India tour of England, 1st Test: England v India at Lord's, Jul 21-25, 2011
Pataudi Trophy - 1st Test
England won by 196 runs
Played at Lord's, London
21,22,23,24,25 July 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
100.1

Kumar to Prior, no run, short of a length outside off and straightening, Prior hangs back and defends solidly

It now emerges that Morgan revealed that he thought he had edged it. So there you go, technology could not spot it.

100.2

Kumar to Prior, FOUR, width outside off, Prior goes hard at it and lashes it off the outside edge well over the slips for a boundary.

100.3

Kumar to Prior, no run, Praveen gets this to yank in, Prior watches closely and defends from the crease.

100.4

Kumar to Prior, no run, fuller length, draws him forward on off stump, Prior covers the line and defends.

100.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, feeler outside off, comes in gently from wide of the stumps, Prior doesn't play at it.

100.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, ends with a ball short of a length on middle and off, Prior defends with ease from the crease.

Gnasher reliably informs me that Zaheer Khan has been spotted going into the indoor school, presumably for nets or exercise.

End of over 101 (4 runs) England 298/5

    • MJ Prior 17 (30b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 112 (239b 12x4)
    • P Kumar 34.3-10-85-3
    • MS Dhoni 7-1-21-0
101.1

Dhoni to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length and angling into KP, who works it through midwicket for a single.

101.2

Dhoni to Prior, no run, wide outside off this time, Prior lets it go.

101.3

Dhoni to Prior, no run, fuller ball from Dhoni this time, on off stump, and it is driven back by Prior who seemed late to move forward.

101.4

Dhoni to Prior, 1 run, England bring up 300, the latest 100 being their fastest. Dhoni angles this one into the pads and Prior taps through midwicket for a single.

101.5

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, this one goes away from KP, having landed outside off. Easy leave.

101.6

Dhoni to Pietersen, no run, and this one ducks in. KP has shuffled so far across that he is miles outside off when he is struck. Dhoni appeals politely. Bowden says no, politely.

End of over 102 (2 runs) England 300/5

    • KP Pietersen 113 (242b 12x4)
    • MJ Prior 18 (33b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 8-1-23-0
    • P Kumar 34.3-10-85-3

Zaheer Khan is on an exer-cycle in the gym. Harbhajan comes on to bowl now. He's been ordinary today. Slip and short leg in place.

102.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, angles in without much slip from outside off, Prior laps him over short fine leg for a couple.

Round the wicket already.

102.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, short of a length, but the line is outside off. Prior presses back and defends.

102.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, no one at point to stop the single. Prior hangs back and taps from outside off into the cover point area for a single.

Over the wicket to KP, round the wicket to Prior.

102.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, another paddle-shot, this time from KP. He reaches across and helps Harbhajan along with the angle.

Now round the wicket to KP too. Short fine leg in place, and a silly mid-on. No short leg.

102.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, bat and pad? It pops up alarmingly in the air, but there is no one at short leg to catch it. Tossed up on middle and leg, KP bounds out and looks to nudge it to the leg side, but can't get it away.

102.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, stays back and works the last ball of the session to the leg side. Well played KP, he's steered England through a testing hour since drinks, against the new ball.

Tea Lots of play left for today, and the weather continues to look good. This stand is the key for England, it's just the enforcer and other bowlers to follow. India will be beside themselves with glee if they can wrap up England for under 400, but it won't be easy. Liam Brickhill will be here to take you through the first hour after tea. Meanwhile, do check out our online social community cricket game. Cheers.

End of over 103 (5 runs) England 305/5

    • KP Pietersen 115 (245b 12x4)
    • MJ Prior 21 (36b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 23-3-78-0
    • MS Dhoni 8-1-23-0

Scrap that, Liam needs a rest after the horror of the Zimbabwe score. So Sahil here for the next hour. Sun shining, India huddling, umpires following and the England pair to follow soon. Pietersen and particularly Prior against tiring bowlers can be very swift, should be a good session. Dhoni has the gloves on and... Suresh Raina will start things off. Another surprise.

103.1

Raina to Prior, no run, this slides across Prior from round the wicket. Chopped to point

103.2

Raina to Prior, 1 run, Prior hops across his stumps and dabs a single to leg

103.3

Raina to Pietersen, FOUR, real crack of the bat as Pietersen played this. It was short and sat up to be hit, Pietersen leant back and smashed it in front of Kumar at deep cover who never looked like reaching it

103.4

Raina to Pietersen, no run, after the boundary comes a careful forward block

103.5

Raina to Pietersen, 2 runs, good from Pietersen here, India's fielding has been cumbersome and Pietersen turns a single into two by clipping to deep midwicket

103.6

Raina to Pietersen, 2 runs, haha, Kumar is having some banter with the Lord's crowd. Pietersen drove hard out to him on the cover rope and this time Kumar cut it off easily, but turned round to goad the crowd before throwing back in

End of over 104 (9 runs) England 314/5

    • KP Pietersen 123 (249b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 22 (38b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-9-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 23-3-78-0

Kumar is now having what looks like a light-hearted conversation with Bowden. Anyway, here's Sharma.

104.1

Sharma to Prior, no run, wide of the crease and angling back to Prior. Prior doesn't like that angle and hangs his bat out rather tentatively. Good start from Sharma

104.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, never bowl there to Prior, he'll happily cut, drive and glide all day square on the off side

104.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen wants two again but won't get it this time as he walks into a cover drive

Sharma and Pietersen had a chat after that, didn't look friendly at first but they both ended up smiling. Aw.

104.4

Sharma to Prior, no run, beaten again! Just holding its line and Prior again hanging his bat far away from his body

104.5

Sharma to Prior, no run, tighter defence this time back to the bowler

104.6

Sharma to Prior, no run, full from Sharma and Prior was hanging back. No damage though as it's pushed to mid-off

End of over 105 (2 runs) England 316/5

    • MJ Prior 23 (43b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 124 (250b 13x4)
    • I Sharma 25-4-85-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-9-0

The Raina spell is over, just a change of ends for Harbhajan. Spinning it with the slope from the Pavilion End.

105.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, new spell is welcomed by Pietersen thrusting his front foot outside off and fetching a sweep to deep square

105.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen aims a reverse-sweep but didn't quite get the length to pull off the stroke

105.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 3 runs, England have looked very busy since tea, look out India! Pietersen glides a doosra towards third man to bring up the 50 stand from 77 balls

105.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, Prior quietly behind a flat ball in defence

105.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, good running again earns a single, Prior dinking it towards square leg and haring off

105.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 3 runs, Pietersen on the reverse sweep again, more a guide than hard-hit shot but well placed. Prior this time pushes the running and turns a two into three

End of over 106 (9 runs) England 325/5

    • KP Pietersen 132 (254b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 24 (45b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 24-3-87-0
    • I Sharma 25-4-85-0

England have added 20 in three overs since tea.

106.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, Sharma back of a length and angling into Pietersen. Not for the first time the work-to-leg is missed but it runs off the pads into space. Pietersen sped off looking for two but seems a touch uncomfortable, he he twinged a muscle?

106.2

Sharma to Prior, no run, Prior solidly blocks back to the bowler

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106.3

Sharma to Prior, no run, good length from Sharma, good line too. In fact, that's just the place to bowl to him. Coming back at a hit-the-stumps length, Prior was up to it though with tight defence

106.4

Sharma to Prior, no run, good lines again from Sharma, and good pace too. Prior slow to get forward in defence

106.5

Sharma to Prior, no run, good to see Sharma attacking the stumps, he's been a touch wide this Test so far. Clipped to midwicket

106.6

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, this time Prior manages to find some space in the leg side

End of over 107 (2 runs) England 327/5

    • MJ Prior 25 (50b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 132 (255b 13x4)
    • I Sharma 26-4-86-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 24-3-87-0
107.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, FOUR, air from Harbhajan! But he overcooked it and Prior climbed into the half-volley. Laced it to the boundary

Harbhajan has had enough of that, switches to round the wicket.

107.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, that line opens out the leg side and Prior clips a single to the leg side

107.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, big appeal and we have a review! Odd. Looked like an afterthought. Pietersen aimed a reverse sweep, missed it, it hit his pad and bounced up through to slip off his body. Wasted review, that.

107.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, good delivery this time, slower, touch of flight. Pietersen defends

107.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, Harbhajan dragged this down a touch but it skidded on. Pietersen had to watch it carefully as he drove to deep cover

107.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, firmly clipped to mid-on. Looks in fine fettle now, Pietersen

End of over 108 (7 runs) England 334/5

    • KP Pietersen 134 (259b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 30 (52b 4x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 25-3-94-0
    • I Sharma 26-4-86-0
108.1

Sharma to Prior, no run, good line from Sharma again attacking the stumps. Prior drives with the angle to mid-on

108.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, Sharma feeds Prior's favourite cut shot and is stylishly glided to deep point

108.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, seems like Sharma will attack Prior on off stump and 'attack' Pietersen way outside off stump. Left all alone

108.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen beaten for pace and probably bounce as well as he tries to work a length ball from outside off stump to leg

108.5

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen connects this time and there is a misfield at mid-on by Tendulkar that allows a single. The crowd start to jeer before realising who the man is. Lord's crowds dare not be iconoclastic

108.6

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, Prior clips a single into space to pinch the strike

End of over 109 (3 runs) England 337/5

    • MJ Prior 32 (55b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 135 (262b 13x4)
    • I Sharma 27-4-89-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 25-3-94-0
109.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, ah lovely work from Prior. Uses the angle created by the around-the-wicket angle to glide a couple past the keeper

109.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, blocked carefully

109.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, Prior eases back in defence

109.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, again flat from Harbhajan and defended

109.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, pushed back to the bowler

109.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, Harbhajan lands this close enough to the pads for Prior to work a single to midwicket

End of over 110 (3 runs) England 340/5

    • MJ Prior 35 (61b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 135 (262b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 26-3-97-0
    • I Sharma 27-4-89-0

For the second time in two overs Sharma has lost his run up.

110.1

Sharma to Prior, FOUR, I wonder if Sharma is just struggling with his run up here, looked totally out of rhythm on this ball, slapping it down very short. Prior rocked back, waited and swatted it over mid-on for four. Dangerous times for India, England could really run away with things here

110.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 leg bye, fuller and straighter and altogether more reassuring from Sharma. Thuds off the pads and runs away for one

110.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, good again from Sharma and Pietersen solid in defence

Zaheer has finished his gym session and is now strolling around the outfield.

110.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, bowler is lucky to get away with this. Short and wide and Pietersen toe-ended his cut shot

110.5

Sharma to Prior, no run, lovely delivery from Sharma. That run-up problem was just an aberration it seems. This pitches and zips away past Prior's outside edge

110.6

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, Prior Pietersens this by taking the strike

End of over 111 (7 runs) England 347/5

    • MJ Prior 40 (65b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 136 (264b 13x4)
    • I Sharma 28-4-95-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 26-3-97-0
111.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, Prior hops back into his crease and tickles this round the corner

111.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen dances down the track and clips hard back to Harbhajan. The bowler collects and aims a throw back. Harbhajan is two short of his hundred, though

111.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, carefully pushed away on the off side

111.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Harbhajan straight and flat, pushed back to the bowler

111.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, worked to the on side

111.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, maybe a doosra, maybe it just went on with the angle from around the wicket. Either way Pietersen guided this close to slip

End of over 112 (1 run) England 348/5

    • KP Pietersen 136 (269b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 41 (66b 5x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 27-3-98-0
    • I Sharma 28-4-95-0

Change of bowling, Praveen Kumar replaces Sharma.

112.1

Kumar to Prior, no run, full and driven hard back at the bowler

112.2

Kumar to Prior, 1 run, Kumar finds away movement again but Prior uses it to push a single to cover

112.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strolls across to the off side and tries to flip it to leg. It looked careless because he missed it, if he connected it would seem routine

112.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, pretty ambitious appeal as Pietersen is struck on the pads a long way outside off and down the track

112.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, rare off-side drive from Pietersen but it's gentle

112.6

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, starts wide of off, swings much further and Pietersen leaves alone

End of over 113 (1 run) England 349/5

    • KP Pietersen 136 (273b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 42 (68b 5x4)
    • P Kumar 35.3-10-86-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 27-3-98-0

Kumar and Pietersen have been chatting all day and again are in conversation that needs Rauf to split them up, but all three are smiling.

113.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 4 runs, all-run four for Prior, brings up Harbhajan's ton! Tickled around the corner and by the time Kumar collected England had run four

113.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, swept hard down to Kumar again, who this time fields smartly. Takes Prior to two away from a very good fifty

113.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, Kumar in action once again and earns a cheer from the Lord's crowd as Prior dribbles one down to him

113.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, good delivery from Harbhajan! Saw Pietersen skipping down and shoved it quick and short. Almost got Pietersen into trouble but he managed to defend

113.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen works a single to deep midwicket to bring Prior back on strike

113.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, fifty for Prior, in good time too, 72 balls. Came in with England losing two in an over and has sped them back to control. Really top work from him

End of over 114 (9 runs) England 358/5

    • MJ Prior 50 (72b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 137 (275b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 28-3-107-0
    • P Kumar 35.3-10-86-3
114.1

Kumar to Prior, no run, good movement for Kumar again, earns him a cheer from his captain. Prior leaves alone

114.2

Kumar to Prior, 1 run, the outswing opens the off side up for Prior to time a stylish drive through

114.3

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks across to the off side and flicks a single to leg

114.4

Kumar to Prior, 2 runs, Kumar gets his line wrong and Prior works off his pads to fine leg

114.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, good delivery, shaping away from fullish length. Flagged through

114.6

Kumar to Prior, 1 run, what could have been a tight single to cover was made routine by the lethargy of the fielder

End of over 115 (5 runs) England 363/5

    • MJ Prior 54 (77b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 138 (276b 13x4)
    • P Kumar 36.3-10-91-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 28-3-107-0
115.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, Kumar is in constant action at deep fine leg. Prior sweeps firmly to him

115.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, arrowed in flat and short as Harbhajan sees Pietersen coming. Bah. Toss it up Harbhajan!

115.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, flat and quick again, Pietersen steers a single

115.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, Prior in one-day mode, in the sense he almost got himself out. Runs outside leg stump but Harbhajan follows him

115.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, again Prior backs away trying to open up the off side, but he can only get himself a single to cover

115.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 byes, Pietersen aims a sweep but Harbhajan is too quick and too far down the leg side. Dhoni can't collect cleanly

End of over 116 (5 runs) England 368/5

    • KP Pietersen 139 (279b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 56 (80b 5x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 29-3-110-0
    • P Kumar 36.3-10-91-3
116.1

Kumar to Prior, 1 run, inducker from Kumar, snakes in a long, long way. From the hand though. Prior wanted to cut but was cramped on the shot

116.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strolls across again but defends to mid-off

116.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen goes off side and Kumar follows him. Pietersen wanted to play but pulled out the shot at the final moment

116.4

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, Kumar angles this in and swings it in from wide of the wicket. Pietersen clips it away for a single to bring up the 100 stand, off 144 balls too

116.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, easily left alone outside off

116.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, and again Prior raises the bat harmlessly out of trouble

Drinks Excellent hour for England, they've added 65 runs in swift time. Here's Liam for the final hour.

End of over 117 (2 runs) England 370/5

    • MJ Prior 57 (83b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 140 (282b 13x4)
    • P Kumar 37.3-10-93-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 29-3-110-0

Hello everyone. England are continuing to build and it's unclear where the next wicket will come from. "Maybe England are in one day mode and want a few overs at India tonight," wonders James. "Let's hope there's no power play, I've seen England play them!"

117.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, Harbhajan continues round the wicket to KP, who swivels into an extravagant reverse sweep and sends a top edge swirling out into the deep ... there's no-one there to take it

Meanwhile, here's Jha with the burn: "Is this Bhajji's Swannsong? He's bowling like someone with a government job. If I bowl for 13 years, I might get 400 wickets too. Or at least 40."

117.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, quicker and flatter through the air, Pietersen stays back to defend

Bhajji was about to have a go at the fielder in the deep for not getting to the ball qiucker, but then noticed who it was ... Tendulkar himself!

117.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged between the fielders at fine leg and square leg, and they pinch a single

117.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, Prior gives himself a couple of feet of room and flat-bats a scorching drive into the deep

"Sunny weather I guess, is there nothing in it for bowlers anymore?" asks Krishna. There is still movement for Kumar but Harbhajan hasn't been effective.

117.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, ah, this time he makes too much room and can't lay bat on a flashing cut

117.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, Prior sends the ball towards third man with a deft little late cut

"Where's Madhu? India needs a spell of his magic!" Sadly Shef, I think the man is on a well-deserved break.

End of over 118 (7 runs) England 377/5

    • MJ Prior 61 (86b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 143 (285b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 30-3-117-0
    • P Kumar 37.3-10-93-3

Prasad isn't happy with what he sees. "This Indian attack, sans Zaheer looks toothless and ineffective." So, for what it's worth, here's Praveen Kumar, who will come round the wicket to Pietersen.

118.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, a touch of curve in to the pads, Pietersen whips to leg but can't get it away

118.2

Kumar to Pietersen, 2 runs, this time he does make good contact with the glance, and they're back for the second as Tendulkar runs round in the deep to cut it off

Pietersen is standing well out of his crease to Kumar.

118.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, appeal! Emotive stuff from Kumar as Pietersen is struck on the pad. There was swing, to be sure, but did it pitch outside leg? Asad Rauf thinks so, and he's right

118.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, keft alone outside off this time, the ball holding its line

"Am guessing Strauss wants to go on for another 10-11 overs, reach around 420 runs and then declare." SunnyM, not sure you've guessed right. England will try and bat once.

118.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, flicked behind square on thte leg side, but he's got protection inside the circle

"KP needs 222 not out to get his 50 average in Tests back!" One step at a time, Simon, one step at a time.

118.6

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this one also pitches and holds its line, and is defended to cover

End of over 119 (2 runs) England 379/5

    • KP Pietersen 145 (291b 13x4)
    • MJ Prior 61 (86b 5x4)
    • P Kumar 38.3-10-95-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 30-3-117-0
119.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, turned to square leg, where the fielder rushes in to stop the single

"You can't blame Bhajji, it's a seamers track and fairly flat," says Mrs Singh, I mean Finn. him. "Also when was the last time KP anchored an innings in such a manner?"

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, FOUR, reverse-swept up and over the slip and down to third man for four. Nicely played, he placed the shot perfectly

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, slapped hard out into the deep, and they're back for the second

"I wonder whether Dhoni regrets putting England into bat now. But surely England's seamers would have found more reward?" I suspect so Daniel but if Zaheer had stayed fit, who knows.

119.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, Prior skips down the track, looking to attack, but this one was just held back a touch and he couldn't get to the pitch

119.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, FOUR, swiped to wide long on! This time Prior waited in the crease, picking up the length and hammering the ball between the fielders in the deep

119.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tapped gently into the off side to end the over

End of over 120 (10 runs) England 389/5

    • MJ Prior 71 (92b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 145 (291b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 31-3-127-0
    • P Kumar 38.3-10-95-3

Billy Bowden trots across to the off side as Dhoni positions a man quite close at square leg

120.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, Pietersen leans forward to defend back to the bowler

120.2

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks across and nudges a full delivery just wide of mid-on, they test the fielder with a quick single

India have been doing a lot of running in the field, they look a little pooped!

120.3

Kumar to Prior, OUT, Praveen gets another! He sent down an outswinger, perhaps just short of a good length, and Prior set himself for a slashing cut. The ball bounced and moved more than he expected, however, and a thick edge flew straight through to Dhoni. India really, really needed that.

MJ Prior c †Dhoni b Kumar 71 (125m 93b 7x4 0x6) SR: 76.34

Ha! The cameras have picked up footage of Prior laying his bat down very carefully in the England dressing room.

120.4

Kumar to Broad, OUT, Broad's gone! First ball! Praveen gets his fifth with some hooping swing into the left-hander's pads. Ball evaded bat and the umpire upheld the appeal.

SCJ Broad lbw b Kumar 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

His name goes up on the Honours Board, and what's more: he's on a hat-trick!

"Praveen Kumar's name on the Lord's 5 wicket haul board. Some-one said he can't play test cricket." Probably Sahil, who seems to have a large humble pie in front of him.

120.5

Kumar to Swann, no run, testing delivery! Kumar sends down a full inswinger, but Swann brings his bat down to defend in good time

120.6

Kumar to Swann, no run, bouncer from Kumar! It's gentle stuff really, but Swann wasn't expecting it and ducks underneath the rising delivery at the last moment. Kumar has a smile on his face now, and he's politely clapped back to his position on the boundary by an appreciative crowd

"SOS Murli Kartik. He has vast experience of English conditions." Not a bad shout Dharmendra.

End of over 121 (1 run) England 390/7

    • GP Swann 0 (2b)
    • KP Pietersen 146 (293b 13x4)
    • P Kumar 39.3-10-96-5
    • Harbhajan Singh 31-3-127-0
121.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, looped down on middle and leg, Pietersen defends

121.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, this time the ball takes the inside edge and rolls to leg, but there's no single to be had

121.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is almost done in the flight, and is really cramped for room as he steps slightly to leg. He had to get the bat down quick to keep this one out

121.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, pushed defensively to leg

121.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gets across to off and sweeps hard out to Praveen in the deep

"Have a feeling Madhu might have just come back from his break...no other way India could have got 2 wickets in 2 balls," giggles Manoj. The mood among the India feedbackers has been transformed. Most of what we getting before was unpublishable!

121.6

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, Swann lunges forward to defend back down the track

End of over 122 (1 run) England 391/7

    • GP Swann 0 (3b)
    • KP Pietersen 147 (298b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 32-3-128-0
    • P Kumar 39.3-10-96-5
122.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles right across outside off and whips into the leg side, but the shot is intercepted by the midwicket fielder

122.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Kumar aims the yorker at Pietersen's toes, the ball comes off the toe of the bat and rolls past the diving bowler

122.3

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, a low full toss is cracked with great authority to the deep midwicket boundary, and that's 150 for Kevin Pietersen. Off comes the helmet, up goes the bat

122.4

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, and now he skips down the track to send a scything drive flying over mid-off!

And that prompts Praveen Kumar to ask Dhoni to come up to the stumps

122.5

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped into space at cover, and they amble through for a single that takes England to 400

Four slips in place for Swann

122.6

Kumar to Swann, 1 run, Swann gets off the mark with a nudge to fine leg, and keeps strike

"I don't mean to jinx him, but KP is closing in on 6,000 Test runs in this innings (his 128th) and if he makes it, he'll be joint 16th on the Fastest-to-6,000 list alongside his former countryman and great friend, GC Smith of South Africa." Eagles eyes from Paul Wilson.

End of over 123 (10 runs) England 401/7

    • GP Swann 1 (4b)
    • KP Pietersen 156 (303b 15x4)
    • P Kumar 40.3-10-106-5
    • Harbhajan Singh 32-3-128-0
123.1

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, tossed up outside off, not much turn though and it's easily defended by Swann

123.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, Bhajji puts a little more work on this one and finds the inside edge of a defensive prod, but a single is the result as the ball rolls away on the leg side

There are a lot of men in the deep for Pietersen, but the slip is also in.

123.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, nudged towards mid-on, Pietersen seemed to want the single there but Swann sent him back

Well! Pietersen had switched into a left-hander as Harbhajan approached the crease, but the bowler simply held onto the ball!

123.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, more orthodox this time, Pietersen pushing back to the bowler

123.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, clipped to square leg, but there's no single to be had

Again Harbhajan pulls out as he approaches the crease, although this time KP wasn't setting himself for the switch-hit.

123.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, glanced behind square, and straight to the fielder

"Time for KP to unleash ODI mode? (by that I mean down a red-bull and get out by swatting at balls over-eagerly)" India fans would certainly hope so, Niel Thompson.

End of over 124 (1 run) England 402/7

    • KP Pietersen 156 (307b 15x4)
    • GP Swann 2 (6b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 33-3-129-0
    • P Kumar 40.3-10-106-5

Ishant Sharma replaces Praveen Kumar. Three slips awaiting the edge.

124.1

Sharma to Swann, no run, full on off stump, Swann leans forward to punch to cover

"If England get all out and the over rate is below 15 ...will Dhoni still get charged?" asks Praveen. It's up to the match referee I think, but I'd be shocked if that happened.

124.2

Sharma to Swann, no run, Sharma zones in on the top of off once again, and Swann defends from the crease

124.3

Sharma to Swann, no run, that's a snorter! Sharma hits a length on off stump, the ball landing on the seam and jagging away from Swann, who had committed to a shot. Beaten on the outside edge

124.4

Sharma to Swann, no run, a mis-timed pull loops in the air towards mid-on, but drops a good metre or two in front of the fielder

"When was the last time we saw an Indian medium pacer bowling close to 50 overs in an inning. Some effort this from PK !! Also goes to show how ineffective Bhajji has been," says Rajesh.

124.5

Sharma to Swann, no run, and now Sharma goes past the inside edge of Swann's bat with one that comes in off the pitch. That wasn't far away from off stump

124.6

Sharma to Swann, no run, beaten outside off! Consistent line on off stump from Sharma, and once again Swann can't lay bat on it

Krithikou: "I guess Broad has now justified his selection with a workman-like 0."

End of over 125 (maiden) England 402/7

    • GP Swann 2 (12b)
    • KP Pietersen 156 (307b 15x4)
    • I Sharma 29-5-95-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 33-3-129-0
125.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen jumps out of his crease and clips along the ground to wide long-on for one

125.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 2 runs, Swann goes down on one knee to sweep to fine leg

125.3

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, FOUR, smashed over mid-off! Swann is going to play his shots here. He skipped down at Harbhajan to slap a half-volley over the infield

125.4

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, ah, good shots and bad. Swann makes a complete mess of a reverse sweep, and is lucky to be there as Billy Bowden turns down Harbhajan's appeal. That was mighty close indeed. Plumb, you might say

125.5

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, nudged just behind square on the leg side for one

125.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-on for another single to end the over

End of over 126 (9 runs) England 411/7

    • KP Pietersen 158 (309b 15x4)
    • GP Swann 9 (16b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 34-3-138-0
    • I Sharma 29-5-95-0

KP reaches 158, equalling his highest score at Lord's. He's also been out for that score three times in Tests, so India fans cross fingers.

126.1

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, nope. What a shot. Pietersen walks out aggressively at Sharma and absolutely hammers a drive back past him. Not quite the flamingo flick, but his back leg was in the air

126.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, clubbed to deep cover. Again Pietersen walks into the shot, hitting on the up and very hard. Good work on the cover boundary to stop that

126.3

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, extravagant stuff! Pietersen walks across and lifts the leg glance up to puncture the long leg boundary. Total confidence in the shot

126.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, KP does his best Watto impression, bending his front knee and cutting late off the front foot for a single to third man. The likeness is uncanny

126.5

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, punched back past the bowler, mid-on runs round but not quickly enough to stop the single

126.6

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, well, he's really opening up now. Long-off was brought up for the final ball and he smacked the very next ball up and over mid-off. Four more, and 16 off the over

End of over 127 (16 runs) England 427/7

    • KP Pietersen 173 (314b 18x4)
    • GP Swann 10 (17b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 30-5-111-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 34-3-138-0
127.1

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, Bhajji comes round the wicket, Swann cuts but hits the man at short third man

127.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, FOUR, slogged to midwicket! Swann bends into a powerful sweep to collect his second boundary

127.3

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 4 runs, chopped down very fine, this time it has the beating of Tendulkar at short third man and has to be chased down. Time for them to run four

127.4

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, pushed through square leg for a single

127.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen uses his feet and clips a quicker one off his toes towards midwicket

127.6

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, FOUR, that's how to play the switch-hit! Swann gets into position early and the ball pings right out of the middle

That'll be drinks at Lord's, and I'm going to hand back to Sahil Dutta.

End of over 128 (14 runs) England 441/7

    • GP Swann 23 (22b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 174 (315b 18x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 35-3-152-0
    • I Sharma 30-5-111-0

Thanks Liam. Fantastic stuff from Pietersen, England have made 64 from the last 10 overs. These two are really rattling along, great entertainment. "Hammered, clobbered, thumped, bashed..... what next? These are not signs of #1 Test team. Bhaji's got to make way for someone more deserving of a spinner's slot in this team. I see this match going comfortably into England's kitty. Dravid and Laxman get ready to dance to Tremlett's tunes." Oh Sumit, keep the faith in your team! India always start series slowly.

128.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Sharma in from the nursery end, field spread far and wide and Sharma aiming a mile outside off. Gone is the stage where Pietersen is leaving those, instead he clatters to one of the deep-set men

This is Pietersen's longest Test innings. One of his finest too, given how hard he had to battle yesterday.

128.2

Sharma to Swann, no run, Swann loves a drive but loses his shape on the shot and mistimes to mid-on

128.3

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, better control from Swann as he steers this to third man

128.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, took a very good stop from Gambhir running around from long-off to cut this off. Sharma persisting with a line a long way outside off but Pietersen is not holding back. Finally we're seeing his off-side game

128.5

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, and again Sharma is wide outside off, full this time. Pietersen squeezes a drive away and run smartly to take two. With the field set so deep there are plenty of gaps to exploit

128.6

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely batting. Bisected the deep field perfectly. Sharma is suffering here. Pietersen knows what the bowler is doing so strolls miles outside off and clips a full ball between fine leg and deep square. The run rate climbs to 3.5 now

End of over 129 (10 runs) England 451/7

    • KP Pietersen 183 (319b 19x4)
    • GP Swann 24 (24b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 31-5-121-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 35-3-152-0

Raina on now. 49 has come from the last four overs. Ouch.

129.1

Raina to Swann, no run, dragged short but Swann forces back to the bowler

129.2

Raina to Swann, no run, short again but once more Swann finds a fielder

129.3

Raina to Swann, no run, action replay as Swann clumps this to cover

129.4

Raina to Swann, OUT, well that's a surprise! Raina pushes through a flat ball, Swann plays across it and off-stump pegged back

GP Swann b Raina 24 (46m 28b 3x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Welcome relief for India and they may well end up batting this evening. Chris Tremlett is the new man, he's supposed to be able to give it a clump, but I suspect his job is to see Pietersen through to a daddy.

"Raina does a "in your face Bhajji" thing by taking that wicket," says Paul.

129.5

Raina to Tremlett, no run, Tremlett's bat looks much too small for him as he pokes a defence

129.6

Raina to Tremlett, no run, Raina must be wondering what all the fuss is about. Wicket maiden. Easy

End of over 130 (wicket maiden) England 451/8

    • CT Tremlett 0 (2b)
    • KP Pietersen 183 (319b 19x4)
    • SK Raina 2-1-9-1
    • I Sharma 31-5-121-0
130.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, very full and very wide outside off from Sharma. It's a plan that needs a rethink I suggest. Pietersen tries to squirt it away but can't

"India have too many confidence bowlers. Sreesanth, Bhajji, Ishant all depend on getting a wicket early in their spells to thrive. We need bowlers who are willing to plot a batsman's dismissal and have the patience ans skill to execute that plan," suggests Rasik.

130.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, short ball this time, Pietersen is surprised and gloves it as he tries to pull. Safe though and he gets two

130.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, when he first struck this it looked four. Crashed down the ground and Rauf had to get out the way swiftly. As it was it wasn't timed perfectly and long-off ran round

130.4

Sharma to Tremlett, no run, Sharma gets his line wrong to Tremlett, shoved down the leg side

130.5

Sharma to Tremlett, FOUR, no luck for Sharma, plenty for Tremlett. Prods forward and it scoots off an inside edge, past the stumps, past a diving Dhoni all the way for four

130.6

Sharma to Tremlett, no run, Tremlett earns a warm applause for a picture-perfect defensive shot. Leaves Pietersen the strike

End of over 131 (7 runs) England 458/8

    • CT Tremlett 4 (5b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 186 (322b 19x4)
    • I Sharma 32-5-128-0
    • SK Raina 2-1-9-1

"Sadly, it seems, Harbhajan has not "made it large"" says Kunal. Not sure, Bhaji has made 152...

131.1

Raina to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen into the 190s in style! Shoves his foot down, swings his arms at the ball and pings it to the long-on boundary

131.2

Raina to Pietersen, SIX, and again! Even better this time! Down the wicket and clattered straight back over the bowler, and long-on, for six. Just a boundary away now!

131.3

Raina to Pietersen, 2 runs, aw! Almost got there with this. More of a hack down the ground this time, Pietersen thought he was there but Kumar did well on the rope

131.4

Raina to Pietersen, FOUR, double for Pietersen! The smile is back on his face! Gets to the milestone by chopping a cut to the point rope. What's more, England declare.

England declare 474 for 8 Pietersen heads off to a standing ovation, just the way he likes it. Also a lovely moment where Kumar comes to shake his hand, those two have been chatting away all innings. What a flourish to finish the innings, all the hard work Pietersen put in yesterday paid off, his final 50 took just 25 balls. Surprisingly attacking declaration from Strauss, it will be a fascinating mini-session to close. Big test for Mukund, England will come out flying.

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