Pataudi Trophy - 2nd Test

England v India

England won by 319 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.57am Start of play is imminent, England's openers making their way to the middle as the Indian fielders spread across the field. Praveen Kumar has the new ball. If it's going to swing for anyone, it'll swing for him.

"Why can't Sachin open in the test matches too? he's always faced the new ball from the best of bowlersn in ODI and IPL.. How different is this?" That is an outlandish suggestion Zahir. I don't know where to start.

Nagraj Gollapudi is also at the ground, and he's just told us that "the sun is threatening to unveil itself from behind the steadily passing clouds," news that will please England's batsmen more than India's bowlers. Also, it's a another full house for day one of the second Test, which is tremendous news. The quality of the cricket has warranted the interest shown by the public.

10.50am While we wait for play to start, why not have a look at Siddarth Ravindran's preview, which offers everything a good preview should. Sharda Ugra has also been busy; she reckons India need to play to their strengths and the batting line-up needs to hunt as a pack. She's also written a fascinating tour diary about Trent Bridge.

"Surely with Bresnan in the side - logically putting Swann down to 10 - England don't need six specialist batsmen!" writes Edward Green. "They should go for the kill - Finn in too, leave Morgan as 12th man and make certain of their 20 wickets." Well, they didn't seem to have a problem at Lord's, and it is only the second Test of the series.

"I'd imagine both Gower and Manjrekar would do nicely..." writes Joe. What a combo!

"In 3rd test Sehwag will come and dhoni will go," reckons Manoj Pandya. "Because with SS and IS in the playing eleven without mentor Zaheer, india will not be able to complete overs in time."

10.40am We've just had a closer look at the wicket, which looks firm but is quite grassy, with tufts of grass on the wicket. So, help for the bowlers, but if they don't get it right it should also be a decent track for batting.

"Sat at work in Hull while my colleague is sat at the test, probably already on his 3rd beer," writes Steve Wood. "Come on, England, cheer me up!" Three beers before start of play?

"RD open...damn, we have the best opening pair in the world and they are not gonna play. there is no backup openers also..." writes Vibash. "Only if aakash chopra was doing a commentry stint, it might have made things easier." Well, Sanjay Manjrekar is chatting to David Gower on telly, would he do?

Madhusudhan has a really interesting stat to share with us: "Teams winning the toss have won four out of the last five matches at Trent Bridge. However, teams that have fielded first have won only one game out of the last five." That sheds an interesting light on MS Dhoni's decision.

10.30am India win the toss and will bowl. It's confirmed that Yuvraj Singh will play in place of Gautam Gambhir, Dravid to open, and Sreesanth plays for Zaheer. "We would've had a bowl as well, but I don't think it's a bad toss to lose, the wicket doesn't look too bad," says Andrew Strauss. He also confirms that Tim Bresnan is in the side for Chris Tremlett, who hasn't been able to regain full fitness - he had a back spasm yesterday to go with his gammy hamstring.

10.28am We've just heard that Sreesanth will be the seamer to come in for Zaheer. That'll be confirmed in a few moments, at the toss. No matter who plays for Zaheer, Harbhajan will also have to step up. There's an urgent need for him to set things right, Nagraj Gollapudi has observed.

10.15am Good morning and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the second Test of the Pataudi Trophy. The weather is usually the most important factor when playing in England and Nagraj Gollapudi reports that "the clouds have covered Trent Bridge like an umbrella". Which is a bit ironic.

India will be without Zaheer, who's hamstring isn't as it should be, and they might be without Gautam Gambhir as well. Gambhir got smashed on the elbow while fielding at short leg at Lord's, and he didn't do much warming up this morning, mostly just hanging around. So Yuvraj is likely to play. But will he open? Or will Raina or Dravid be asked to face the new ball?

The question for England is whether Chris Tremlett's hamstring niggle has gone away, or whether Tim Bresnan will play. Tremlett's also not been doing much warming up this morning, making Bresnan's inclusion a near certainty.

0.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, what swing! Extravagant, hooping swing away from the left-hander to start. It's a loosener, though, without much pace, and Strauss negotiates it easily enough

0.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, curving across Strauss once more, but this time it's wide enough to be left alone

0.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, another leave from Strauss, and not much carry off the wicket for Praveen. Which is a little worrying

0.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full, straight and swinging. Strauss drives back at the bowler, who fields in his follow through and threatens to throw down the stumps

0.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, prodigious movement away from the bat, but it's moving so much that it's easily left

The sun has just peeped out from behind the clouds.

0.6

Kumar to Strauss, 1 wide, well, this starts wide and goes even further. A Test match wide, which is quite an achievement

0.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this one straightens after pitching, but Strauss is right behind it in defence

Interesting first look at the wicket. There's movement, to be sure, but not a great deal of bounce. Perhaps Ishant Sharma will find some. He'll share the new ball.

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, Sharma is full outside off to start, and Cook leaves alone

It's worth mentioning that Sharma has had a rather dramatic haircut. He looks very neat now, let's just hope he hasn't lost his sting, Samson style.

1.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, straighter this time, and on a length. Cook defends

1.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, left alone once more outside off

1.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant seems to have located a full length early, and is already causing some problems. This one goes off a leading edge towards cover as Cook defends a touch awkwardly

1.5

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, tapped softly towards cover, but right in the gap and Cook is off the mark

1.6

Sharma to Strauss, 2 runs, Ishant gets one to hit the seam and come back in towards Strauss's pads, but the line is close to leg stump and it's easily whipped down to fine leg, where Sreesanth has some work to do. He tumbles, slides, and manages to save runs

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 4/0
AJ Strauss    2* (7b)      I Sharma    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (5b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0

"Intersting stat to start the day off - Strauss and Cook need to get to 15 to overtake Slater and Taylor and move into 4th place in highest all time aggregate partnership for openers. Probably jinxed it now!" You probably have Nick.

2.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 bye, Praveen hoops one back in to Cook, but the movement takes the ball down the leg side and though Dhoni dives to his right, he can't stop it cleanly

Three slips in place, waiting for the outside edge, and a gully.

2.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward to drive to mid-off, but without much timing

2.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen snakes one away from Strauss on a length, but it's well dealt with, the batsman playing with soft hands and guiding down to gully

2.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, fuller, straighter, and Strauss defends with the straightest of bats

2.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, short of a good length, and outside off. This delivery might've invited the cut, but Strauss is content to just have a look for now

2.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen hits a much better full length to end the over, and the ball is pushed defensively to mid-on

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    2* (12b)      P Kumar    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    1* (6b)      I Sharma    1-0-3-0

3.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, speared harmlessly down the leg side

3.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant aims outside off this time, Cook leaves alone

3.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, ah, that's a probling line from Ishant, aiming at the top of off. Squirted defensively to gully

3.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, slightly straighter from Ishant, Cook hops and splays his legs to defend to mid-on

3.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, pushed down the leg side once more. Cook can't get a touch on the leg glance, but that wasn't too far from the leg stump

3.6

Sharma to Cook, 1 bye, but that was miles away! Hurled well down the leg side, Dhoni leaps to his right but can only palm the ball away

"Nothing much happening for Praveen & Ishant," writes Nagu. "Not even a single threating ball. Time for Sree. Something will happen for sure but dont know whether it will be good or bad for India ...."

End of over 4 (1 run, maiden) England 6/0
AN Cook    1* (12b)      I Sharma    2-1-3-0
AJ Strauss    2* (12b)      P Kumar    2-1-1-0

4.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, huge appeal for lbw, and this looks very tight! Well, Asad Rauf is unmoved, but this looked close. Replays suggest it was borderline, umpire's call.

4.2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the hip, and down to fine leg

4.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, swinging extravagantly away outside off, Strauss shoulders arms

4.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen aims straighter, drawing a defensive stroke from the England captain

4.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, wobbling around just outside off, Strauss comes well forward in defence. Good line from Praveen

4.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, aimed right at the off stump once more, Strauss defends to cover

"They need to bowl around the wicket!" reckons Ritchie Vachhrajani. "From over the wicket - they have to bowl on middle and leg to make the batsmen play! Even LBW decisions cannot be given from that angle unless the ball moves in."

End of over 5 (1 run) England 7/0
AJ Strauss    2* (16b)      P Kumar    3-1-2-0
AN Cook    2* (14b)      I Sharma    2-1-3-0

5.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, cracking delivery! Ishant hits the perfect line to the left-hander, the ball seaming past the outside edge

5.2

Sharma to Cook, OUT, Cook is pinged on the pad once more, propping forward in defence. There's an appeal ... and it's given! This didn't look nearly as good a shout as the one in the last over, but Marais Erasmus thought about it and raised the finger. Well, replays suggest that while he was hit in line, that was probably going over the top. No DRS for lbw's though, and England have lost their first wicket

AN Cook lbw b Sharma 2 (24m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

"Alastair Cook's dismal run at Trent Bridge continues," writes Cricinfo stat guru Madhusudhan. "He has now scored 123 runs in eight innings at an average of just over 15."

5.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, defence from Trott first up

Three slips and a man under the helmet at short leg.

5.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, on a length - perhaps just a touch short of a good length - and Trott defends to short leg, on the bounce

5.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, appeals fired at the umpire from all over the place as Ishant seams one sharply back in off the pitch to strike Trott on the front pad. Outside the line, though, and probably going over too. Erasmus is unmoved

5.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, very full outside off to end the over, Trott drives to mid-off

That was an excellent, probing over from Ishant, although he was a little fortunate to have that wicket.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 7/1
IJL Trott    0* (4b)      I Sharma    3-2-3-1
AJ Strauss    2* (16b)      P Kumar    3-1-2-0

6.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full and curving away outside off, Strauss comes forward to drive to cover

6.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, sharp movement through the air for Praveen, the delivery starting outside leg and swerving towards off stump. Strauss defends

6.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, fuller, with not quite as much swing, and Strauss taps to mid-off

6.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, starting wide of off and going further. Strauss leaves well alone

6.5

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, tip-and-run to cover, and an easily single is taken

6.6

Kumar to Trott, no run, Praveen gets one to straighten on off stump, but Trott is back and across and right behind it in defence

Have India missed a trick by not getting Sreesanth to open with Ishant? Praveen Kumar really doesn't look threatening, despite the helpful conditions.

End of over 7 (1 run) England 8/1
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      P Kumar    4-1-3-0
AJ Strauss    3* (21b)      I Sharma    3-2-3-1

7.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, slammed down on a length outside off, Strauss covers his off stump and raises his arms to leave

India have started well, but Sajan has made his mind up about Praveen: "However skillful he may be Kumar is too slow to open the bowling in a fast bowlers pitch."

7.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, straighter, defence from Strauss

7.3

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, tapped down close, but there's time for a quick single

7.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, Trott moves fluently forward into a drive, getting a good connection but finding Sreesanth at mid-off

7.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, this one comes in off the seam after pitching, but it starts wide of off and Trott can safely leave

7.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, great carry for Ishant, Dhoni taking the ball above shoulder height. The line is decent too, but not quite close enough to Trott to get him playing

End of over 8 (1 run) England 9/1
IJL Trott    0* (8b)      I Sharma    4-2-4-1
AJ Strauss    4* (24b)      P Kumar    4-1-3-0

8.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen switches to round the wicket, and almost gets the reward first ball! He brought one sharply in to Strauss, the ball taking the inside edge and thumping into the pad

8.2

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, well, a great start is ruined by the next delivery, which is a gentle leg-stump half volley. Slapped away with disdain by Strauss

8.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, that's better, coming in to Strauss off the wicket

8.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, pushed wider outside off, Strauss leaves well alone

8.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, more wobble for the bowler, outside off, and Strauss - who is standing well outside his crease - leaves alone

8.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen is full on off stump to end the over, Strauss driving to mid-off without much timing

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 13/1
AJ Strauss    8* (30b 1x4)      P Kumar    5-1-7-0
IJL Trott    0* (8b)      I Sharma    4-2-4-1

9.1

Sharma to Trott, no run, pitched up on off stump, the ball rolls to mid-on off the inner half of the bat

9.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, Ishant pulls his length back outside off, Trott holds his bat behind is body and lets the ball sail past him

"I've realised the root cause of India's problems thus far in the tour. It's not down to injuries to key batsmen and bowlers, it's not down to good performance from opposition players, it's down to the toss. I don't like this new MSD, I miss the old one, who would always lose the toss and go on to win the match. If India wants to win the next two test matches, Dhoni's form with the toss needs to stop." Interesting observation, Anant.

9.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, Ishant sticks to a line outside off, this one straightening off the pitch, and Trott leaves once more

9.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, and again, Ishant ploughs the channel outside off, Trott stubbornly leaves alone

9.5

Sharma to Trott, 1 wide, ah, that's a touch wild from Ishant, slamming down a bouncer acres outside off

9.5

Sharma to Trott, FOUR, shot. Trott came forward, then shifted his weight onto the back foot and cracked the cut behind point. A nicely balanced stroke

9.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, another loose delivery from Ishant, but this one has gone past the outside edge of Trott's bat as he aimed another cut

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 18/1
IJL Trott    4* (14b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-2-9-1
AJ Strauss    8* (30b 1x4)      P Kumar    5-1-7-0

Here we go, first change of the morning. Sreesanth to have a bowl. He looks fidgety, excited, and eager to get into it. Three slips in place

10.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, swinging down the leg side, Strauss gets a touch on the glance and that's four to fine leg. It wasn't all that far from Dhoni, diving across to his right

10.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, nice and full from Sreesanth, pitching right up on off stump. Strauss drives to mid-on, but without much timing

"Where's Sreesanth's orange hair gone?" asks Tom. "Is it deemed as "too exuberent" for the test arena?" Perhaps he went to the same hairdresser as Ishant?

10.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, more swing for Sreesanth, but it starts on leg stump and goes even further. Firmly clipped to Ishant at fine leg, who nearly lets the ball through his legs ...

As Sahil has just observed, it's almost as if Sreesanth's head is transparent. You can tell what he's thinking! And it's slightly chaotic...

10.4

Sreesanth to Trott, OUT, edged, gone! Swinging away outside off, Trott comes forward to drive and nicks the ball straight to Laxman at second slip. That was just the line Sreesanth was bowling to Strauss, but it's perfect to the right-hander. That'll calm Sreesanth down, a great way for him to start after coming back into the side.

IJL Trott c Laxman b Sreesanth 4 (23m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 26.66

10.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, KP is off the mark straight away, tapping a delivery that is just short of a good length into the covers for a single

10.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss, who leaves alone

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 24/2
AJ Strauss    13* (34b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-1
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      I Sharma    5-2-9-1

11.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Ishant hits the seam with a length delivery, the ball straightening on off stump and Pietersen leaving alone

11.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped just wide of mid-on, Pietersen spots the chance for a quick single and they're through in a flash

Vijay writes: "Sreesanth should do very well at trent bridge, isn't he like a Jimmy anderson who loves seaming wickets but with a screw or two slightly loose."

11.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, nicely full and straight from Ishant, Strauss defends, half-forward

11.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Ishant goes wide on the crease, angling the ball across Strauss, who leaves alone

11.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss had set himself for a glance to leg, but the ball seamed across him and he had to re-adjust at the last moment, defending

11.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, that's a snorter! Great end to the over, Ishant getting one to leap off a length, beating the outside edge

End of over 12 (1 run) England 25/2
AJ Strauss    13* (38b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-2-10-1
KP Pietersen    2* (3b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-1

12.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Sreesanth pitches an outswinger up outside off, Pietersen comes forward to defend

12.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Sreesanth pushes his line slightly wider, but KP is happy to leave

This is apparently the first time Pietersen and Strauss have batted together in a Test since Perth last December.

12.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, outside off once more, consistent movement through the air for Sreesanth, and another leave for Pietersen

12.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, very full, aimed right at the off stump. Pietersen digs it out just wide of mid-off, and they sprint through for one

"Waiting for a Sri-snorter that got Kallis or the one that jags back in to the left-hander. Great start India!" It really is, Mukunth.

12.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, great delivery to the left hander, the ball curving back in towards middle to force a hurried defence

12.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, variation from Sreesanth, this one holding its line outside off. Tapped defensively to gully

And that is drinks at Trent Bridge. It's been a fantastic first hour for India after MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to have a bowl.

End of over 13 (1 run) England 26/2
AJ Strauss    13* (40b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-7-1
KP Pietersen    3* (7b)      I Sharma    6-2-10-1

"I wouldn't mind bringing the pie chucker for a over or two, just for KP" writes Chandan. Jay agrees: "MSD should bring Yuvi on now. Why allow Pietersen to settle?" It's an option, Jay, but with the ball new and swinging you have to back your seamers. They are bowling well. And it'll be Praveen to continue, a change of ends for him.

13.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, swinging away outside off, Pietersen has a look and leaves alone

13.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, slightly straighter, Pietersend defends back to the bowler

13.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, punched to cover, Pietersen playing well away from the body for precious little reward

13.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, another outswinger, this one fuller but a leave is the result

13.5

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, as the sun comes out - briefly - Pietersen nudges an inswinger to square leg for a single

"Last time India played against England in TRENT BRIDGE," starts Lingavan, "the fall of wickets were 1-4 (Strauss, 2.3 ov), 2-24 (Vaughan, 8.6 ov), 3-47 (Pietersen, 14.4 ov), 4-101 (Collingwood, 32.2 ov), 5-109 (Cook, 35.5 ov), 6-147 (Prior, 45.6 ov), 7-157 (Bell, 50.3 ov), 8-186 (Tremlett, 59.4 ov), 9-195 (Panesar, 62.5 ov), 10-198 (Anderson, 65.3 ov) Next wicket is expected to fall in 40's or 50's. So folks take some rest."

13.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss is into position early, coming forward to defend solidly to cover point

End of over 14 (1 run) England 27/2
AJ Strauss    13* (41b 2x4)      P Kumar    6-1-8-0
KP Pietersen    4* (12b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-7-1

14.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, KP is looking to lay bat on ball wherever possible, tapping a full delivery just to the left of cover for a quick single

14.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, rather extravagant swing back in to the left-hander for Sreesanth, but it moves so far that the ball goes down the leg side and is neatly clipped away

"How long has it been since the first two Tests of a series both had the captain winning the toss putting the opposition in?" Not sure, Simon, Madhu will have some kind of stat cooking up but asking a team to bat is not the big decision it used to be. Pitches don't deteriorate much these days.

14.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, FOUR, slammed to wide mid-on! Sreesanth tried the bouncer but it was powerfully dispatched by Pietersen, who pulled off the front foot to send the ball flying towards the boundary

14.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, FOUR, and again! If anything, this one was hit even harder, Pietersen swivelling on his back leg to send the ball screaming to the midwicket boundary. This isn't really a pitch to bowl bouncers on, and Sreesanth doesn't quite have the pace either

14.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, pushed down the leg side, Pietersen can't get a touch on the glance

14.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, a better, full length, swinging away outside off and Pietersen leaves alone

End of over 15 (10 runs) England 37/2
KP Pietersen    13* (17b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-17-1
AJ Strauss    14* (42b 2x4)      P Kumar    6-1-8-0

15.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, swinging from leg to off, Strauss stands at the crease to defend

15.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, fuller from Praveen, aimed at the off stump, and Strauss is forward in defence

15.3

Kumar to Strauss, 2 runs, curving down the leg side, Strauss gets across to off and flicks to fine leg. Ishant sprints across, keeping them to two

15.4

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss comes forward and the ball comes off the inner half of the bat, rolling to the vacant square leg area to allow the batsmen a single

15.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, spicy delivery! Great wrist position from Praveen, superb control of the seam. This one appeared to move away through the air, but nipped back in after pitching to strike Pietersen a stinging blow on the upper thigh

15.6

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, good, tight finish to the over, Pietersen coming forward to defend a length delivery

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 40/2
KP Pietersen    13* (19b 2x4)      P Kumar    7-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    17* (46b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-17-1

16.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, well, Sreesanth does the right thing by pitching the ball right up to Strauss, but the batsman responds with a cracking straight drive down the ground. Sreesanth stomps back to his mark, a grimace on his face

16.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, sharp movement in, through the air and then further off the seam. Strauss defends to leg with a hop

16.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, curving rather more gently in towards off stump, Strauss stands at the crease to defend to mid-off

16.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good line from Sreesanth, slippery on off stump, but defended easily enough from Strauss

16.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, much too wide to get Strauss playing, the ball landing a foot or two outside off

16.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, that's better from Sreesanth, getting the ball to leave the left-hander off the pitch, but it's still too wide to get Strauss playing

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 44/2
AJ Strauss    21* (52b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-21-1
KP Pietersen    13* (19b 2x4)      P Kumar    7-1-11-0

"Does anyone remember the 'Beamer' that Sreesanth bowled to Pietersen last tym when they played in England..? I would love to see some of that aggression over here.." Surely you're not advocating another beamer Lakshman Kumar?

17.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, swinging away outside off, left alone

17.2

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, clipped firmly to midwicket, Praveen slipping towards leg stump and Pietersen leaning into a well-timed shot

17.3

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, this has got to be close! Pietersen strides forward and is hit on the pad ... that looked really adjacent, but Marais Erasmus says no. Well, Pietersen was a long way down the pitch but that was mighty close. Praveen looks hard done by, and you do feel for him, that was a great delivery

17.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, a slow outswinger, outside off, and it's left alone

17.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, fuller this time, tapped defensively to cover

17.6

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

Well, Praveen has stormed up to Umpire Erasmus at the end of the over and asked to know why that wasn't given out. He really looks rather angry. I don't like the look of this, Harbhajan Singh had to push Praveen away from the umpire.

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 48/2
KP Pietersen    17* (25b 3x4)      P Kumar    8-1-15-0
AJ Strauss    21* (52b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-21-1

18.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, slanting across Strauss, who leaves alone

18.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, another length delivery, outside off, another leave

18.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, three in three, Sreesanth testing Strauss's patience outside off

18.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss is on the hook, the ball flies off a top edge! But it's fallen safely in the deep. The England captain brings up his team's 50 in slightly shaky fashion

18.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good follow-up from Sreesanth, slipping the ball past the outside edge of Strauss's defensive poke

"Any chance of the speeds in MPH for us older viewers? As this match is in the UK where that is the accepted practice for measuring speed then surely that makes sense? Thank you." Sorry SteveC, and the many, many others, it's something us commentators have no control over.

18.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Sreesanth is full and straight to end the over, Strauss driving to mid-on

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 50/2
AJ Strauss    23* (58b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-23-1
KP Pietersen    17* (25b 3x4)      P Kumar    8-1-15-0

Praveen Kumar continues. He had an extended confrontation with the umpire in the last over, he just needs to keep his cool and keep plugging away. Arguing with the umpire won't get him anywhere.

19.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, edgy leave from Pietersen! He was forward and only opted not to play a shot at the very last moment, the ball touching the toe of the bat and bouncing towards the slips

19.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, straighter, Pietersen drives back to the bowler

19.3

Kumar to Pietersen, FOUR, well, it's four runs for the batsman but this wasn't an entirely convincing stroke. Pietersen leaned across to off and had a drive, the ball going through gully and down to third man for four

19.4

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, Praveen bent his back on this one, but it's outside off and left alone

19.5

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, another outswinger, another leave

19.6

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 run, the variation from Praveen, this one coming in through the air and further off the pitch, but it's dealt with easily enough by Pietersen this time

"Hate to be a spelling Nazi, but what is 'tym'? Is typing 'time' so laborious? I notice the post asking for Sreesanth to resume his 'beamer rage' had all other words spelt right too." Good point, Avinash, hope the rest of the feedbackers take note.

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 55/2
KP Pietersen    22* (31b 4x4)      P Kumar    9-1-20-0
AJ Strauss    23* (58b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-23-1

It may be worth mentioning, as Nagraj Gollapudi has just pointed out, umpire Erasmus has stood in two Tests in Bangaladesh where the DRS was not used in his short six-Test career as an Elite umpire. Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack.

20.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, just short of a good length but nice and straight from Ishant, and Pietersen defends

20.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, close to short leg! Pietersen had walked right across to off and tried to glance to square leg, but the ball seamed and bounced more than he was expecting, taking an inside edge and bouncing off the hip ... just past the fielder

20.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, defended to cover

20.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Sharma pushes one slightly wider of Strauss, who opts to play no shot

20.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, pitched up to the England captain, but he has no interest in playing a drive and leaves alone

20.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, seam movement for Ishant, but it starts outside off and goes wider, and Strauss is quite happy to play no shot

End of over 21 (1 run) England 56/2
AJ Strauss    23* (62b 3x4)      I Sharma    7-2-11-1
KP Pietersen    23* (33b 4x4)      P Kumar    9-1-20-0

21.1

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, pitched up by Praveen Kumar, swinging away outside off. Pietersen resists his attacking instincts, leaving alone

21.2

Kumar to Pietersen, no run, full again, drilled hard towards mid-on, where Tendulkar leapt and dived to his left to cut the shot off

"The Indian seamers need to be patient - that is Zak's biggest strength and where India'll miss hom the most. It is easy to get carried away and look for wickets every ball and when this doesn't happen the bowling starts becoming loose - precisely what happened in Karachi 2005." It's such a shame Zaheer isn't playing, Ranjeet.

21.3

Kumar to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, Pietersen walked right across to off to change the line of the delivery, turning it down to fine leg for one

21.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, wobbling away from Strauss through the air, and he decides against a shot

21.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this is very patient from Strauss, leaving another delivery alone outside off

21.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, well, after all those well-judged leaves he has a tentative poke at another one he might've left, and is beaten on the outside edge

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) England 57/2
AJ Strauss    23* (65b 3x4)      P Kumar    10-2-20-0
KP Pietersen    23* (36b 4x4)      I Sharma    7-2-11-1

22.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, ouch! This one leapt off the seam and struck a painful blow amidships. Well, Mukund - at short leg - has said something to him after that, and got a cold stare for his efforts. From about three inches away.

22.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped just wide of mid-on, and they take a quick single

KP is down on his haunches and breathing hard after that run, still feeling the effects of that blow.

22.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss reverts back to leave mode, having nothing to do with this delivery outside off

22.4

Sharma to Strauss, 1 wide, pushed very wide across Strauss - a Test match wide

22.4

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, turned off the pads, the ball rolling out to deep midwicket

22.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, tapped to extra cover, a loud "no!" from Pietersen sends Strauss scurrying back to his crease

22.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles across to off and is struck on the pad ... there's an appeal, but that was going well over. Pietersen had moved right across, exposing both the middle and leg stumps

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 60/2
KP Pietersen    24* (40b 4x4)      I Sharma    8-2-14-1
AJ Strauss    24* (67b 3x4)      P Kumar    10-2-20-0

23.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full and straight, Strauss defends back to the bowler

23.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full again, slightly wider of off and Strauss defends to cover

"Already a fight with an umpire and a stare from KP. Still Sree has not yet opened the account." I know, odd isn't it Kamal.

23.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, swerving away outside off, this time Strauss opts to shoulder arms

23.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full again, tapped back to the bowler

Praveen switches to round the wicket.

23.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, pitched right up on off stump, Strauss defends

23.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, shout for lbw! Praveen pleads, Erasmus says no. Yep, replays suggest that may just have clipped the top of the stumps, good decision

Shankar: "Ganguly on Air after 22.1 Over ball, "That just missed the edge!" Wonder what edge he was talking about" Ouch!

End of over 24 (maiden) England 60/2
AJ Strauss    24* (73b 3x4)      P Kumar    11-3-20-0
KP Pietersen    24* (40b 4x4)      I Sharma    8-2-14-1

24.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, great delivery! Ishant beats the edge of KP's bat with one that straightened off the pitch. Close, but not quite

24.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, another probing delivery outside off, this time Pietersen leaves alone

"Karachi 2006 is what you meant, I presume, Ranjit." Suggests Raju.

24.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, sharp movement off the seam for Ishant as Pietersen again shuffled right across to the off side. He lays bat on ball, however, and picks up a single. Quick delivery too, nudging 90mph

24.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Ishant attempts the bouncer, but it's misdirected harmlessly down the leg side

24.5

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, nudged off the hip infront of square, and they sprint through for one

24.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, ah, what's happened here? Another fantastic delivery from Ishant, seaming it very sharply back in. The ball hits something and flies through to Dhoni, who shells it ... and replays suggest that hit the hip, not the inside edge. Still, not the greatest take by the keeper

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 64/2
KP Pietersen    25* (44b 4x4)      I Sharma    9-2-16-1
AJ Strauss    25* (75b 3x4)      P Kumar    11-3-20-0

Lunch isn't far away at all, and Dhoni has decided it might be worth giving Harbhajan Singh a short spell. Slip and short leg in place.

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, poor start from the bowler, sending down a flat long-hop outside off that is carved to the backward point boundary

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, pitched up outside off, not much loop on this one either and it's left alone

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a hint of width outside off, Strauss cuts again but this time the shot goes straight to the point fielder

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, there's a hint of grip and spin for Bhajji but Strauss can safely leave alone

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, whipped across into the leg side, short leg takes one on the body and does well to field the rebound

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, and solid defence to end the over

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 68/2
AJ Strauss    29* (81b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    25* (44b 4x4)      I Sharma    9-2-16-1

Another change in the bowling, and it's the competition we've all been waiting for: Yuvi v KP. "Yuvi was our best spinner in World cup. Considering KP is there. He should have had a go!" Ashok Verma, you have your wish.

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, he comes round the wicket to the right-hander, who steps back and punches to cover. There's a fumble, but not bad enough to allow a single

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, Yuvraj slings one down with a very low arm, Pietersen coming forward to defend

Slip, silly mid-off in place

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen was waiting in position to play the forward defensive practically even before this one was bowled

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, fidgety defence back down the track

The left-arm spinner's been on for four balls, yet KP is already looking a little fraught. You can tell he wants to attack, but is holding himself back

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped out to deep cover for one

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, and solid defence from Strauss to end the session

1.00pm And that is lunch on day one at Trent Bridge. India took the early honours through Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth, who each picked up a wicket. Strauss and Pietersen have since held firm, however, and their partnership is now worth 46. Their stand hasn't been without its moments of alarm, and there's enough in the pitch to suggest this will be a fairly equal contest even as the ball gets older. Join us in 40 minutes for the resumption.

Something for the lunch break, we have a competition. You can win a signed Test shirt from Alastair Cook. Good thing about that is Cook is well known as hardly ever sweating. So it will be fresh too! All you have to do is predict the series result. Enter here for free.

I leave you with this stat from Madhu: "The highest score by a team batting first in a defeat at Trent Bridge is 384 by New Zealand in 2004. In Tests since 1990, the lowest first-innings score to win a Test at the venue is 231 by Sri Lanka in 2006."

End of over 27 (1 run) England 69/2
AJ Strauss    29* (82b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-1-0
KP Pietersen    26* (49b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

"So, when was the last time Strauss outscored Trott and Cook combined? Good to see him in a bit of form. Sucker for a quick dismissal, otherwise gets lots." And Rob Thomas, how about this for conversion rate? Out of the 43 times he has crossed 50, Strauss has scored 19 centuries. Welcome back all after lunch. This is Sidharth Monga, having moved from the live chat to ball-by-ball commentary. And Liam, the darling of chat users, will be there for the final session of the day.

Umpires walk out, the spectators are settling down. This should be a good session of play. India, meanwhile, have had their huddle, or as David Lloyd more aptly calls it, a cuddle. Sreesanth will begin proceedings. He had a mixed spell before lunch. Three slips, no gully. Pietersen on strike. Sreesanth is having a laugh about something

27.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 2 runs, shortish, widish, KP makes a late decision to bat it through the vacant gully for an easy couple

27.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, bowling from very close to the stumps, slightly outside off, swinging away, left alone

Shah asks an impossible question: "Can you please provide hourly or atleast two-hourly update on how india is doing on the run-rate? I am more worried about Dhoni being banned than Zaheer 'resting' for another match! The last thing India want now is a replacement wicketkeeper playing! and that too being W. Saha!!" Well, over-rate is not calculated every hour or session. It is calculated at the end of the match when the match officials taken into account all delays caused by injuries, people moving in front of sight screens, teams going off for a drizzle, umpires checking the quality of light through the light metre. So don't believe what the TV channels or any other timekeepers tell you before the match officials have had their say

27.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, slightly shorter, pushed wide of cover for a single

27.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, decent outswinger, but too straight, and Strauss clips it away - the partnership is worth 50 now, and a nice warm applause from the TB crowd

27.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, OUT, How huge is that wicket? Outswinger, just short of a length, outside off, not a ball that KP had to play at, but he did. Fatally. Tried to withdraw late, but by then the edge had been taken, through to Raina at third slip

KP Pietersen c Raina b Sreesanth 29 (76m 53b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.71

Jaimin: "This huddle/cuddle is senseless... it is more like the captain calling everyone... "err... i forgot to tell you that...." can't you inspire your guys in the dressing room?"

In comes Ian Bell, after a wicket in the first over after lunch

27.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, outswinger, too far outside off to make Bell play, Dhoni collects it in front of his face

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 73/3
IR Bell    0* (1b)      S Sreesanth    6-0-27-2
AJ Strauss    30* (83b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-1-0

"Why is Sreesanth only known by one name? Isn't that honour normally only reserved for super-heroes or villains?" asks Simon. He is India's Madonna.

Here is Ishant Sharma

28.1

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, short ball, too straight, clipped away to long leg

28.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, Bell plays at a widish delivery, but in full control of the defensive shot to point

28.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, another loose shot, no feet, cutting at a wide delivery, beaten

28.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, closer to off, fuller too, Bell goes deep into the crease to defend

28.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, better from Bell now as he shoulders arms to one wide of off

28.6

Sharma to Bell, no run, Bell is going fishing too often here. Another shot away from his body with his feet stuck, this time the ball moves in and beats his inside edge

End of over 29 (1 run) England 74/3
IR Bell    0* (6b)      I Sharma    10-2-17-1
AJ Strauss    31* (84b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-27-2

29.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, close one, this outswinger swings sharply in to Strauss who instinctively plays it around the corner... but there is a square leg gully in place, and it just evades him

Sreesanth to Bell now. Bell hasn't looked very comfortable

29.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, and what a delivery this is! Starts outside leg, moves towards off, squares Bell up, the leading edge falls just short of a diving Sreesanth. Sree is being naughty, though. It has clearly fallen in front of him, and he is appealing, which draws a boo from the crowd. Ganguly says: "He wouldn't mind that. He has heard that a fair bit in his career. He will get on with his bowling."

29.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run

29.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, outswinger, left alone by Bell. Tighter this time. More boos from the crowd, who obviously saw that appeal on the big screen

29.5

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, goes for the straighter, lbw ball, and Bell's bat comes down in time, flicking it away to long leg

29.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, this one shapes to come in to Strauss, but goes on with the angle. Strauss is too solid to have a nibble at that

End of over 30 (2 runs) England 76/3
AJ Strauss    32* (86b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-29-2
IR Bell    1* (10b)      I Sharma    10-2-17-1

More boos for Sreesanth as he goes to his position at long leg. I am not sure Sreesanth was serious about that appeal. Maybe this reaction from the crowd comes just because it is Sreesanth

30.1

Sharma to Bell, 3 runs, lovely shot from Bell now, just a firm push, past cover, and the timing carries it almost all the way for four

30.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, left alone

30.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, straight drive, Sharma gets low down in his follow through to field it

30.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, one of the rare bouncers - and there is a long leg in place for the hook - and Strauss ducks under it safely

30.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, that's a better short ball, because it is not too short, and also moves away a touch from Strauss, who pulls out of the fending shot at the last moment

30.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, better judgement from Strauss as he lets this one go just outside off. The feet moved accordingly to cover the stumps too

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 79/3
AJ Strauss    32* (91b 4x4)      I Sharma    11-2-20-1
IR Bell    4* (11b)      S Sreesanth    7-0-29-2

31.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good shape, good line, just outside off, moving away, Bell plays at it, but with soft hands, towards gully, on the bounce

31.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, shorter, and thus easier for Bell to shoulder arms

31.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, too good... Sree gets really close to the stumps, and this swings away from just outside off, Bell drives and is beaten

31.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short now, and Bell lets this go without trouble

31.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short again, left alone again

"So he wasn't serious about an appeal? If Bell had been given out would he have said "sorry umps....only joking"? When was the last time, Robert Wood, you saw a close catch being ruled without the help of a third umpire. Over-reacting a bit, are we?

31.6

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, back to fuller length, Bell plays at it, with soft hands, and rushes through for a single. Almost a tip-and-run

End of over 32 (1 run) England 80/3
IR Bell    5* (17b)      S Sreesanth    8-0-30-2
AJ Strauss    32* (91b 4x4)      I Sharma    11-2-20-1

32.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, goes wide of the crease, angling it in towards off, Bell is solid in defence

32.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, cuts, hard into the ground, third slip fields it over his head

"Re: Ganguly's comments about getting booed. He should certainly know all about being an unpopular cricketer in this country!" Ouch. I thought, Paresh Rathod, that bygones were bygones

32.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, full and around off, Bell is right behind it, and is looking more solid than he did initially

32.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, full and wide this time, Bell is not playing at them now

32.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, easy leave outside off as this is too wide

32.6

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, turned away to long leg for one where Sreesanth fields and the crowd lets him have it

End of over 33 (1 run) England 81/3
IR Bell    6* (23b)      I Sharma    12-2-21-1
AJ Strauss    32* (91b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    8-0-30-2

33.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short of a length, moving away, Bell covers the line and shoulders arms

33.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, this is a beauty, away swing and extra bounce, Bell hangs his bat out and is lucky to not have edged it

33.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, fuller, left alone outside off

33.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, there and thereabouts again, left alone, good bounce, Dhoni collects it around his chest

Dave Taylor: "I don't read Robert Woods's message as any kind of over-reaction - simply a tastefully wry way of drawing to your attention that you were very easily letting Sreesanth off behaviour that would be called "cheating", or at the very least "gamesmanship" in somebody else's mouth. Accusing him of "over-reacting" is frankly a bit strange..." The argument ensues on the assumption that it was a mock appeal

33.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, shorter now, and left alone with ease

33.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, pitches this closer to off, making Bell play at it, and then beats the edge. He is in good rhythm here

End of over 34 (maiden) England 81/3
IR Bell    6* (29b)      S Sreesanth    9-1-30-2
AJ Strauss    32* (91b 4x4)      I Sharma    12-2-21-1

Here is Kumar now, replacing Sharma

34.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, and bowls a full wide tempting delivery, Strauss has a go at him, drives it to cover

34.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss doesn't go for this one, Kumar might have to bowl closer to the stumps

34.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, too wide again

34.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, It's Kumar to Dhoni at the moment. Strauss is just shouldering arms every ball

34.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, another leave well outside off

34.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this is better, starts middle and leg, moving towards off, Strauss comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

End of over 35 (maiden) England 81/3
AJ Strauss    32* (97b 4x4)      P Kumar    12-4-20-0
IR Bell    6* (29b)      S Sreesanth    9-1-30-2

Will Southworth is asking to be proven wrong. he says, "This a key innings for Bell. The Bell of old would scratch around for 15 at times like this and then get out weakly. Time to stand up."

35.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short, not close enough to off to make Bell play

35.2

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, the rare loose ball for Bell, and he gets stuck into it. Short and wide, and cut away in front of square for four. That should make him feel better

35.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, full now, close to off too, but not close enough to make Bell play

35.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Bell is showing much better judgement outside off now, leaving this outswinger alone

35.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another full ball outside off, failing to draw Bell into a shot

Rahul Dravid has a word with Sreesanth

35.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, and Bell leaves another full outswinger alone

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 85/3
IR Bell    10* (35b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    10-1-34-2
AJ Strauss    32* (97b 4x4)      P Kumar    12-4-20-0

Simon Thomas says, "In defence of Bell, the 'Bell of Old' hasn't been around for quite a while now - and he does have an average of 46, which is pretty decent for an England player."

36.1

Kumar to Strauss, OUT, Kumar strikes, Strauss's long vigil ends. Is this an elaborate set-up? After bowling wide and wide last over, he bowls this sucker ball around off, making Strauss drive, which moves away and takes the edge through to third slip. Most likely it isn't a set-up, we just happen to read too much into things at time

AJ Strauss c Raina b Kumar 32 (166m 98b 4x4 0x6) SR: 32.65

Right it's 85 for 4, and Eoin Morgan comes out to bat

36.2

Kumar to Morgan, no run, a good first ball. Morgan would have sat watching Kumar bowl inswingers, moving away from Strauss, but first up he gets the outswinger first up, and has to bring the bat down fast

36.3

Kumar to Morgan, no run, now the inswinger, too good for Morgan, pitches leg, moves away to beats the hanging bat outside leg

36.4

Kumar to Morgan, OUT, England are falling fast here. Morgan collects a duck. This is superb bowling. From close to the umpire he bowls, the ball pitches just inside the line, catches Morgan on the crease, and according to Rauf wouldn't have moved away enough to miss the stumps. Morgan confirms with the umpire if he is leg-before or caught bat-pad. The umpire says lbw. And off he goes. Hawkeye confirms Rauf's call, for what it is worth. Hitting the top of off, it says

EJG Morgan lbw b Kumar 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Matt Prior. Came in at 65 for 5 at Lord's, and smashes a century

36.5

Kumar to Prior, no run, accurate outswinger first up, pitches middle and off, moving away, squares Prior up. he defends

36.6

Kumar to Prior, no run, and now the inswinger... Kumar is doing everything here, but this is swinging too far down the leg side

End of over 37 (wicket maiden) England 85/5
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      P Kumar    13-5-20-2
IR Bell    10* (35b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    10-1-34-2

Mike H: "England batting as well as I did playing my last game of Slogout! at lunch. Mind you I did recover to win..."

37.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, that's much better line from Sreesanth, pitching middle and off and then moving it away. bell defends solidly

That change in line from Sreesanth could have to do with Dhoni giving him a midwicket, and thus some cover for a ball too straight

37.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short of a length again, and left alone. Good carry there. Dhoni collects it in front of his face

37.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, fuller now, a touch wide, and Bell lets it be

37.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, that's a very good leave, this ball pitched middle and off, Bell shaped up to play at it, but it moved away too far, and Bell decided to leave it alone at the last moment

37.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, goes wide of the crease, the ball seems to be angling in, and then moves away after pitching. Bell is solidly behind it

37.6

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, nicely guided with soft hands, between third slip and gully. Raina from third slip gets a hand to it

End of over 38 (1 run) England 86/5
IR Bell    11* (41b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    11-1-35-2
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      P Kumar    13-5-20-2

Jon has this to say: "Time for the England lower order to prove themselves again. For comparison, Australia last year couldn't make big scores more than once even when both Haddin and Hussey were scoring."

38.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, shortish outside off, left alone

38.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, starts to swing away after pitching outside off, left alone

38.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, another big outswinger, but starts outside off, and Bell has been very judicious with them of late

38.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, and now the change-up inswinger, accurate too. Bell is up to it, though, and is right behind it

38.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, the rare one that doesn't swing, Bell defends it outside off

38.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, goes wide of the crease, bowls wide outside off, Bell has nothing to do with it

End of over 39 (maiden) England 86/5
IR Bell    11* (47b 1x4)      P Kumar    14-6-20-2
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      S Sreesanth    11-1-35-2

"Is this the end of Morgan? Plenty of starts and only one conversion. Not to mention Bopara has been snapping at his heels after a stellar showing in First Class. He seems to be the only one stuggling on a consistant basis," asks Gareth

39.1

Sreesanth to Prior, 1 run, short of a length, middle and off, kicks at him, Prior's bottom hand comes off, the inside edge gets him a single

Bell resumes his contest with Sreesanth

39.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, starts middle and off, swings away, Bell defends with soft hands

39.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, short outside off, left alone

39.4

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, Sreesanth goes wide of the crease, and makes Bell play because the ball is angling in before moving away. Bell plays it with soft hands, and guides it square for one. Must say he has looked good after his initial discomfort

39.5

Sreesanth to Prior, OUT, that's the magic delivery. Not much Prior could have done with this. Sreesanth doesn't need to appeal or mock-appeal for this one. It pitches off, short of a length so Prior can't come forward and cover the swing, but has to play at it. It leaves him then, squaring him up, taking the edge, through to Dravid at first slip. Sreesanth points a finger to the sky. This has been a high-quality spell

MJ Prior c Dravid b Sreesanth 1 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

India have done well here, but England don't have a tail in this Test. The next three batsmen are Bresnan, Broad and Swann. Here is Bresnan, to face Sreesanth

39.6

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, and he gets a full outswinger first up, defending it towards cover. bell wants the single, but is sent back

George Binoy, who will be writing the report for today, says, "That Sreesanth ball was Dale Steyn at 12kph slower."

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 88/6
TT Bresnan    0* (1b)      S Sreesanth    12-1-37-3
IR Bell    12* (50b 1x4)      P Kumar    14-6-20-2

40.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, outswinger, around off again, Bell defends off the back foot

40.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, Bell leaves this one alone outside off

40.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, nice outswinger again, Bell plays at it, with soft hands, towards cover

40.4

Kumar to Bell, 1 run, inswinger this time, Bell tips and runs, and they complete the single

40.5

Kumar to Bresnan, no run, accurate outswinger, starts middle and off, leaves him, Bresnan defends

40.6

Kumar to Bresnan, no run, the inswinger this time, and amazingly accurate. Bresnan is not surprised, and defends it down to mid-on

End of over 41 (1 run) England 89/6
TT Bresnan    0* (3b)      P Kumar    15-6-21-2
IR Bell    13* (54b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    12-1-37-3

Sreesanth's wonderful spell ends. Does it mean relief for England. Here's Ishant Sharma

41.1

Sharma to Bell, FOUR, Bell certainly thinks this is relief as he goes after a short delivery, edging it over first slip

"Meanwhile Dravid silently takes his 400th international catch," says Rahul - not Dravid

41.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, well bowled, this is a good examination. After Sreesanth's outswing, this is Ishant getting the ball to jag back in, and bounce at the batsmen. Bell nearly plays this one on as it gets big on him

41.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, full and wide now, left alone

41.4

Sharma to Bell, FOUR, Shot! This one is short and wide, Bell has got his eye in, and this one is asking to be spanked away for four. Bell obliges

I won't be surprised if Dhoni sends back a deep point now. Modern captains always react thus

41.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, this is slightly fuller, slightly closer to off, he has a nibble at it, and is beaten

41.6

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, wide of the crease, angling in, worked around the corner for one

End of over 42 (9 runs) England 98/6
IR Bell    22* (60b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-2-30-1
TT Bresnan    0* (3b)      P Kumar    15-6-21-2

"The only worry I can come up with for India is that they'll relax slightly having dimissed Prior. You can't afford to relax against England's line-up until Dravid is scratching out his mark," says Hugh. Meanwhile Kumar continues

42.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, this one doesn't swing after shaping to do so, Bell gets inside half of the bat to it

42.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, back of a length, around off, Bell is right behind it

"Morgan - one start, few conversions - Bopara - many starts, few conversions. Replacing like for like there!!!! If you insist on a change, then do something different and put a new face in there!!!" says Jim Wright

42.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, Dravid is not in great form in the slips! About the sixth or seventh he has dropped in the last year and a half. This is very well bowled, around off, straightening, just holding its line, takes Bell's edge, low to Dravid's right, who has it in his finger tips as he dives, and when the elbows hit the ground, the ball pops out. Kumar is not thrilled

42.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, solidly defended now

42.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, full, outside off, left alone

42.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, another outswinger outside off, left alone again

End of over 43 (maiden) England 98/6
IR Bell    22* (66b 3x4)      P Kumar    16-7-21-2
TT Bresnan    0* (3b)      I Sharma    13-2-30-1

43.1

Sharma to Bresnan, FOUR, shortish, nips in, gets big on him, but he clips it off his hips, and the fine leg is square. Hundred up for England

43.2

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, this is well outside off, and is left alone

43.3

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, jags back in again, but starts off too wide outside off, and Bresnan is comfortable in leaving it be

43.4

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, fuller now, drawing Bresnan into the drive, he gets the inside half of the bat on it, fielded by Sharma

43.5

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, bouncer now, and Bresnan is already forward, and has to pull out of the way fast

43.6

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, another beauty... back of a length, just outside off, Bresnan looks to get behind it, and then it leaves him, missing the edge by centimetres

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 102/6
TT Bresnan    4* (9b 1x4)      I Sharma    14-2-34-1
IR Bell    22* (66b 3x4)      P Kumar    16-7-21-2

Barney: "Morgan out James Hildreth or Ben Stokes to get a chance. I think James Hildreth would thrive in front of big crowds. and Ben Stokes is a very talented young player who could be around for a long time."

44.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, length ball, no movement on this, Bell solidly behind it outside off

44.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, swinging away too

44.3

Kumar to Bell, 2 runs, Kumar draws him forward, Bell plays it with soft hands, towards point. Sreesanth runs in hard, fields in time, lets the throw rip, but it reaches Dhoni on a half-volley, and goes for an overthrow

44.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, another outswinger, just outside off, Bell is well forward and right behind it

44.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, Kumar must be wondering what he needs to do to get a wicket here. this one pitched just ouside off, moved in, and then - in the air, mind you - left Bell. Only thing it didn't do was take the edge

44.6

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, tries the big inswinger now, and gets a touch too straight. Bell flicks it fine of long leg. It is important to take every run-scoring opportunity here

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 108/6
IR Bell    28* (72b 4x4)      P Kumar    17-7-27-2
TT Bresnan    4* (9b 1x4)      I Sharma    14-2-34-1

Sreesanth comes back

45.1

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, starts with an outswinger outside off, Bresnan lets it be

45.2

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, very well bowled, middle and off, length ball, moving away, Bresnan is semi-squared up in defence

45.3

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, even better, this pitches middle and leg, back of a length, and then moves away, with extra bounce. Bresnan has to drop the bottom hand to keep this down

45.4

Sreesanth to Bresnan, FOUR, too full this time, and this is good batting. They are taking every chance to score runs. Comes forward, drives this with an open face, and attacking fields mean full value for shots

45.5

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, and a superb comeback from Sreesanth. Short of a driving length again, just outside off, making him play, and then leaving him. Again no edge

45.6

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, this is wide enough for Bresnan to not be bothered about

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 112/6
TT Bresnan    8* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    13-1-41-3
IR Bell    28* (72b 4x4)      P Kumar    17-7-27-2

"We should be biting the bullet and putting Prior at #6 and Broad #7 and so playing 5 bowlers," says Paul MC. Meanwhile, Sharma gets a change of ends, replacing Kumar, who bowled a wonderful spell, and should have had three wickets but for the Bell drop

46.1

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, angling in from wide of the crease, worked around the corner for a single

46.2

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, short ball, Bresnan covers the line of the ball, and defends it. He is a tall man

46.3

Sharma to Bresnan, 1 run, dug in short again, doesn't come up much, Bresnan pushes it wide of mid-on for one

Deepak says, "At this stage, all the 3 fast bowlers have the possibility of taking a five-for."

46.4

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, looks to help this with the angle, gets an inside edge for a single. They think of a second but decide against it

46.5

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, length ball, just outside off, holding its line a touch, Bresnan defends it solidly

46.6

Sharma to Bresnan, 1 run, full ball, gets a loose drive from Bresnan, but the inside edge goes past short leg for one

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 116/6
TT Bresnan    10* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    15-2-38-1
IR Bell    30* (74b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    13-1-41-3

47.1

Sreesanth to Bresnan, no run, soft hands from Bresnan, this is again a semi-beast of a delivery, bouncing from a length, and leaving him, Bresnan keeps it down. The ball bounces in front of the diving gully

47.2

Sreesanth to Bresnan, 1 run, fuller and closer, pushed wide of cover

Amshuman Ramachandran: "Sreeshant will never be called for chucking. He can't throw for his life." That's after two wild throws from the deep

47.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Bell stays back, opens up a bit, and pushes an outswinger back to Sreesanth

47.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, gets close to the umpire, starts this close to off, but Bell is judicious enough to not have a poke at it

47.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, goes wide of the crease now, angling it in before getting it to go away, but it starts too wide of off for Bell to play

47.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, very well left, this pitches middle and off, moving away, and Bell has nothing to do with it. That chance might prove costly for India

End of over 48 (1 run) England 117/6
IR Bell    30* (78b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    14-1-42-3
TT Bresnan    11* (21b 2x4)      I Sharma    15-2-38-1

48.1

Sharma to Bresnan, no run, inswinger, headed for the top of off, except for Bresnan for intercept it and defend

48.2

Sharma to Bresnan, OUT, Dravid dropped a much easier one than this! First of all the ball is a peach again. Back of a length, angling in, pitching around off, then holding its line. Bresnan, who has shown a tendency to open up a bit, is squared up completely. A thin edge ensues, and Dravid has to dive low to his left, and takes it clean as a whistle. These are the catches you should be at the ground for. When they go smoothly into the palm, that sound of a clean slip catch is just beautiful

TT Bresnan c Dravid b Sharma 11 (39m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.82

In comes Stuart Broad to his home ground, on the back of a superb Test, both with bat and ball

48.3

Sharma to Broad, no run, gets a short ball, first up, leaving him a bit, Broad stays inside the line

48.4

Sharma to Broad, no run, this is a sharper bouncer, Broad gets tall, and then sways out of the line

48.5

Sharma to Broad, no run, that's angled across, and is left alone

"Why do some people constantly insist England should be playing 5 bowlers!? Last time I checked, England have been doing pretty well over the past few years only playing with 4 front-line bowlers! I'm also curious as to why Paul MC is suggesting this during this innings when the ball is clearly offering something for bowlers? Surely if you are ever going to play 5 bowlers, you do it on a flat wicket! 117-7 would seem to suggest 7 batsmen isn't even enough!" I tend to agree, Robert Spencer. Five bowlers sounds good, all aggressive and all. One of those five has to be a very good allrounder for it to work. meanwhile Sharma goes round the wicket

48.6

Sharma to Broad, no run, still too wide to make Broad play

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) England 117/7
SCJ Broad    0* (4b)      I Sharma    16-3-38-2
IR Bell    30* (78b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    14-1-42-3

49.1

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, nearly played on for the second time in this innings by Bell. This is back of a length, moving away, Bell leaves the bat hanging, the inside edge somehow avoids the stumps. What's more, they steal a single

49.2

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, no swing on this one, pushed across Broad, who punches it to cover

49.3

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, outswinger now, moving in towards top of off, Broad pushes it back

49.4

Sreesanth to Broad, 2 runs, the lbw ball, full and swinging in, Braod is caught on the crease, but the bat just comes down in time, gets an inside edge, past midwicket

49.5

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, another outswinger headed for top of off, Broad is solidly behind it this time

Too good to not publish this. The commenter's name is Aussie full of lager. Here goes: "Come back from the pub, spent all the dole money, turn on the tele and see England is in trouble a few days after saying they were number 1. All is well in the world a few days later; England are ordinary." What was the Ashes scoreline again?

49.6

Sreesanth to Broad, FOUR, meanwhile Sreesanth serves up a juicy half-volley, and Broad drives it superbly through cover for four

End of over 50 (7 runs) England 124/7
SCJ Broad    6* (9b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    15-1-49-3
IR Bell    31* (79b 4x4)      I Sharma    16-3-38-2
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