Pataudi Trophy - 1st Test

England v India

England won by 196 runs

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

Praveen Kumar would have loved the horrid clouds yesterday, today could be more tricky for his banana swing.

50.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, this is well outside off and left all alone

50.2

Kumar to Trott, FOUR, floated up at a driveable length, pretty gentle but that's okay in the search for swing. Trott leans into a drive, times it better than everyone expects, and it hurries away down the hill for four

50.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, this time it's left all alone outside off

50.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, no great pace, of course, but the line is tidy enough

50.5

Kumar to Trott, no run, touch shorter, no swing from that length, but the line is tight on off and Trott defends

50.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles across his stumps to clump to midwicket

End of over 51 (4 runs) England 131/2
IJL Trott    62* (110b 9x4)      P Kumar    18.3-5-50-0
KP Pietersen    22* (77b 2x4)      I Sharma    12-3-33-0

51.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, well, Pietersen has been searching for this and finally gets it away. Only earns a single though as he wanders across his stumps and flicks powerfully to deep midwicket

Zaheer is in the dressing room, wearing a coat and training gear. Doesn't look promising.

51.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, decent pace from Sharma, touch wide of off stump though and Trott waves it through

51.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, Sharma using the crease well, jumping wide and angling it in. It draws Trott into a defence wide of off, a line he would normally leave alone

51.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, fuller length finds the outer half of the bat that squirts to point

Some light relief from Vasa. "Leave Zaheer for some time. I really miss Ajit Agarkar." Tee hee.

51.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, good line from Sharma, back of a length though and Trott defends solidly

51.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, the fuller length seems more dangerous and Trott is late getting forward to push to mid-on

End of over 52 (1 run) England 132/2
IJL Trott    62* (115b 9x4)      I Sharma    13-3-34-0
KP Pietersen    23* (78b 2x4)      P Kumar    18.3-5-50-0

By the way, for now Dhoni is keeping. So he won't be bowling in a hurry.

52.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Kumar finds a tidy length and line and the middle of Pietersen's defensive blade

52.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this kind of pace seems the one that would trouble Pietersen. For no apparent reason he plays down the wrong line slightly here and inside edges

52.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, floated up outside off and left alone. Not really much swing for Kumar yet

52.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, and again it's left alone

52.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen has been unable to play into the off side. Odd. A ball outside off is inside-edged to midwicket

52.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 3 runs, runs for Pietersen this time, nicely struck too. Pushing down through mid-on where some quick running from the England pair, and slow running from the India fielders, allow three

End of over 53 (3 runs) England 135/2
KP Pietersen    26* (84b 2x4)      P Kumar    19.3-5-53-0
IJL Trott    62* (115b 9x4)      I Sharma    13-3-34-0

53.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Sharma angling the ball in from wide of the crease, Pietersen plays with the angle to midwicket

53.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, interesting battle this. Sharma is holding the ball outside off stump but from an angle wide of the crease. Pietersen wants to play it through leg but decides to leave alone

53.3

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen lands this one perfectly. Walks across the stumps again and gets the full ball he needs to clip powerfully through straight mid-on for four

53.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, remarkable stuff. Pietersen has started the day brightly. Again he skips across his stumps and flicks this from two foot outside off through midwicket

53.5

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, Sharma pulls his length back to Trott, who in a typically less exaggerated way compared to Pietersen, also gets across to off and helps a pull shot down to fine leg

53.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen in this kind of mood likes pinching the strike. Having stepped across again he this time pushes to cover and sprints down the other end

End of over 54 (7 runs) England 142/2
KP Pietersen    32* (89b 3x4)      I Sharma    14-3-41-0
IJL Trott    63* (116b 9x4)      P Kumar    19.3-5-53-0

54.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Kumar outside off stump, shaping this in a fraction, Pietersen shoulders arms

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54.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, outside off again, Pietersen wants a dart but has to leave alone

54.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, good patience from both bowler and batsman here. Hanging the ball outside off and Pietersen leaves alone

54.4

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, ah lovely shot. Pietersen walks across and then very gently pushes the ball straight back past the bowler. First one he's really timed. Tendulkar is too wide at mid-on and it speeds down to the boundary

54.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, after the boundary comes the leave

54.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball, which at 79mph is always ambitious. Good change-up though, I suppose. Pietersen was lurching forward as always but stood tall and swatted to deep midwicket

End of over 55 (5 runs) England 147/2
KP Pietersen    37* (95b 4x4)      P Kumar    20.3-5-58-0
IJL Trott    63* (116b 9x4)      I Sharma    14-3-41-0

55.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, ah good ball from Sharma. Excellent. Angled in, but pitches and decks away past the outside edge. By the time Pietersen finished the shot he was miles away from the stumps

55.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, cat and mouse I guess. Pietersen goes wide, Sharma goes wider, left alone

55.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, interesting thinking from Sharma. Having seen Pietersen get further and further across his stumps he fires this down at leg stump. It wasn't all that far away

55.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Sharma's enjoying the battle here, so is Dhoni. Wide smiles across both their faces. This shapes back a long way, Pietersen leaves alone and then Dhoni is spooked as it swings away after passing the batsman

55.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen advances, jumping down at Sharma ominously but the ball is far too wide of off

55.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen can't keep the strike as he misses his work-to-leg again from a back-of-a-length delivery. From that length Pietersen has missed a lot of those shots

End of over 56 (maiden) England 147/2
KP Pietersen    37* (101b 4x4)      I Sharma    15-4-41-0
IJL Trott    63* (116b 9x4)      P Kumar    20.3-5-58-0

56.1

Kumar to Trott, no run, this really does swing, first one of the morning that really went. Too wide to interest Trott though

56.2

Kumar to Trott, no run, again there is swing but it's wide of off and a touch gentle

56.3

Kumar to Trott, no run, better line, much closer to off stump. Trott knows a leave well though

56.4

Kumar to Trott, no run, another low-trajectory away-swinger and another leave

56.5

Kumar to Trott, no run, five leaves in five, can Trott manage a reverse Yuvraj v Broad?

56.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, yes he can! In fine style too, whipping the bat up above his head and flagging it through to Dhoni. Successive maidens then for India

End of over 57 (maiden) England 147/2
IJL Trott    63* (122b 9x4)      P Kumar    21.3-6-58-0
KP Pietersen    37* (101b 4x4)      I Sharma    15-4-41-0

57.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen jumps outside off stump and clips this to deep square

57.2

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, Trott is very efficient off his pads and a fuller ball allows his to clip away unfussily as always

57.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, miles outside off but Pietersen works it behind square on the leg side to bring up the 150. Worrying signs for India, yesterday was the day for wickets, today looks the day for runs

57.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, floaty full ball, Trott digs out to cover. Good variation from Sharma

57.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, this is the delivery that keeps Sharma dangerous. Angling in and decking away off the pitch. Trott hangs his bat out but the ball ghosts past the edge

57.6

Sharma to Trott, 2 runs, touch shorter this time and Trott loves it off his hip. He never misses and picks out a gap between midwicket and square leg to collect two

End of over 58 (5 runs) England 152/2
IJL Trott    66* (126b 9x4)      I Sharma    16-4-46-0
KP Pietersen    39* (103b 4x4)      P Kumar    21.3-6-58-0

Harbhajan Singh for the first time today. Should be a fun battle with Pietersen in this mood. Slip and a silly mid-on in place, you don't see that position often these days.

58.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen clips this gently to the leg side, as always

58.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, Trott this time through the leg side, punching a fuller ball wide of mid-on

58.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Harbhajan tries to go wider of off, no great flight or spin though and he's worked with the angle to the leg side

58.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, ooh, with a DRS maybe this would have been worth a review. Trott pushes forward and is struck on the pad, looks very close to off stump

58.5

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, this is blocked away more securely

58.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, Trott keeps the strike by working a shorter ball to leg

Hawk Eye shows it striking outside off, and going over. So a good decision then, according to technology.

End of over 59 (4 runs) England 156/2
IJL Trott    68* (130b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-22-0
KP Pietersen    41* (105b 4x4)      I Sharma    16-4-46-0

59.1

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, Sharma is jumping ever wider to create an angle but that makes it easy for Trott to flip it round the corner

Interesting move, Sharma has called a wide leg slip into place.

59.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, perhaps with that man in leg slip Sharma is happier to fire this down leg side, looking to hit leg stump but Pietersen gets in the way and it thuds for a leg bye

59.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, too far outside off to bother Trott

59.4

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, length ball around off stump but that's Trott's do-it-in-my-sleep line, clipping perfectly to deep midwicket

59.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Sharma tries to draw Pietersen into something injudicious by hanging this full and a long way outside off, but it's left well alone

59.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, this time Pietersen can't resist and inside edges as he tries to whip it to leg, it came off the pad and looped just where a short leg could have been

End of over 60 (3 runs) England 159/2
KP Pietersen    41* (108b 4x4)      I Sharma    17-4-48-0
IJL Trott    70* (133b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-22-0

60.1

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Harbhajan around the wicket to Trott who blocks

Zaheer news! It's good too. He won't bowl this innings but should be fit to bowl a second innings. If England have one.

60.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, carefully blocked once more

60.3

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, pretty flat from Harbhajan and Trott has time to defend

60.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, flat, touch short but the line is good enough to force defence

60.5

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, touch more air on this and Trott gets well forward to push to mid-off

60.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, Trott gets well across to the off side, covering any doosra, as it is it's an offspinner that Trott guides to leg

End of over 61 (maiden) England 159/2
IJL Trott    70* (139b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-2-22-0
KP Pietersen    41* (108b 4x4)      I Sharma    17-4-48-0

Kumar is back.

61.1

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, starts straight and full, without much swing. Clipped to square leg

61.2

Kumar to Trott, OUT, Kumar has done it! This one did swing, back into Trott this time. Kept a touch lower and Trott missed it as he tried to work to leg. Big appeal and after some thought Bowden has the finger up. Crucial breakthrough!

IJL Trott lbw b Kumar 70 (228m 140b 9x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

In friendly conditions Trott never seems to get out so that is a mighty blow from Kumar. Combination of the low trajectory and inswing did the trick and it brings England's Tendulkar (!) Ian Bell. Just a note, Madhu had handed me a stat about the upcoming 100 partnership and two balls later Trott fell. He's India's secret weapon.

61.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, Bell gets into line to defend his first delivery well enough

61.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, Kumar holding the ball around off and Bell blocks off the back foot

61.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, again Bell is solid in defence but it's at the bowler's end where the action is. Bowden is worried about where Kumar's feet are landing, remember he has had a warning. Pietersen chips in with some views of his own.

61.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, good over ends with another solid defence. Excellent work from Kumar that over

End of over 62 (1 run) England 160/3
IR Bell    0* (4b)      P Kumar    22.3-6-59-1
KP Pietersen    42* (109b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-2-22-0

62.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen tucks around the corner softly, he wants two but can only get one

Harbhajan has called a silly point into place now. India attacking the new man, which makes sense.

62.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell gets off the mark with a fine tickle behind square

62.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen dances down the wicket but only to clip quietly to midwicket

62.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan is quicker and flatter in response. Possibly a doosra too. Pietersen blocks

62.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, just held back a little this time, Pietersen dead-bats

62.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, pushed quietly to the off side to end the first hour. With that Trott strike, it's been about even

Drinks for the players, umpires and me. Abhishek Purohit will take up comms after the break.

End of over 63 (2 runs) England 162/3
KP Pietersen    43* (114b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-2-24-0
IR Bell    1* (5b)      P Kumar    22.3-6-59-1

Thanks Sahil. England looked to be running away with the first hour before PK trapped Trott in front. Evens out the second day's action so far

Sam: "Praveen Kumar has the best First Class bowling Average among the Indian bowlers who have played in the past two decade, Better than Kumble , Better than Kapil Dev." It's that swing, it's that swing

Dougal: "Can confirm from my office in Marylebone that it is defitely clouding over. Should help Kumar - doesn't help me - I want some summer!!"

63.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, left alone as it is a touch far outside off stump to be meddled with

63.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, right on the stumps this time, and he plays it off the back foot towards mid on, pretty solid push that

63.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, moving away, but from a length outside off stump, and he is able to play it away towards point from the crease

63.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, this is fine stuff from PK, now this one wobbles as it tails in to Bell, who is really not committing forward at all and blocks it on the leg side

63.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, another one that has him carefully defending from the crease

63.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, bright sunshine now as PK bowls one some way outside off stump, easily left alone

End of over 64 (maiden) England 162/3
IR Bell    1* (11b)      P Kumar    23.3-7-59-1
KP Pietersen    43* (114b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-2-24-0

short leg in place for Pietersen now

64.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, carefully defended on the leg side off the front foot

64.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, comes walking down the track, but gets too close to the ball and there is a short mid on to cut off the push-drive

64.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, slower through the air, tossed up, but turning down the leg side and KP gets enough of a tickle on it to send it on its way fine

64.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, lunges towards the pitch of a fuller one and whips it through midwicket, there is a man in the deep there

64.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 2 runs, Bell goes paddling, and gets it away neatly fine on the leg side, PK it is who has the task of cutting it off wide of long leg and nearly makes a mess of it, slipping and falling on the ground but recovers in time

64.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 2 runs, shot of a man in form, full of confidence and in control of his game as Bell scurries down the track, totally unhurried, and calmly lofts a flighted one way over mid off, stopped inside the ropes through

End of over 65 (9 runs) England 171/3
IR Bell    5* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-2-33-0
KP Pietersen    48* (118b 5x4)      P Kumar    23.3-7-59-1

65.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, patted away down the track from the crease

65.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, PK keeps it around that off stump, KP is doing his shuffling routine as usual but cannot get it away, has to block in the end

65.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this one is a touch wider outside off stump and he leaves right away

65.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, goes for the full inswinging delivery as KP continues to shuffle across, goes too full but down the leg side, not far from that exposed leg stump

65.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, straight honest delivery around middle and off, meets KP's strong-minded defensive push

65.6

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, he is going for that full incoming delivery again, trying to get one on that leg stump, KP almost falls over as he overbalances in an attempt to work it away

End of over 66 (maiden) England 171/3
KP Pietersen    48* (124b 5x4)      P Kumar    24.3-8-59-1
IR Bell    5* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-2-33-0

Karthik: "I'm starting to see significant similarities between Broad and Bhajji - both petulant and mercurial, both seemingly having lost track of why they're in their respecitve teams."

66.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, played out with the turn on the leg side

66.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, neatly done, looking for that single, and gets it, opens the face to a straightish ball around off and gets across as it rolls away towards point

66.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, extremely confident shout for leg before, not given, pitches on a length, on middle and turns in to hit on the pads, height could have been as issue as KP pressed forward and missed

66.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, whips this one away towards short midwicket

66.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, they are bothering him with this packed leg side field, KP tries to break free with a scurry down the track but has to block

66.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, now he'll get the single, again abandons the crease but does not go hard at the ball, works it past those two men at midwicket to the man in the deep

End of over 67 (2 runs) England 173/3
KP Pietersen    49* (128b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    12-2-35-0
IR Bell    6* (15b)      P Kumar    24.3-8-59-1

67.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, hmm, this one had designs of sneaking through, and kept low too, but KP managed to get the bat down in time, he knows it was close

67.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, has that carried? India are not sure, Rahul is not sure, KP continues to shuffle far across and try to play the flick, gets it in the air and this time Rahul is at a widish leg slip, he had just come in there, Dravid is not sure it has carried, replays confirm it hasn't, it just fell on to the ground as Rahul got low towards his right to clasp the fingers around the ball

67.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, PK goes back around that off stump and Pietersen gets well forward in defence

67.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, swinging in late, that fuller length is proving productive for PK as far as getting movement goes, KP adjusts to whip to a diving midwicket

67.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, left alone comfortably as it is well outside off stump

67.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, he gets that single eventually, and does it his way too, flick off an incoming full delivery on middle and leg, with a man waiting at leg slip, but KP has played it well past him to long leg and raises his bat for yet another Test 50, who was that who said he is done?

End of over 68 (1 run) England 174/3
KP Pietersen    50* (134b 5x4)      P Kumar    25.3-8-60-1
IR Bell    6* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-2-35-0

68.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, tossed up nicely but he stretches forward to defend

Trust our stats man Madhu to never miss a moment: "Pietersen scored 15 centuries and 11 fifties between his debut in 2005 and the end of 2008. Since then his conversion rate has dropped drastically. He has scored two centuries and 13 fifties since the beginning of 2009."

68.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, down the track and works for a single towards midwicket

68.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, falls just in front of forward short leg, Bell goes back to work a shortish one on the leg side, Gambhir was just getting up and I doubt he would have been able to get down in time even if it had carried

68.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 2 runs, that'll do, shortish and turning in, around middle and leg from round the stumps, thank you very much as Bell works it through square leg

68.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, shifts the line around off stump and right away has Bell defending forward

68.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, that's a beauty, straighter one, fired across Bell who has a poke outside off stump and is lucky not to get an edge

End of over 69 (3 runs) England 177/3
IR Bell    8* (19b)      Harbhajan Singh    13-2-38-0
KP Pietersen    51* (136b 5x4)      P Kumar    25.3-8-60-1

69.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, gentle straight delivery from PK outside off and an even gentler half-forward defensive block from Pietersen

69.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, pushes a fuller one back to the bowler who threatens to throw the ball back as he sees Pietersen outside his crease

69.3

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, PK tries the short ball, that seemed to surprise the batsman initially, not much venom in it though and KP launches in to a pull, there is man at deep midwicket but it goes on a couple of bounces to him

69.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, tries to open the face and guide it late past the slips but gets it straight to gully

69.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, bounce now for PK but from a length well outside off and Bell is happy to leave

69.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, further outside off now and Bell has no reason to go after it, watches it swing away

End of over 70 (1 run) England 178/3
IR Bell    8* (22b)      P Kumar    26.3-8-61-1
KP Pietersen    52* (139b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-2-38-0

Neil Mulligan: "Boycott says this is a beautiful day for batting, So why is like pulling teeth for these two?" The bowlers are bowling to their fields, that's what

70.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, comes down the track as always and gets close enough to the ball to whip it to deep midwicket

70.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, FOUR, that is a fine shot from Bell, lunges forward as he sees flight on a fuller one and picks it over square leg with a huge swing, superb execution

70.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, there are numerous men on the leg side, but the shorter length from Bhajji allows Bell to go back and work it neatly past them in front of square leg

70.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, another work in to the leg side, and yet another single

70.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, ho hum, Bell is happy to go back to a short of a length one from Bhajji and work it through you-know-where

70.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, driven to short extra cover, for once a ball goes on the off side

End of over 71 (8 runs) England 186/3
KP Pietersen    54* (142b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-2-46-0
IR Bell    14* (25b 1x4)      P Kumar    26.3-8-61-1

71.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, PK continues to be right around that off stump, he has been either that, or very full around leg to KP, solid defensive block from the batsman

Ajinkya: "Harbhajan is being taken for runs far too often through the leg side these days....as an offspinner, he should be encouraging the batsmen to hit through the covers against the turn. He has got to be more attacking."

71.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, thought about the drive for just a fleeting instant, but decided not to do anything more extravagant than a defensive push off the front foot

71.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, played out towards mid on as PK angles it in

71.4

Kumar to Bell, no run

71.5

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, that is deft from Bell, away movement from a length, he hangs in the crease, and opens the face to guide it past slips

71.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, now he bends the ball back in to the right-hander who is playing late and in to the leg side

End of over 72 (4 runs) England 190/3
IR Bell    18* (31b 2x4)      P Kumar    27.3-8-65-1
KP Pietersen    54* (142b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-2-46-0

Bhajji goes over the wicket, hmm

72.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, and KP slithers down the track smoothly and lofts a flighted ball to the long off boundary

72.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, still fuller but quicker and the trajectory has gone a bit flatter, so he pulls out the sweep and gets it through square leg

Ravi: "Dravid had to be a gentleman and not appeal vociferously. Reminds one of Vishwanath recalling Bob Taylor to bat on." Played for the same state side, both of them, though it says nothing

72.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

72.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, full delivery elicits another firm defensive block from Bell, he is stretching really forward

72.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, played out on the leg side this time

72.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, FOUR, given width outside off, will back away outside leg, and play the cut through point, to pick up four runs

End of over 73 (9 runs) England 199/3
IR Bell    22* (35b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    15-2-55-0
KP Pietersen    59* (144b 6x4)      P Kumar    27.3-8-65-1

Geoff: "Can't they still use Zaheer to bowl a few left arm spinners to KP?" Ha. Here is Ishant

73.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, he starts off short and wide outside off but KP's over-eager forcing shot is stopped by the lunging man at short extra cover, even as it threatened to bounce over him

73.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, he is looking to go after Ishant, shortish ball outside off and he looks to swat it away, not too much of a pull, and the bottom edge slips away to Dhoni

73.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, this is some contest on alright, KP gets another short one and goes hard at it, he is itching to smash Ishant, gets a top edge that falls safely beyond midwicket, also brings up the 200

73.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, that's some discretion from the man in a hurry, Ishant gives him another short one, but wider outside off stump, KP changed his intent at the last instant and weaved out of the pull

73.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, teasing stuff this, pitched further up, KP is committed on that front foot, and thinks about lots of options before deciding to flag it through to the keeper

73.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, a length ball now, Pietersen is not committing fully forward and plays it out on the off side

End of over 74 (2 runs) England 201/3
KP Pietersen    61* (150b 6x4)      I Sharma    18-4-50-0
IR Bell    22* (35b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    15-2-55-0

Venkat: "About the Dravid, Vishwanath comment - I think it does say something. Add Kumble to the list and you have the 3 top "gentlemen" of great integrity from one state. So, it must say something. BTW, I have no affiliation to Karnataka, but those 3 happen to be in the top 5 of my favorite cricketers." Harbhajan has gone back to round the stumps

74.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, FOUR, has made no difference to the length though, it is short and Bell is not letting it go, he rocks back to put it away emphatically behind point

74.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, normal service, if you can call it that, short of a length, turning in, down leg and he is taken for a single through square leg

74.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, continues to be flat and shortish, but KP cannot time the cut as well as Bell did

74.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, played out on the off side

74.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, that man at backwardish short leg comes in to play for once as he bends low to stop a work off the pads to prevent the run

74.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, not much from this surface for Bhajji at the moment, he tries to push it through but it sits up from back of a length and is easily defended

End of over 75 (6 runs) England 207/3
IR Bell    27* (40b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    16-2-61-0
KP Pietersen    62* (151b 6x4)      I Sharma    18-4-50-0

75.1

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, smack! that is as authoritative a shot as any, KP will not let those go, overpitched, bit of width outside off and he creams it past extra cover

75.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 3 runs, he continues to target Ishant for runs, opens the face late to guide a length ball well past the slips

75.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, a rare sign of indiscretion from Bell, lots of width outside off stump but he plays a very feeble looking slap-cut, beaten completely

75.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, reverts to his solidity of late, gets behind a length ball close to off stump, not an inch between bat and pad, and a firm push in to the off side

75.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, Bell';s second attempt at a cut this over has him making contact now, but it's a bottom edge that has the ball falling just short of a lunging Dhoni in front of first slip

75.6

Sharma to Bell, no run, he will not be lured in to any more attempts at self-destruction this over, Ishant tried to lure him with more width but he quietly played it out to point

End of over 76 (7 runs) England 214/3
IR Bell    27* (44b 4x4)      I Sharma    19-4-57-0
KP Pietersen    69* (153b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    16-2-61-0

76.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, KP gets on with right off the first ball of the over, even though it should be the last one before lunch, shimmy down the track and the single is earned through midwicket

76.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards mid on

76.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, does he ever play from the crease, again he slips out of it and tries to whip a full delivery past the bowler who gets to it with a lunge

76.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, gets out to smother a tossed up ball on the leg side

76.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, whoops, that is a very tight single to be taken with lunch beckoning, a push to cover who gets to the ball and lobs it towards Dhoni, Bell had to dive despairingly to ensure his appetite for lunch remained intact

76.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, and England will go to lunch on day two without any further damage as Bell keeps out a quicker one by defending without problem

Have to say it was England's session, 90 runs for the loss of Trott, which also came against the run of play. The sun is shining, but India's prospects do not look as bright, and their three-man attack will hope to limit the damage a rampaging Pietersen and an unruffled Bell will hope to inflict on them post lunch. Join us in about 30 minutes for the second session, and Sahil will be around to get things going, provided he keeps his promise to finish his grub by then. If you happen to step out for yours, do remember to download our mobile apps,so that you don't miss out on the action.

End of over 77 (3 runs) England 217/3
IR Bell    28* (46b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-2-64-0
KP Pietersen    71* (157b 7x4)      I Sharma    19-4-57-0

Afternoon all, Sahil here. Hope you enjoyed the break, my lunch was a disaster, but the less said the better. Sun is still set fair and the Pietersen and Bell combination has given England some impetus. After a good first hour India lost their way slightly in the second. The new ball will be due in three overs time, Sharma and Kumar - who bowled much better today - will have to make inroads.

Dravid has the gloves! Dhoni with the new ball!?? Devastating! He's starting the session. Have to start with your best bowlers, I suppose. Jumper on, looking flint-eyed. Madness.

77.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, massive appeal to start with! Excellent start from Dhoni! Pietersen was outside the line though

77.2

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, this is a touch wide and Pietersen guides to cover, with bat far away from pad. It's just gentle medium pace, reasonable action

77.3

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, up to 78mph, he's Kumar without the swing. Pietersen into line and defends calmly

77.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen forward in defence this time. Dhoni is maintaining an excellent line and length

77.5

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, tight line around off stump, no seam, no swing, no pace but then, he's a wicketkeeper!

77.6

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, sequence of dots is broken by Dhoni deliberately aiming for leg stump. Pietersen managed to glance around the corner though

End of over 78 (1 run) England 218/3
KP Pietersen    72* (163b 7x4)      MS Dhoni    1-0-1-0
IR Bell    28* (46b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-2-64-0

Harbhajan continues after lunch...

78.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, finds some spin, but the line is wrong and it's flat too

78.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, never like Pietersen doing this. Reaches a long way outside off and tried to paddle gently around the corner. Hauritz Cardiff?

78.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, nudged more certainly to leg this time

78.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, no great spin, but Lord's doesn't turn much. No great guile though either

78.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen forward and careful in defence

78.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, with the angle down leg Pietersen happily nudges a single to pinch the strike again

End of over 79 (1 run) England 219/3
KP Pietersen    73* (169b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-2-65-0
IR Bell    28* (46b 4x4)      MS Dhoni    1-0-1-0

MS Dhoni to continue. Obviously.

79.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, even the king can get things wrong. Dhoni slips this too wide of off

79.2

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, good delivery here, fullish and inviting a drive. Pietersen declines and flags it through

79.3

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, Dhoni! Dhoni thinks he has Pietersen. Caught behind, given out but Pietersen reviews. Bat just flicked pad which created a sound and Hot Spot shows no sign of an edge. Doesn't look out to me but is the evidence enough to overturn the decision?.... Yes. Pietersen survives! It was a length ball outside off, Pietersen just flat-footed a push and the sound of bat on pad as the ball passed fooled Bowden. Pietersen reviewed straight away, but good grief, is there anything Dhoni can't do

79.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, less drama here as Pietersen defends. What nervy times

79.5

Dhoni to Bell, FOUR, no drama when Bell is on strike. Just serenity. Glides a back-cut away beautifully

79.6

Dhoni to Bell, no run, extra bounce now for Dhoni! Surprised Bell a touch but he adjusted well

End of over 80 (5 runs) England 224/3
IR Bell    32* (48b 5x4)      MS Dhoni    2-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    74* (173b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    18-2-65-0

No new ball for India, not with the magic Dhoni is producing.

80.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, no magic from Harbhajan, just flat and straight. Pietersen defends

80.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, some width on offer and Pietersen tries to do a Bell back-cut, plays it neatly behind square for a couple

80.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, smart take down the leg side from Dravid

80.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan I guess is trying to set Pietersen up for a doosra but the batsman defends easily enough

80.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, at least this is tight bowling from Harbhajan

80.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, good ball here, touch slower, bit of flight too. Pietersen rocks forward to block

End of over 81 (2 runs) England 226/3
KP Pietersen    76* (179b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    19-2-67-0
IR Bell    32* (48b 5x4)      MS Dhoni    2-0-6-0

81.1

Dhoni to Bell, no run, decent angle back into the batsman, Bell stands up on his toes to defend

81.2

Dhoni to Bell, no run, this time it's left all alone outside off

81.3

Dhoni to Bell, 1 run, leg-stump half-volley, even from Dhoni, is still a gimme. Bell clips airily to deep square

81.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, 2 runs, short ball this time, which at this pace is ambitious, Pietersen hammers a pull straight of deep midwicket

81.5

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, back of a length again, Pietersen stands up from the front foot and pushes back to the bowler

81.6

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, again Dhoni looking to slide one onto leg stump when he sees Pietersen strolling across to off. Pietersen used the angle to work a single, and keep the strike, of course

End of over 82 (4 runs) England 230/3
KP Pietersen    79* (182b 7x4)      MS Dhoni    3-0-10-0
IR Bell    33* (51b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    19-2-67-0

82.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan persists with tidy, if defensive, line. Pietersen blocks

82.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, and again Pietersen is forward in defence

82.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, wide of the crease angled in, Pietersen has nowhere to go again

82.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, touch slower this time and again Pietersen is full of respect

82.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stretches forward and plops this to off

82.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, maiden over, not a threatening one but Harbhajan is holding up an end well enough

End of over 83 (maiden) England 230/3
KP Pietersen    79* (188b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-3-67-0
IR Bell    33* (51b 5x4)      MS Dhoni    3-0-10-0

Still the new ball is denied.

83.1

Dhoni to Bell, 1 run, touch of movement away from Bell off the pitch here. Bell steers to point

83.2

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, good delivery, floated up at an inviting length. Pietersen resisted temptation and left alone with a twirl of his bat

83.3

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, this is probably too wide and Pietersen leaves comfortably

83.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, after two wide ones outside off Dhoni slips this down towards leg, allowing Pietersen to fiddle a single away

83.5

Dhoni to Bell, 1 no ball, Dhoni striving a touch too hard, happens to the quickest bowlers, oversteps by quite a distance in the end

83.5

Dhoni to Bell, no run, outside off stump and left alone. He's a Trott sort of bowler

83.6

Dhoni to Bell, 1 run, Bell steers a single to third man

Dhoni and Tendulkar sharing a chat now, Dravid joins too. That's quite a think tank.

End of over 84 (4 runs) England 234/3
IR Bell    35* (55b 5x4)      MS Dhoni    4-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    80* (191b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-3-67-0

Harbhajan continues. Leg gully and slip in place.

84.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell tucks a single to deep midwicket. He's moving along very easily

84.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan aims outside off stump and Pietersen lets Dravid collect

84.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, another leave but this was a good ball that spun back and bounced sharply

84.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, straighter this time and Pietersen comfortable in defence

84.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen playing quite late, suggests he might not be reading Harbhajan. Either way this is patted gently to cover for a quick single

84.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, sturdy and solid defence from Bell to end the over

End of over 85 (2 runs) England 236/3
IR Bell    36* (57b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-3-69-0
KP Pietersen    81* (195b 7x4)      MS Dhoni    4-0-14-0

Dhoni will continue. I hope this is his last, the new ball needs taking.

85.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball angled down leg, Pietersen stands up and wheels a pull shot past short fine leg

Slip in place to Bell, deep gully too.

85.2

Dhoni to Bell, 1 run, short, and a touch wide, Bell accepts the invitation to chop to deep point

85.3

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen very respectful in defence

85.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, fuller ball has Pietersen playing around his front pad slightly

85.5

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, length ball just outside off stump that Pietersen defends crisply

85.6

Dhoni to Pietersen, FOUR, when he first played this it looked gentle but it sped straight back past Dhoni and kept on getting quicker. Sharma chased to no avail. Nothing more than a push to a half-volley

Suspect that might be the end of Dhoni's fun for a while.

End of over 86 (6 runs) England 242/3
KP Pietersen    86* (200b 8x4)      MS Dhoni    5-0-20-0
IR Bell    37* (58b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-3-69-0

86.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, is this a doosra or just one that didn't spin. I can't tell. Bell defends

86.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, with an open face, Bell steers past slip

86.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, touch of flight here, which is always a treat. Pietersen flips it round the corner

86.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, too short, easy for Bell to rock back and punch to deep cover

86.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stretches forward to defend another gentle offbreak

86.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, more intent from Pietersen here, driving his bottom hand through the ball to send it to long-on

End of over 87 (4 runs) England 246/3
KP Pietersen    88* (203b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-3-73-0
IR Bell    39* (61b 5x4)      MS Dhoni    5-0-20-0

Good. Enough fun. Sharma is on the new ball has been taken. Dravid gets to return the gloves to Dhoni. Key period...

87.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, good start from Sharma, full and around off stump. Pietersen forward into defence

Few clouds have rolled over Lord's as well.

87.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, this is a little shorter from Sharma, but the line remains good. Solid defence

87.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, too wide of off, don't know if it's a deliberate plan but with a new ball, I hope it isn't

87.4

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, seemed like Pietersen knew what was coming. He was in position to pull this so early and it flew to the boundary. Gambhir was close to it but it was struck too hard

87.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, back to the outside-off line and Pietersen, in the 90s now, leaves alone

Pietersen, remember, hasn't made a century in England since his hundred against South Africa in 2008. He was captain then!

87.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, full and around leg stump, Pietersen timed his leg-side clip very well and it took two sliding efforts to prevent the boundary

End of over 88 (6 runs) England 252/3
KP Pietersen    94* (209b 9x4)      I Sharma    20-4-63-0
IR Bell    39* (61b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-3-73-0

Kumar will share the new ball, he bowled well this morning, but still seems a touch short of pace for regular international wickets.

88.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, starts with plenty of swing, but it's too wide of off

88.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, again Bell gets to leave alone but encouraging swing for Kumar

88.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, three leaves in three, needs to be a bit fuller

Bell standing well out of his crease now to counter the swing.

88.4

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, ah lovely shot. Caressed. It was floated up invitingly, but Bell's timing was sweet. Through cover and the fielder, chased, chased, dived, but could never quite catch up

88.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, struck firmly again but this time Bell finds cover

88.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, Kumar drags his length back after that pair of drives. Bell strokes off the back foot but finds cover again

End of over 89 (4 runs) England 256/3
IR Bell    43* (67b 6x4)      P Kumar    28.3-8-69-1
KP Pietersen    94* (209b 9x4)      I Sharma    20-4-63-0

94 for Pietersen, 20 innings since his last home Test hundred. Could get there with a shot, if he fancies it!

89.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, sliced wide of point, not convincing but he'll happily take the couple that puts him just four away

89.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, half an appeal from Sharma as Pietersen shuffles across his stumps, tries to whip to leg and is caught on the pad. It looped back up to Sharma who thought there might have been an inside edge. There wasn't

89.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh, Pietersen wanted to get there in style! Walked into a slightly loose drive and sliced it to deep cover. He's been out five times in the 90s!

89.4

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, Sharma bangs one in short to Bell who very calmly steers a pull shot to deep midwicket. Brings up the century stand

Bell faced just 68 balls of the partnership so far. Hilarious how much Pietersen keeps the strike.

89.5

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, the closer he gets, the more worrying he looks. Pietersen moves to 98 by bottom-edging a pull shot

89.6

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, short and wide and this time Bell will keep the strike. Bit of a mixed bag that over from Sharma, unable to consistently find a line and length

End of over 90 (6 runs) England 262/3
IR Bell    45* (69b 6x4)      I Sharma    21-4-69-0
KP Pietersen    98* (213b 9x4)      P Kumar    28.3-8-69-1

90.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, good delivery from Kumar. Swinging back into Bell, good line. Quietly defended

90.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, wow, this snaked back in a long way! Sharper too! Bell was back looking to cut but it cramped him for room and struck him on the thigh. Kumar appealed loudly but it was heading over

90.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, after a hooping inswinger comes an outswinger that Bell gets nicely into line to defend

90.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, this time Kumar finds an outside edge that runs down towards gully. Raina dives well to field

90.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, Bell on the dab again, but it's less convincing against the new ball

90.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, batsman will feel he's missed out here. Full delivery could have been driven to the rope but the shot found cover

So, with Pietersen on 98 and with the strike, it's time for a drink. It's almost three years since KP's last Test hundred at home - the last one being his century at The Oval against South Africa in 2008, by the way. Nitin is the man to tell you if he gets one here.

End of over 91 (maiden) England 262/3
IR Bell    45* (75b 6x4)      P Kumar    29.3-9-69-1
KP Pietersen    98* (213b 9x4)      I Sharma    21-4-69-0

Thanks Sahil. India have managed a wicket in each of the three sessions of play we have had so far. The closest they came to a wicket this session was when Dhoni trundled in. The new ball hasn't worked since. Ishant continues now.

91.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, some promise with the first ball post the drinks. Delivered with pace from wide of the crease, angling in onto the area short of a length and then darting in a mile. KP was walking across as always and looking to drive loosely and it burst through, wide of off stump

91.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, not much this time, short and wide of the stumps easy leave. Even KP doesn't want to fiddle with it.

91.3

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, what a fine shot to bring up a fine century! KP drills an over-pitched ball on off after moving into line, just thumps it with class between the bowler and mid-on. Slowest KP hundred, he jumps up and punches the air immediately. He's pleased and why not. It's been a while since he made a 100 in England. He now has one in the 2000th Test.

91.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short and wide, KP moves across and shoulders arms.

91.5

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, Ishant is trying to hoodwink him with changes of length, but it doesn't work in this over. Very full on off stump, KP did not expect it as he moved across and then just tried to defend, ended up getting an outside edge that rolled away through the vacancies in the cordon.

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91.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short ball with some steam behind it to finish the over, KP hops up to negotiate and nudges it to the leg side. England are taking control here.

Michael: "Talk of "Nitin" coming in to commentate on Pietersen's 1st home ton since the Oval 2008 is surely trying to tempt fate. Afterall "Nitin" is an anagram of the man who got Pietersen for 100 exactly on that day." Aha. He's past 100 today.

End of over 92 (8 runs) England 270/3
KP Pietersen    106* (219b 11x4)      I Sharma    22-4-77-0
IR Bell    45* (75b 6x4)      P Kumar    29.3-9-69-1

92.1

Kumar to Bell, OUT, stop the press. India have held a catch behind the stumps. It's a beauty from Praveen, no pace just super precise and skillful seam work. Short of a length on off stump, Bell chose to stay back and play from the crease, but this wafted away nicely off the seam and took the outside edge. The ball was dying on Dhoni even as he dived low to his right, but this time he holds on.

IR Bell c †Dhoni b Kumar 45 (136m 76b 6x4 0x6) SR: 59.21

Morgan is the new man in.

92.2

Kumar to Morgan, no run, PK welcomes Morgan with another snake that shapes in big from outside off and hits the pad in front of leg stump. Took the inside edge on the way though, as Hot Spot confirms.

92.3

Kumar to Morgan, no run, smart, smart bowling this. Having got the previous one to come in, he lets this hold its line to see if Morgan wants a poke. He lets it go.

92.4

Kumar to Morgan, OUT, Two in the over, Praveen has turned this match around within the space of four balls. This is tentative batting as much as outstanding bowling. This one did not do much off the pitch, as much as threaten to move this way or that. Angles in from slightly wide of the crease, Morgan is neither forward nor back as he looks to defend and gets an inside edge that goes between bat-pad gap through to Dhoni. Oh wait, Hot Spot doesn't pick the edge, but Morgan did not even think of referring it. Caramba! Morgan did not seem to get a nick on that. Hot Spot says it hit the pad. Did he think he was given LBW? Remember, UDRS can't be used for LBWs in this series.

EJG Morgan c †Dhoni b Kumar 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England have batted very well for most parts of this match without scoring nearly fast enough. That could make the difference here. 270/5 suggests it is Even Stevens, despite England dominating so much of the play.

92.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, another lovely ball, shapes away late from Prior who was looking to prod at it from the crease.

92.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, what a wonderful over, the best of this Test match. Praveen finishes with one that dances in late in the air and Prior just about negotiates it.

End of over 93 (wicket maiden) England 270/5
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      P Kumar    30.3-10-69-3
KP Pietersen    106* (219b 11x4)      I Sharma    22-4-77-0

93.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Ishant gets one to slant in sharply from wide of the crease, KP lets it go.

Caramba! Morgan did not seem to get a nick on that. Hot Spot says it hit the pad. Did he think he was given LBW? Remember, UDRS can't be used for LBWs in this series.

93.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, the sucker ball, full on off stump, KP is drawn out into a reluctant drive to mid-off

93.3

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, horror ball. No pace, no effort, no nothing pretence of a bouncer. Petersen majestically plonks the front foot down the pitch and sledgehammers the pull through midwicket.

93.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, too far outside off to trouble anyone, KP lets it go.

93.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, a good two yards outside off again, and too short. KP lets it go.

The more replays you see of the Morgan dismissal the more bizarre it looks. Surely, he didn't think he was LBW? He looked behind as soon as the ball left him too. India's appeal was so clearly for the catch.

93.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, wasted over this, Ishant ends with a harmless delivery wide of off stump.

Sachin: "Thank you "Nitin" for the Twin wickets." All most as good as Makhaya, huh...

End of over 94 (4 runs) England 274/5
KP Pietersen    110* (225b 12x4)      I Sharma    23-4-81-0
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      P Kumar    30.3-10-69-3

94.1

Kumar to Prior, 2 runs, Prior is away with a nicely guided steer through gull as PK gets another one to swerve away in the air.

94.2

Kumar to Prior, no run, he does it again, he's getting enough deviation to keep a legspinner happy. Angled in, and shape out. Prior leaves.

94.3

Kumar to Prior, no run, jaffa. Bumble terms it 'artistic bowling' on air. Good choice of adjectives that. Curls in towards leg stump and then curls away past the bat face and edge. Dhoni has to move to his right to collect it, that's how much it moved.

94.4

Kumar to Prior, no run, beaten again, Prior offers the bat in hope, the ball dodges it expertly and nestles in Dhoni's gloves.

94.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, Prior gets behind the line this time, moves across and forward to defend into the cover-point region.

First slip seems to have moved a little wider. Good idea that.

94.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, ends with another away swinger. Prior watches it closely and lets it go.

Palak Mehta: "May be, Hotspot is not as good as it is touted it to be. Is it possible HotSpot missed the edge and Morgan actually walked. This sounds ridiculous but may be BCCI has the real idea." Or .... May be not! Snicko was with Hot Spot on that call. The deviation came when the ball went past the pad. Nothing registered when it went past bat.

End of over 95 (2 runs) England 276/5
MJ Prior    2* (8b)      P Kumar    31.3-10-71-3
KP Pietersen    110* (225b 12x4)      I Sharma    23-4-81-0

95.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, out of nowhere, Ishant produces a gem. He's got one to kick up like an irritated monster off back of a length, and bend in dramatically at KP who was shuffling across. He is hit very high on the pad, utterly bemused, and bends over in surprise.

95.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, this one holds its line, the doubt is planted in KP's mind, but too wide outside off. Easy leave.

95.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, he's keeping the rhyme scheme going, this one comes in, not as dramatically as the first ball, but it comes in alright off the seam. KP lets it go.

95.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, here comes the indecision. KP lunges across in hope more than anything else and gets an outside edge. He does well to play it softly, and it runs through the cordon. This is a far better over from Ishant than his previous one.

95.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, another big inswerving ball. KP lets it go, since it starts wide enough outside off. Going by the sequence, the next ball should hold its line.

95.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, it does, and Pietersen edges it, but it doesn't carry to VVS at second slip. Ishant is revving it up a notch here. This was fuller than any of the previous balls, outside off, and tricked KP into feeling for it. Genuine edge, just didn't carry. Are the slips still standing too far back?

End of over 96 (2 runs) England 278/5
KP Pietersen    112* (231b 12x4)      I Sharma    24-4-83-0
MJ Prior    2* (8b)      P Kumar    31.3-10-71-3

96.1

Kumar to Prior, no run, PK continues to do the in and out job. Angled in, shaping out. Can he send down a big inducker now?

Prior standing well outside his crease. Wide decision.

96.2

Kumar to Prior, no run, hah, I am getting a little clairvoyant here. PK produces the inswinger, but loses the line and it goes harmlessly down the leg side.

96.3

Kumar to Prior, FOUR, lovely shot from Prior. Praveen tries to shape it in again, from outside off, Prior waits for it to come beside him, sets up a solid base and eases it through point. Flutter of applause around the home of cricket. Idyllic.

96.4

Kumar to Prior, no run, PK is doing stuff that I thought only Pradeep Mathew, the mystery bowler from Sri Lanka, could do. He's got this one to swing in, land and then seam away. Prior was utterly befuddled, and it was just as well that the bat got stuck in the pad, else he may have managed to edge this peach.

96.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, inswinger goes awry again, down the leg side and Prior has no problem with it.

96.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, potent inducker to finish the over, comes in like a guided missile that was headed for the pads, but Prior's bat came in the way at the right instant.

End of over 97 (4 runs) England 282/5
MJ Prior    6* (14b 1x4)      P Kumar    32.3-10-75-3
KP Pietersen    112* (231b 12x4)      I Sharma    24-4-83-0

Zakaria: " Gavaskar had been screaming on TV for the WK and slips to come up a couple of steps yesterday. Does anyone listen to him?" I doubt it. Meanwhile, India's wicket-keeping captaining third-seamer is back on. Dravid to keep, Dhoni to bowl.

97.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, plugs away short of a length wide outside off and gets it to gently waft away. Easy leave for KP after thinking of playing at it.

97.2

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, short of a length outside off, KP walks into the check drive into the covers.

97.3

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, this one angles in politely from wide of off stump, KP defends.

97.4

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, fuller and wider outside off, KP doesn't bother with it as it goes away.

97.5

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, well bowler, this one nips in and has KP in some strife as he shuffles too far across. he then ends up having to play around the pads to defend.

97.6

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, maiden for MS, full and wide to end the over and KP shoulders arms

Question: Why did Morgan walk away in such a hurry, without checking? Answer: No surprise, he is after all Quick Gun Morgan.

End of over 98 (maiden) England 282/5
KP Pietersen    112* (237b 12x4)      MS Dhoni    6-1-20-0
MJ Prior    6* (14b 1x4)      P Kumar    32.3-10-75-3

Zaheer walks around the boundary with the physio. In shorts and a big jumper. PK continues.

98.1

Kumar to Prior, no run, aha, appeal for lbw, but Prior's got the inside edge as he looked to defend. PK nips this one into the batsman

98.2

Kumar to Prior, no run, the stock Praveen ball, that shapes away off the seam, Prior plays it into the off side.

98.3

Kumar to Prior, FOUR, that's the second time Prior has taken him through the off side, but this one deserved to be hit. Short and wide outside off, the seam movement took it further away, Prior eased into position and cracked the cut.

98.4

Kumar to Prior, 4 byes, there you go. PK slants one too far wide down the leg side. Dhoni might have stopped it. Dravid didn't look like he would. He just landed flat on his front side after the ball had run away.

98.5

Kumar to Prior, 2 runs, on the pads, PK might be tiring here. Prior tucks him through square leg easily.

98.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, back on track from PK, gets the outward seam going from off stump, but Prior covers the line and defends well.

End of over 99 (10 runs) England 292/5
MJ Prior    12* (20b 2x4)      P Kumar    33.3-10-81-3
KP Pietersen    112* (237b 12x4)      MS Dhoni    6-1-20-0

Dhoni continues.

99.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, fullish ball on the middle and leg line, KP defends down the track on the leg side.

First of the two slips is standing quite wide.

99.2

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, short of a length and angling in, KP stands tall and looks to tap it to the leg side. Prior is alert to the quick single.

99.3

Dhoni to Prior, no run, full ball on off stump, Prior covers the line well and defends.

99.4

Dhoni to Prior, no run, well taken Dravid, this time he tumbles to his left and pouches it as Dhoni tests him down the leg side.

99.5

Dhoni to Prior, no run, short ball stands up amiably at Prior, who stands up and defends.

99.6

Dhoni to Prior, 1 run, short of a length outside off to end the over, Prior steers through point for a single.

End of over 100 (2 runs) England 294/5
MJ Prior    13* (24b 2x4)      MS Dhoni    7-1-21-0
KP Pietersen    112* (239b 12x4)      P Kumar    33.3-10-81-3
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