England tour of India, 2005/06 / Commentary

England in India Test Series - 3rd Test

India v England

England won by 212 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

India captain Rahul Dravid has won the toss and elected to field first.

0.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, starts off with a good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide and swinging away further, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

0.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, again pitched wide outside the off stump, swinging away from the left-hander, bit too wide to interest Strauss

0.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, fuller length delivery, hint of away swing, no shot offered

0.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, and again, good lenght delivery, Pathan getting the ball to swing away from the left-hander, Strauss watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

0.5

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, nice length and line, Strauss prods at it and the ball goes past Kumble at gully, bit of edge involved but the ball fell well short of the fielder, England and Strauss off the mark!

0.6

Pathan to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, hint of away swing, no shot offered, Pathan starts off with a decent over

Sreesanth to share the new ball with Pathan.

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)     

1.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, fulltoss outside the off stump, probably slipped out, plenty of away swing and Bell forces it away towards point

1.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, beauty! perfect line and length and Bell is beaten by the late away movement

1.3

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, good length delivery, hint of away swing, Bell gets behind the line and defends it away towards cover, early call and Strauss responds well, Bell off the mark with a quick single

1.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good line to the left-hander, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

1.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 3 runs, overpitched delivery outside the off stump and Struss punches it back all along the carpet to the long-off region, Tendulkar chases it down

1.6

Sreesanth to Bell, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Bell moves across a bit and nicely turns it away well wide of the midwicket fielder, easy two to end the over

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 8/0
IR Bell    3* (4b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    5* (8b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, hint of away movement but bit too wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

2.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, down the leg side on this occasion and Strauss leaves it through to the keeper, wrong line

2.3

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, shot! Pathan pitches it up looking for the swing, Strauss gets behind the line and punches it away straight back down the track to the long-on fence, excellent timing and placement

2.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

2.5

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away late, squares up Strauss and the ball zips past the outside edge, well bowled

2.6

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, turned away off the pads to deep midwicket, easy two

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    11* (14b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-8-0
IR Bell    3* (4b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended towards cover point

3.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another line and length delivery, Bell watchfully plays it away towards cover

3.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Bell gets behind the line and defends it down on the off side, calls for the single but Strauss quickly sends him back

3.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, edged away towards gully, Kumble does well and saves runs

3.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery, hint of away swing, no shot offered

3.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and this one held its line after hitting the deck, Bell had no option but to play at it and the ball zips past the outside edge, excellent delivery to end the over

End of over 4 (maiden) England 14/0
IR Bell    3* (10b)      S Sreesanth    2-1-6-0
AJ Strauss    11* (14b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-8-0

4.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good line and length delivery, no shot offered

4.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, better! good length delivery, this one moved away late after pitching close to the off stump line, Strauss defends on the back-foot and the ball rolls away off the edge, straight to Kumble at gully

4.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

4.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, bit too wide outside the off stump and Strauss happily leaves it through to the keeper

4.5

Pathan to Strauss, no run, and again, good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and shaping away from the left-hander, Strauss not interested

4.6

Pathan to Strauss, no run, full and on the stumps, was the slower delivery, Struss picks it up early, gets behind the line and defends it straight back down the track, end of a good over

End of over 5 (maiden) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    11* (20b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-8-0
IR Bell    3* (10b)      S Sreesanth    2-1-6-0

5.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, almost and yorker, Bell watchfully defends it away towards cover point

5.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards cover

5.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to Tendulkar at mid-off

5.4

Sreesanth to Bell, 2 runs, Sreesanth strays onto middle and leg and Bell nicely turns it away behind square on the leg side, it's a 7-2 field and Bell gets more than enough time to get back for the second

5.5

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 wide, wayward delivery outside the off stump and it's right called a wide by umpire Hair

5.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, better line and length, Bell gets right behind the ball and defends it with a straight bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

5.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery, this one came back in with the angle but not enough to make Bell play at it

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 17/0
IR Bell    5* (16b)      S Sreesanth    3-1-9-0
AJ Strauss    11* (20b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-8-0

6.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, probing line and length, Strauss defends it down on the leg side

6.2

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, pitched up on middle and leg stump line, Struss moves across just enough to get inside the line and clips it away through midwicket, lovely shot

6.3

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, Pathan once again strays onto middle and leg and Strauss works it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, two more added to the total, England off to a good start here

6.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

6.5

Pathan to Strauss, no run, turned away off the pads to the midwicket region, diving stop by Kaif there saves runs

6.6

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

Sreesanth to continue.

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 23/0
AJ Strauss    17* (26b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-14-0
IR Bell    5* (16b)      S Sreesanth    3-1-9-0

7.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, Bell shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

7.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Bell defends on the front-foot, ball clips the outside edge and rolls away straight to Kumble at gully

7.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another line and length delivery, Bell defends it towards cover

7.4

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, shot! short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Bell stays back and punches it away towards point, Harbhajan dives across and get a touch on it but the ball raced away to the fence, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get the placement right

7.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended towards cover

There seems to be some problem with the ball, play held up.

7.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short ball, pitched outside the off stump and angling back into the right-hander, Bell leans back and pulls it away straight to the fielder at midwicket

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 27/0
IR Bell    9* (22b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    17* (26b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-14-0

8.1

Pathan to Strauss, 3 runs, good length delivery, just the hint of away swing, Strauss pushes forward and drives it straight back down the track, Pathan on his follow-through gets a touch on it and the ball rolls away towards long-off

8.2

Pathan to Bell, no run, swinging in but drifting down the leg side, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the leg side

8.3

Pathan to Bell, no run, again drifting down the leg side, Bell fails to connect, ball clips the pad and rolls away towards square leg

8.4

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, hint of in swing and Bell ends up with an inside edge onto his pad, well bowled

8.5

Pathan to Bell, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, played away towards midwicket

8.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, probably the slower one, Bell drives it down to mid-off - not a well timed shot

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 30/0
IR Bell    9* (27b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-17-0
AJ Strauss    20* (27b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-1-13-0

9.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 leg bye, slightly short and drifting down the leg side, turned away to fine leg for an easy single

9.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit of extra bounce and late away swing, Bell plays inside the line and the ball goes through to the keeper

9.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, again fraction short, bit too wide outside the off stump and Bell shoulders arms

9.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, much better line and length, Bell gets forward and defends it down on the track

9.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, was there to be hit but Bell cuts it straight to the fielder at point, missed out there on some easy runs

9.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good line and length, Bell defends it away

First bowling change of the day - Munaf Patel replaces Pathan.

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) England 31/0
IR Bell    9* (32b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    5-2-13-0
AJ Strauss    20* (28b 2x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-17-0

10.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, starts off with a line and length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across the left-hander, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

10.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, hint of away swing and Strauss shoulders arms

10.3

Patel to Strauss, 2 runs, strays down the leg side and Strauss tucks it away behind square leg for a brace

10.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, pacey but bit wayward, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

10.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, quick bouncer, right on target, Strauss pulls away late

10.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length but wide of the off stump, Strauss leaves it alone for the keeper, Patel starts off with a decent over

Double bowling change, Kumble into the attack from the other end. Attacking field in place - slip, short leg, leg slip and a short cover in position

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 33/0
AJ Strauss    22* (34b 2x4)      MM Patel    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    9* (32b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    5-2-13-0

11.1

Kumble to Bell, no run, length ball, Bell drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

11.2

Kumble to Bell, no run, good line and length, driven straight back to the bowler

11.3

Kumble to Bell, no run, on the stump and turning away a touch, defended stretching well forward

11.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, Kumble right on the money straightaway, another probing delivery on the stumps and Bell defends it away towrads point

11.5

Kumble to Bell, no run, good line but too full on this occasion, Bell drives hard but fails to get it past the fielder at short cover

11.6

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, good length but down leg, Bell moves across a bit and works it away behind square on the leg side, easy single to end the over.

Time for drinks - England off to a good start here, Strauss and Bell have so far added 34 runs in 12 overs but more importantly they have seen off the new-ball threat.

End of over 12 (1 run) England 34/0
IR Bell    10* (38b 1x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    22* (34b 2x4)      MM Patel    1-0-2-0

12.1

Patel to Bell, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, no shot offered

12.2

Patel to Bell, no run, good line and back of a length, this one came back in sharply at a good pace, Bell watchfully plays it away towards cover

12.3

Patel to Bell, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

12.4

Patel to Bell, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, ball stayed a bit low after hitting the deck, Bell gets right on top of the bounce and cuts hard but fails to get it past Harbhajan at point

12.5

Patel to Bell, 1 run, good line and length delivery, Bell pushes forward and punches it away well in front of point, quick single taken

12.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, good line and length, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 13 (1 run) England 35/0
AJ Strauss    22* (35b 2x4)      MM Patel    2-0-3-0
IR Bell    11* (43b 1x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

13.1

Kumble to Bell, no run, defended down on the leg side

13.2

Kumble to Bell, no run, played away on the off side

13.3

Kumble to Bell, no run, quicker delivery, turning away from the right-hander, Bell forces it away towards cover

13.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, tossed up, defended watchfully

13.5

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, quicker delivery but drifting down the leg side, Bell moves across and works it away to fine leg for a single, should have taken two there

13.6

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the square leg region, easy single to end the over

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 37/0
AJ Strauss    23* (36b 2x4)      A Kumble    2-0-3-0
IR Bell    12* (48b 1x4)      MM Patel    2-0-3-0

14.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, good line and length delivery, Strauss pushes forward

14.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump and Strauss leaves it alone for the keeper

14.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, short of a length and outside off stump, angling away from the left-hander, no shot offered

14.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, short ball, bowled from round the stumps and coming in with the angle but not close enough to make Strauss play at it

14.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, again short and angling in, turned away towards midwicket

14.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, coming in with the angle, no shot offered

End of over 15 (maiden) England 37/0
AJ Strauss    23* (42b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-1-3-0
IR Bell    12* (48b 1x4)      A Kumble    2-0-3-0

15.1

Kumble to Bell, no run, played away on the off side

15.2

Kumble to Bell, no run, defended down on the leg side

15.3

Kumble to Bell, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended on the back-foot

15.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended away towards midwicket

15.5

Kumble to Bell, no run, good line and length delivery, Bell defends presenting the full face of the bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

15.6

Kumble to Bell, no run, fuller length delivery, driven straight to the fielder at backward point

News just filters in that Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the Indian cricket captain till the end of the coming World Cup. Bit of a defensive field in place now, just the two slips and a gully catching.

End of over 16 (maiden) England 37/0
IR Bell    12* (54b 1x4)      A Kumble    3-1-3-0
AJ Strauss    23* (42b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-1-3-0

16.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, defended straight back to the bowler

16.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length but way outside the off stump, Strauss lets it go past, Dhoni moves across and gloves it cleanly

16.3

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, turned away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

16.4

Patel to Bell, no run, pitched up and angling in, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

16.5

Patel to Bell, 2 runs, good length but down leg, nicely turned away to the fine leg region, played it late and got it wide of the fielder in the deep

16.6

Patel to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover

Harbhajan Singh into the attack now.

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 40/0
IR Bell    14* (57b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-1-6-0
AJ Strauss    24* (45b 2x4)      A Kumble    3-1-3-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, starts off with a short and wide delivery outside the off stump, bowled from round the stumps, Strauss rocks back and cuts it away to the vacant third man fence, easy runs

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, bit of extra bounce, Strauss stays back and drives it down to mid-off

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up and turning away from the left-hander, no shot offered

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, bit of width offered outside the off stump, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot and drives it straight to the fielder at cover

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, almost the same line and length, this time Strauss gets it past the fielder at cover

Over the wicket to the right-hander.

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, flighted delivery, pitched outside the off stump and turning in sharply, Bell goes right back and defends it down the leg side, short leg moves across quickly and cuts off the single

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 45/0
IR Bell    14* (58b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    29* (50b 3x4)      MM Patel    4-1-6-0

18.1

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, good length delivery, again bowled from round the stumps and this one came back in sharply, Strauss defends on the back-foot and the ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

Back to over the wicket for the right-hander.

18.2

Patel to Bell, FOUR, shot! half-volley outside the off stump, Bell pushes forward and drives it away through the narrow hole between mid-off and cover, excellent placement and the bondary brings up 50 for England!

18.3

Patel to Bell, no run, line and length, Bell lets it go past

18.4

Patel to Bell, no run, short and wide of the off stump, cut away late and the ball goes straight to the fielder at gully

18.5

Patel to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, swing and a miss, a rare bad shot from Bell

18.6

Patel to Bell, no run, good length delivery, coming in with the angle, defended on the front-foot

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 50/0
IR Bell    18* (63b 2x4)      MM Patel    5-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    30* (51b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-5-0

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, tossed up delivery, Strauss goes for the sweep, ball comes off the top edge, but luckily it falls in no-mans land

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, defended off the frontfoot

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, tossed up delivery outside off and turning into Bell, Bell stays back, offers the full face of the bat and defends

Change in bowling here, Dravid bring back Sreesanth for a quick burst before lunch

End of over 20 (1 run) England 51/0
IR Bell    18* (67b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    31* (53b 3x4)      MM Patel    5-1-11-0

20.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, starts off with a loosener, Strauss in defensive mode, defends the ball to Munaf Patel at midoff

20.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, good length delivery, on middle and off, Strauss gets into the line of the ball and works it away to deep fine-leg for a single, good quick return by Harbhajan Singh there keeeps it down to a single

Sreesanth comes in again, but looks like he loses his run up there

20.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good length delivery, just outside off and moving away, Bell lets it through to Dhoni behind the stumps

20.4

Sreesanth to Bell, OUT, finally the breakthrough! good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump, had four written all over it but Bell ends up slicing it straight to Harbhajan Singh placed behind point

IR Bell c Harbhajan Singh b Sreesanth 18 (101m 69b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.08

Bell was looking to drive on the up, failed to keep it down and the ball went straight to Singh at a comfortable height, Sreesanth with the all important breakthrough - Owais Shah is the next man in,

20.5

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, full and wide of the off stump, Shah leaves it alone for the keeper

20.6

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, played away on the leg side and that's the end of a successful over

End of over 21 (1 run) England 52/1
OA Shah    0* (2b)      S Sreesanth    6-2-14-1
AJ Strauss    32* (55b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, good line and length delivery, Strauss plays it away on the leg side for a single

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah comes down the track to the pitch of the delivery and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, under pressure Harbhajan drags it wide outside the off stump and Shah cuts it away past the fielder at point, off the mark in style! good positive shot that

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah defends it on the front-foot

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 no ball, line and length, Shah quickly goes back and plays it away on the leg side

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah defends it away on the leg side

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 58/1
OA Shah    4* (8b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0
AJ Strauss    33* (56b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    6-2-14-1

22.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling away further, no shot offered

22.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, down the leg side, was there to be hit but Strauss fails to connect

22.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line, driven down to mid-off

22.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, this one shaped back in a touch, Strauss defends late and the ball rolls away on the off side

22.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, probing line and length, again close to the off stump and Strauss presents the full face of the bat, ball rolls down to mid-off

22.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, bit wide outside the off stump and Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

Kumble back on now.

End of over 23 (maiden) England 58/1
AJ Strauss    33* (62b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    7-3-14-1
OA Shah    4* (8b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0

23.1

Kumble to Shah, 1 run, on the pads and Shah tucks it away to fine leg for a single, runs hard looking for the second but Sreesanth moves across quickly in the deep and cuts off the second run

23.2

Kumble to Strauss, no run, tossed up and turning back in, defended on the front-foot

23.3

Kumble to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the leg side

23.4

Kumble to Strauss, no run, fuller length delivery, defended with a straight bat and the ball rolls back to the bowler

23.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, slightly short, turning in from close to the off stump line, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot and defends it with a straight bat

23.6

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, full and on the legs, turned away well wide of the fielder at short leg, easy single to end the over

Sreesanth to continue, should be the last over before lunch

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 60/1
AJ Strauss    34* (67b 3x4)      A Kumble    4-1-5-0
OA Shah    5* (9b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    7-3-14-1

24.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, shaping back in but not enough to make Strauss play at it

24.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, turned away to fine leg for an easy single

24.3

Sreesanth to Shah, 2 runs, low fulltoss on the pads, probably the yorker gone wrong, Shah stays back and clips it away well wide of Pathan at mid-on, runs hard and comfortably makes it back for the second

24.4

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide to interest the batsman.

24.5

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good length delivery, bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the angle, Shah gets right behind the line and defends it straight back to the bowler

24.6

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good length delivery, the off-cutter, Shah defends it down on the off side, well played in the end.

And that's lunch on day one. England openers started off well after Dravid elected to bowl first, the seamers did not get as much assistance as expected, Bell and Strauss added 52 runs for the first wicket before Bell fell chasing a wide delivery outside the off stump, all in all the first session belonged to the visitors. We will be back in 35 mintues (12:40 IST / 07:10 GMT) time with the post lunch session, till then this is Sajan Nair signing off - be sure to join us after the break. Players are back, it will be Kumble to continue

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 63/1
OA Shah    7* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    8-3-17-1
AJ Strauss    35* (69b 3x4)      A Kumble    4-1-5-0

25.1

Kumble to Strauss, no run, on the pads, turned away on the leg side, no room for a single there

25.2

Kumble to Strauss, no run, fraction short, driven away off the back-foot to the cover region

25.3

Kumble to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot, get right on top of the bounce and cuts it away to the vacant third man fence

25.4

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, turned away on the leg side, easy single

25.5

Kumble to Shah, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, punched off the back-foot to the point region

25.6

Kumble to Shah, no run, full and on the stumps, defended leaning well forward

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 68/1
OA Shah    7* (15b 1x4)      A Kumble    5-1-10-0
AJ Strauss    40* (73b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    8-3-17-1

26.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, hint of away swing, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

26.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, once again Pathan goes wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

26.3

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, short of a good length delivery, just 120 kmp and Strauss gets all the time in the world to rock back and pull it away to the midwicket fence, bad ball put away in style!

26.4

Pathan to Strauss, 3 runs, more runs, Pathan strays on to middle and leg and Strauss flicks it away through midwicket, runs hard and comes back for the third

26.5

Pathan to Shah, no run, line and length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Shah gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

26.6

Pathan to Shah, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling away further, Shah leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 75/1
OA Shah    7* (17b 1x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-24-0
AJ Strauss    47* (77b 5x4)      A Kumble    5-1-10-0

27.1

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, full and on the pads, turned away to fine leg for an easy single

27.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, good delivery, probably the googly, Shah gets behind the line and defends it down safely

27.3

Kumble to Shah, 1 run, turned away towards the vacant square leg region, came off the inner half of the bat

27.4

Kumble to Strauss, no run, turning in from touch outside the off stump, defended on the back-foot

27.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, full and on the stumps, turned away straight to the fielder at short leg

27.6

Kumble to Strauss, no run, fraction short and this one skids across after hitting the deck, Strauss quickly goes back and turns it away straight to the fielder at short midwicket

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 77/1
AJ Strauss    48* (81b 5x4)      A Kumble    6-1-12-0
OA Shah    8* (19b 1x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-24-0

28.1

Pathan to Shah, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling across, no shot offered

28.2

Pathan to Shah, no run, on the pads and Shah turns it away towards square leg, diving stop by Jaffer there saves runs

28.3

Pathan to Shah, FOUR, half-volley outside the off stump, right in the slot and Shah thulps it straight back down the carpet to the long-off fence, good aggressive shot

28.4

Pathan to Shah, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and this one was a lot quicker than the previous delivery, Shah goes for the pulls and gets beaten by a long way

28.5

Pathan to Shah, FOUR, good length delivery on the pads, wrong line, Shah leans well forward and clips it away to the backward square leg fence, sweetly timed and the ball rocketed away to the fence

28.6

Pathan to Shah, FOUR, four more! pitched up outside the off stump, this one is again in the slot and Shah takes full toll, connects well with the straight-drive and the ball screams away to the long-off fence, end of an expensive over!

End of over 29 (12 runs) England 89/1
OA Shah    20* (25b 4x4)      IK Pathan    7-1-36-0
AJ Strauss    48* (81b 5x4)      A Kumble    6-1-12-0

29.1

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, turned away on the leg side for an easy single, this is good cricket from Strauss

29.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, defended down on the leg side

29.3

Kumble to Shah, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

29.4

Kumble to Shah, no run, hit on the pad tyring to defend, loud appeal for lbw turned down, worth a shout

29.5

Kumble to Shah, no run, defended on the front-foot

Pathan has been banished to fine-leg after that expensive over, Patel into the attack now

29.6

Kumble to Shah, no run

End of over 30 (1 run) England 90/1
OA Shah    20* (30b 4x4)      A Kumble    7-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    49* (82b 5x4)      IK Pathan    7-1-36-0

30.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

30.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, same line and length, no shot offered

30.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

30.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

30.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

30.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, turned away on the leg side, end of a good over

End of over 31 (maiden) England 90/1
AJ Strauss    49* (88b 5x4)      MM Patel    6-2-11-0
OA Shah    20* (30b 4x4)      A Kumble    7-1-13-0

31.1

Kumble to Shah, no run, googly, defended on the back-foot, well played

31.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, fraction short, turned away straight to Jaffer at short leg

31.3

Kumble to Shah, no run, full and outside the off stump, driven hard but straight to the fielder at cover

31.4

Kumble to Shah, no run, probing delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

31.5

Kumble to Shah, no run, on the middle and off stump line, turned away straight to Jaffer at shot

31.6

Kumble to Shah, no run, maiden! on the pads, Shah fails to connect, ball clips the pad and rolls away wide of Jaffer at short leg

End of over 32 (maiden) England 90/1
OA Shah    20* (36b 4x4)      A Kumble    8-2-13-0
AJ Strauss    49* (88b 5x4)      MM Patel    6-2-11-0

32.1

Patel to Strauss, FOUR, short rising delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across, Strauss gets right on top of the bounce and pulls it away to the midwicket fence and that's his fifty! nicely rolled his wrists over at the last moment to keep it down, well played

32.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

32.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Strauss defends it on the front-foot

32.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and going away with the angle, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

32.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, excellent line and length, Strauss pushes forward and defends it towards cover, well bowled and well played

32.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, short of a good length and angling in from outside the off stump, bowled from round the stumps, Strauss quickly picks up the line and leaves it through to the keeper

Slip and a short leg catching.

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 94/1
AJ Strauss    53* (94b 6x4)      MM Patel    7-2-15-0
OA Shah    20* (36b 4x4)      A Kumble    8-2-13-0

33.1

Kumble to Shah, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Shah quickly goes back and works it away towards midwicket

33.2

Kumble to Shah, 1 run, on the pads, turned away to fine leg for an easy single

33.3

Kumble to Strauss, no run, on the pads, driven down to long-on

33.4

Kumble to Strauss, no run, again on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at short midwicket

33.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, driven straight to Tendulkar at midwicket

33.6

Kumble to Strauss, no run, slightly short and turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the off side

End of over 34 (1 run) England 95/1
AJ Strauss    53* (98b 6x4)      A Kumble    9-2-14-0
OA Shah    21* (38b 4x4)      MM Patel    7-2-15-0

34.1

Patel to Shah, no run, surprise bouncer, fraction too short and Shah comfortably ducks under it

34.2

Patel to Shah, no run, and again, good bouncer on the stumps, Shah ducks under it, bit late on this occasion but nicely played in the end

34.3

Patel to Shah, no run, make that three in a row! again on the stumps and Shah tamely ducks under it

34.4

Patel to Shah, no run, almost! short of a good length delviery, coming in with the angle and Shah goes after it, not a well timed shot, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the pad, well bowled

34.5

Patel to Shah, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended down to mid-on, this is good bowling from the young man

34.6

Patel to Shah, no run, bit too wide outside the off stump and Shah leaves it through to the keeper, end of a happening over

End of over 35 (maiden) England 95/1
OA Shah    21* (44b 4x4)      MM Patel    8-3-15-0
AJ Strauss    53* (98b 6x4)      A Kumble    9-2-14-0

35.1

Kumble to Strauss, 3 runs, down the leg side and that's a bad delivery, Strauss gets well inside the line and clips it away fine, Pathan moves across quickly in the deep and cuts off the boundary

35.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, tossed up and turning across, defended stretching well forward

35.3

Kumble to Shah, FOUR, fraction short and turning away from the right-hander, Shah cuts hard and the ball flies off the outside edge, was in the air for sometime but went well wide of the fielder at gully, boundary brings up the 50 partnership!

35.4

Kumble to Shah, no run, leg-break outside the off stump, no shot offered

35.5

Kumble to Shah, no run, on the stumps, defended on the front-foot

35.6

Kumble to Shah, no run, full and on the stumps, defended stretching well forward

Drinks called for. Patel to continue.

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 102/1
OA Shah    25* (49b 5x4)      A Kumble    10-2-21-0
AJ Strauss    56* (99b 6x4)      MM Patel    8-3-15-0

36.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the wicket and coming in with the angle, Strauss stays back and turns it away straight to Tendulkar at square leg

36.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, Patel mixing it up nicely here, Strauss pushes forward and punches it straight to Pathan at mid-off

36.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, again angled into the right-hander, Strauss pushes forward and drives it down to mid-on

36.4

Patel to Strauss, 2 runs, full and on the pads and Strauss clips it away towards square leg, Tendulkar there dives across and half-stops it, saved a certain four

36.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, length ball, Strauss defends it away

36.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, good line and just short of a length, Strauss defends on the back-foot and the ball zips past the outside edge, good delivery to end the over

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 104/1
AJ Strauss    58* (105b 6x4)      MM Patel    9-3-17-0
OA Shah    25* (49b 5x4)      A Kumble    10-2-21-0

37.1

Kumble to Shah, no run, googly, the one that comes back into the right-hander, Shah goes right back and punches it away towards cover

37.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, leg-break on the middle and leg stump line, Shah leans well forward and defends it down on the leg side

37.3

Kumble to Shah, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, defended watchfully

37.4

Kumble to Shah, 1 run, full and on the pads, probably the quicker one, Shah turns it away behind square on the leg side for an easy single, excellent use of the wrist

37.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, drifting down the leg side and Strauss leaves it alone

37.6

Kumble to Strauss, no run, full and on the pads, turned away towards square leg

End of over 38 (1 run) England 105/1
AJ Strauss    58* (107b 6x4)      A Kumble    11-2-22-0
OA Shah    26* (53b 5x4)      MM Patel    9-3-17-0

38.1

Patel to Shah, no run, full and on the stumps, attempted yorker, defended down to mid-on

Two slips in place

38.2

Patel to Shah, no run, length ball outside the off stump, Shah goes after it and the ball rolls away off the inner half of the bat, mid-off moves in and fields

38.3

Patel to Shah, no run, bangs it in short, Shah comfortably ducks under it

38.4

Patel to Shah, 1 run, full and angling in, Shah gets forward and drives it down to mid-off, takes on Pathan there and makes it across safely

38.5

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, good length delivery down the leg side, Strauss works it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, yet another easy single added to the total

38.6

Patel to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, cutting in from outside the off stump, driven down to mid-off

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 107/1
OA Shah    27* (58b 5x4)      MM Patel    10-3-19-0
AJ Strauss    59* (108b 6x4)      A Kumble    11-2-22-0

39.1

Kumble to Strauss, no run, good line and length, Strauss defends it on the front-foot and the ball rolls away on the off side

39.2

Kumble to Strauss, no run, full and on the stumps, Strauss jams his bat down and the ball rolls back to the bowler

39.3

Kumble to Strauss, SIX, short ball, hopeless long-hop and Strauss pulls it away over the midwicket fence and that's the first six of the match. Strauss continues to pile on the runs, India badly need a breakthrough!

39.4

Kumble to Strauss, no run, line and length, Strauss defends it

39.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, length but down leg, Strauss keeps it out

39.6

Kumble to Strauss, no run, forced away towards mid-off, end of a good over for England

Sreesanth replaces Munaf Patel.

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 113/1
AJ Strauss    65* (114b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    12-2-28-0
OA Shah    27* (58b 5x4)      MM Patel    10-3-19-0

40.1

Sreesanth to Shah, 1 run, full and on the stumps, almost an yorker, Shah punches it straight back along the carpter to the mid-off region

40.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, length ball outside the off stump, angling across and Strauss leaves it alone for the keeper

40.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, again pitched wide outside the off stump and angling across, Sreesanth tyring to bore the batsman out and Strauss in turn is testing the spectators.

40.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

40.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, hint of reverse swing, defended down on the leg side

40.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, driven hard into the track and the ball lobs up over the bowler

Double bowling change - Harbhajan into the attack now.

End of over 41 (1 run) England 114/1
AJ Strauss    65* (119b 6x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    9-3-18-1
OA Shah    28* (59b 5x4)      A Kumble    12-2-28-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, turning in from outside the off stump, Shah stays back and works it away towards the vacant square leg region

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, pitched in line and turning across, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot and punches it back to the bowler

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, tossed up on the middle and off stump line, Strauss goes for the sweep and connects well, ball races away to the backward square leg fence, top shot

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, Strauss defends it away on the off side

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, line and length, Strauss defends it

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and spinning away further, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 119/1
AJ Strauss    69* (124b 7x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0
OA Shah    29* (60b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    9-3-18-1

42.1

Sreesanth to Shah, FOUR, good length delivery down the leg side, Shah gets inside the line and touches it away to the fine leg fence, nicely used the pace of the bowler there

42.2

Sreesanth to Shah, 2 runs, good length and wide of the off stump, Shah driven off the front-foot and the ball rolls away off the toe end of the bat, Tendulkar at cover gives chase and keeps it down to two

42.3

Sreesanth to Shah, 3 runs, on the stumps, punched well wide of the fielder at mid-o, runs hard and makes it back for the third, this is turning out to be a good over for England

42.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, turned away through square leg for an easy single

42.5

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good length delivery, bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the anlge, Shah watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

42.6

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good line and length, Shah defends it on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards cover

End of over 43 (10 runs) England 129/1
OA Shah    38* (65b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    10-3-28-1
AJ Strauss    70* (125b 7x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, wide half volley, turning away further, Strauss not interested

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, good length but wide of the off stump, Strauss rocks back and cuts late, ball races away to the third man fence, excellent placement

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, leg side delivery, turned down to fine leg for an easy single

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good length but wide of the off stump, turning in sharply and Shah is beaten outside the off stump, well bowled

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, quicker delivery, turned away towards silly mid-on, Harbhajan moves across and cuts off the single

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 2 byes, leg side delivery, Shah fails to connect and Dhoni is bit late on it, two more added to the total.

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 136/1
OA Shah    38* (68b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-22-0
AJ Strauss    75* (128b 8x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    10-3-28-1

44.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump, Strauss offers no shot

44.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, again bit too wide outside the off stump and Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

44.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

44.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good line and length delivery, Strauss drives hard but fails to get it past the fielder at mid-off

44.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, fulltoss outside the off stump, horrible delivery to say the least, easy picking for Strauss and he finds the gap between the cover fielders

44.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, length ball outside the off stump, Strauss leaves it for Dhoni

Time for drinks Strauss and Shah have so far added 88 runs for the second wicket and they are looking good for more, there is nothing in this pitch for the bowlers and the batsmen are in full control here.

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 140/1
AJ Strauss    79* (134b 9x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    11-3-32-1
OA Shah    38* (68b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-22-0

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, defended back to the bowler

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, tossed up and turning in, Shah comes down the track and slaps it away well in front of square on the leg side, Tendulkar fails to stop it cleanly and the ball races away to the fence, a rare mis-field that from the little master

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, defended down on the leg side

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, wide outside the off stump, cut away straight to the fielder at point

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good line and length, Shah works it away towards midwicket

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 144/1
OA Shah    42* (74b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-26-0
AJ Strauss    79* (134b 9x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    11-3-32-1

46.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the fine leg region, easy single takes Strauss to 80

46.2

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, wide outside the off stump, was the slower one, Shah leaves it through to the keeper

Two slips and a gully in place.

46.3

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, off-cutter, defended down the track, Sreesanth moves across quickly, picks up the ball and threatens to thow it back

46.4

Sreesanth to Shah, 1 run, good line and back of a length, Shah goes for the pull and the ball rolls away off the inner half of the bat

46.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, pitched wide outside the off stump and angling across, no shot offered

46.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

End of over 47 (2 runs) England 146/1
AJ Strauss    80* (137b 9x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    12-3-34-1
OA Shah    43* (77b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-26-0

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, good line and length, Shah defends on the front foot and the ball rolls down the track

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, turned away behind square on the leg side

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, driven away to fine leg

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended down on the leg side, short leg dives across and half stops

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, on the pads, turned away with the break to the fine leg region, easy single

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flighted delivery, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, no shot offered

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 149/1
AJ Strauss    81* (139b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-0
OA Shah    45* (81b 7x4)      S Sreesanth    12-3-34-1

48.1

Kumble to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah drives through the off side

48.2

Kumble to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah defends it

48.3

Kumble to Shah, no run, flatter on the middle, defends with the full face of the bat

48.4

Kumble to Shah, no run, pitched on the leg and middle, turned to the short leg

48.5

Kumble to Shah, no run, bit of bounce and turn.Pitched on middle and turned away, watched carefully and turned to off

48.6

Kumble to Shah, no run, good line and length delivery, Shah defends on the front foot and the ball rolls straight to Jaffer at short leg

End of over 49 (maiden) England 149/1
OA Shah    45* (87b 7x4)      A Kumble    13-3-28-0
AJ Strauss    81* (139b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-0

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, no shot offered

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, tossed up on the stumps, turning across, Strauss gets forward and defends it down on the off side

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, beauty, on the stumps and turning away sharply, Strauss is beaten by the extra bounce

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, good line and length, Strauss drives it straight back to the bowler

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, flat delivery, turning across the left-hander, Strauss gets forward and drives it well wide of the fielder at cover, 150 comes up for England

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker delivery on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at square leg

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 151/1
AJ Strauss    83* (145b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-31-0
OA Shah    45* (87b 7x4)      A Kumble    13-3-28-0
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India v England at Mumbai - Mar 18-22, 2006
England won by 212 runs
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