in the first session. England got both quick runs and quick wickets. With a deficit of 272 and conditions that will only encourage England, this looks bleak for the visitors. Anderson got to 100 wickets at Lord's today, and it's him again that's causing damage. Two more for him.
|8.6||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, keeps low and it's sending Rahane back if he doesn't get bat on this. Right in front of middle stump on the back foot. But he keeps it out as the drizzle intensifies..|
|8.5||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, full outswinger just outside off, jammed to mid-off.|
|8.4||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, driven straight to extra cover. Overpitched ball wide outside off, big stride to get to this.|
|8.3||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, falls short of third slip. Rahane goes with his hands as this shapes away from outside off.|
|8.2||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, LEG BYES, 1 run, big lbw appeal but Aleem Dar says no. That's come in a long way and is probably going down leg. Struck him in front of leg as he looked to defend this. He completes a quick single.|
|8.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at off stump, defended on the front foot.|
|7.6||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, 1 run, short of a length and rising into his body. Bunts it into the leg side with soft hands.|
|7.5||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, outswinger at a good length outside off, left alone.|
|7.4||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length just outside off, defended off the back foot.|
|7.3||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, length ball slanted in at off stump, dead-batted into the leg side.|
|7.2||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, thick outside edge but saved by the soft hands again. Some bounce on this length ball outside off.|
|7.1||CR Woakes to CA Pujara, No run, past the outside edge. Deviates a long way away from off, no chance of getting the edge. It's banged in at off stump on a good length.|
Someone said Woakes?
|6.6||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, No run, length ball, slight shape away outside off. Thinks about it and withdraws the bat late to let it go.|
Robert Brown: "How many Wickets does Anderson need to overtake McGrath " --- Thirteen.
|6.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, 1 run, length and in at the hips. Closes the face and drops it into he square leg region.|
|6.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, thick outside edge but he's played it with soft hands and it doesn't carry to fourth. Length ball spits up at him as he looks to defend on the front foot.|
|6.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, bouncer just outside off. Pujara arches into the leg side to let it go.|
|6.2||JM Anderson to AM Rahane, 1 run, length outside off, confident forward stride to tap this through cover point.|
Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4. Four slips and a leg gully are in.
|6.1||JM Anderson to KL Rahul, OUT, No run, this looks plumb. KL Rahul nods no as Pujara asks about the review. Anderson gets another with the one that comes in. Rahul's picked up a shuffle to try and negate his tendency to lunge forward outside off. It's hard to make that switch mid-Test. Looks to flick one that's angled in at off and is struck on the knee roll right in front of off.|
England haven't been as full as they were at the start of India's 1st innings
|5.6||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short of a length on off stump, defended off the back foot.|
|5.5||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, full ball just outside off, blocked on the front foot.|
lepetitprince: "Is this a make or break series for Vijay? He has been touted as India's No. 1 opener. His overseas record is an average of 32 in 52 innings, with 3 hundreds. His overall average is a wee bit above 40 and has hovered just below 40 for much of his career. He has never left an indelible mark on any series - i.e. not dominated any series he has played on. Time to blood a youngster and develop them?"
|5.4||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, 2 runs, length ball onto the pads, allows it to come ad nudges it neatly through square leg.|
|5.3||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, length ball in at middle stump, right behind it to defend from the crease.|
|5.2||SCJ Broad to CA Pujara, No run, short ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|5.1||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, 1 run, length outside off, weight onto the front foot as he drops this into the covers region.|
|4.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, defends inside the line to let it pass. Dangled nice and juicily outside off by Anderson.|
|4.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball wide outside off, left alone.|
|4.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, full outswinger just outside off, solidly blocked down the pitch.|
|4.3||JM Anderson to KL Rahul, 1 run, inside half as he shuffles into the off side to try and get behind this. It trickles through square leg as he gets a nervous forward press at this.|
|4.2||JM Anderson to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, tickled down to fine leg. Full ball floats down with the angle and he helps himself with a deflection.|
Stephen Phillip: "because Kohli was off the field earlier today, he can't bat for the first 37 minutes of the innings. Thanks, but why 37 minutes? Must be a reason for such an odd number? Is it how long he was off for? And what if we get 9 wickets in less than 37 minutes?" --- Yes, that's how long he was off. It's either 37 minutes or bat at No. 7, whichever comes first (this is the law)
|4.1||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, 1 run, inside edge down to fine leg. Full ball floated up at off stump and he doesn't get close to it as he looks for the drive.|
|3.6||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short of a length just outside off, anxiously runs this into the slips off the face of the bat as it straightens. Soft hands.|
|3.5||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length just outside off, defended on the front foot.|
|3.4||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length ball just outside off, onto the back foot as he defends solidly.|
DM: "A pair for our most trusted opener!"
|3.3||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, nice control. Full ball just outside off, he gets to the pitch and stands tall as he caresses it through cover.|
|3.2||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, appeal for lbw but it's an afterthought. Length ball in at middle stump. Past his inside edge and onto back thigh as he brings down an angled bat for the defence, that's going over.|
|3.1||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length ball on off stump, blocked on the front foot.|
|2.6||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball just outside off, slides past the outside edge as he looks to swing.|
|2.5||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, well bowled. Outswinger from middle and off. Follows the swing and expertly blocks this.|
|2.4||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length at the corridor, blocked on the front foot.|
|2.3||JM Anderson to CA Pujara, No run, length ball outside off, left alone.|
Here is Pujara. Just for clarity, because Kohli was off the field earlier today, he can't bat for the first 37 minutes of the innings. That's about 21 minutes from now.
|2.2||JM Anderson to M Vijay, OUT, No run, got him! The one that slants in. He just finds a way to make you play. This is angled, not swing. Rises off a length. Vijay looks to block on the front foot and gets a thin inside edge. Bairstow has no issues. That's Anderson's 100th wicket at Lord's and 550th in Tests.|
Steve: "OK, enough of Broad, I'm ready for Woakes to bowl." --- You'd make a great Test captain
|2.1||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, length ball just outside off, defended solidly into the covers.|
|1.6||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short ball very wide. Doesn't get up at all. Dribbles through to the diving Jonny Bairstow.|
|1.5||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length ball wide outside off left alone.|
|1.4||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short of a length in the corridor. Gets his back leg into the off side, gets behind the line and defends.|
|1.3||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, short of a length ball slanting into the corridor. Climbs up too. Left alone.|
|1.2||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length ball slanted into the corridor. Blocked solidly on the front foot.|
|1.1||SCJ Broad to KL Rahul, No run, length at a sixth stump line outside off. Left alone.|
Speaking of India in England, on this day in 1948, independent India won its first Olympic Gold at Wembley stadium, beating hosts England in the final. Here is a fascinating account of that feat.
|0.6||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, short of a length and shaping away wide outside off, left alone.|
|0.5||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, full and down leg side. Looks to flick but can't get bat on it.|
|0.4||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, length and in at middle stump, defended to mid-on on the front foot.|
|0.3||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, length and wide outswinger outside off, left alone.|
|0.2||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, full outswinger outside off, pokes it towards mid-off with half a stride.|
|0.1||JM Anderson to M Vijay, No run, length and some shape away from off stump, dabbed into the off side. Very close to the body.|
|M Vijay||B JM Anderson||0||3||5||0||0||-|
|KL Rahul||C JM Bairstow B JM Anderson||8||29||14||2||0||57.14|
|CA Pujara||Run out OJ Pope||1||41||25||0||0||4|
|V Kohli||C JC Buttler B CR Woakes||23||73||57||2||0||40.35|
|AM Rahane||C AN Cook B JM Anderson||18||99||44||2||0||40.91|
|HH Pandya||C JC Buttler B CR Woakes||11||10||10||2||0||110|
|KD Karthik||B SM Curran||1||6||3||0||0||33.33|
|R Ashwin||LBW SCJ Broad||29||49||38||4||0||76.32|
|Kuldeep Yadav||LBW JM Anderson||0||19||11||0||0||-|
|Mohammed Shami||not out||10||9||3||2||0||333.33|
|I Sharma||LBW JM Anderson||0||7||3||0||0||-|
|AN Cook||C KD Karthik B I Sharma||21||42||25||4||0||84|
|KK Jennings||LBW Mohammed Shami||11||37||22||0||0||50|
|JE Root||LBW Mohammed Shami||19||82||53||2||0||35.85|
|OJ Pope||LBW HH Pandya||28||60||38||3||0||73.68|
|JM Bairstow||C KD Karthik B HH Pandya||93||202||144||12||0||64.58|
|JC Buttler||LBW Mohammed Shami||24||35||22||4||0||109.09|
|CR Woakes||not out||137||252||177||21||0||77.4|
|SM Curran||C Mohammed Shami B HH Pandya||40||67||49||5||1||81.63|
|M Vijay||C JM Bairstow B JM Anderson||0||10||8||0||0||-|
|KL Rahul||LBW JM Anderson||10||29||16||2||0||62.5|
|CA Pujara||B SCJ Broad||17||106||87||1||0||19.54|
|AM Rahane||C KK Jennings B SCJ Broad||13||55||33||2||0||39.39|
|V Kohli||C OJ Pope B SCJ Broad||17||57||29||2||0||58.62|
|HH Pandya||LBW CR Woakes||26||86||43||5||0||60.47|
|KD Karthik||LBW SCJ Broad||0||3||1||0||0||-|
|R Ashwin||not out||33||90||48||5||0||68.75|
|Kuldeep Yadav||B JM Anderson||0||8||7||0||0||-|
|Mohammed Shami||LBW JM Anderson||0||10||3||0||0||-|
|I Sharma||C OJ Pope B CR Woakes||2||11||7||0||0||28.57|