Pataudi Trophy - 1st Test

England v India

England won by 196 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

England's bowling v India's batting, that's what we've been looking for to most. Just 30mins tonight, Strauss looking deathly serious in the huddle. Something along the lines of "Broady, please, please pitch it up."

"Strauss has shown his intent on making England the No.1 test team by an aggressive declaration," writes Vasan. "Dhoni would have wanted 500+ on the board to declare. Strauss has made a psychological move to indicate to the Indians that he doesn't need 500+ to feel safe."

Righty, we've seen Kumar hoop it round corners. Here's England's swinger, Jimmy Anderson. Mukund will have strike. Three slips, gully, short leg are the catchers...

0.1

Anderson to Mukund, 1 run, swing straight away for Anderson! Almost squeezed through! Full, quickish and Mukund just about got an inside edge in time

0.2

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir is away straight away. Confident start, eased into a square drive and it needed a diving stop from Trott to just about haul the ball back in time? Ah, no. It's given four

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, poor from Anderson. Gambhir blocked this back to him and Anderson fired the ball back at his head. He apologised afterwards but really

0.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, this time it's outside off stump, Gambhir defends crisply

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, after that excellent first ball Anderson is a touch off line. This swings a long way away from the left-hander

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, another outswinger to finish the over. Gambhir leaves. Anderson then walks up to him to apologise again, good to see that

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0
G Gambhir    4* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
A Mukund    1* (1b)     

Tremlett will share the new ball. Strauss offers him some advice but he seems to be unfussed. Short leg in place. Three slips and a gully too.

1.1

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Tremlett often takes a couple overs to find his best. This is a grim start, fired a long way down the leg side. Prior did well to save

1.2

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, and again, good line to a right hander maybe, but Mukund gets another sighter

1.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, not a great delivery but not a great shot either. Floated up full outside off, Mukund aims a drive but misses

1.4

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 run, this time Tremlett finds a good line but Mukund stands tall and defends well, guiding it past Ian Bell at short leg

1.5

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, good delivery here. Back of a length, going across Gambhir. The batsman fishes slightly, guiding towards Pietersen who dives well at gully to field

1.6

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, finishes the over as he started it, with a wild ball down the leg side

End of over 2 (1 run) India 6/0
G Gambhir    4* (7b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0
A Mukund    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Anderson to Mukund, no run, inswinger from Anderson to Mukund. Nicely played back towards the bowler who tumbles in his follow through to field

"Can we cut Dhoni some slack?" pleads Anerudh. "World T20 Champion, IPL champion, Champions League winner, Captain of no.1 test side and not to forget the WC."

2.2

Anderson to Mukund, 2 runs, tucked away with the swing towards midwicket

2.3

Anderson to Mukund, no run, neatly played by Mukund, just pushing this towards mid-on. These are good conditions to bat in if he can survive the night

2.4

Anderson to Mukund, no run, Anderson pulls his length back a touch. Mukund stands tall to defend

2.5

Anderson to Mukund, no run, again this is a touch short of a good length. Mukund looks to work to leg but misses it

2.6

Anderson to Mukund, 2 runs, good delivery from Anderson. Fuller and swinging in, combination of inside edge and placement sends this to midwicket

"Strauss has made the declaration now itself because he wanted to bowl 10-12 overs tonight," reckons Saro. "That has nothing to do with the 500+ security stuff.."

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 10/0
A Mukund    6* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-0-9-0
G Gambhir    4* (7b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0

So, Tremlett has had a warm-up over, this one needs to be better.

3.1

Tremlett to Gambhir, 3 runs, good start from the bowler but even better from Gambhir, placing his bat in line to a full ball and it speeds down the ground. Good timing

3.2

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Tremlett struggled with the slope in the Sri Lanka Test and this is off line again

"Not to mention Dhoni doesn't have nearly the same bowling arsenal at his disposal as Strauss," adds Pranesh.

3.3

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 no ball, better ball - on a length outside off - but he's overstepped. England bowlers rarely overstep but when they do, Tremlett is often the man

3.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, once again it's shoved down the leg side, much to the bowler's disgust

3.4

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, that's better. Fuller, straighter, nipping back a touch. Rapped the pads but it was heading well over

3.5

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, fuller length this time, finds the pads once more, but it was missing leg stump

3.6

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, and pushed harmlessly across Mukund to finish the over. India will be pleased with what they've had so far

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 14/0
A Mukund    6* (17b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-5-0
G Gambhir    7* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-9-0

Anderson switching to round the wicket. Looking to swing it away from the angle.

4.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, looks better from that angle. But still too far outside off to bother Gambhir

4.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, too wide again. Gambhir will be delighted with this

4.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, much better line, starting off and decking away. Now if he did that at a fuller length it would be perfect

4.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson jumped wide to sharpen the angle, but it was too short and wide of off to interest Gambhir

4.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, wide again outside off. Gah

4.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, another leave to end the over. Strauss should give Swann ago before the night is out

End of over 5 (maiden) India 14/0
G Gambhir    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-9-0
A Mukund    6* (17b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-5-0

"People are really overdoing it with the perceived quality of this English attack," writes Karthik. "Anderson is solid as is Swann, while Tremlett is a new force in cricket and Broad is..well, Broad. India faced SA in December and pulled out a 1-1, in equally (if not more) challenging conditions. England aren't the West Indies circa 1970-1980 reincarnated." No Swann, Tremlett will finish off

5.1

Tremlett to Mukund, 2 runs, good ball from Tremlett, fullish and around off stump. Mukund leans into it nicely and steers a couple past point. Confident start from him

5.2

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, touch of extra bounce but Mukund comfortably behind it in defence

5.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, good again from Tremlett, hanging the ball around off stump. Mukund forward this time in crisp defence

Rob Noah has had a look at Strauss, and likes what he sees: "I like the cut of Strauss' jib. He has a Steve Waugh-ness about him, and I like that; ultra-aggressive, exciting. Better than India's last effort against WI." As if on cue, a leg gully has come in.

5.4

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, this looked very, very close! Mukund was rooted to the crease but Tremlett went much fuller. Struck him in front, looked straight. No DRS of course, possibly pitched outside? Yes it did

5.5

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, less alarm here for Mukund, just flags it through to Prior

Last ball of the day...

5.6

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 no ball, oh dear! That looked out but Tremlett overstepped. Miles over too. Swung in at a full length, possibly would have missed leg but cripes

5.6

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Mukund solidly behind the last ball. Much better over from Tremlett to end an excellent day for England

Stumps Pietersen leads the England team off, he was the star today. Took his time early on before exploding at the end to carry England to 474 for 8 declared. Praveen Kumar impressed with five wickets to get his name on the board before India's openers resisted the new ball well. The weather is good tomorrow which means a certain batsman might well have the chance to reach a certain landmark. For now I suggest looking at Sidharth Monga's close of play report, which will be ready shortly. We also have a gallery of the day's best pictures. That's all from us, join us at 10.30am in the morrow to see how this match unravels.

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 17/0
A Mukund    8* (24b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-8-0
G Gambhir    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-9-0

"Like PK, even I want to be on the great board - that of people who got their comments published!! Cricinfo, pleaaaaase help!" Well Vignesh, if you ask like that ...

10.55am Right, we're all set for the start. Mukund and Gambhir make their way earnestly to the crease, while England engage in the obligatory pre-match huddle.

10.50am I don't have a picture to hand, Sunit, but if you follow Andrew Miller's Twitter feed you'll see be treated with an image every now and then to help you get an idea of the atmosphere (and weather) at the ground. His latest shows that there was quite a scrum at St John's Wood tube station this morning. Indeed, several of our number are at HQ. Andrew McGlashan is well worth following, while Sambit Bal, our very own global editor, is also at the ground. Nitin Sundar and Sahil Dutta, with whom I will be sharing commentary duties, can also be found on Twitter, as can I. As can ESPNcricinfo, for that matter.

Mritunjai Singh gets straight to the point: "Nice weather report. Sachin just 2 wickets away from his 100th 100." Sunit has a request: "Sir you are requested to show a photograph of ground so that we'll see hows the weather..."

10.30am Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to the third day of ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the first Test between England and India at Lord's. Pleasingly, it's a bright, sunny morning in London and we should be in for a full day's cricket. I'm Liam Brickhill, and I'll be your commentator for the first hour of play.

Yesterday belonged to England, or more specifically, to Kevin Pietersen, who cracked an unbeaten double ton - his first home century since August 2008. There's plenty of interesting flotsam to dissect in the wake of that knock. Pietersen himself has said he's never had to work harder for a hundred, and it was startingly how he shifted gears in the course of his innings.

It was an interesting day for India too. Praveen Kumar carried the attack in Zaheer Khan's absence, taking to the task in truly admirable fashion. He may yet have more work to do, as doubts persist over Zaheer's fitness.

The Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths have been hard at work, in their own inimitable way. They had lunch with none other than Tony Dodemaide, former head of cricket at the MCC and current Cricket Victoria chief executive, and also saluted KP while marvelling at Dhoni the Superhero.

6.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson hits the seam straight away, this one pitching and leaving Gambhir from an off stump line. Left well alone

6.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling across the left-hander once more, and he can leave safely on line

"This has got to be the key day of this test. For all the positivity around the declaration last night, it's still a big ask to dismiss India for under 274 and therefore only have to bat once," writes Nick. "Early wickets crucial."

6.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, cracking delivery! Gambhir was drawn forward into a defensive push but beaten by another that left him through the air and off the pitch

6.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed slightly wider, this one can be left quite easily. Is he setting him up for one that swings back in?

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well, this is much straighter, but tailing away through the air once again. Solid defence from Gambhir

6.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, appreciable movement away once more, Gambhir has got his feet moving and is well forward to defend to point

"A humble request to you kind gents doing the comms.... Please do not publish any comments that jinx a certain somebody....... Plz plz." Abhishikha, I don't know who you could possibly mean ...

End of over 7 (maiden) India 17/0
G Gambhir    7* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-9-0
A Mukund    8* (24b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-8-0

Here's Chris Tremlett, who was probing in his short spell yesterday evening - once he got his line right anyway.

7.1

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, good start, Tremlett seams one in off the pitch to take the inside edge of a defensive bat

7.2

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, hurled down on a length outside off, Mukund hops and leaves alone

Wasif: "Sachin's hundred can wait...i would love to see Dravid stamp his class here ,stomping on England's hopes in the process!"

7.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Tremlett floats one fuller, inviting a drive, but Mukund resists, stepping across to shoulder arms

There's an attacking field first up, as would be expected. Three slips, a wide fifth slip, and a gully, as well as Ian Bell lurking under the helmet a few metres behind Mukund. Which would put me off, to be honest.

7.4

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, full and straight, Mukund is on the front foot to defend

7.5

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, ooh, there's a speculative appeal as Tremlett gets one to seam sharply back in to the left-hander's pads. Too high, and possibly doing too much. Good ball though

7.6

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, pushed wider once again, and left well alone

So, two maidens to start with.

End of over 8 (maiden) India 17/0
A Mukund    8* (30b)      CT Tremlett    4-1-8-0
G Gambhir    7* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-9-0

8.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson steams in and flings down an away swinger, which is left alone

8.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, jagging away from Gambhir once again, and the batsman isn't interested in the shot

Athers is wondering whether Anderson might not be better off coming round the wicket to get Gambhir playing, and I must say I agree.

8.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, straighter from Anderson, landing on a leg stump line. Gambhir defends from the crease

8.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, good, judicious leave. This one was right up to Gambhir, but he stepped to it and raised the bat out of the way

8.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed across his bows once more, Gambhir is patient and leaves

"I am waiting to see Dravid leave balls outside off stump and defend the ball and make it stay at his feet. True legend." Indeed, Yayathy Raj, there are few things more pleasing than the elegant leave and the dead-bat defence. Marks of the true batsman.

8.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, great finish for Anderson, this one explodes from a length to nip past Gambhir's prodding defence

End of over 9 (maiden) India 17/0
G Gambhir    7* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-3-9-0
A Mukund    8* (30b)      CT Tremlett    4-1-8-0

9.1

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 run, the first run of the morning! Mukund drops a length delivery close in on the off side. With so many men behind the bat there's a gap there and a single to be had

9.2

Tremlett to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stretches forward to a full, very wide delivery, slicing the drive towards gully ... it wasn't in the air, but not the most controlled shot either

9.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Mukund waits in the crease and defends to gully

9.4

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, more seam movement for Tremlett, back in to the left-hander, but the ball landed well wide of off stump and was easily left alone

9.5

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, nice, tight line from Tremlett, but Mukund's defensive bat keeps the ball away from off stump

9.6

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, just short of a good length and just wide enough to be left alone

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 19/0
A Mukund    9* (35b)      CT Tremlett    5-1-10-0
G Gambhir    8* (27b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-3-9-0

10.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 3 runs, shot. Nothing more than a firm push, Gambhir stepping forward and presenting the full face of the bat to send the ball rolling down the ground

10.2

Anderson to Mukund, no run, beaten outside off! Significant help off the pitch for Anderson, and the line was such that Mukund had to play at it. "Pitch it up," suggests Sahil

10.3

Anderson to Mukund, no run, slightly wider this time, and Mukund is happy to leave alone

10.4

Anderson to Mukund, no run, pitched up, but wider still and Mukund doesn't even think about a shot

10.5

Anderson to Mukund, 3 runs, variation from Anderson, this one snaking back in through the air. Mukund's reply is good, however, a nice straight bat driving the ball down the ground. Broad is after it, hauling it in before the boundary

10.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson goes wider of off, and a leave is the result

"Is Nick Ravi Shashtri in disguise?" asks Ashwin Nair. "Early wickets crucial!" I've got the feeling he might be.

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 25/0
G Gambhir    11* (29b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-3-15-0
A Mukund    12* (39b)      CT Tremlett    5-1-10-0

11.1

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, Tremlett slams the ball down on a length outside off, Mukund raises his bat to leave

11.2

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, splice-jarring delivery from Tremlett, but it's reasonably well-played by Mukund, who hopped up to fend the ball from his arm-pit. Well, Tremlett has over-stepped here, but that was very tight indeed

11.3

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 no ball, Mukund is stung on the hip by another lifter that nips past his defensive poke

Leg gully comes in now too.

11.3

Tremlett to Mukund, no run, fended just short of Trott at gully! This rose up at Mukund from a length, he stood at the crease and pushed the bat out and is lucky is a thick outside edge lands in front of the diving fielder

11.4

Tremlett to Mukund, 3 runs, good response from the batsman, who seizes on a full delivery to drive through extra cover

11.5

Tremlett to Gambhir, 1 run, tip-and-run from Gambhir, a well-judged call for a single

11.6

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 leg bye, a wild flail from Mukund! Tremlett sent to a brutish bouncer that was on to him in a flash, Mukund swivelled into a flashing hook, eyes firmly shut, and the ball pinged off the grille of his helmet. The batsman fell to the ground, losing his shoe in the process, but was aware enough to get up and take the leg-bye. Yes, he picked up his shoe and ran with it!

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 31/0
A Mukund    15* (45b)      CT Tremlett    6-1-15-0
G Gambhir    12* (30b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-3-15-0

12.1

Anderson to Mukund, no run, full, straight and swinging away through the air. Solidly defended

12.2

Anderson to Mukund, 2 runs, Mukund stays back to punch another away swinger through the covers for a couple

"Young Mukund is looking impressive," thinks Tushar Jalan. "Looks composed, however it is still early days."

12.3

Anderson to Mukund, FOUR, flashed through gully! This was full, wide and just too tempting for Mukund, who stepped forward and sliced the ball in the air but in the gap behind the wicket. Close ...

12.4

Anderson to Mukund, no run, Mukund is a little more cautious this time, leaving alone outside off

Stuart Broad is swinging his arms, warming up.

12.5

Anderson to Mukund, 2 runs, sliced square again! Well, Mukund is starting to look a little frenetic now. This wasn't there for the drive but he stepped into the shot, sending the ball flying away in the air through backward point. Anderson comes down the wicket to have a word with the batsman ...

12.6

Anderson to Mukund, no run, left alone to end the over - an expensive one, but there were chances created

End of over 13 (8 runs) India 39/0
A Mukund    23* (51b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-23-0
G Gambhir    12* (30b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    6-1-15-0

13.1

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, flung down far too wide to get the batsman playing

13.2

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, flicked off the hip, Bell fields sharply at short leg

13.3

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, curving in and bouncing off a length, the ball is tucked to short leg once more

13.4

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, ouch. Gambhir steps across to leave but the ball seamed sharply back in to him, striking him a stinging blow on the upper thigh. A little rub, and he's ready to go again

13.5

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, rising off a length on off stump, Gambhir hops up on his toes to guide to gully

13.6

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, another Tremlett lifter outside off, but it's wide enough to be safely left alone

End of over 14 (maiden) India 39/0
G Gambhir    12* (36b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-2-15-0
A Mukund    23* (51b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-3-23-0

First change of the morning: here's Broad. He could do with a solid spell. Will he pitch it up?

14.1

Broad to Mukund, 1 no ball, well, he certainly does to start with. Full and swinging back in to the batsman, a good probing delivery. Except, it's a no-ball.

14.1

Broad to Mukund, no run, full once more, but speared down the leg side and the swing takes it even further

Spread bet on how many short balls Broad will bowl in this spell? Sahil reckons five.

14.2

Broad to Mukund, no run, rising off a length, Mukund shoulders arms

14.3

Broad to Mukund, FOUR, well, it's pitched up, yes, but it's on the leg stump and Mukund eases the ball to the boundary with a wristy flick.

"Time for a bouncer," says Sahil.

14.4

Broad to Mukund, no run, Broad's not quite got his line right yet, this one goes down the leg side as well

14.5

Broad to Mukund, no run, pushed down the leg again. Surely not going for the leg-side strangle, his radar isn't quite set yet

14.6

Broad to Mukund, no run, there's the short one, bouncing outside off. Mukund sways out of the way

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 44/0
A Mukund    27* (58b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    12* (36b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-2-15-0

Tremlett continues.

15.1

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, left on line and length. Take your pick

15.2

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, rising towards Gambhir's midriff. He stands tall to ride the bounce

"Indians should target Broad. He is not among wickets." So says Prasoon Khare. Don't think there is a need to target anyone at this stage, the openers are playing very well.

15.3

Tremlett to Gambhir, 1 run, glanced off the hip to fine leg. There were cries of "catch it" aimed at Bell, but it was wide of him at short leg

15.4

Tremlett to Mukund, FOUR, flicked off the pads, the ball coming right out of the middle and racing to the midwicket boundary. He didn't try to hit it too hard, the shot was all timing. Reminiscent of the shot Trott plays an awful lot

15.5

Tremlett to Mukund, (no ball) FOUR, Mukund takes the opening stand to fifty with another well-timed whip to the leg-side boundary - square leg this time

Mukund is quite happy to wait deep in the crease and pick these length balls off. There's a field change, square leg goes out.

15.5

Tremlett to Mukund, 1 run, tight single! That was very tight indeed, Tapped towards KP and they just set off, the shy came in but Pietersen was off-balance and it went wide of the wicket. Not far away though

15.6

Tremlett to Gambhir, 1 no ball, another no-ball from the big man, this one defended from the crease

15.6

Tremlett to Gambhir, no run, curving down the leg side, the batsman can't get a touch on it

End of over 16 (12 runs) India 56/0
G Gambhir    13* (41b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-2-27-0
A Mukund    36* (61b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-5-0

16.1

Broad to Mukund, no run, sharp yorker! This took Mukund by surprise, but he managed to jam the bat down on it just in time. Or did he? Replays suggest that was boot first. No appeal from anyone. If there had been, that was out!

16.2

Broad to Mukund, 2 runs, flicked off the pads, two runs the result

16.3

Broad to Mukund, no run, full of length but landing a foot outside off. Left alone

16.4

Broad to Mukund, 2 runs, full, fast and swinging. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls through square leg

Hawkeye suggests that yorker would've clipped off stump.

16.5

Broad to Mukund, no run, beaten! This was full again, and where the others had curved back in this one hit the pitch and moved away, past Mukund's prod

16.6

Broad to Mukund, no run, and full to finish, the ball swinging in to rap Mukund's pad. Going down leg, for sure

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 60/0
A Mukund    40* (67b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-9-0
G Gambhir    13* (41b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-2-27-0

Anderson replaces Tremlett at the Nursery End. Botham thinks it might be worth bringing Swann on from the Pavilion End. Shockingly, Sahil agrees with him.

17.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, swinging in through the air, but short of a good length and tucked defensively to leg

17.2

Anderson to Mukund, no run, pushed full across Mukund, who steps across to cover his off stump and leaves alone

17.3

Anderson to Mukund, 1 run, swing for Anderson, but the line is a little too far down the leg side and he's able to pick off an easy single

Just two men on the leg side, big gaps there.

17.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, dropped close on the off side. There's a discussion about a single, but eventually it's turned down

17.5

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, tapped softly into the covers, it's in the gap so the single is on this time

17.6

Anderson to Mukund, no run, bending across Mukund through the air, it's full and reasonably straight and so he comes forward to defend

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 63/0
A Mukund    41* (70b 4x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-26-0
G Gambhir    15* (44b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-9-0

"With these full, swinging balls, somebody can tell Tim Bresnan to take off his Stuart Broad mask now," asks Tom. Indeed, as we suspected Broad has finally decided to pitch the ball up, and looks all the better for it.

18.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full and curving sharply in through the air. Gambhir drives to mid-off, but with no great certainty

"The batting order and style of both the teams seems to be similar Strauss-Mukund(left), Cook-Gambhir(left), Trott-Dravid(right), Pietersen-Sachin(right), Bell-Laxman, Morgan-Raina(left), Prior-Dhoni(wicketkeeper/right)." And not just that Manivannan, quite similar types of player too.

18.2

Broad to Gambhir, OUT, clatter! Full, straight and swinging. Broad makes a mess of Gambhir's stumps with a superb delivery that swerved back in between bat and pad. He's got the reward for keeping the ball up to the bat, and isn't he happy. He even turns round to appeal!

G Gambhir b Broad 15 (87m 46b 1x4 0x6) SR: 32.60

"What a great example of full pitch bowling. Perfectly timed wicket, straight after the viewers comment on broad's tendency to pitch it up today." It's like we plan these things, Sam.

18.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, full once more, pitched up outside off and Dravid comes forward into a nervous-looking drive

18.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, swinging away through the air off a good length, Dravid steps down the pitch and raises his arms into an extravagant leave

18.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, floated up very full outside off, Dravid has a look and keeps bat away from ball

18.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, pitched right up once more, dug out to cover

Broad, eh. He's not the enforcer, said Andy Flower, he's a very naughty boy who needs to pitch it up more. I paraphrase, of course.

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) India 63/1
R Dravid    0* (4b)      SCJ Broad    3-1-9-1
A Mukund    41* (70b 4x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-26-0

19.1

Anderson to Mukund, 1 run, Anderson lands one on a full length, swinging in towards middle. Mukund defends, the ball rolls into a gap and they take a single

19.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full, leaving Dravid through the air and off the pitch. Left well alone

19.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, just short of a good length on off stump, Dravid shifts his weight and defends to point

19.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson goes a yard or so fuller, but it's outside off and left alone

19.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, leaving the batsman once more, and Dravid steps into a well-judged leave. He's got all sorts of leaves, does Dravid. The complete batsman.

19.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, here's the hands-above-head variation, one of my personal favourites. Wide from Anderson, and Dravid didn't need to play at it

End of over 20 (1 run) India 64/1
R Dravid    0* (9b)      JM Anderson    9-3-27-0
A Mukund    42* (71b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-9-1

20.1

Broad to Mukund, no run, on a length and cramping the batsman for room as he defends

20.2

Broad to Mukund, no run, defended to cover with a solid crunch. Broad continues to keep it nice and full

20.3

Broad to Mukund, FOUR, Broad is in the midst of a probing spell, but Mukund has a great response to a full, swinging ball - driving it firmly down the ground for four

20.4

Broad to Mukund, no run, Broad pulls his length right back, Mukund sways out of the way to leave

20.5

Broad to Mukund, 1 run, whipped off the pads out into the deep, but Broad has protection out in the deep

20.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, nippy offcutter from Broad, and it nips through Dravid's attempted glance to strike him on the thigh

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 69/1
R Dravid    0* (10b)      SCJ Broad    4-1-14-1
A Mukund    47* (76b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-27-0

21.1

Anderson to Mukund, 1 run, not great pace from Anderson, but decent movement through the air and it's nudged through square leg

21.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, shaping away through the air, Anderson continues to tease Dravid outside off

21.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full and swinging, pushed to cover

21.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson goes a touch wider, Dravid leaves

21.5

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, classical drive through cover! Dravid is off the mark in great style. Anderson pitched it right up to him and he leaned into a supple drive. A pleasure to see

21.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, and Dravid ends the over with utterly solid defence, stepping way down the track as he plays the stroke

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 74/1
R Dravid    4* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-32-0
A Mukund    48* (77b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-14-1

22.1

Broad to Mukund, no run, pushed right across the left-hander, who leaves alone

22.2

Broad to Mukund, no run, fairly wide and full again, this time Mukund has a drive, the ball bouncing to extra cover

22.3

Broad to Mukund, no run, curving in appreciably through the air, the ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls to leg

22.4

Broad to Mukund, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Mukund shoulders arms

22.5

Broad to Mukund, no run, Broad keeps Mukund deep in the crease with a back-of-a-length delivery, defended to cover

22.6

Broad to Mukund, no run, pushed firmly to cover to end the over

And I'll hand over commentary to Nitin Sundar.

End of over 23 (maiden) India 74/1
A Mukund    48* (83b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-14-1
R Dravid    4* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-32-0

Thanks Liam. Anderson to the Wall.

23.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full and shaping away outside off, Dravid moves forward and across to defend into the off side

23.2

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, straighter this time, and again Anderson gets that shape away, Dravid covers the line seemingly tentatively, and plays it into the leg side

23.3

Anderson to Mukund, 1 run, Abhinav is looking the part here. Full ball on his pads and he clips it neatly through square leg for one more

23.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, short of a length on Dravid's hips, he nudges it to the leg side.

23.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, 132 kph, full and attacking the stumps again, Dravid defends to the leg side

23.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, lets the last one go outside off, Anderson plugs away a couple of yards outside the stumps and it is an easy leave

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 76/1
R Dravid    5* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-34-0
A Mukund    49* (84b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-14-1

Broad continues. Round the stumps.

24.1

Broad to Mukund, 1 wide, Broad does a Harmison, miles outside off and it swings away further.

24.1

Broad to Mukund, no run, he's getting a nice shape going away from Abhinav, who leans out and shoulders arms as it zooms away from a length.

24.2

Broad to Mukund, no run, beaten outside off, smart ball from Broad, sends it down from slightly wide of the stumps and gets it to angle in and straighten from a length. Abhinav feels for it and doesn't edge.

24.3

Broad to Mukund, no run, a touch wider this time, much easier leave for Abhinav.

24.4

Broad to Mukund, OUT, Abhinav out for 48 in his previous Test, and out for 49 this time. The milestone was clearly playing on his mind, that can happen to you. Especially at Lord's. Broad keeps it full and wide of off, he should not have played at that. Abhinav reaches across with a gaping bat-pad gap and an angled face. The ball hits the inside edge and crashes into the stumps. Abhinav is crushed with disappointment, as he should be.

A Mukund b Broad 49 (117m 88b 5x4 0x6) SR: 55.68

Enter Tendulkar! Abhishek: "When are we gonna see Swann in action? I'm bored." Still bored?

SRT marches down the steps to a warm applause by Lord's standards. He's wearing a jumper, looks up at the skies as he walks in, squints into the distance, does the half crouch, adjusts the box and takes guard. Three slips and a gully. And a short leg.

24.5

Broad to Tendulkar, 4 byes, Aha, Broad was taken in by the gravity of the moment. Sends down five harmless byes well down the leg side.

24.6

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, short ball angling into the ribs, the little man stands tall and nudges ot down to the leg side.

Wombat: "Brilliant work by Sky. Cutting to ads while Sachin walks out to bat at his final lords test. Round of applause lads." Ouch!

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 81/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    6-2-15-2
R Dravid    5* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-34-0

25.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full from Anderson, keeps taking it away from outside off, Dravid leans out and lets it go.

Dravid and Tendulkar. At Lord's. This is what cricket is all about, folks.

25.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, another full ball, draws Dravid forward and he defends as solidly as he did on debut at this ground in 1996.

25.3

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, well played, Dravid leans out to cover the swing, opens the face and uses the wrists and gets it through cover point.

25.4

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, edged, but safe. He has been fallible of late in that area, as a fielder and as a batsman, but he still has the presence of mind to drop the wrists and play it softly towards third man, between the slips.

25.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, over-pitched this time and too straight, on the pads, Dravid plays it into the leg side.

25.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, huge indipper this one, at a lively 135 kph, Dravid spots the line and then adjusts to defend.

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 85/2
R Dravid    9* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-3-38-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    6-2-15-2

Gav: "I thought cricket was about Warner and de Villiers playing for Delhi Daredevils. At the Wankhede" Talk about ruining it.

26.1

Broad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Sachin is away, nice languid check drive into the covers as Broad floats it full outside off. Eased into the gaps, and they get an easy two. Sachin refuses the third.

26.2

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, shortens the length outside off, Sachin gets across and shoulders arms to let it go through.

26.3

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, well bowled by Broad, he's settled into a nice rhythm here. This one angled in and straightened from middle and leg, to meet the broad SRT bat as he reached forward confidently.

26.4

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, you won't hear a louder 'Ooh' at Lord's! Sachin is beaten outside the off stump by a lively legcutter that jumps up and goes away from a length. Had to play at it, but even he wasn't good enough to edge it.

26.5

Broad to Tendulkar, 4 runs, drama! Broad is livid. Pietersen is livid with Broad! Sachin has four, thanks to an overthrow. Good length on off stump, he leans out and pats it to Pietersen at covers. KP runs in and flings it at the stumps, though SRT wasn't looking for a single. The throw is wild and runs away, past a diving attempt from Tremlett at fine leg. The occasion is getting to everybody!

26.6

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, back to mundane defence, Sachin is assured on the half forward push and defends to the off side.

End of over 27 (6 runs) India 91/2
SR Tendulkar    6* (8b)      SCJ Broad    7-2-21-2
R Dravid    9* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-3-38-0

Tremlett must be sufficiently warmed up by that sprawling back-up effort at fine leg. He comes on for a bowl now. Three slips and a short leg. Some clouds on the horizon ...

27.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, looked like that kept low after landing on length outside off. Dravid was on the back foot and went down quickly to defend it.

27.2

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, similar length, more predictable bounce. Sachin defends it with the angle to the leg side.

27.3

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, nicely played by Dravid, stands tall to a ball deviating away off the seam, and he drops it into the gully area for one.

Ganguly, on air, reveals that Sachin used to try to talk to him in Bengali when they were batting together. Ganguly says Sachin's Bengali was quite bad too!

27.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, steepling bounce from Tremlett, that's what he is known to produce, but too short and too wide to trouble Sachin this time.

Mark Long: "I think it is about time for Graeme Swann"

27.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, iffy moment, that one kept a touch low too from just short of a length, and hit the toe end of Sachin's bat as he played back to it. It seemed to be rolling back towards the stumps area, but he stops it.

27.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, FOUR, there are replays of this shot from Sachin's Manchester century in 1990. The back-foot punch that he plays like no one else can. This was not even that short, and he had almost no room to work with. Yet Sachin stood tall and managed to generate bat speed that defies the laws of physics. A thing of beauty, and brutality, at the same time.

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 96/2
SR Tendulkar    10* (11b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    9-2-32-0
R Dravid    10* (29b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-2-21-2

28.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, wider outside off from Broad to Dravid, he lets it go.

28.2

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, trademark Sachin two balls ago, and now trademark Dravid. Over-pitched and swinging away, but Dravid is a master at moving into line and covering the deviation. The then opens the wrists even as he flows into the drive and the ball purrs through covers. India reach 100.

28.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, shorter length from Broad, Dravid stays back and works it to the leg side.

28.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, and he goes full this time, Dravid is a little late to come forward but manages to keep it out from the crease.

28.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, huge lbw appeal turned down by Umpire Bowden. Looked like it was going down the leg side, but that's a really good ball. Inswinging yorker that kept coming in as Dravid looked to play it into the leg side, it missed the bat and thudded into the foot. Surely heading down the leg side. The clouds are getting up to their tricks here.

28.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, short of a length outside off and going away from Dravid, who safely lets it go through.

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 100/2
R Dravid    14* (35b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-25-2
SR Tendulkar    10* (11b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    9-2-32-0

Jagadish: 'Ladies and gentlemen at Lords got their monies worth watching that back-foot punch from Tendulkar. What I wouldn't pay to be in that ground!"

29.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, another immense 'Ooh' from the crowd as Sachin plays and misses. Loose shot, looks to stay beside the line and steer from outside off, not much intent in that shot, it wasn't there for runs with such a packed cordon.

29.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, he over-steps this time, Sachin lets it go outside off easily

29.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length outside off, Sachin stays back, covers the line and defends.

Tarkari: 'Ganguly should be appreciative of Sachin's attempt to speak in Bengali. If Gavaskar says that the slip cordon discusses All-Time XI's, surely it is a good time for Sachin to practice his Bengali.'

29.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, Play and a miss. Exquisite, says Alan Wilkins. Unplayable says Wasim Akram. He should know. Tremlett gets this to shape in and go away from outside off, Sachin pokes forward and it goes away missing the outside egde. Even Prior fumbles this beaut.

29.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, this one comes in, nice stuff from Tremlett. Sachin stays back and looks to defend and is hit high on the pad.

29.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, this is another dimension to Tremlett, not over-doing the bouncer, using the seam well. Only 130 kph, fullish length and away movement. Much tougher to face, coming from six feet five. Sachin looks to push tentatively and misses.

29.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, end of a testing over, ends with a wide delivery well outside off, Sachin easily lets this one go.

End of over 30 (1 run) India 101/2
SR Tendulkar    10* (18b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-2-33-0
R Dravid    14* (35b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-25-2

Sachin and Dravid at the crease. A man with a higher Test average than those tow legends to bowl. Trott comes on for a trundle. One slip, widish and a shortish midwicket.

30.1

Trott to Dravid, no run, slow and over-pitched outside off, Dravid inside-edges a cover drive onto his pad.

30.2

Trott to Dravid, no run, Dravid showing the kind of technique that you normally associate with defending Ambrose. High elbow, bat under the head, full face, full flourish. Defense.

30.3

Trott to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads this time, Dravid lets it come on and nudges through square leg for one.

30.4

Trott to Tendulkar, no run, Trott's getting a little bit of mischievous away movement in the air. Sachin spots it and pushes out to play it into the covers.

30.5

Trott to Tendulkar, no run, he's rolling his fingers over this balls, looking for the one that goes away, Sachin leans out to punch to mid-on.

30.6

Trott to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on off stump to end the over, Sachin defends from the crease.

One over to lunch by the looks of it. Just a reminder that we will have Andrew Miller and Sambit Bal on the live chat during the break. And Steven Lynch after the break.

End of over 31 (1 run) India 102/2
SR Tendulkar    10* (21b 1x4)      IJL Trott    1-0-1-0
R Dravid    15* (38b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    10-2-33-0

31.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, short of a length from Tremlett, outside off, Dravid stays back and guides it into the cordon.

31.2

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, short again, not much bounce though Dravid accounts for it, and he comes down to adjust and defend into the covers.

31.3

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, on the pads this time, Dravid stays in the crease and defends towards the leg side.

31.4

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, peach of a legcutter from Tremlett, the appetiser for lunch. Dravid nearly falls for it. Angles in, lands on the thread and jumps up and away. Dravid is squared up and does well to drop the wrists, albeit late.

31.5

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, easier this time, doesn't go away off the seam, and Dravid defends into the off side.

31.6

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, lunch it is at Lord's, and the legends will be back to resume duties after the break. This was short and wide outside the off stump and moved away marginally, Dravid lets it go and hurries off for the meal.

A session that doesn't go to either team really. If Abhinav hadn't thrown it away, it would have been India's. All set for a cracking period of play after the break then. We'll be back for the action at about 1335 hours. Meanwhile, do consider following us on Twitter.

End of over 32 (maiden) India 102/2
R Dravid    15* (44b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    11-3-33-0
SR Tendulkar    10* (21b 1x4)      IJL Trott    1-0-1-0

Right, we are almost there for the second session. Sachin and Dravid get to the boundary line and wait for the fielders to troop in before following. Still some clouds about. No threat of rain. Nasser Hussain says, "This is the session we came for". Can't disagree. Anderson with two slips.

Avis: "What's for lunch at Lords today ?" Confit of duck, Andrew Miller reliably informs me. Good thing that Sachin and Dravid are off the mark ... Confit of duck and all that.

Aneal: "Please calm down. Worst things happen when commentators get excited." Well, what's the worst that can happen ... VVS Laxman, my favourite player, is the next man in!

I went away, tried to have a cup of coffee and calm my nerves, flipped around with my phone, and tried to stay calm, I couldn't and so I am back here. 2000th Test. Lord's. Tendulkar and Dravid. Pinch. Ouch. Not a dream.

Still some time for resumption, enough to check out our elegant full screen Google chrome app.

32.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin starts off with a boundary, part edged, part steered past the slips, with complete control. Anderson moved it away as he always does, Sachin covered it and got it away through third man.

32.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, full toss, must have overcooked it, low on middle and off, Sachin check drives to mid-on, he was taken a bit by surprise too.

32.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, cutting in a short, Sachin presses forward and defends off the inner half.

32.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, lovely delivery, Anderson gets it to jump up from short of a length, Sachin presses forward and looks to defend, but realises it is out of his range and holds the bat inside the line.

32.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, poor ball, sublime shot. Anderson drops it on his pads, perhaps losing his line due to the slope, and Sachin wrists him away off the pads off the back foot. No one in place to cut it off.

32.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, firm punch, Sachin gets forward to a full ball and sends it packing towards mid-off where Tremlett does well to move to the right and stop it.

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 110/2
SR Tendulkar    18* (27b 3x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-46-0
R Dravid    15* (44b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    11-3-33-0

Short leg for Tremlett to Dravid. And three slips.

33.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, length ball on off stump hinting at away movement, Dravid moves across and covers the line to defend.

33.2

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 leg bye, too straight, straying down the leg side, and Dravid fends it away backward of square leg for another single.

33.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, that steepling bounce again from Tremlett, but it starts from too far wide of the off stump. Sachin leaves easily.

Pradeep: '111 on board and I'm hopping on one leg!'

33.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, FOUR, Beauty. Sachin laces Tremlett on the up through covers, just purrs into position like a well-calibrated Rolls Royce engine and coaxes the length ball through the covers. He opened the wrists while driving to ensure he found the gap.

33.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, straighter this time, Sachin again eases into position to defend down the track.

33.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, straight and full, Sachin's well awake after lunch, and defends easily. Tremlett oversteps again.

33.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, short of a length, Sachin is compact in back foot defence.

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 116/2
SR Tendulkar    22* (32b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    12-3-38-0
R Dravid    15* (46b 2x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-46-0

34.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson tests Dravid with a full delivery searching for swing, Dravid leans out to drive it and finds the man at cover. Lots of protection in that area,

34.2

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, nicely done by Dravid, he picks up a four through third man, with a completely assured dab off the back foot. Short ball well outside off, once Dravid saw it wasn't bouncing too much, he just tapped it with soft hands to the right of the second slip. Still no third man in place.

34.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, pokes and misses, poor shot from Dravid. He flirts in that region a little too often these days, doesn't he? Full ball, well outside off, he seemed late in getting across and just went for a nothing-push. In the early 2000s he would have seldom played at it.

34.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, shorter and wider outside off, Dravid does better this time and lets it go.

34.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, short of a length and angling into the pads, Dravid defends from the crease.

34.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, fuller ball, Dravid seemed over-prepared for the change in length and seemed to reach out to drive it down the ground. Mis-timed to mid-on.

Chirag: "I have a hunch that if Dravid managed to get past 49, Sachin will definitely score century... He has this habit of stealing Dravid's thunder ;)..." Early days yet, and the India fans reading this will ask you to not jinx them!

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 120/2
R Dravid    19* (52b 3x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-50-0
SR Tendulkar    22* (32b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    12-3-38-0

35.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, full ball from Tremlett, Sachin is so assured with his footwork today and again pushes it nicely towards mid-off.

35.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, FOUR, time to bring a third man in. Sachin guides Tremlett from the off stump line past the cordon for another boundary. Short of a length, not much bounce, and Sachin had no problems in angling the face and sending it scurrying through.

The first of two slips is standing a touch wide.

35.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads this time, Sachin nudges through square leg for one more.

35.4

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, workman-line ball, shaping away from wide of off stump, Dravid doesn't bother with it.

35.5

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, solid from Dravid, Tremlett tries to angle this one inwards and Dravid stonewalls it with bat and pad close together as he pushes forward.

Chuck: "Sachin is so assured with his footwork today " - that is the kind of thing that jinxes !"

35.6

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, again, Dravid confidently comes forward to defend a length ball.

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 125/2
R Dravid    19* (55b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    13-3-43-0
SR Tendulkar    27* (35b 5x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-50-0

36.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, the second time he's done this today, Sachin stands as tall as he can and redirects a slightly short ball, slightly wide of off stump through cover-point. How does he do it?

36.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the hips this time, Sachin works it around through square leg for a single.

36.3

Anderson to Dravid, 2 leg byes, poor line from Anderson, sprays another one down the leg side, and Dravid gets something on it to pick up a couple through fine leg.

36.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, that's the line, Anderson gets that swerve going away from middle and off, but Dravid gets easy behind it and defends.

Sachin, as most of you would know, is five runs away from matching his best score at Lord's.

36.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, fuller length, draws Dravid forward into a poetic defensive push down the pitch. No one does it better.

36.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, again, Dravid comes forward with intent to block and plays it off the inside half of the blade to the leg side.

Charbel: "Dravid has now batted for 40,000 minutes in Test Cricket according to the coverage" If that's true, that boggles the mind, twice over, and then once again.

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 132/2
R Dravid    19* (59b 3x4)      JM Anderson    15-3-55-0
SR Tendulkar    32* (37b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    13-3-43-0

37.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short from Tremlett, Sachin hangs back and forces the defensive stroke to the leg side. Leg slip watches keenly.

37.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, too straight at 136.5 kph, Sachin looks to nudge through square leg, and it goes off the pad.

'God' is trending in India right now. As are Praveen Kumar, Pietersen and Abhinav Mukund.

37.3

Tremlett to Dravid, FOUR, The Third Man is not one of Andrew Strauss' favourite movies. Four more leaked through that area, as Dravid expertly hangs back, stays beside the line and steers past the cordon. Played it down almost compulsively.

37.4

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads now again, Dravid works it away through square leg for one more.

37.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, another leg side ball, this time too far down and Sachin lets it go.

Jha: "Wondering if it's a good idea to reverse-jinx these two so that they go on and on...Sachin doesn't quite cut it at the international level, you know. Needs to go back to Ranji and learn from his seniors there. "

37.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, poor, poor shot. Sachin will be admonishing himself internally big time here. Short of a length, buzzing away late from well outside off, Sachin stays planted on the crease and tries to wave the wand at it. He doesn't touch it.

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 138/2
SR Tendulkar    32* (41b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    14-3-48-0
R Dravid    24* (61b 4x4)      JM Anderson    15-3-55-0

38.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, well wide outside off, Dravid gets forward and across to let it go.

38.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, better line, makes him play while getting the away shape from off stump, Dravid covers the line well and defends.

38.3

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid gets four, and without much trouble, but he might still not be happy with that shot. Full and wide, swinging away, Dravid reached for it and played a well controlled square drive, albeit away from the body. Morgan at point dives over it.

38.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, leaves this one go outside off, shorter than the previous one.

38.5

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, nice variation from Anderson, gets this to snake in the way Praveen Kumar did yesterday several times, but it ended up as cannon fodder on Dravid's pads. He saw it coming in early, waited and worked it beautifully off the pads.

38.6

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, super shot. India are doing really well here after the break. Dravid perfects the square drive this time, sends it more in front of square than he did previously, and that is always an indication of how close to the pitch he is getting. Full and going away, he commits well to the shot, reaches across and threads the covers. Splendid.

End of over 39 (12 runs) India 150/2
R Dravid    36* (67b 7x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-67-0
SR Tendulkar    32* (41b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    14-3-48-0

39.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short and a bit of extra bounce from outside off, Sachin was not going to play at it.

39.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, good ball that, at 127 kph, angles in as Sachin reaches out to defend and it runs off the inside half of the blade to the leg side.

39.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short ball angling down the leg side, Sachin shoulders arms and it goes off the hips down the leg side. Prior collects and appeals. Sunny Gavaskar says it shows how desperate they are for his wicket.

39.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, another good ball, nips away off the threads this time and again that extra bounce Tremlett always manages. Sachin holds the bat inside the line.

39.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, hmm, fish and a miss. Every now and then, Sachin's playing a false stroke. Short of a length outside off, unless Tremlett has bowled many indippers, this is not a ball to be played at. But Sachin does, and misses.

39.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, really good over from Tremlett, finishes with another one that goes away, Sachin covers the line well this time and steers towards gully.

End of over 40 (maiden) India 150/2
SR Tendulkar    32* (47b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    15-4-48-0
R Dravid    36* (67b 7x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-67-0

The best spinner in the game today comes on. Dravid to face. Slip and short leg.

40.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, short and turning in, Dravid stays back and punches down the track.

40.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, nice line, lands a yard outside off and comes in, Dravid defends from the crease.

40.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, hint of inward curl, Dravid leans forward to smother it.

40.4

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, short and on a Harbhajan line, ends up on Dravid's pads and he works it away for an easy single.

40.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, on a length to Sachin, who is reluctant to come forward and defends cautiously.

There's a short midwicket in place too. Interesting field all said.

40.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, flights the last ball generously, Sachin presses forward to defend it solidly

End of over 41 (1 run) India 151/2
SR Tendulkar    32* (49b 6x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0
R Dravid    37* (71b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    15-4-48-0

41.1

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, legcutter to Dravid, he adjusts to it really well and drops towards point for a single off the back foot.

Murli: "For all Sachin fans, he is using the old trusted faithful bat today (see the taping at the bottom). He used this bat to great effect recently at the World Cup, as well as that amazing 200 Not out!. So, I am hopeful."

41.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, again Sachin, curiously, stays back to a length ball but deals with it well in the end. Defended to the leg side as it angles in towards middle and off.

41.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, a touch too wide of the off stump at 128 kph, Sachin doesn't play this time.

41.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, angles in towards the pads this time, Sachin looks to work it to the leg side and keeps it down. Bell is prowling at short leg.

41.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, four inches, may be five between the ball and off stump! Sachin shoulders arms daringly to a short of length ball outside off that holds its line and whistles past.

41.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 2 runs, where did that come from? 136 kph, over-pitched outside off and shaping away, Sachin is foxed by the subtle change in line and length, he reaches for it without getting across and scoops the drive in the air over the covers. The nervous Lord's 30s for Sachin, possibly.

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 154/2
SR Tendulkar    34* (54b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    16-4-51-0
R Dravid    38* (72b 7x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0

42.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, short to Dravid, he stays back and works it to the leg side.

42.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, flighted generously on middle and leg, turning down the leg side, Dravid pads it away.

42.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, short ball, stays low as it comes in but Dravid adjusts well to defend.

42.4

Swann to Dravid, FOUR, supreme from Dravid, he pounces on what can't be defined as a short ball for normal batsman, but he is back in a flash and unfurls a wristy cut that whistles through for four.

42.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, that keeps low again, Dravid stays behind it and plays it to the leg side.

42.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, that's the one, breaking in from outside off, sharp as ever, Dravid is sucked into a drive off the back foot against the spin, but it keeps low. He manages to stab it away, nevertheless.

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 158/2
R Dravid    42* (78b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    34* (54b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    16-4-51-0

Broad's back on. Can he dislodge the legends? Sayantan: '"Sorry to dampen the enthusiasm, but the bat which he used to make that 200 was broken by Sreesanth in the nets few months ago" That Sreesanth, I tell ya.

43.1

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, full and floated wide of off stump and it shapes away. Sachin sees it closely and lets it go.

43.2

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, this time Sachin goes for it, leans out to the pitch and drives in wholesome style, but there is protection in the covers.

43.3

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, wide of off stump and angling further away, Sachin doesn't play at it this time.

Shef: "Camera's just showed Eric Clapton at Lords (with Botham and Akram) - only time there's been two Gods at Lords?"

43.4

Broad to Tendulkar, OUT, there's anguish at Lord's, even for the most ardent England fans, and they then begin to do their polite clapping routine. Sachin is out in the 30s again, at the home of cricket. Broad does it yet again with a fuller ball, one wonders why he even bothered with that bumper overdose. Lovely delivery, full and inviting outside off, swerving away slyly. Sachin walks into the trap, literally, driving away from the body and the edge flies low to the left of Swann crouching forward at second slip. Well taken. No 100th 100 yet. He made only 34, but boy, were they exquisite.

SR Tendulkar c Swann b Broad 34 (90m 58b 6x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

In comes VVS Laxman.

43.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, full again on off stump. Laxman as always reluctant to come forward, but he defends it into the off side.

Three slips in place.

43.6

Broad to Laxman, no run, over-pitched, looking for the edge, but Laxman middles the cover drive. The man close in parries it away to wide mid-off, so he's yet to open his account.

Hudson: 'Perhaps Tendulkar's 99 international hundreds will be this generations equivalent of Don Bradman's 99.94.' Nah, think he will surely get there. At some point.

End of over 44 (wicket maiden) India 158/3
VVS Laxman    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    9-3-25-3
R Dravid    42* (78b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0

44.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, big appeal for a catch, will they review it? There's a discussion and they decide not to. In 2.1 overs, Swann has got more spin than Harbhajan did in two full days. This one breaks in menacingly from outside off, and bounces extra too. Dravid was playing back and looking to cut, but it came in so much to miss the bat and hit high on the thigh before going to slip. No edge.

44.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, this one keeps low too, Dravid will want to play forward more often. He forces it away this time.

44.3

Swann to Dravid, no run

44.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, lovely stuff from Swanny. Turn and drift, looking to burst it in through the gap, Dravid inside edges the drive onto the pad. No one at silly point to take it.

44.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, this one floats past the outside edge, Dravid is not comfortable at all. He fishes for this inside the line as it zips past. Exemplary spin bowling.

44.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, end of a top over, Dravid just about covers for the fizz as Swann gets another one to turn in. Defended down the track.

End of over 45 (maiden) India 158/3
R Dravid    42* (84b 8x4)      GP Swann    3-1-5-0
VVS Laxman    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    9-3-25-3

45.1

Broad to Laxman, 1 run, Strauss drops a sitter at first slip. Laxman escapes a duck. Superb bowling from Broad, gets the outswinger to go away from short of a length, Laxman fends from the crease. Strauss won't get any easier at catching practice. How did that go down? They get the single too.

45.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, full and on the pads, Dravid looks to work it to the leg side.

John Stern, former editor of The Cricketer magazine lets us know that Strauss dropped three last month in a Championship match for Middlesex against Gloucestershire in the slips.

45.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, solid from Dravid, soaks up the pressure with a straight bat as Broad probes away full on off stump.

45.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, wider of off stump this time, Dravid plays it into the covers off the front foot.

45.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, this one nips in, Dravid again looks to defend, and it goes off the inner half to the leg side.

45.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid spilled in the slips now! For once, Broad can be excused if he throws a tantrum or ten! Another lovely ball, full and swinging away, Dravid is tentative with the forward prod and goes hard at it. Edges it to the right of Swann diving away at second slip, he gets both hands to it and lets it fall. Where is third slip?!

End of over 46 (1 run) India 159/3
R Dravid    42* (89b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    10-3-26-3
VVS Laxman    1* (3b)      GP Swann    3-1-5-0

46.1

Swann to Laxman, 1 leg bye, nervy, nervy stuff! Laxman turns Swann uppishly with the turn through square leg. Not far from short leg.

46.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, full from Swann, Dravid leans forward this time and defends solidly

46.3

Swann to Dravid, no run

46.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, flighted on off, Dravid gets to the pitch and whip drives straight to midwicket.

46.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, similar shot, Dravid again is authoritatively forward to the pitch of it and whips to the man at silly mid on

46.6

Swann to Dravid, FOUR, much better footwork from Dravid this time, finds the ball to play back to, and latches onto it as soon as it comes. Short outside off and turning in, he hangs back and cuts well through point. Broad nearly slides to stop it, but the ball rolls over.

Absorbing, absorbing cricket. It is drinks now, and time for Sahil Dutta takes over commentary, with Dravid 4 runs away from becoming the second higher run-getter in Tests.

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 164/3
R Dravid    46* (94b 9x4)      GP Swann    4-1-9-0
VVS Laxman    1* (4b)      SCJ Broad    10-3-26-3

Thanks Nitin. What a compelling hour we've had since lunch. India could be five down but are instead still scrapping. Swann and Broad have bowled quite beautifully.

47.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, full again, full as usual I'm tempted to say, Laxman eases forward to defend his off stump

47.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, the top of off stump is where Broad's radar is fixed, what a relief that is for all England fans. Laxman is solid in defence

47.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, back of a length this time, the line remains good though. Laxman leans forward before standing up and steering to point

47.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, Broad goes full in search of swing, doesn't find it and Laxman digs it out

47.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, edged again but Laxman has adjusted his hands from Broad's last over. It runs along the ground to Swann, who take it cleanly, to his frustration

47.6

Broad to Laxman, no run, excellent, probing maiden over. Laxman solid but Broad asking all the right questions

End of over 48 (maiden) India 164/3
VVS Laxman    1* (10b)      SCJ Broad    11-4-26-3
R Dravid    46* (94b 9x4)      GP Swann    4-1-9-0

48.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, very short from Swann but it skidded through and Dravid couldn't time his pull shot

48.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, touch of spin and dip, nothing dramatic but Dravid watchful

48.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, the air on the ball draws Dravid out of his crease to whip to midwicket

48.4

Swann to Dravid, FOUR, had the practice the shot before but this time cleared the infield with a wonderful shot to bring up 50. Down the wicket just a fraction and flicking it past midwicket, all along the ground to the boundary. Takes him ahead of Ponting in the list of all-time run-scorers. Sits behind only Tendulkar

48.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, celebrates by blocking this carefully

48.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, spin here for Swann, and plenty of it from a shortish length. Dravid unconcerned in defence

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 168/3
R Dravid    50* (100b 10x4)      GP Swann    5-1-13-0
VVS Laxman    1* (10b)      SCJ Broad    11-4-26-3

49.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, Broad continues, it will be hard for Strauss to take him off,

49.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, careful defence from Laxman on the front foot

49.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, very full from Broad again, Laxman leans it gently to midwicket

49.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, after his early mishaps, Laxman seems to be lining it up well now. Straightest of blades sends this to mid-on

49.5

Broad to Laxman, 1 leg bye, Broad is lucky to get away with this. Leg-stump half-volley but Laxman couldn't connect

49.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, probing outswinger to end the over which Dravid happily waves through

End of over 50 (1 run, maiden) India 169/3
R Dravid    50* (101b 10x4)      SCJ Broad    12-5-26-3
VVS Laxman    1* (15b)      GP Swann    5-1-13-0
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