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Dileep Premachandran

Of delays and curses

Nice guy spoils thriller

Mar 7, 2006: Rahul Dravid is an outstanding cricketer, the most classical batsman in the world today. And he is one of the good guys - polite, modest and thoughtful. But at Nagpur, in a Test that had more twists than a racetrack, the biggest twist of all was that Drav

Tim de Lisle

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur

'England's ascendancy was nothing less than astonishing'

Mar 6, 2006: Matthew Hoggard was such a massive influence and really, for a team missing four of its Ashes heroes, England's ascendancy was nothing less than astonishing

Graham Gooch

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

Flintoff applauds England's character

Mar 5, 2006: Andrew Flintoff, England's captain, today said his team was not unnerved by the late assault launched by India

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

Kicking against expectation

Mar 5, 2006: It was a bizarre end to a bizarre match: brilliant in its own sort of way, always kicking against expectation, writes Paul Coupar

Paul Coupar in Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

A daring surprise at the end

Mar 5, 2006: A hundred and twenty nine runs came from the final session at about a run-a-ball but the game was never realistically on

Rahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

Under-strength England expose Indian weakness

Mar 5, 2006: This was a Test match dominated by an under-strength English side

Dileep Premachandran in Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

Lighting up the leg side

Mar 5, 2006: Wasim Jaffer's exquisite touch on the leg side was the highlight of his maiden century

S Rajesh and Kanishkaa Balachandran

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 5th day

Audacious India light up the draw

Mar 5, 2006: India's brave attempt at a run chase was ended by Steve Harmison and bad light as the first Test ended in a draw

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

England in India, 2005-06

Yuvraj winning fitness battle

Mar 4, 2006: Yuvraj Singh is expected to be fit for the second Test against England

ESPNcricinfo staff

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Easy Cook books place in history

Mar 4, 2006: Paul Coupar describes how Alastair Cook booked his place in history with a ton on debut for England

Paul Coupar at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Taken to the cleaners

Mar 4, 2006: Today showed that `the boys got their flannels dirty' is no longer a barometer of a side's fielding

Rahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Cook confirms his class

Mar 4, 2006: Alastair Cook showed he has the talent and technique to survive and prosper with his debut performance of 60; in the second innings, he showed he has the appetite for runs too

S Rajesh and Kanishkaa Balachandran

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day

"Dropped catches don't help" - Kaif

Mar 4, 2006: While more or less admitting that an Indian win was unlikely, Mohammad Kaif was quietly confident that India could save the match

Dileep Premachandran at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 4th day

Cook's debut century drives England

Mar 4, 2006: Alastair Cook cut Harbhajan Singh past point for four to go to a brilliant maiden Test century, as England's lead extended past the 350-mark at Nagpur

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

Reversing the cliches

Mar 3, 2006: Paul Coupar tells how Matthew Hoggard helped put paid to some cricketing cliches on a good day for England

Paul Coupar at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

A day of fightbacks

Mar 3, 2006: Rahul Bhattacharya considers a wholesome day of Test cricket and one which involved fightback after fightback

Rahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

Discipline wins the day

Mar 3, 2006: England's bowlers and Mohammad Kaif reaped the rewards of keeping it tight

On the Ball by S Rajesh

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

Succumbing to swing

Mar 3, 2006: Dileep Premachandran considers how Matthew Hoggard's swing did for India's batsmen on the third day at Nagpur

Dileep Premachandran at Nagpur

India v England, 1st Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

England seize the day with late strikes

Mar 3, 2006: Matthew Hoggard took the morning plaudits with a peerless display of swing bowling; Mohammad Kaif and Anil Kumble earned the afternoon honours with an invaluable eighth wicket stand of 128, but it was the debutant Monty Panesar who stole the headlines

The Bulletin by Andrew Miller
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