India tour of England, 2nd Test: England v India at Nottingham, Jul 29-Aug 1, 2011
Pataudi Trophy - 2nd Test
England won by 319 runs
29,30,31 July, 1 August 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
50.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, misdirected here, going well down the leg side

50.2

Sharma to Bell, OUT, Bell has thrown it away! He has worked so hard, he has had a life, he has shown good judgement when leaving, but this one is a loose loose shot. This is short and wide, and he has a limp nibble at it, it seems to be a faint bottom edge, and the ball goes wavily to Dhoni. It almost wobbles out, but sticks in Dhoni's webbing. That's swing after it passed the stumps. It was actually the toe end of the bat

IR Bell c †Dhoni b Sharma 31 (108m 81b 4x4 0x6) SR: 38.27

Two minutes to tea on first day, and Graeme Swann is batting. Who'da thunk it?

50.3

Sharma to Swann, no run, full, outside off, straightening, Swann drives, and is beaten. No feet there

50.4

Sharma to Swann, no run, jags back in from outside off, but bounces over the stumps. Swann read that well as he left it

50.5

Sharma to Swann, no run, the big inswinger, towards off, Swann right behind it

50.6

Sharma to Swann, no run, back of a length, hits the bat as opposed to the bat hitting it. No damage done

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That's tea then. What a session for India. Six wickets. Shared by the three quicks equally, and all three exploited the conditions optimally. Some experts in either country might be building up their appetite for some humble pie already. The final session resumes at 4pm. Do join us then.

End of over 51 (wicket maiden) England 124/8

    • GP Swann 0 (4b)
    • SCJ Broad 6 (9b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 17-4-38-3
    • S Sreesanth 15-1-49-3

Thanks Monga. Well, well, what a day this is turning into ... India reaping the rewards for having a fully-functional bowling attack here. Things could not have been more different from what happened at Lord's. That said, this pitch has enough venom to have India's reorganised batting line-up concered about their turn if and when it comes today. This is Nitin Sundar here to take you through to what promises to be another seamer-friendly session. Sreesanth has the ball.

51.1

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, he starts with a very full fall, curving in the air and hurtling towards middle and off. Broad is behind it as he defends.

51.2

Sreesanth to Broad, 2 runs, Broad's away after the break, short ball that nips back in sharply and he fends it off the back foot towards square leg for a couple.

51.3

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, again he gets one to cut in from back of a length, Broad crouches on the back foot and stabs it back down the track.

Deepak: "What will happen if signed shirt of Sachin is mentioned, server will be bombarded." Fair point.

51.4

Sreesanth to Broad, 1 run, too straight, on Broad's pads and he clips it square for a single. The cordon moves to the other side as Swann faces up ... Three slips and gully.

51.5

Sreesanth to Swann, no run, he's bowled this divine line all day, angling in, shaping away; angling in, shaping away. Once again, comes in lands on a length outside off and deviates. Swann leaves.

51.6

Sreesanth to Swann, 1 run, he tries the dream ball, the full outswinger than goes from leg to off. Swann shuffles across and whips it as it straightens through square leg. Not a bad ball, under the circumstances, but nonchalantly played

End of over 52 (4 runs) England 128/8

    • GP Swann 1 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 9 (13b 1x4)
    • S Sreesanth 16-1-53-3
    • I Sharma 17-4-38-3

Davy Jones: "I predict this match will be over inside 3 days. If its fine tomorrow, India should have the batting to win, if it stays overcast, I would back England's bowlers to turn India over cheaply twice and win. Anything around 200 here and England are on top."

Ishant comes on.

52.1

Sharma to Swann, FOUR, beautifully played. Ishant has been a little wayward at times today, bowling too straight. He does it again, Swann gets the front foot across and flicks like a subcontinental batsman.

52.2

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, well, he is going for his shots, which can't be a bad idea. Ishant angles it into the pads again, Swann clips it in the air, but now Ishant has protection at deep midwicket. Yuvraj fumbles, but keeps it down to a single.

52.3

Sharma to Broad, 2 runs, he goes round the wicket to the left-hander, but makes the same mistake. On Broad's pads, he hangs back and tucks it to midwicket for a couple more.

52.4

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, not so convincing this time. Fuller length, and much better line from Ishant. Full and outside off, Broad goes for an airy drive and gets an inside edge through square leg.

52.5

Sharma to Swann, FOUR, take that Ishant! Swann flays a majestic pull, emphatically taken from well outside off and clattered off the front foot through midwicket. Shoddy bowling, this, very short and trying to bully a tail-ender on a track that's offered movement all day. Swann was onto that in a hurry.

52.6

Sharma to Swann, no run, he cuts him in half this time, getting a short of length ball to jag back prodigiously. Swann looks to get bat on it, but it keeps coming in and goes between inside edge and the stumps. Dhoni tumbles to the left to stop it.

End of over 53 (12 runs) England 140/8

    • GP Swann 10 (10b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 12 (15b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 18-4-50-3
    • S Sreesanth 16-1-53-3
53.1

Sreesanth to Broad, FOUR, this is refreshing from England, the crowd loves it and India are playing into England's hands. Another short ball, it was coming into Broad, which helped him swivel and swing it high over square leg. Yuvraj at deep midwicket moved to his left, but the ball fell safely, just inside the ropes.

53.2

Sreesanth to Broad, 4 leg byes, India are leaking runs here. Sreesanth gets the idea right about the length, goes full and swings it in, but loses the line completely. It lands on leg, and keeps going further down. Broad gets some pad on it and it runs away fine.

53.3

Sreesanth to Broad, FOUR, Broad has turned on his T20 mode here. That was meaty. Not a bad ball this time, it was short of a length and straightening from off, Broad reached out, was well away from the pitch, but just threw his muscles at it. Launched on the up over a vacant mid-on. 150 up.

53.4

Sreesanth to Broad, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Braod scythes the cut without much timing, Ishant at deep point fields it but the crowd roars!

53.5

Sreesanth to Swann, 1 run, nicely played. Full and swinging from Sree, Swann leans out to cover the line and guides the drive through the covers for a single.

53.6

Sreesanth to Broad, 1 run, another pull with murderous intent! The field is scattered though, and it goes straight to Yuvraj this time for a single. This is a lot of spirit from Broad and Swann.

End of over 54 (15 runs) England 155/8

    • SCJ Broad 22 (20b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 11 (11b 2x4)
    • S Sreesanth 17-1-64-3
    • I Sharma 18-4-50-3

Harbhajan comes on for his second over. Dhoni probably reckons the tail-enders will struggle if the ball doesn't come on? Slip and short leg, but many fielders pushed back. Round the stumps.

54.1

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease, Broad easily laps it over to fine leg for a single.

Partnership 32 off 3.5 overs.

54.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, I am rubbing my eyes in disbelief. Did I just see Bhajji bowl a doosra? probably not. It came in with an angle from over the wicket and seemed to straighten from middle. Swann defends.,

54.3

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, similar ball, overspin on this one, Swan covers the line and defends.

54.4

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, shorter and quicker outside off, gets Swann to cut, but cramps him for room. Play and a miss.

54.5

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, tossed up generously this time, Swann gets to the flight and defends.

54.6

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, FOUR, what a sublime shot! Swann comes out of the crease, eases himself into position as Harbhajan tosses up, and launches it languidly between the bowler and mid-off. Lovely timing.

End of over 55 (5 runs) England 160/8

    • GP Swann 15 (16b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 23 (21b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-9-0
    • S Sreesanth 17-1-64-3

India surely rattled by this riposte. Sreesanth runs in ...

55.1

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, there, another bouncer. How many wickets have bouncers got him today? Zero. Broad tries to pull and misses.

55.2

Sreesanth to Broad, 1 run, high full toss. Wasim Akram on air says it was an attempted yorker. With Sree you never know. Broad pushes it from the crease to mid-on.

There's deep point, deep backward square... the works. 161/8 ...

55.3

Sreesanth to Swann, no run, that's a good ball, full and swinging from off stump and Swann defends

55.4

Sreesanth to Swann, 3 runs, Harbhajan makes the clumsiest effort of the day at gully, and then doesn't run after it, assuming there is someone behind him. Ridiculous. Full and making him play again, Swann squeezes it behind square off the outside half and gets some runs for his effort.

55.5

Sreesanth to Broad, 2 runs, this is getting predictable now, Broad saw that bouncer coming even as Sree ran in. Another controlled pull to the deep.

55.6

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, pitches it up this time, but well wide of off stump. Broad has a leaden-footed flail at it, but can't connect.

Hari: "Sreesanth reminds me of the nursery rhyme.."There was a little girl who had a little curl / Right in the middle of her forehead; / When she was good, she was very, very good, / And when she was bad she was horrid."

End of over 56 (6 runs) England 166/8

    • SCJ Broad 26 (25b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 18 (18b 3x4)
    • S Sreesanth 18-1-70-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-9-0
56.1

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, Hilarious! The batsman attempts the switch-hit. The bowler bowls a doosra. In essence it is a legbreak to a left-handed batsman in the end, pitching outside off. Go explain that to Bradman and the others who played in a different era.

56.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, this time Swann plays it more conventionally, chops a single away to point.

56.3

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, 1 run, mishit in the air, but this is England's session, so the ball lands in the middle of nowhere as three men converge. He's trying to hit everything, this one he doesn't connect and just scoops it in the air. Safe for a single.

56.4

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, tossed up, Swann works it with the spin to the leg side.

56.5

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, fires in the topspinner on middle and leg, Swann pokes it away to the leg side for another single.

56.6

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, FOUR, huge! This time Broad gets it off the meat and sends it whistling into the recesses at deep midwicket. Top shot, India have protection at wide long-on, but he got it to his left for another four. Partnership 49!

End of over 57 (7 runs) England 173/8

    • SCJ Broad 31 (27b 4x4)
    • GP Swann 20 (22b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-16-0
    • S Sreesanth 18-1-70-3

Change of bowling, PK comes on. Now here is one man who doesn't try bouncers, tailenders or not.

57.1

Kumar to Swann, no run, full and swinging away from wide of off stump, Swann lets it go.

57.2

Kumar to Swann, 1 run, the 50-stand is up in no time! Full on off stump, Swann leans into a guide through the covers. What a stirring fightback!

57.3

Kumar to Broad, no run, shortens the length on off stump and it holds its line, Braod works it back down the track.

57.4

Kumar to Broad, FOUR, another exquisite shot from Broad! PK gets this one to snake away subtly from short of a length, and it made room for Broad to cut as it went away. He latched onto it with a fierce little cut and the ball scoots through backward point.

57.5

Kumar to Broad, 2 runs, in the air, but safe again! Braod splices a swipe off a length ball and the mishit keeps Mukund at mid-on interested as he runs back and leaps ... but the ball evades his outstretched hand.

57.6

Kumar to Broad, 1 run, short of a length to end the over and nipping away, Broad coaxes it into the covers for a single as England continue to motor towards 200.

End of over 58 (8 runs) England 181/8

    • SCJ Broad 38 (31b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 21 (24b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 18-7-35-2
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-16-0

Harbhajan's off again. Two spells today, three overs in all. Ishant comes back for a tilt. Round the wicket.

58.1

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, another poor ball, short of a length and sitting up for Broad's coil and slap. He whacks it in front of square, and Raina does well to dive away and slow it down in the covers.

58.2

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, short again, outside off, Swann chops it away in front of the slips. Another single.

Ali: "Can't understand why Bresnan was sent ahead of Stuart Broad. Broady is a more than handy bat and proved it the 2nd innings of last test."

58.3

Sharma to Broad, FOUR, Broad is doing a superb impersonation of Vettori here! Tall, left-hand batsman, wearing full sleeves and playing some rousing innovative shots. Ishant pitches one up, Broad spots it, gets under it and lofts the drive over wide mid-off for four more.

58.4

Sharma to Broad, no run, this one was shorter, Broad hung back and looked to poke it away into the off side.

58.5

Sharma to Broad, no run, beaten! Been a while since that happened. Short of a length, and it kicks up like a monster. Broad missed as he looked to turn it away, and Dhoni can't collect it cleanly either.

58.6

Sharma to Broad, no run, pitched up, Broad hangs in the crease, but still manages to time the straight drive well. Ishant stops it on his follow through.

End of over 59 (6 runs) England 187/8

    • SCJ Broad 43 (36b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 22 (25b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 19-4-56-3
    • P Kumar 18-7-35-2

Two spells today for Harbhajan, three overs in all. He will want Dhoni to make his spells large. PK continues for now.

59.1

Kumar to Swann, no run, this one nips in from short of a length, Swann manages to defend it into the off side.

59.2

Kumar to Swann, 1 run, well played Swann, another big inswinger from PK, he gets his front pad across and works it around the pad to the leg side for a single.

Nitesh: Zaheer's intelligence and common-sense (of bowling fuller balls rather than bouncers) would have done the job. The moment I think this team can do great without Zak, it proves me wrong! " Agreed, he is very good against the tail.

59.3

Kumar to Broad, 1 run, back of a length and moving away in the air, Broad is behind the line nicely and plays it into the covers for a single.

59.4

Kumar to Swann, 2 runs, Boy, India are coming apart in spectacular fashion here! Poor anticipation from Abhinav at wide mid-on, Swann tries to drive a full ball uppishly and scoops it in the air. Abhinav was late to move and tumble forward and it landed in front of him. And then a horror throw to give away the overthrow too.

59.5

Kumar to Swann, no run, short of a length, good line from PK, Swann fends from the crease.

59.6

Kumar to Swann, no run, he drops a length ball into the off side, Broad wants the single, but Swann sends him back.

End of over 60 (4 runs) England 191/8

    • GP Swann 25 (30b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 44 (37b 6x4)
    • P Kumar 19-7-39-2
    • I Sharma 19-4-56-3
60.1

Sharma to Broad, no run, Ishant angles one across Broad who has a mighty heave at it. Doesn't connect this time.

Deep point, deep square leg. Fine leg. Third man. Tail-enders batting. On day one.

60.2

Sharma to Broad, 1 leg bye, pitched up, but outside leg stump and Broad gets some pad on it. It dribbles away to the leg side, and there is no one to cut the single off.

Chirag: "I'll quit my current job if any Indian bowler can get these two out before 200" Not a long way to go, Chirag!

60.3

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, short outside off stump to Swann who eases it away backward of point for one more. One can only imagine how frustrating this must be for India!

60.4

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, this is the epitome of rubbish bowling. Full and outside leg again. Is he trying to bowl him round the legs? Broad misses the whip, runs off the pad through midwicket.

60.5

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, Swann goes big, pulls a short ball rather well, and intentionally in the air. It lands in front of the man running in from deep square leg, another single.

Animesh: "The best bowler of India for getting tail-enders is Anil Kumble. His straight ones were always a mystery for them."

60.6

Sharma to Broad, no run, another hopelessly short bouncer, this time with the intention of keeping Broad away from strike. He pulls, but misses.

End of over 61 (4 runs) England 195/8

    • SCJ Broad 45 (41b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 27 (32b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 20-4-59-3
    • P Kumar 19-7-39-2
61.1

Kumar to Swann, 1 run, full outside off and swinging away, Swann laces it into the covers for one more.

61.2

Kumar to Broad, no run, the banana swinger still exists, it curves in like a boomerang from well outside leg and finishes on off. Broad does well to defend.

61.3

Kumar to Broad, no run, back of a lenght, Broad looks to pull without room, and misses.

Good time to plug S Rajesh's Numbers Game for today. Talks about India's struggles against the tail.

61.4

Kumar to Broad, 1 run, full and angling across, this time Broad drives it through mid-off for a single.

61.5

Kumar to Swann, no run, he ducks this one into Swann who has leaned well outside off, and then stabs it away as it comes in.

61.6

Kumar to Swann, OUT, whoa, the stand has ended, Praveen has produced a magic ball to send Swann packing. The crowd breaks out into warm applause as he goes off, what a stupendous effort from Swanny! Praveen gets one to snort from just short of a length, I wonder how often he has managed to produce something like that with his 125 kph fare. This pitch is full of tricks, I tell you. Swann was leaning forward as it took off and was caught unawares. It kept coming at him as he tried to pull back and evade it, hit the handle and popped up for an easy catch at gully, even as he turned all the way around in shock. India appeal, Swann walks. Praveen has a wicket, but he continues to scowl. What a character!

GP Swann c Mukund b Kumar 28 (49m 35b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 197/9

    • SCJ Broad 46 (44b 6x4)
    • P Kumar 20-7-41-3
    • I Sharma 20-4-59-3
62.1

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, Broad lashes a drive into the covers. India get a chance to bowl at No. 11. Mr Anderson.

62.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, Ishant gets Anderson fishing at an angled delivery as it goes away outside off. He misses.

62.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, another pretty pointless bouncer from Ishant, that's not going to trouble anyone who isn't at least 10 feet tall.

62.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, goes very full this time, Anderson is up to the task of patting it back to the bowler.

62.5

Sharma to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson needs no shielding. Short of a length on middle and leg, he gets across inside the line and tucks it through midwicket. One more ball for Broad, who is one short of his second successive 50. The field comes in.

Manikandan: "Get your resignation letter ready, Chirag !" Several comments pouring in, asking Chirag about his future plans!

62.6

Sharma to Broad, no run, sharp bouncer just outside off, but that doesn't stop Broad from trying to slice it in the air. He can't make contact though.

End of over 63 (2 runs) England 199/9

    • SCJ Broad 47 (46b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 1 (4b)
    • I Sharma 21-4-61-3
    • P Kumar 20-7-41-3
63.1

Kumar to Anderson, no run, another snake from the fingers of PK. Zips all the way across a befuddled Anderson, who though capable of producing similarly potent magic, is clueless with a bat in hand.

63.2

Kumar to Anderson, no run, fuller this time, Anderson manages to get behind it and play it down the track.

63.3

Kumar to Anderson, no run, there he goes, gets Anderson fishing for trout in the Thames. Full and swinging away, Anderson feels for it in hope and misses.

63.4

Kumar to Anderson, no run, stunning ball, better batsmen would have edged this as it jarred away from a length. Anderson missed it by two-bats' width.

63.5

Kumar to Anderson, no run, shorter length, on middle and leg, Anderson pokes it off the outer half of the bat into the off side.

63.6

Kumar to Anderson, no run, Jimmy survives! Stays on the crease and steers a full delivery into the gully area. Broad will look to inflict some more damage now.

End of over 64 (maiden) England 199/9

    • JM Anderson 1 (10b)
    • SCJ Broad 47 (46b 6x4)
    • P Kumar 21-8-41-3
    • I Sharma 21-4-61-3
64.1

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, Ladies and gentlemen, stand as one and put your hands for Stuart Broad. He's taken England to 200 with one of the more entertaining counterattacks you will see. Short of a length ball, he gets under it and flat bats it to long off. Single taken. Well played. The crowd roars!

64.2

Sharma to Anderson, 1 run, more noise from the crowd as Anderson sneaks a single, he drops a length ball towards the covers and takes off. The fielders didn't have a chance of stopping this single.

The field is spread, barring the two slips, says Alan Wilkins on air.

64.3

Sharma to Broad, no run, pitched up, very wide of off stump, Broad chases it but doesn't connect.

64.4

Sharma to Broad, no run, another big swing as Ishant angles one across from leg to off. Play and a miss from Broad, he's looking for boundaries. Might look for the single now.

64.5

Sharma to Broad, 1 run, he stabs a length ball this time, onto the pad and away into the off side for a single.

I think I jumped the gun there. Broad's on 49 now. My bad.

64.6

Sharma to Anderson, 2 runs, Anderson picks two, so Broad will keep strike. Length ball on the pads, he clips it square and they hare across.

End of over 65 (5 runs) England 204/9

    • JM Anderson 4 (12b)
    • SCJ Broad 49 (50b 6x4)
    • I Sharma 22-4-66-3
    • P Kumar 21-8-41-3
65.1

Kumar to Broad, no run, short and outside off, Broad looks for another cut and misses.

65.2

Kumar to Broad, no run, short of a length from PK, he's the one man who's maintained his sanity through the carnage. Length ball on off, shaping away, Broad defends.

Meanwhile, Chirag informs us he was looking to switch jobs even before he sent us that mail.

65.3

Kumar to Broad, no run, another short of a length ball on the off stump, Broad plays it into the off side.

65.4

Kumar to Broad, no run, back of a length this time, on middle and leg, Broad is handling him carefully here.

65.5

Kumar to Broad, no run, again that huge away movement, Broad covers the line and eases it into the covers.

65.6

Kumar to Broad, FOUR, respect for the bowler for the first 5 balls of the over, and he finishes off with a maul. An absolute maul. Length ball, hinting at the threat of away swing. Broad isn't scared, he just pumps it back over the bowler's head. What a spirited 50 this has been!

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 208/9

    • SCJ Broad 53 (56b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 4 (12b)
    • P Kumar 22-8-45-3
    • I Sharma 22-4-66-3

Harbhajan back in. For his 3rd spell. Round the wicket.

66.1

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, tossed up a touch wide of off stump, Anderson drives loosely but well into the covers.

66.2

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, this one comes in, Anderson covers the line as he leans out and defends.

66.3

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, offspinner on middle and leg, Anderson covers the line and defends.

66.4

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, flighted by Harbhajan on middle stump and breaking away, Anderson handles it well.

66.5

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, this one straightens from off stump line, Anderson has no problems at all in defending it.

66.6

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, 2 runs, short of a length to end the over, Anderson is reluctant to play at it, but gets it away wide of slip as he draws the bat back. Two more, Broad has strike for the next over.

By the way folks, you can listen to tea with the Two Chucks, who are in conversation with English journalist Derek Pringle.

End of over 67 (2 runs) England 210/9

    • JM Anderson 6 (18b)
    • SCJ Broad 53 (56b 7x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-18-0
    • P Kumar 22-8-45-3

Sreesanth is back in now. I can't see any fielders close in, barring slip and gully.

67.1

Sreesanth to Broad, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, Broad pushes it into the vast expanses of nothingness at midwicket. Two more. India losing the plot.

67.2

Sreesanth to Broad, FOUR, Broad keeps adding to India's pain here! Another authoritative shot, Sreesanth won't like it. Full length, looking to swing in and Broad launches it over mid-off. Clean and smooth.

67.3

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, shortens the length this time, Broad looks to press forward but is forced to stab it from the crease.

67.4

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, that's something Sreesanth hasn't done a lot today: the one that goes away from the left-hander. Broad had no chance of getting bat on it as he got squared up. Groans in the slips as he misses.

67.5

Sreesanth to Broad, no run, pitched up, looking to hit the pads, but Broad is good enough to play it back to the bowler.

There's a single here for Broad anywhere he wants it!

67.6

Sreesanth to Broad, 1 run, and he gets a single, pushing a length ball down to long-off. Shoddy from India and Dhoni. It is drinks now at long last. What a session for England. Might prove to be the most decisive of the match.

Jai: "Chirag has just put down his papers as the offer from Anti-Jinxing Academy was unbeatable." That's the last Chirag employment comment I am publishing today!

End of over 68 (7 runs) England 217/9

    • SCJ Broad 60 (62b 8x4)
    • JM Anderson 6 (18b)
    • S Sreesanth 19-1-77-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-18-0

I trust India aren't waiting for a declaration. I hope they aren't, in any case. Harbhajan again.

68.1

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, no run, offbreak straightens from middle and off, Broad defends solidly.

68.2

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, no run, angles this one away towards the point area.

68.3

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, FOUR, Broad makes a mockery of Harbhajan's skills. Lovely inside-out lofted cover drive, ensuring it is wide of the man at long-off. Top shot.

68.4

Harbhajan Singh to Broad, OUT, and the innings ends. Broad finds a fielder at long last, but only just. Harbhajan doubles his tally of wickets for the series. Flighted in the zone, Broad backs himself to clear Tendulkar at deep midwicket and goes for the slog-hoick. He makes good connection, but not good enough. Tendulkar takes it.

SCJ Broad c Tendulkar b Harbhajan Singh 64 (93m 66b 9x4 0x6) SR: 96.96

We have around 19 overs of play slated to be bowled by stumps. I doubt we will get that far, but whatever we get, it promises to be a cracking session. This pitch has everything in it for bowlers, except spin. India will be tested, their line-up is a complete jumble thanks to Gambhir's absence remember. And England will come in with momentum behind them, thanks to the Broad-Swann heroics.

Shripad: "And bhajji has overtaken Ambrose! 30 more wickets and he will be 6th in the list." At this rate, it's going to take him a couple if years to get there.

As @CricketingView lets us know: "There's two ways to look at this - England have gone from 73/2 to 221 all out. Or, England have gone from 88/6 to 221 all out." Talk about glass full of champagne, or empty glass with a hole at the bottom. It's all about perspective.

Samir: "Hope India will not strugle this time to avoid the follow on." If they don't it will be a Catch 22 situation.

Stuart Broad, take a bow. They like to make fun of you, and point fingers at your antics, but like the similar character who bowled splendid outswingers for India today, what a talent. Well played, Broad. Well played, Sreesanth.

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