Pataudi Trophy - 1st Test

England v India

England won by 196 runs

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

1130 Some of the India team are out there, Zaheer looking flint-eyed and determined. The umpires follow and the mighty Rahul Dravid is the last out. And now, time for a huddle. "Well of course" I assume. Here come the England batsmen, Strauss bounding out Cook following. Lord's is full. Zaheer will start to Strauss, three slips and a gully lurk. Play!

1125 Sometime soon we'll have cricket. It will be such a relief. Alec Stewart, whose shirt and tie is cut from cardboard it seems, rings the bell we're ready to go.

1120 Anyway even more important than all of that is today is also 'Chance to Shine Awareness Day' at Lord's. The charity's programme started in 2005 with the task of bring cricket back to inner-city and comprehensive schools. It has engaged over one million children in nearly 4,000 state schools in the UK. It's certainly a cause worth supporting, and you can find them online.

1110 Another big feature of this Test is the lack of technology. The DRS for lbws won't have any Hawk Eye, Hot Spot, pitch map. For what it's worth I think you get more correct decisions with technology so I think it's a shame it's not being used. Anyway, I'm sure we'll return to that issue when someone is triggered from a ball that pitched outside leg.

By the way if you're using Google Chrome (or a super-modern browser), try our dedicated and rather elegant full-screen (no adverts!) app here

1105 At the moment the BCCI and ECB administrators are doing their thing, smiling, hand-shaking, posing for pictures and insisting the captains join them. Bah.

Good move from Dhoni at the toss and means we are treated to Zaheer v Strauss straight away. Zaheer is such a skilful operator, I hope the extra timber he seems to be carrying doesn't inhibit him. Inshant Sharma looked very good in West Indies so Cook and Strauss will have a really tough first hour in murky conditions. It would be fitting if the first hour of the 2000th (ish) Test is a real tussle. 38 for 1 with lots of playing and missing, perhaps.

I say 2000th (ish) because that includes the Australia v World XI farce in 2005.

1100 "Heads," calls Dhoni... heads it is! India won the toss and will field first. PK plays, Raina plays, Yuvi and Sree don't.

England go with Broad over Bresnan. Close call, that. Both captains look surprisingly relaxed as they wax the typical toss cliches.

More informative is the masterful Madhu: "Since the start of 2009, India have played 24 Tests winning 12 and losing three. However, they have won the toss on only seven occasions but have not lost the match on any of those occasions. While batting first, they have won four and lost one and while chasing, they have won eight and lost two."

Confirmation that the teams look like this:

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Andrew Strauss (capt), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Chris Tremlett.

India 1 Abhinav Mukund, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Praveen Kumar.

1055 The captains have donned their blazers, toss imminent. Bowl first? Surely. Lord's doesn't even deteriorate any more. Gnasher informs us that "everyone waiting for Mr Dhoni to arrive at the toss. Is he doing a Ganguly?" Haha, I love that Kolkata giant. Wow, Pawar and Lorgat are posing with commemorative medals at the toss, there are about 10 people out there for it.

1050 Okay, the main cover is off again. The toss is scheduled for 1100 so we're not far away. The players are dotted around the field, along with all sorts of other characters. This must be horrible for the players, all the build up and now this uncertainty. Wonder how Tendulkar feels. Does he feel anything? "Another to Tendulkar's list- If he scores a century, he will join Ricky Ponting as the contemporary batsman with most hundreds ( 8 ) against England. Presently, Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis have seven each," says Madhu, who is in flying form this morning.

1045 Gah. Covers back on, again. All this does is create more space for hype which this match and series really doesn't need. Anyway, excitingly enough, you can also get stats on your twitter feed now. Just follow S Rajesh, Cricinfo's Stats editor extraordinaire.

1040 First chirp of the morning from Andrew Gnasher McGlashan, who is at Lord's. "A whole host of suits out in the middle: Sharad Pawar, Haroon Lorgat, Giles Clarke, Srinivasan, Shashank Manohar. Oh, to be a fly on the wall." Good grief, what a line-up. Maybe between them next time they'll organise India more than one warm-up match before an enormous game. Does a disservice to the occasion really.

Here's Madhu, again: "In Tests since 1990, the average score in the team first innings at Lord's has been 355. The scores however, have ranged from South Africa's 682 in 2003 to Pakistan's 74 in 2010. There have been 28 scores of 400 or more and 16 scores under 200 in the same period."

1035 Yes! Cover off again. Also, get with the times kids, and find us on Twitter. George Binoy is about, as are Nitin Sundar, Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill. Not to mention that indefatigable pair, Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan, who are both at Lord's and are well worth following.

Speaking of team Cricinfo, in about 10 minutes, Nitin Sundar will kick off a live chat. Head over and send in your emails, but promise to come back. Sambit Bal and Andrew Miller will take part in a discussion during the lunch break.

1030 We'll almost certainly have a delayed start which gives a chance to ponder the thoughts of Andrew Miller in his series preview.

There is a scene in the acclaimed documentary Fire in Babylon in which the great West Indians of the 1970s and 80s reflect on the "Calypso" generation that preceded their rise to world domination. Turning up, giving everyone a good show, then losing in a charming fashion - just as they did on the tied-Test tour of Australia in 1960-61 - was a trait that may have proved endearing, but it was one that Clive Lloyd's mean machine soon made it their mission to banish.

1025 Right, first gloomy news of the day, inevitably it's from the weather. The main cover is back on and according to the Lord's official Twitter feed "the umpires will inspect the pitch at 10:50am". So there we go. Some other news swirling Twitter is on England's selection, Stuart Broad is battling against Tim Bresnan for the third-seamer spot. The good news for all of you who enjoy a pantomime villain is that Broad might have edged it.

1015 Thanks George, morning everyone. I'm rather excited. Pleased to say it's stopped raining but the thick clouds make it an interesting toss. Looks bowl-first conditions. We'll find out what the captains think soon but for now you can feast on all the preview work we've done.

Madhu, who wrote our stats preview, has this: "Since 1990, England have won seven and lost three of the 14 matches when they have won the toss. When they bat first after winning the toss, they have won four and lost two out of nine Tests. Their last defeat while batting first after winning the toss at Lord's was the nine-wicket loss to New Zealand in 1999."

1005: There was some drizzle in London, like there usually is, earlier in the morning but it's cleared up a bit. No sunshine to report at the moment, though some players are out of the field, scampering around.

We've been rolling out stories in our build-up to the 2000th Test for a while now. You can read them all here.

Sahil Dutta's walked into our London office so over to him for a while.

0945: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players ..." wrote Shakespeare all those years ago. And what a stage we have today. The 2000th Test, the 100th between England and India. The beginning of the battle for No. 1. And all of it at Lord's. Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the Pataudi Trophy. It promises to be memorable.

England need to win this series by a margin of at least two Tests to wrest the No. 1 ranking from India. It's a goal they have been pursuing with determination. India have found ways to win from improbable situations in recent months. They are the best according to the ICC, but are prone to bouts of vulnerability, especially at the start of series.

And then there's Sachin Tendulkar, who made his first Test century in this country in 1990 (I was not even seven years old at the time!), and is now pursuing his 100th. His preparation for Lord's, where he's not made more than 37, has been intensely scrutinised in the lead up to this match. Will Lord's witness a celebration of Tendulkar's 100th century?

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, movement straight away! Off the seam. Nips back a touch from a shortish length. Strauss shapes to play but leaves alone

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer on off stump now, just short of a good length. Offers to move away and Strauss dead-bats down the pitch

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, that's the length to Strauss. Full, inviting a drive outside off, Strauss leaves alone

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, real, gloomy, swinging conditions these. Great stuff. Again Zaheer is full and again Strauss flags it through

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, first real sign of swing from Zaheer. Bends away late but no great pace as yet

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, after one that goes away this comes back in. Fair to say that was a tidy but not devastating over. No real pace from Zaheer, he's been short of work of late

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Alastair Cook is England's batting giant at the moment but he won't face Ishant straight away. Instead it's Praveen Kumar. Pitch-up swing bowler at about 75mph, funny that Fletcher likes that these days.

1.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, good grief! This has swung about 14 yards! Starts outside leg and snakes past the outside edge

1.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, and again! Cook beaten! Kumar is swinging it a mile at no pace at all. Fascinating really

1.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, once again I'm stunned by how far it's swinging. I imagine Cook is too

1.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, good lines from Kumar and Cook rocks forward to block

"The load on cricinfo website today makes me fear a crash. Hope you guys are equiped for the occasion." You and me both, Eskay. Sachin's not even batting yet. But don't worry, we're prepared.

1.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook seems to have lined it up a bit better now and is in a good position to defend

"Zaheer v Strauss in Tests before this game - 290 balls, 100 runs, 5 dismissals. Average 20; Run-rate 2.06 per over," chirps stats editor Rajesh.

1.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, Kumar switches to round the wicket and induces a wild swish from Cook outside off stump. Two maidens to begin with

End of over 2 (maiden) England 0/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0

2.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, too wide here, outside off and seaming away further. Strauss happy to have another sighter

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, again it's well outside off and left alone

Both sides quite tentative at the moment.

2.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, touch short from Zaheer, too wide as well

Rajesh, a different one, obviously likes what he is seeing: "Ah..The beauty of watching test cricket in Lords or rather England if I say..Lush green outfield, milky white attire of the players, shiny red cherry, gloomy n swinging conditions to name a few... Icing on the cake - IND-ENG fighting for top spot supremacy...Blissful!"

2.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, that's the one! Much better from Zaheer and it's in Strauss's nervy area. Full, swinging away outside off stump. Strauss pushes tentatively at it and misses. Zaheer is sufficiently pleased to have his first stare of the series

2.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, good ball again, full and swinging away. Strauss wanted to play, then leave, then play before finally leaving. Zaheer stares again, he's warming into his task now

2.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, three maidens on the bounce and it's a smart finish to the over from the bowler. After a couple going away this gives Strauss a fright as it swings in towards off stump when he left alone

"The applause at the end of first over maiden of Zaheer reminds me of the wimbledon court scenes where they applaud after a neat game," adds Karthik.

End of over 3 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (12b)      Z Khan    2-2-0-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-0

Kumar is back over the wicket. Three slips and two gully fielders in place.

3.1

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, Cook is away and England are away, finally! Starts with a boundary too. Short from Kumar, which at his pace is a sin, Cook leaps into a cut shot. Harbhajan laboured after it but couldn't really dive well enough

3.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, better length - fuller - finds more swing too but Cook leaves it well alone

3.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, Kumar starts this from about a stump wide of leg and it swings early but a long way past off

3.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, Kumar must be delighted to have conditions like this. Cook I imagine is less pleased, but he defends solidly

Hari Rajagopalan writes: "Praveens swing reminds me of Balwinder Singh Sandhu who was slower than Praveen but had the similar swing with the new ball." Slower than Praveen?

3.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, this raps Cook high on the pad. Kumar had a lengthy appeal but you don't need Hawk Eye to tell you that was going over

3.6

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook is very handy off his hip and clips a single to fine leg to keep the strike

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 5/0
AN Cook    5* (12b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-1-5-0
AJ Strauss    0* (12b)      Z Khan    2-2-0-0

4.1

Khan to Cook, no run, good lines from Zaheer, good length too. Seems to be getting through his action better than the creaky first over. Cook leaves alone

4.2

Khan to Cook, 1 leg bye, lovely delivery, this swings in late and a long way, Cook ended up overbalancing, which is what makes Zaheer so brilliant. Thudded off the pad and squirted away past short leg

4.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, a man just went back to deep square and Zaheer banged it in short. Strauss aimed a pull shot but could only bottom edge. Looked a nervy shot

4.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, back to the full length, again trying to catch the batsman out of position with an inswinger. Strauss pats to mid-on

4.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss is away, sweet relief for him. Taps to cover and hares down the other end

4.6

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook is hanging back, as is his way, but Zaheer is full and drags him forward to defend to cover. Real tough examination this

Speaking of Cook, Madhu has yet more stats: "Alastair Cook has scored 11 centuries since the start of 2009, the highest by any batsman. Tendulkar and Kallis are joint-second, with ten centuries each. In his last 30 innings before the match, he has scored nine hundreds."

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 7/0
AN Cook    5* (15b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-2-1-0
AJ Strauss    1* (15b)      P Kumar    2-1-5-0

5.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this bananas well outside off and Strauss happily leaves alone

Good move from Kumar, switches round the wicket. Angle it in, swing it away, clip the edge, celebrate. That's the theory, at least.

5.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, starts too far outside off and Strauss can happily leave. Has to make him play soon

5.3

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, that's the right line, heading for middle before tailing away. Strauss leans forward and with the softest of hands runs it off the face past the slips

5.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook happy to wave another through. Lord's is packed but there is barely a murmur from the crowd. They sense the tension

5.5

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, the change-up inswinger to the left-hander is neatly clipped off the legs to deep midwicket

5.6

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, again Kumar is on the pads and he's again clipped to deep square. Plenty of swing for Kumar but it's early and at a gentle pace

There's something to Raghu's analogy here, but I can't quite figure out what it is: "Did every one observe, Just the old train started like,

four , one , leg bye Koou - chuk - chukk

four , one , legbye Kooo - chukk - chukkkkkk

There are 11 stations to stop in btw, Lets see how this 2000th Test goes on ..." Er.

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    9* (18b 1x4)      P Kumar    3-1-10-0
AJ Strauss    2* (18b)      Z Khan    3-2-1-0

6.1

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss in a good position to defend. Gets well forward and it runs off the inner-half of the bat to midwicket

6.2

Khan to Cook, no run, mix-up! If Sharma had hit Strauss would have gone! Cook blocked firmly to mid-on, Strauss wanted a single which Cook rightly recognised wasn't there. Strauss took months to turn back and Sharma had two stumps to aim at! First chance of the series goes begging

6.3

Khan to Cook, no run, less alarm this time, just solid defence

6.4

Khan to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, it's still deathly quiet out there

These two teams are so closely matched, I wonder how important fielding will be in separating them. India have been sluggish this morning.

6.5

Khan to Cook, 3 runs, Cook moves into double figures with another neat clip off his toes

"I think PK is a new age Venky Prasad," writes Shishank Dahiya. Or even a Debasis Mohanty.

6.6

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss this time get's to work off his legs. Touch too short from Zaheer and worked nicely

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    5* (20b)      Z Khan    4-2-7-0
AN Cook    12* (22b 1x4)      P Kumar    3-1-10-0

Solid start from the England pair now and Madhu, who has started better than anyone this series, has this: "Among opening pairs with 2000-plus partnership runs in Tests since 2000, Cook and Strauss have the lowest rate of scoring (3.21). Sehwag and Gambhir have a scoring rate of 4.66 in the same period. Hayden and Langer, the most prolific opening pair in Tests since 2000, scored at a run-rate of 3.80 and shared the most century stands (14)"

7.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, full and solidly driven to mid-off, where Sharma fumbles. Annoyingly

7.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, this is too far outside off stump to interest Cook

7.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, better line from Kumar and still plenty of swing, but Cook has lined them up better than the first couple of overs

7.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, good delivery, this didn't swing as much and Cook looked surprised as he blocked

7.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, left all alone again outside off. I fancy it's time to let Sharma loose

7.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook rocks forward, defends crisply to mid-on. Tidy over but didn't feel threatening, which in conditions like these, with a new ball, doesn't seem quite right

End of over 8 (maiden) England 18/0
AN Cook    12* (28b 1x4)      P Kumar    4-2-10-0
AJ Strauss    5* (20b)      Z Khan    4-2-7-0

8.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer looks the sharper of the two. Swings this into Strauss who decided late, too late, to leave. It clipped the bat as he tried to lift it out of trouble. The bottom edge went safe, but easily could have rattled the stumps

8.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, easier for Strauss here as he leaves alone outside off. Fair to say the England captain hasn't really found where his off stump is as yet, he's looked very tentative

8.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, beaten! Lovely ball, zipping away from a good length and climbing past Strauss's poke

8.4

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss will be relieved to have got down the other end. Works this into the leg side and speeds off for one

8.5

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook makes a good comparison to Strauss at the moment. To a similar delivery outside off he gets crisply forward and defends with a full face. His movements are so much more certain

8.6

Khan to Cook, no run, Zaheer drags his length back a touch and Cook stands tall to block to leg

End of over 9 (1 run) England 19/0
AN Cook    12* (30b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-2-8-0
AJ Strauss    6* (24b)      P Kumar    4-2-10-0

9.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Kumar continues and he's far too wide here. Strauss delighted to let it go again

9.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, much better from Kumar, fuller and a tighter line. Swings enough to slide off the edge but it goes down to gully

9.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, poor shot from Strauss, really poor. He's really fighting himself here. Feels for this with no intent at all outside off and the ball ghosts the edge

9.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, in form Strauss would have clipped this away blindfolded, as it is he misses a fullish leg-stump delivery and it squirts off the pads

9.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this time it's far enough outside off stump for Strauss to leave comfortably

9.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, slow, full, straight and driven with no timing at all to mid-off.

Real throw back those first 10 overs and here is Liam to tell you more.

End of over 10 (maiden) England 19/0
AJ Strauss    6* (30b)      P Kumar    5-3-10-0
AN Cook    12* (30b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-2-8-0

Thanks, Sahil. A slow burner so far, but one wicket could change that.

10.1

Khan to Cook, no run, seam rather than swing for Zaheer, coming back in to Cook who defends with a hop

Jeff Thompson in the crowd. I wonder if he still trains on whiskey?

10.2

Khan to Cook, no run, coming in once again, tucked defensively to leg

Stat alert, from our Madhusudhan: Cook and Strauss need 54 runs more to become only the second pair to aggregate more than 1000 partnership runs at a particular ground. The Jayawardene-Sangakkara pair has aggregated 1538 runs at SSC followed by the Jayawardene-Samaraweera pair which has aggregated 982 runs also at SSC.

10.3

Khan to Cook, no run, fuller, nibbling around outside off and Cook opts for defence

10.4

Khan to Cook, no run, the line goes a little wider, Cook gets across to cover the off stump and leaves well alone

10.5

Khan to Cook, no run, Zaheer's line has been good in this over, once again he tests Cook on off stump. This time the the batsman lunges well forward in defence

10.6

Khan to Cook, OUT, got him! Zaheer pings Cook's pad with one that didn't swing as much as he thought it would. Cook was right back on his stumps, looking to defend towards mid-on, but the ball zipped through his defences and would have taken out the top of middle and leg. First blood to India!

AN Cook lbw b Khan 12 (44m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Madhu's stats jinx worked a treat there. That was an odd appeal though, almost an after thought.

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) England 19/1
     Z Khan    6-3-8-1
AJ Strauss    6* (30b)      P Kumar    5-3-10-0

11.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, curving across Strauss's bows, and left alone

11.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, slipping towards leg this time, Strauss can't get a touch on the leg glance

"And everyone was saying Zaheer was under Cooked," chuckles Amol.

11.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, swinging from outside leg, towards off, and it's nudged to mid-on

11.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, pushed further outside off, left alone

11.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this swung away through the air, pitched, and went the other way. Good take from Dhoni, who had to shift his weight. Left alone by Strauss

11.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, and another leave to end the over

Well, I think Praveen might be in some bother about running on the pitch. Billy Bowden is just having a look and a word with Dhoni. No official warning yet.

End of over 12 (maiden) England 19/1
AJ Strauss    6* (36b)      P Kumar    6-4-10-0
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      Z Khan    6-3-8-1

12.1

Khan to Trott, 1 leg bye, Khan, staying over the wicket to Trott, bends his back to extract some life from the pitch. This one hit the seam and rose towards the arm-pit as Trott set himself for a whip to leg. Off the body and they sprint through

12.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, leaving the left-hander off the pitch outside off, and duly left alone

12.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, slanting even further away from Strauss, who will be happy just to have a look at this slippery new ball without having to play too often at it

12.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, Strauss is drawn forward into a drive, but has to reach for the ball and toe-ends the shot into the covers

"thought its you Liam..! so is it "AN Cook lbw b Liam 12" or "AN Cook lbw b Madhu 12"..?? " Senthil, and many others, have pointed out the magesty of Madhu's jinxing.

12.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, gasps from around the field as this one fizzes past the outside edge, but Strauss played deliberately inside the line of one that straightened just outside off

12.6

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, glanced off the hip behind square on the leg side

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 21/1
AJ Strauss    7* (41b)      Z Khan    7-3-9-1
IJL Trott    0* (1b)      P Kumar    6-4-10-0

Praveen Kumar will have a go from round the stumps, good idea. Two slips and a gully awaiting the edge.

13.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, good, probing start. Strauss comes forward in defence to one that wobbles away from him

13.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Kumar's line goes slightly wider of off, bananas away from Strauss and is easily left alone

13.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this is mesmerising stuff. Kumar went really wide on the crease and his arm came over slightly lower, a touch slingy, but still he finds prodigious movement. Going from leg to off, and Strauss defends

13.4

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, a touch too straight this time, and Strauss finds a single on the leg side

Given that his surname is Brain, this is pretty thoughtless from David, all the more so since I'm Zimbabwean! "Just so I know, is the commentary meant to be impartial? Or are commentators expected to give one eyed bias towards India?" Bah. No more of that, please.

13.5

Kumar to Trott, 1 run, drop-and-run from Trott, quick single taken as the ball dribbles away

13.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, great finish! Praveen comes back over the wicket to snake one past Strauss's outside edge

Was that the real David Brain we just heard from?

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 23/1
AJ Strauss    8* (46b)      P Kumar    7-4-12-0
IJL Trott    1* (2b)      Z Khan    7-3-9-1

First change of the day, Ishant Sharma replaces Zaheer and he'll bowl to three slips and a gully. Man at short leg too

14.1

Sharma to Trott, no run, the loosener is well wide of off stump and left alone by Trott

14.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, spice! Trott has to whip his head out of the way as a bouncer leaps past his right shoulder. One for the over

"For a cricinfo reader, getting a comment published during this test will give a feeling similar a player getting his name on Lord's' honour board." Consider that your century, Guruprasad.

14.3

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, rising off a length, aimed towards leg stump. Trott gets inside the line to flick to leg

14.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Ishant's line is a bit all over the place at the moment, this time he shoots one down leg and Strauss can't get close

14.5

Sharma to Strauss, FOUR, short, wide and wild outside off. Strauss collects his first boundary by swaying back and slashing the uppercut down to third man

14.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, this is better from Sharma, full just outside off. Strauss comes forward to leave alone

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 28/1
AJ Strauss    12* (49b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-5-0
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      P Kumar    7-4-12-0

15.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott gets across to defend Kumar's outswinger towards extra cover, the batsman half forward

15.2

Kumar to Trott, no run, another gentle outswinger, this one pitched right up to the bat to invite the drive. Trott resists, shouldering arms

15.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, another away swinger, another leave. He could've done with a bit more of these variations when there were two left-handers at the crease. They were allowed to leave the ball far too often

15.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott steps into a drive that sends the ball rolling towards mid-on

15.5

Kumar to Trott, 2 runs, clipped firmly through square leg, Sharma sprints across and slides to cut it off

Interestingly, a leg slip is in place too.

15.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott is forward to the outswinger once more, a checked defence sending the ball scudding into the covers

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 30/1
IJL Trott    4* (11b)      P Kumar    8-4-14-0
AJ Strauss    12* (49b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-5-0

16.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Sharma comes round the wicket to Strauss and finds decent carry outside off, but the line means it's easily left alone

16.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss is stung on the upper thigh with one that hit the seam and jagged back in to him. Some zest in that delivery

"As an Aussie it's hard to know who to cheer for in this series. I guess we've lost to both of these sides lately, but England is the most recent, so I guess my allegiance is with India. No, wait. I just can't do it. I'll support cricket" Sounds like a good plan, Dave.

16.3

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, slanting in to Strauss's pads, and a single is collected to fine leg

Forward short leg comes in for Trott.

16.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, ... but Sharma over-compensates by firing one down the leg side

"Praveen's pace would be a great competition for Kumble." Pah, please. Kumble was much quicker.

16.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, Trott gets up on his toes to defend a back-of-a-length delivery to cover

Odd field for Trott. There's also a square leg in, and fine leg is very square. If he gets a touch on one down the leg side, there are runs to be had fine.

16.6

Sharma to Trott, FOUR, and there we go, Sharma offers a length delivery on the hips and Trott deflects it to the fine leg boundary for four

Andrew MIller has this: "Absorbing doesn't do this session justice. Not quite the blood and thunder of Lord's 2005, but it's set the series parameters magnificently."

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 35/1
IJL Trott    8* (14b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    13* (52b 1x4)      P Kumar    8-4-14-0

17.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss stays deep in the crease to punch to mid-off

17.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, past the edge! Strauss stretches forward and pokes with no great certainty at one that left him through the air

17.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this time he does the right thing, covering his off stump and leaving alone

17.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss steps down the pitch and drives to mid-off

17.5

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, neatly clipped off the toes, and Gambhir at midwicket races across to save the boundary ... or try and save the boundary, rather. He slides, gets a hand on the ball but can't control it, and it rolls on to touch the boundary marker

17.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Kumar goes past the edge again, but Strauss did well to keep his bat inside the line of this one. The bowler looks grumpy, as is his wont

Lot of abuse coming in (at a gentle pace) for Praveen here. "I don't remember Gus Fraser being much faster?" Aw, James, even post injury Fraser was a touch quicker. Mark Ealham though.

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 39/1
AJ Strauss    17* (58b 2x4)      P Kumar    9-4-18-0
IJL Trott    8* (14b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0

Interesting move from Dhoni, who turns to Harbhajan Singh early in proceedings. Dravid is at slip.

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, edged past a diving Dravid! That is dropped. He swivelled to his right and got a hand to it, but it was dipping on him and the hand closed without the ball in it. What a start that would've been

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Harbhajan is round the wicket to Strauss, who steps forward to defend

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a touch too short, Strauss hops back and pulls hard, but straight to the midwicket fielder

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, looped up outside off, pushed to extra cover

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, quicker this time, but darted at the pads and Strauss flicks to fine leg

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles across and clips firmly to short leg, on the bounce

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 41/1
IJL Trott    9* (16b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    18* (62b 2x4)      P Kumar    9-4-18-0

19.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Sharma bustles to the crease but there's no great pace on this delivery outside off. Strauss has a good look and leaves alone

19.2

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, nudged off the hip into the leg side

19.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, uncharacteristically loose from Trott! Sharma dug one in outside off, and the batsman must surely have been expecting extra bounce from that bowler. He flashes a cut but there's daylight between bat and ball

19.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, past the edge again! Sharma was wide of the crease and slanted this one in as Trott committed himself to the stroke. The ball straightened, however, to beat the edge

19.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, sharp seam movement down the hill, but the length is such that Trott can easily leave alone

19.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, Trott shuffles and fetches the ball to mid-on with plenty of bottom hand

End of over 20 (1 run) England 42/1
IJL Trott    9* (20b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    19* (64b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0

This could be the last over before lunch, and it'll be Harbhajan to bowl it.

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, he comes round the wicket to Strauss, who lunges forward to smother what little spin there is

Slip and forward short leg in place

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss stays back and pushes to mid-on

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, this one rushed on with the arm from round the stumps, but Strauss's defensive bat is right behind it

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, pushed just past the man at short extra cover

"Re. Praveens pace," starts Owen Morris, "any club cricketer will tell you that the most annoying bowlers to face on English wickets are the ones that trott up and drop it on the spot at the speed of an asmatic snail. Military medium seems a lot more effective in England than most places in the world."

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, whipped across from off stump, the ball rolling through square leg for a single

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Trott comes forward to drive to mid-on

1.00pm That is lunch at Lord's. After a delayed start, this has been absorbing viewing despite the slow rate of scoring. Neither team is willing to give an inch, and though Zaheer looked a little short of a gallop at the start he came back well to take Alastair Cook's wicket. Strauss has gritted his way through the new ball, and though Harbhajan might have struck with his first delivery of the Test, Trott has stayed with his captain and will look to bat on ... and on, after lunch. We'll be back in 40 minutes for the resumption.

"Sahil Dutta was almost there "38 for 1 with lots of playing and missing"" I suppose he was, Sivaraman.

End of over 21 (1 run) England 43/1
IJL Trott    9* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    20* (69b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-11-0

1335 Welcome back, five minutes to go for the second session to start.

MS Dhoni makes his way to the middle, followed by the rest of the team.

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Strauss re-marks his guard, Ishant sends down a practice deliveries. We're set to go.

21.1

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, starts with a short of length ball on middle and leg, tucked towards square leg off the back foot for a single

A delay as some equipment is brought out for short leg. Hmm, they didn't get the gear out from lunch?

21.2

Sharma to Trott, 2 runs, short and a bit of width from Ishant, Trott reaches out and slaps it towards point, where Zaheer tries to field, bad bounce means the ball runs away from him

21.3

Sharma to Trott, FOUR, edged! but there's no third slip to take the chance, it was back of length once more from Ishant, chases a widish delivery, a healthy edge that flies wide of second slip

21.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, pitches this one up, slanting in but not close enough to off to force Trott to play

21.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, back to short of a length, some width as well, slapped towards Zaheer at point

21.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, no trouble there for Trott, Ishant sprays this way outside off, Trott content to leave it to the keeper

End of over 22 (7 runs) England 50/1
IJL Trott    15* (26b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-18-0
AJ Strauss    21* (70b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-3-0

22.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer starts with one well outside off, easy leave for Strauss

22.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, making Strauss play this time, offstump line, Strauss gets behind the line and blocks it towards the bowler

22.3

Khan to Strauss, 4 byes, this one jags in off the pitch, but goes too far down the leg side, Dhoni dives to try stop that but he can't

22.4

Khan to Strauss, 1 leg bye, slanting in towards Strauss, off the pads towards square leg for a single

22.5

Khan to Trott, no run, Zaheer is down the leg side to the right-hander now, Trott shuffles towards off and looks to glance that bur he doesn't connect

22.6

Khan to Trott, no run, short of length and just outside off, Trott gets well forward and defends solidly toward silly point

End of over 23 (5 runs, maiden) England 55/1
IJL Trott    15* (28b 2x4)      Z Khan    8-4-9-1
AJ Strauss    21* (74b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-18-0

23.1

Sharma to Strauss, 3 byes, Ishant continues the trend of bowling down the leg side, seams further away from Dhoni, who's had plenty of diving to do, gets a glove on it but can't stop it

23.2

Sharma to Trott, 3 runs, the runs are coming in a hurry for England here, Ishant sends it in short of length and outside off, guided past gully for three more by Trott

23.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, 131kph from Ishant, Strauss pops the ball back towards the bowler, lands well short of Ishant, it was shortish and Strauss plays a limp shot at it, straight bat but no intent

23.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, defended to the leg side by Strauss this time

23.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, length ball from Ishant this time, just outside off, driven crisply towards mid-off off the front foot

23.6

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, another run for England as Ishant gifts one on legstump for Strauss, down to fine leg and there's an ambled single

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 62/1
AJ Strauss    22* (79b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-22-0
IJL Trott    18* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    8-4-9-1

24.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, tight from Zaheer, short of length and angles in towards middle, Strauss plays that off the back foot, defended towards the leg side

24.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, outside off and that's left alone by Strauss

Benn Kempster aks: "Zaheer at point? I hope Jonty's watching for tips; doesn't Dhoni have anyone better qualified?" Well, he taken over from Ishant, who manned that position in the West Indies series

24.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point by Strauss

24.4

Khan to Strauss, OUT, Strauss is gone, and after all that caution in the first session, Strauss perishes to the pull, Zaheer gets Strauss, start the over-analysis, it was short and outside off, Strauss gets a top-edge and it hangs in the air for ages, Ishant at fine leg doesn't have to move to pouch that, England 62/2

AJ Strauss c Sharma b Khan 22 (107m 83b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.50

24.5

Khan to Trott, no run, Trott jumps across and looks to to tuck the ball towards square leg, edged to the leg side

24.6

Khan to Trott, no run, massive appeal for caught-behind, especially from Zaheer, that one goes on with the angle and past the outside edge

My colleague Sid Monga helpfully provides this stat: "Zak to Strauss: 6 times in 11 innings"

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) England 62/2
IJL Trott    18* (31b 2x4)      Z Khan    9-5-9-2
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      I Sharma    5-0-22-0

Here's KP

25.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, first ball is easy, well outside off, Pietersen gets forward and leaves that one

25.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, another leave for Pietersen outside off

More from Monga: "As comparison: Zak to Graeme Smith is 6 times in 16 innings"

25.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, make that three in a row, just outside off from Ishant, Pietersen isn't interested

25.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, once again Pietersen doesn't have to offer a shot, several feet outside off, Pietersen allows it through to the keeper

25.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shoulders arms to an outside off ball, an over of leaves?

25.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen doesn't get bat on ball but this was a ripper from Ishant, how did that miss the stumps, Pietersen gets forward to defend a ball that ducks in sharply, through the bat-pad gap and misses the stumps

End of over 26 (maiden) England 62/2
KP Pietersen    0* (6b)      I Sharma    6-1-22-0
IJL Trott    18* (31b 2x4)      Z Khan    9-5-9-2

26.1

Khan to Trott, 1 bye, another wicketkeeping test for Dhoni, Zaheer sprays it wide down the leg side, swinging after passing the stumps, Dhoni dives and parries it away to save some byes

26.2

Khan to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, swing for Zaheer, full and coming in, was going down leg, Pietersen looks to clip it towards midwicket

26.3

Khan to Trott, no run, length ball on offstump, watchfully defended by Trott

26.4

Khan to Trott, no run, overpitched and outside off, pushed out towards the off side off the front foot

Ravi on Zaheer at point: "Well, point fielder is crucial in only in limited overs cricket not in tests..except when the batsman is Sehwag..who simply doesn't know the difference between the two forms."

Zaheer round the wicket

26.5

Khan to Trott, no run, slants this one down the leg side

26.6

Khan to Trott, no run, plenty of movement for Zaheer but only after the ball passes the batsman, this was outside off and left alone, the ball then swerves in

Our stats man Rajesh: "Strauss v left-arm pace in Tests since December 2009: 132 runs, 12 dismissals, average 11."

End of over 27 (2 runs, maiden) England 64/2
IJL Trott    18* (36b 2x4)      Z Khan    10-6-9-2
KP Pietersen    0* (7b)      I Sharma    6-1-22-0

27.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Ishant slides another one down the leg side

27.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, Pietersen is content to leave

27.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, 137.5kmh, well outside off and Pietersen isn't tempted to play that

27.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Ishant isn't troubling Pietersen much here, is bowling too wide outside off to interest the batsman

27.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, and once again, bounces a second time before reaching the keeper

27.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, don't hold your breath, its wide outside off once more, Pietersen watches it through, Ishant troubles Pietersen with the final delivery of his previous over, but hasn't made him play the 11 others

End of over 28 (maiden) England 64/2
KP Pietersen    0* (13b)      I Sharma    7-2-22-0
IJL Trott    18* (36b 2x4)      Z Khan    10-6-9-2

28.1

Khan to Trott, no run, a mistimed forward defensive back towards the bowler

28.2

Khan to Trott, no run, mix-up, but all's well for England, Trott plays a crunchy drive towards extra cover off a pitched-up delivery, he sets off for a single, Pietersen doesn't, Trott has a mad dash back and beats the throw from Harbhajan

28.3

Khan to Trott, no run, too wide outside off, Trott doesn't play at that

28.4

Khan to Trott, no run, closer to offstump, another leave

28.5

Khan to Trott, no run, short of length ball on offstump, compact defence from Trott

28.6

Khan to Trott, no run, swing for Zaheer, full ball comes in, but not enough to make Trott play at it, through to the keeper

End of over 29 (maiden) England 64/2
IJL Trott    18* (42b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-7-9-2
KP Pietersen    0* (13b)      I Sharma    7-2-22-0

Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar have gone off the field, Yuvraj and Wriddhiman Saha are the substitutes

29.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, slanting in towards middle, fullish ball, Pietersen is off the mark by guiding that down towards fine leg

29.2

Sharma to Trott, FOUR, lovely timing from Trott, the typical Ishant back of a length, on the pads, Trott clips that off the back foot past square leg, not much power in the shot, but right off the middle and the slope helps the ball as well

29.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, outside off and Trott leaves

29.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, back of a length and outside off, Trott defends off the back foot in the direction of point

29.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, back of a length and around offstump, blocked off the front foot by Trott

29.6

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, a quick single is taken to end the over, Trott plays it with soft hands towards Yuvraj at cover and sprints the run

Tushar: "If Ishant is working on Pietersen's patience, it is not working well for India. Infact the more time he spends in the middle, the better he will feel."

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 70/2
IJL Trott    23* (47b 3x4)      I Sharma    8-2-28-0
KP Pietersen    1* (14b)      Z Khan    11-7-9-2

Praveen returns

30.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, left alone outside off by Trott

30.2

Kumar to Trott, FOUR, another bit of perfect timing from Trott, again he is aided by the slope, Praveen slips it a touch short, Trott stands tall on the crease and eases it past point for a boundary

30.3

Kumar to Trott, 1 run, fuller this time from Praveen, pushed in front of point by Trott

30.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, length ball just outside off, solid forward defensive from Pietersen

30.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, more defence from Pietersen to the off side

30.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, a cheer from the crowd as Sachin Tendulkar dives to his left to cut off a firm drive towards mid-on, Praveen overpitched on that delivery, and it was a good-looking stroke from Pieteresen

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 76/2
KP Pietersen    2* (17b)      P Kumar    10-4-24-0
IJL Trott    28* (50b 4x4)      I Sharma    8-2-28-0

Three slips for Ishant

31.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, massive appeal for lbw, Billy Bowden shakes his head, this one was outside off and angling in, back of a length, strikes Pietersen just above the knee roll, that seemed to hit him just outside off, and replays show it would have gone over the stumps as well

31.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, bat-pad chance, but there's no short leg to gobble it up, Pietersen had no idea where the ball had gone after it lobbed off his pad, looks back towards his stumps to make sure the ball isn't rolling towards his stumps, it was rolling towards square leg

31.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, same length and outside off, gets the outside edge, on the bounce to third slip

Pietersen is 2 off 20, big shot round the corner?

31.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles across the stumps and looks to tuck that towards midwicket, can't connect and is struck on the pad

31.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, well outside off, 136.8kph, Pietersen gets forward and leaves the ball to the keeper

31.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen dance across, can't get any runs for his effort though, pats a fuller one from Ishant back towards the bowler

End of over 32 (maiden) England 76/2
KP Pietersen    2* (23b)      I Sharma    9-3-28-0
IJL Trott    28* (50b 4x4)      P Kumar    10-4-24-0

32.1

Kumar to Trott, 1 run, Dhoni standing up to Praveen, a short of length ball is tapped in front of point

"I don't want to seem like a harbinger of doom," starts Dave Summerfield, "but this start by England reminds me of the bad old days when we'd play Australia, play cautiously and then roll over meekly after a few wickets fell .. .. probably depends on whether the Indians can sustain this tight bowling." Very little faith.

32.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, short of length ball and outside off, left alone

32.3

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, length ball on offstump, bit of an outside edge past the slips, and once again the Lord's slope helps England, the ball running away to the boundary

32.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, length ball on middle and off, driven towards mid-on, a walking drive from Pietersen

32.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, another leave, still some swing on offer for Praveen

32.6

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, swings in towards the batsman, a full ball that is pushed towards mid-off

Spoo: "Zak and PK gone of the field. Someone please handover the worlds biggest microphone to one Mr Sunil Gavaskar cause I want to hear live what he has to say." Sadly, he had nothing to say on the topic.

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 81/2
KP Pietersen    6* (28b 1x4)      P Kumar    11-4-29-0
IJL Trott    29* (51b 4x4)      I Sharma    9-3-28-0

33.1

Sharma to Trott, no run, short and way outside off, Trott watches it through to the keeper

33.2

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, poked towards Gambhir at point, a misfield allows the run

Alex sent this 10 minutes ago: "You'll be getting rain in about 5 mins - chucking it down cats and dogs in Uxbridge"

33.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short ball from Ishant, just outside off, Pietersen deals with it well, removes the bottom hand and drops it dead at his feet

33.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, slanting in from Ishant, Pietersen gets forward to flick that to midwicket, he misses and is struck on the pad outside off

Mukund moves into position at short leg. Harbhajan is off the field now.

33.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, way outside off, and no worry for the batsman there

33.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball, Pietersen tries to pull that powerfully, doesn't time it too well, the ball dribbles towards deep square leg, where Yuvraj fields

This is Nitin taking over commentary while Sid R gobbles down an evening snack.

End of over 34 (2 runs) England 83/2
KP Pietersen    7* (32b 1x4)      I Sharma    10-3-30-0
IJL Trott    30* (53b 4x4)      P Kumar    11-4-29-0

34.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, full and slow, but still shaping away nicely from Praveen. KP eases forward nicely and drives solidly to mid-off

34.2

Kumar to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the pads this time, clipped neatly through square leg for a single

34.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, better line, and holds the length back too. Whistles in outside off and straightens, KP covers the line and defends.

34.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, KP is consciously pushing forward to back of length balls, again covers the line outside off and plays him into the covers.

34.5

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, edged but safe. Another Praveen peach, that. Seam pointing to slip all the time as it angles in and darts away from the line of middle and off. KP stretches out and looks to drive to the leg side, the leading edge eludes a diving Laxman in the cordon and runs away down the slope.

34.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, shortens the length on this offcutter, KP walks into a workman-like nurdle to the leg side for a single.

End of over 35 (7 runs) England 90/2
KP Pietersen    14* (38b 2x4)      P Kumar    12-4-36-0
IJL Trott    30* (53b 4x4)      I Sharma    10-3-30-0

35.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, KP goes on a stroll across the Lord's turf, or across his stumps at the very least and works Ishant to midwicket for a quick single.

Ashwin: "KP facing PK. Have we seen any other similar ones recently?"

35.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, Ishant bangs it in back of a length at 127 kph, Trott doesn't fiddle with it as it dies on Dhoni.

35.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, delivers from wider of the crease this time, at 136 kph and gets it to straighten from outside Trott's off stump. He lets it go again.

Kandarp: "Im in an office on Baker Street (10min walk from Lord's). Cursing every moment spent in the office and missing this historic test in my backyard. FYI - Weather in this area seems fine. It is overcast but these are "high-clouds" - not the variety that mostly rain. Not sure of the science behind it just personal experience."

35.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, too wide outside off. Trott is too good to nibble at these, especially when the length is so short.

35.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, ah, I almost jinxed Trott there, he flirts loosely with another wide ball well outside off. Misses the edge though.

35.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, shoddy over this from Ishant, reckon he fancies a go at the man at the other end. Another one dies and bounces a second time before it reaches Dhoni. Well outside off, easily left.

End of over 36 (1 run) England 91/2
IJL Trott    30* (58b 4x4)      I Sharma    11-3-31-0
KP Pietersen    15* (39b 2x4)      P Kumar    12-4-36-0

36.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, PK shapes another one away from his palindrome buddy, KP walks out and looks to reach the length and then chooses to leave since he isn't there.

36.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this time he walks into line and gets behind another away seamer. Defended into the covers.

36.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, tempter at 127 kph outside off, KP has a go at it with a from-the-memory on the up drive, and finds cover.

36.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Praveen must be frustrating KP no end here. No pace, no length to work with and the constant away movement. No choice but defence.

36.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, and again, KP tries to get decisively behind that, but ends up defending.

36.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, PK tries a bouncer to end the over, a bit of a joke really at 127 kph. KP goes for a pull off the front foot, and for a moment looks like he is swishing away an irritant mosquito. Single taken, bowler and batsman share a smile and a chat at the non-striker's end. They were team-mates for Bangalore in the IPL until last year.

Drinks then, in this extended second session. Play will go on until 1610 hours leading up to tea. And close of play is at 1900 hours.

Pratul: "My place could use a bit of rain. The temperatures are going to rise to the three figure mark(in Fahrenheit) here in Upstate New York. Send those British clouds over!" The weather is holding up well, so far.

End of over 37 (1 run) England 92/2
KP Pietersen    16* (45b 2x4)      P Kumar    13-4-37-0
IJL Trott    30* (58b 4x4)      I Sharma    11-3-31-0

Zaheer back on after the break. Will he concede a run in this spell?

37.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, not yet. Full delivery on middle and off from round the stumps, KP defends to the leg side.

37.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, as awry as a stroke you will see at Lord's on the first day. KP has an ugly flail at a wide ball outside off, doesn't even pretend to get his feet into position, and just throws his hands at it. Doesn't make contact, and the posthumous movement gets Dhoni to fumble it.

37.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, better approach, closer to off stump and KP gets behind the line to defend.

37.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, Zaheer gets this one to politely straighten, a bit of an offcutter that from wide of the crease. KP lets it go.

37.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, KP walks across to off stump and works a full ball off the toes to wide mid-on.

Over the wicket for the last ball.

37.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, full outside off, too full for the drive and KP just dead-bats it.

Ashok: "Cricket without LBW DRS calls is so so drama less!! I am loving it" Different strokes for different folks.. Lets wait for a howler and check again!

End of over 38 (maiden) England 92/2
KP Pietersen    16* (51b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-8-9-2
IJL Trott    30* (58b 4x4)      P Kumar    13-4-37-0

38.1

Kumar to Trott, 1 run, boy, Praveen is working with one of those bouncing balls that does all kinds of weird things. This one darts in and keeps coming in to finish on middle and leg, Trott manages to work it away.

38.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this is utterly stupendous bowling. He's bowling too well to pick up a wicket here. KP has seen a ghost. Or so, he thinks. Don't think he's seen it at all. Praveen darts this in, full on middle and off and then gets it to do a Shane Warne and go away. KP is three paces down and groping at thin air. Completely fooled.

38.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, wasted ball this time, landed too far outside off and it then goes away as well. Easy leave.

38.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, KP gets behind the line this time and defends with more conviction to the off side.

38.5

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, he gets the single this time, worked off middle and off towards mid-on for one.

38.6

Kumar to Trott, 1 run, short of a length and on Trott's pads, its the line he dreams of playing in his sleep. Happily tucked away for a single.

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 95/2
IJL Trott    32* (60b 4x4)      P Kumar    14-4-40-0
KP Pietersen    17* (55b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-8-9-2

39.1

Khan to Trott, no run, full outside off, sent in from wide of the crease. Trott defends solidly.

39.2

Khan to Trott, no run, Is Zaheer getting it to bend in the air now? That seemed to do a little bit as it again came in from wide of the crease. Trott is compact behind it.

39.3

Khan to Trott, no run, dangerous shot, the short ball from over the stumps seemed to slow down off the pitch as it went down the leg side, and Trott looks to pull. Misses it and it is through to MSD.

39.4

Khan to Trott, FOUR, edged and safe. Do you term that a drop? Jaffa from Zaheer, it shapes away off the seam and squares up Trott, and gets the edge as he looks to cover the line. So the seam did for Trott. And then, some late swing did for Dhoni and Dravid. Not much distance between the two, but Dravid was well back. Dhoni was going for it, but it moved away alarmingly and ended up landing just behind Dravid's feet, to his left. Trott has no clue, just looks happy to be there. Zaheer is livid. First runs off Zaheer in 34 balls. And they come in this fashion!

39.5

Khan to Trott, no run, this one nips in, from short of a length, Trott looks to work it to the leg side but can't get it away for runs.

39.6

Khan to Trott, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg.

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 100/2
IJL Trott    37* (66b 5x4)      Z Khan    13-8-14-2
KP Pietersen    17* (55b 2x4)      P Kumar    14-4-40-0

Harbhajan back on. Slip and short leg.

40.1

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, full and loopy, but not much turn. Trott reaches out and defends.

40.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, again, moves forward and defends a fullish ball.

40.3

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 2 runs, gets the runs this time, works Harbhajan square for a couple.

40.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Trott presses forward again, covers the line well and defends.

40.5

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, nice variation, holds the length back and checks to see if Trott's awake. He is, he hangs back and defends well.

40.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, drift onto the leg side, and Trott nudges it away with the turn towards square leg.

Was that a drop? Blame being apportioned between Dravid and Dhoni. That ball moved a mile, late. Dhoni clearly could not have budgeted for it as he began to dive. And Dravid would have realised it was in his zone quite late, and he was blinded by Dhoni for good measure.

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 103/2
IJL Trott    40* (72b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    17* (55b 2x4)      Z Khan    13-8-14-2

41.1

Khan to Trott, no run, Zaheer angles in from wide of the crease, and Trott defends towards mid-off again.

41.2

Khan to Trott, FOUR, well played, Trott gets inside the line of a short ball and rolls the wrists well over it to pick up four through square leg.

41.3

Khan to Trott, no run, alarm bells. Zaheer pulls up with a grimace and he is out of the attack. Is it cramps? Is it a hamstring? Seems to be the latter. He is leaving the field. Offcutter from wide of the crease, seemed to be in trouble as soon as he took the second step of his follow through. When was the last time Zaheer played an entire away series?

Praveen to complete the over.

41.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, over-pitched outside off, Trott forces it towards mid-on.

41.5

Kumar to Trott, no run, Praveen gets another one to nip away off the seam, Trott covers the line and defends.

41.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, Praveen surreptitiously glances at the covers as he runs in and then sends it in wide of the stumps and gets it to curl in. Easy leave.

Karthick: "From where did the word 'Jaffa' come up?" I guess Wasim Jaffer had something to do with it.

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 107/2
IJL Trott    44* (78b 6x4)      P Kumar    14.3-4-40-0
KP Pietersen    17* (55b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0

42.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, full on middle and leg, KP works Harbhajan with the turn through midwicket.

42.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, short of a length, Trott hangs back and looks to work it to the leg side, but it runs off the pads towards backward square leg. They think of a single and decide against.

42.3

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, FOUR, sublime stroke from Trott to bring up the 50-stand. Over-pitched outside off alright, but the grace with which he leaned into the drive was other-worldly. Lovely, smooth flowing drive through the covers, it blitzes along the carpet.

42.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, short from Harbhajan, Trott pushes back and nudges a single to midwicket.

42.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, whoa, KP wakes up and waltzes down the pitch to launch Harbhajan straight, he wasn't to the pitch but still went through with the shot. He ended up scooping it comfortably over mid-on though he mistimed it. Ishant runs back, slips on the wet turf but keeps it to two.

42.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, aha, KP plays a shorter ball back to Bhaj, who picks it up and hurls a wild throw back. KP ducks and the bouncer through is taken chest high by Dhoni.

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 115/2
KP Pietersen    20* (58b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-14-0
IJL Trott    49* (81b 7x4)      P Kumar    14.3-4-40-0

43.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, PK keeps it full and unfussy, Trott isn't too bothered.

43.2

Kumar to Trott, no run, 120 kph, the ball literally rolls on its way to Dhoni who gets his pads behind it.

43.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, short of a length again, Trott's footwork is so decisive, he is quickly on the back foot and defends into the off side.

43.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, angles into the pads this time, Trott tries to work him through midwicket for 50, but finds the fielder

43.5

Kumar to Trott, no run, this one shapes away from wide of off stump, Trott leans out and shoulders arms.

43.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, short of a length again outside off, Trott defends into the covers.

Nalli: "Any updates about Zak. My hamstring hurts equally when I read of his injury."

Madhu gives us this stat nugget: "Pietersen becomes the sixth batsman to reach 1000 runs at Lord's. Among these batsmen, his average of 58.82 is the highest."

End of over 44 (maiden) England 115/2
IJL Trott    49* (87b 7x4)      P Kumar    15.3-5-40-0
KP Pietersen    20* (58b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-14-0

Harbhajan continues.

44.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, curls in from wide of off stump, KP leans out to smother it.

44.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, KP moves inside the line and whips Harbhajan through midwicket.

44.3

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Trott stays back to a ball that wasn't there for the drive and defends sedately.

44.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, topspinner on middle and leg, Trott picks it late but plays it later through square leg. 'Fifty for Strauss', declares Ravi Shastri on air. Oh, well.

44.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, leans out and blocks a full ball.

44.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, no turn whatsoever. Length ball on off and coming in, defended easily.

Shrikant: ""Jaffa" is a delivery that's so unplayable, that the batsman would've been dismissed even if the bowler had used an orange instead of a cricket ball. Jaffa oranges are fairly popular here in the UK."

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 117/2
KP Pietersen    21* (62b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0
IJL Trott    50* (89b 7x4)      P Kumar    15.3-5-40-0

45.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, Praveen continues to produce magic. This was the late inducker, it moved in a mile and a half and had Dhoni diving to his left to save the four byes.

45.2

Kumar to Trott, no run, this time the one that goes away, not so pronounced, and Trott covers the line well to defend.

45.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, again the away seamer, a foot too wide of off stump though. Easy leave for Trott as he presses forward.

45.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott covers the line, solidly defending a length ball into the off side.

45.5

Kumar to Trott, no run, full on off and straightening, looking for the pads, but Trott's solid drive comes in the way and sends it to mid-on.

45.6

Kumar to Trott, FOUR, back of a length to end the over, Trott charms a nudge through midwicket and the ball inexplicably purrs away through to the boundary. He's looking the part here.

Light meters being pulled out, and floodlights coming on. A groundsman runs in with the sawdust.

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 121/2
IJL Trott    54* (95b 8x4)      P Kumar    16.3-5-44-0
KP Pietersen    21* (62b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0

46.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan turns one in from outside off, easily defended by an obdurate KP.

46.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, KP leans out again to cover the line of an offbreak and defends.

46.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, short of a length outside off, KP works it to the off side cautiously.

46.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, KP looks to work a length ball on middle and off towards midwicket.

46.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run

Nagraj Gollapudi sends in this trustworthy update: "Zaheer Khan cramping inside the dressing room, according to the team manager."

46.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, topspinner to end the over, doesn't quite go away for Harbhajan. KP is foxed, but has enough time to adjust and defend into the off side.

End of over 47 (maiden) England 121/2
KP Pietersen    21* (68b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-16-0
IJL Trott    54* (95b 8x4)      P Kumar    16.3-5-44-0

47.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, short of a length and going away off the seam, Trott plods away on the back foot and defends into the covers.

47.2

Kumar to Trott, no run, on the pads, worked straight to midwicket.

47.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, good line, tight outside off, Trott lets it go.

47.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, Praveen's rattled the stumps! But with his return through, unfortunately for India. Length ball, played solidly back to Praveen, who hurls it at the furniture in frustration.

More worries for India. Praveen has apparently been warned once for running on the pitch.

47.5

Kumar to Trott, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Trott steers off the back foot through the covers for a couple.

47.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, finishes with a straight delivery well outside off, Trott covers the line and defends.

Rish: "Wonders how these niggles stay away during the IPL!"

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 123/2
IJL Trott    56* (101b 8x4)      P Kumar    17.3-5-46-0
KP Pietersen    21* (68b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-16-0

48.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, full on middle and leg, worked to the man at short midwicket and Mukund moves across quickly to cut it off.

48.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, holds the length back, KP stays in the crease and defends.

48.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, lapped away, Harbhajan's not posing and trouble here. Easily played away through backward square for one.

48.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, well wide outside off, easily smothered and dead-batted.

48.5

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, on the pads, worked through backward square leg for one more.

48.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, finishes with a generously flighted off stump on off stump, defended down the track to end the over.

Andrew: 'You'd almost prefer a small twang in Zaheer's hamstring to cramping: there's no quick fix for being unfit." Hmm.

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 125/2
KP Pietersen    22* (72b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-18-0
IJL Trott    57* (103b 8x4)      P Kumar    17.3-5-46-0

Ishant comes back on.

49.1

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, ah, for some pace. Short though, outside off, and cut away through point for a single.

49.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, the Ishant legcutter, angles in and straightens. KP walks across loosely and looks to grope for it, but it leaves him. KP looks up and blames it on the dark skies.

49.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 wide, wasted ball, short and wide outside off, even KP doesn't go for it.

11.00am Dhoni leads what looks like a stern huddle, Lord's it lit up with sunshine, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen stroll out and finally, it looks like Sharma will get to finish his over. Started a while ago. He has just two slips and a gully. Hmm....

10.50am Our first offering from Nagraj, who is at Lord's is, predictably, about Dhoni. "Dhoni did warm up with a few deliveries as soon as the players stepped on to the ground but he has the tendency to do that so doesn't mean he is going to bowl. Also management inform me that Zaheer has arrived."

Andy Zaltzman is a remarkable man. "Dhoni to bowl? Could he be the new Alfred Lyttelton? Whips his gloves off, 4-19. Unplayable."

10.45am Deepak, for one, is not getting too gloomy about India's prospects without Zaheer. "A few years ago if the main bowler got injured every Indian fan would be thinking of doomsday scenarios. However, I am confident that India will find a way." Perhaps Dhoni is that 'way'. Without wanting to get too bogged down on this, the lack of time India have given themselves to prepare for this milestone Test really irks.

"Why is the game not starting half an hour early today, as it does in the rest of the world when overs are lost due to weather? Shame about Zaheer, he is under prepared and overweight. Skilled he definitely is but not the greatest of preparation this. I think he is gotten a bit complacent with his place in the team virtually guaranteed." Harsh words from Anurag Agrawal. As for starting early it would make sense on a bright morning like this, but English summer mornings tend to be rather dewy and damp.

10.35am The latest news suggests Zaheer won't bowl today. He came into the tour having bowled just 69 overs in the calendar year. Is that really good enough planning for the most important bowler of the world's best team? Not convinced it is.

As if to emphasise just how bad Zaheer's injury news could be is that we have murmurs suggesting MS Dhoni might bowl today! Dhoni? He does of course have a golden touch, but yeesh. If you're being mean you could say at least that gives Rahul Dravid some gloves to help his catching. To be fair, on this evidence, Dhoni looks about Kumar's pace.

Second day 10.30am Good morning one and all and welcome to the second day of the 2000th Test. Sahil Dutta here and I'm delighted to say the sun is beaming down on Lord's. After an entire summer of dank and drizzle and rain days like today are precious, especially if you're a batsman.

The opening day of the series was compelling. Swing and seam for the bowlers, struggle for the batsmen and India will be frustrated that England are only two down. Today could be much harder for them, especially if Zaheer Khan's hamstring injury is as bad as people expect.

Word from Twitter is that Zaheer isn't with the rest of the team practising at the moment so you can draw your own conclusions. Real shame he's missing, he is an exceptionally skilled and canny bowler and very enjoyable to watch. I suspect if England could take one player away from India it would be him.

Right, enough of my tattle, we have a good 30mins until play starts and the best use of that would be to watch the latest offering from the Two Chucks, it's brilliant as always. Odd how quickly watching that has become a staple of my Test match morning. Once that's done you would do well reading Andrew Miller's analysis from the opening scuffle.

At some stage in this benighted summer, the persistent rain will surely have to abate. Unfortunately, on a day that was intended as a celebration of all that is good in Test cricket, the heavens just couldn't resist getting mixed up in the action once again. In the Sri Lanka series just gone, some 369 overs were lost in the course of three Tests, so today's shortfall of 40.4 was typical of yet another frustrating day at the office.

Nevertheless, the gloom still served a purpose, for the action that was possible - particularly in the hour-and-a-half before lunch - was a fine and timely tribute to Test cricket's most compelling virtues. Lord's, as they say, is a venue where you look up, not down, and sure enough when India won the toss and took their chance to bowl first, they quickly settled into an attacking rhythm that wasn't seriously disrupted until Zaheer Khan left the field with an ominous twinge in his hamstring...

1825 Stumps Oh dear. Scratch that. It's raining again.That will be it for the day then.

What a dreadful, dreadful summer this has been. Anyway. What do we make of the day? If India had taken their chances they would be ahead, as it is, England have probably edged the day. Most worrying for the tourists is the fitness of Zaheer Khan.

Sidharth Monga will have an end of day report ready for you soon, so check that out. We also have a gallery of the day's best pictures. I think that's more than enough from us, please join us at about 1030 tomorrow. Until then do all you can to make the weather better, please.

1820 Playing area now clear. 6.30 restart with 13.4 overs left. Woot woot. Good time to take a wicket, as Bumble will no doubt say. India should come out flying for this final session, they still have time to do a lot of damage where England have little to gain. India players coming out in drips and drabs again.

1810 Have to love Liam. He's done the Cricinfo double - make tea and buy biscuits. Huge result for him and the rest of the team. "Two lefties as openers for both teams. Any insights?" asks Jai. Not an insight but there are a disproportionate number of left-handed batsmen around the world aren't there? Any theories? I have a half-baked one I just pulled out the air. Most bowlers are right handers, most batsmen these days play looser than before (and score quicker as a result), that makes them struggle with deliveries that come back into them (if they are right handed). All of which means left-handed attacking batsmen find it easier against right-hand bowlers, so more prosper. Make sense to you? No, me neither.

1805 The umpires are out there and things look promising for that 6.30pm start. Just for the many that are asking, the word about Zaheer from the Indian dressing room is that he had cramp. Which might be a euphemism but let's desperately hope it isn't.

1750 Er, since there are so many people taking it too seriously, no, the Lagaan game wasn't a first-class game. "I had to choose the "which match" section to type this, do u seriously get messages on 'basnahira vs wayamba match too'?" Asks Arjun. You'd be surprised! Speaking of Arjun, it was my cousin Arjun's birthday two days ago. Happy Birthday old man. I doubt he's reading this but anyway.

1740 More importantly covers coming off, umpires will have another look at 6pm with view to play starting at 6.30pm. Might squeeze in an extra hour if things stay good because we can play until 7.30pm, apparently, to get the overs in. Not quite sure why you need 30mins between inspection and start time, but there you go.

"My favourite England/India cricket story is around an Indian whose young son refused to sit on an English umpire's lap during the days of the Raj, and one of them commented "The son never sits on the British umpire". Can anyone remember the two parties involved?" Can't say I can, Nick Cowley.

1730 After a meeting of the umpires in the middle it looks like the groundsmen have been sent for. Could mean the covers coming off! Marvellous. We can play until 7pm, if we do get back out there. Might be a while until we do though, the outfield is still very wet and there is no sunshine or breeze to dry it off.

"This is actually 101st Test between India and England. How could anyone can forget Lagaan ?" Epic film, Kamal, epic!

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1725 While we wait for some news, how about some history. This is a historic occasion after all. John Woodcock looks back at a couple of India's earliest visits to England, featuring an incompetent prince-captain, a colossal allrounder, and more:

The first Test match between England and India that I saw was at Lord's in 1936; the first I wrote about was in 1952. On uncovered English pitches, India's batsmen, brought up in much blander conditions, had yet to become a force to be regularly reckoned with, and many years were to pass before England considered it incumbent upon them to send a full-strength side to tour India.

Of Lord's itself, pretty well all that remains as it was in 1936 is the pavilion, and even that now incorporates as the secretary's office what, until 1958, was the press box.

As Indian sides always will, those of 1936 and 1952 contained some fine natural cricketers. For no obvious reason their best batsmen in those days seemed more likely to be tall and wristy and elegant, like Mushtaq Ali and Rusi Modi, than small and wristy and insatiable, like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

1710 Boom! The rain has stopped. Inspection at 5.30pm.

"Polygraphs in cricket ... is it a gentleman's game or a criminal's alley." It's not a gentleman's game, women play it too and plenty of rascals from both genders, but I take your point, Sachin. "What's next, a cricket academy course on conducting and giving polygraphs. Can't imagine Tendulkar strapped to one and questioned "Are you SURE you scored 99 tons in cricket?" ;-) Poly graph in the game means telling the world it is an unfair game and people cheat. Good message for kids?" Yeah it's an important thing to consider.

"Tremlett doen't look like Clint Eastwood, he looks like Charlton Heston: Take ur stinkin' paws off me, you d@mn dirty ape.!!" Suspect you're right, Stendor Sorout.

1700 "Interesting Rohit belittles Tremlett and Bresnan's performance as it was against an out of from Australia and then goes on about Ishant getting 22 wickets against the West Indies, who really are at the bottom of the scale," says Nigel.

Anyway, this from Miller is much more important: "Hmm ... two hours til the cut-off, and it's definitely less gloomy. Could there be a tricky final 30 mins or so? Here come the umps..."

"Tremlett looks like Clint Eastwood," gushes Rohan. "And I suspect, if Eastwood was a cricketer, he'd bowl just like Tremlett did. A couple of sharp deliveries followed by a cold steely glare and a 'Do ya' feel lucky, punk? Do ya?'"

1650 Rohit sees no worth in England's back-up bowlers: "The strong England bench is a myth. I would like to know how Bresnan is better than Sreesanth, or how Tremlett is better than Ishant? "Tremlett has played just 9 test matches and Bresnan has played just 7. Just because they tasted success against a totally out of form Australia does not make them any better than Ishant (who took 22 in WI) or Sree (who troubled the likes of Kallis in SA)." I guess we'll find out this series. For me Tremlett looks a more mature and stronger bowler than Ishant, which makes sense given he's exactly seven years older. Sreesanth has been stuck in the 'promising on his day' stage for too long. But that's just my view, let's see how it plays out.

1645 Arshad is risking some abuse here: "My two pennies worth, in light of the recent flights Zaheer took to arrive, is it possible that his cramps are due to a combination of Dehydration, low fitness, alcohol consumption/water consumption ratio, late nights, heavy wet outfiled, old age......nothing like the superfit Anderson, Tremlett, Broad, Swann, Finn."

On another note, here's another (different) Dave. "Re polygraphs - I used to work for a certain fairly well-known national intelligence service, and we did a fair bit of research on polygraphs - specifically, how to beat them. That agency was (and remains) a major advocate of polygraphs precisely because the results are easily manipulated."

1625 This from James made me chuckle. "I see Ravi Shastri has been asked to help the Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigate IPL finances. Hope he starts his presentation: "Enforcement Directorate, ARE YOU READY? I'm a cool customer and just what the ED ordered." And yes, it's still raining. Very hard. We all know how well Lord's drains but, yeesh, we'd do well to get more play today.

Dave is back and I much prefer this comment: "OK, I will give you that. On the subject of polygraphs, I am a scientist, and there pretty much is a scientific consensus amongst those who don't make a living selling polygraph services: they aren't reliable, and there is no reason they should be, and I would refuse to take a polygraph on the subject of whether the sky is blue, let alone about anything important."

1615 There is some chat about using Polygraphs (lie-detectors) to help get rid of corruption. Not sure that's a very sensible plan, there is very little consensus over their reliability. In other news, it's chucking it down at Lord's.

Here's Dave off his long run. "Sahil says that Zahir Khan is "the most influential player on either team". That would be more influential than either of the England bowlers who are ahead of him in the ICC rankings, or ahead of Cook, or Tendulkar (probably the greatest batsman in recent history)? What rubbish. Why is Khan being talked up so much? He isn't even the best bowler in the match, not by a long shot, let alone the next Glenn McGrath."

No, he's none of those things but take Jimmy Anderson out of England's attack and Tim Bresnan comes in, no disaster. Take Tendulkar out and the India top order is still very powerful. Take Zaheer out the India attack and suddenly it's not nearly as strong.

1600 Cheers Nitin. After two sessions England are ahead. On what we've seen it's a good thing India aren't batting because they look unprepared and sloppy. In the field that doesn't cost you a Test but if they batted first with the same carelessness, they could be six down by now. Zaheer is the biggest worry, he didn't look all that fit and it was a mark of just how brilliant he is that he could bowl so well. Problem is he's off the field with a dodgy hamstring. He's the most influential player on either team I reckon, the series would be far less without him. By the way, it's raining quite hard. For tea-time entertainment you could check out Sidarth Monga's report.

Alan Hampstead has this: "As Clive lloyd said "Twenty20 is an exhibition, Test Cricket is an examination". It's why no format is greater. Your Skills, Mentality and Fitness levels are tested. No point being skilful but only playing 1 session of a 5 day test."

Steve Waugh is on Sky at the moment. Hangover from my youth but the bloke still terrifies me. These days he is an ambassador for all things good in the game and has the worrying statistic that 56 players reported approaches from bookmakers last year. That's just the amount reported.

1550 It is desperately dark out there and bad light has stopped play and we will break for an early tea. Given all the woes in their bowling ranks, India won't mind this at all. Back in 20 minutes (or when light improves), and Sahil Dutta will be taking you through the action.

Meanwhile, Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber are joined by England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards to discuss her career and the Chance to Shine campaign.

49.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, good start from Sharma. Full and straighter than he was last afternoon. Rapped Pietersen on the pad as he looked to whip to leg from outside off. More a clear-your-throat appeal than anything else

49.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, good length and line again from Sharma, he was a touch short and wide yesterday. This is fuller and Pietersen stands tall to push firmly to mid-on

49.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, interesting approach from Pietersen, he's stepping well across his crease. In the end he shoulders arms, allowing this to hit his pad about a foot outside off

49.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, and again Pietersen wanders across his stumps. Looks like a pre-packaged idea. Like yesterday, though, he misses an attempted work-to-leg

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 127/2
KP Pietersen    22* (77b 2x4)      I Sharma    12-3-33-0
IJL Trott    58* (104b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-18-0
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